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2021-01-03
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San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Prediction & Preview


 

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Two NFC West teams will face off against each other on Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks travel to State Farm Stadium in Gledale to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle enters this game with an 11-4 record after beating Los Angeles by 11 points at home in its last game while San Francisco enters this game with a 6-9 record after beating Arizona on the road by eight points in its last game. This game will start at 4:25 P.M. EST.

 

Seahawks Look To Potentially Improve Their Playoff Seeding

The Seattle Seahawks were able to secure a division title for the first time since 2016 after they were able to defeat the Los Angeles Rams by 11 points at home last week. In that game, Seattle's defense was ruthless as it only allowed nine points while recording three sacks. Now, the Seahawks enter Week 17 with an 11-4 record which is good enough to give them possession of the three seed in the NFC playoff picture. However, Seattle currently has the same record as New Orleans so a victory in this game could potentially improve its playoff seeding by pushing the Seahawks into the second seed. As a result, one should expect to see Seattle taking this game very seriously.

 

Seattle's offense has been very solid this season as it is averaging 28.9 points per game which ranks seventh in the league. In addition, the Seahawks are averaging 5.9 yards per play which also ranks tied for seventh in the league as they have been able to create manageable third downs repeatedly.

 

Following last week's victory, Seattle coach Pete Carroll praised his team's defense for its recent play after some struggles earlier this season.

"There were times during the season where everybody had enough statistics to go ahead and blow us out, and like we weren't worth anything on defense. But this defense is good, and they've shown it and they've declared it. This is the kind of defense that we've played in years past when we really had good teams down the stretch."

 

49ers Look For Another Upset Victory

The San Francisco 49ers have little to play for besides pride at this point in the season as they have already been eliminated from playoff contention. However, pride seemed to be enough of a motivating factor last week as the 49ers upset the Arizona Cardinals by eight points on the road. In that game, San Francisco's defense was amazing as it only allowed 12 points while forcing the opposition into committing two turnovers. Now, the 49ers will be looking for another upset victory against a division rival in Week 17. If San Francisco plans on pulling off this upset, then it will need to continue playing at an elite level defensively.

 

San Francisco's defense has been good this season as it is allowing 24.3 points per game which ranks 17th in the league. In addition, the 49ers are allowing just 211.2 passing yards per game which ranks fourth in the league as they have been able to limit opposing quarterbacks regularly.

Following last week's victory against Arizona, San Francisco's head coach Kyle Shanahan praised his interim starting quarterback C.J. Beathard for his stellar performance.

"I thought he made some plays in the pass game, made some in the zone read. Just his leadership out there, the way the guys gravitated to him."



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