The San Francisco 49ers have a quick turnaround this week, as they host the Seattle Seahawks in primetime on Thursday. The Thanksgiving game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth, and Michele Tafoya handling sideline work. It will be nationally televised, so that is certainly a good thing.
The quick turnaround means an early prospector's guide. The 49ers and Seahawks have plenty of history, in case you missed it, although this game marks "only" their 32nd matchup all time. The Seahawks lead the series 16-15 thanks to the NFC title game this past January. Prior to that the two teams had never met in the playoffs.
The NFC title game victory gives the Seahawks the leg up in the rivalry, but after ten months of waiting, the two teams meet once again. This game does not hold the same cache as the conference championship, but it is important in its own right. The winner improves to 8-4 and gains a crucial win against a potential wild card competitor. The 49ers absolutely need this win as they still have to head up to Seattle, and their margin of error is now razor thin. The Seahawks would certainly love to grab a win in Santa Clara, but they know they have a home game with San Francisco in their back pocket. There are no guarantees, but they are sufficiently comfortable at home.
The matchups between these two are rarely pretty. The conference championship game was far and away the most entertaining from a purely objective football perspective. Prior to that game, the Seahawks won big in two games in Seattle, while the 49ers won a pair of fairly ugly, low scoring games at Candlestick. We'll see what Thursday brings when they go under the lights.
Series Record: Seahawks lead series 16-15
49ers Home Record vs. Seahawks: 49ers lead series 8-6
First Meeting: 9/26/76, 49ers win 37-21, at Sea.
Last Meeting: 1/19/14, Seahawks win 23-17, at Sea. (c)
Current Streak: Lost 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (12/12/10 - 10/18/12)
Longest Seahawks Win Streak: 6 (10/12/03 - 12/11/05)
Most 49ers Points: 40 (12/12/10): 49ers win 40-21, at SF
Most Seahawks Points: 42 - 2 times, (Last 12/23/12): Seahawks win 42-13, at Sea.
49ers Shutouts: None
Seahawks Shutouts: 2 (Last 11/12/07), Seahawks win 24-0, at Sea.
(c) - NFC Championship Game
WR Anquan Boldin
In 14 career games against Sea., including the postseason, he has totaled 86 receptions for 1,091 yards and 3 TDs.
Hauled in 10 passes for a game-high 122 yards and 1 TD at Sea. (12/21/03) as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
Hauled in 7 passes for a game-high 107 yards and 1 TD at Sea. (12/26/04) as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
As a member of the Arizona Cardinals, grabbed 13 passes for 186 yards at Sea. (11/16/08).
Caught 8 passes for a team-high 105 passes vs. Sea. (11/15/09) as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
CB Tramaine Brock
- Registered his first career INT, picking off QB Tarvaris Jackson to end the first half vs. Sea. (9/11/11).
CB Perrish Cox
- Recorded his first career INT vs. Sea. (9/19/10)as a member of the Denver Broncos when he stepped in front of a pass from QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 15 yards
S Craig Dahl
- Blocked a P Jon Ryan punt in the 1st qtr. at Sea. (9/15/13).
TE Vernon Davis
- Registered 6 receptions for 111 yards and 1 TD at Sea. (12/6/09).
RB Frank Gore
He has rushed for 1,364 yards vs. Sea., the most rushing yards against any opponent in his career.
Set a 49ers franchise single-game rushing record with 212 yards vs. Sea. (11/19/06).
Was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for producing TD runs of 79 and a career-best 80 yards, finishing with 207 yards on 16 carries vs. Sea. (9/20/09). It marks the 49ers second best single- game rushing performance in team history.
Rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries (8.2 avg.) vs. Sea. (10/18/12).
Recorded 17 carries for 110 yards vs. Sea. (12/8/13).
QB Colin Kaepernick
- Passed for 244 yards and 1 TD at Sea. (12/23/13). Also rushed 7 times for 31 yards
- Rushed for a game-high 130 yards on 11 carries at Sea. (1/19/14) (NFC-C). He recorded a 58-yd. run, marking the longest rush by a QB in NFL postseason history.
P Andy Lee
Set a new career-high in both gross avg. (59.6) and net avg. (54.2) vs. Sea. (9/11/11). Lee's 59.6 gross avg. is the highest single-game average in franchise history and ranks 3rd in NFL history. His 54.2 net avg. is the highest single-game net average in franchise his- tory and the 2nd best single-game performance in the NFL since the statistic was first tracked in 1976.
Hit a career-high 10 punts for 543 yards (54.3 avg.) vs. Sea. (9/30/07).
WR Brandon Lloyd
- Notched game highs in receptions (7) and rec. yards (119) with 1 TD vs. Sea. (11/20/05).
LB Aldon Smith
Recorded 9 tackles and 2.0 sacks at Sea. (9/15/13).
Registered 2.0 sacks of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, 1 FF and 1 FR at Sea. (1/19/14) (NFC-C).
DT Justin Smith
- Posted his 11th career multi-sack game with 2.0 sacks on QB Tarvaris Jackson vs. Sea. (9/11/11).
WR Stevie Johnson
- As a member of the Buffalo Bills, recorded 8 receptions for 115 yards and 1 TD vs. Sea. (12/16/12).
|49ERS (rank)||SEAHAWKS (rank)|
|7-4 (t-2nd NFCW)||Record||7-4 (t-2nd NFCW)|
|20.7 (21st)||Points per game||25.4 (11th)|
|340.0 (19th)||Total Offense||359.4 (13th)|
|119.5 (t-10th)||Rushing Offense||169.6 (1st)|
|220.5 (24th)||Passing Offense||189.7 (30th)|
|32:42 (3rd)||Possession Avg||31:19 (7th)|
|20.5 (t-10th)||Points allowed/gm||19.8 (6th)|
|300.1 (2nd)||Total Defense||296.8 (1st)|
|92.9 (7th)||Rushing Defense||88.4 (6th)|
|207.2 (2nd)||Passing Defense||208.5 (3rd)|
|22 (t-21st)||Sacks||16 (29th)|
|46.2 (6th)||Punting Avg (Gross)||44.0 (24th)|
|+8 (t-4th)||Turnover Differential||+6 (8th)|