Seattle Eyeing Huge Upset
The Seattle Seahawks got some help from Detroit to secure the final spot in the NFC playoffs, with the Lions’ victory eliminating Green Bay. Now Seattle gets to play perhaps the hottest team in the NFC. Seattle won its last two games, including an overtime win against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, while the San Francisco 49ers head into the postseason on a 10-game winning streak.
San Francisco was 8-1 at home during the regular season while Seattle was 4-4 on the road. The 49ers also beat the Seahawks twice this season.
Seattle is ninth in the NFL in scoring offense and also in the top 10 in yards per passing attempt. The Seahawks are fourth in first-quarter scoring and fifth in points per game during the fourth quarter.
The 49ers rank in the top 10 in points, yards, yards per passing attempt, and points in the second quarter. The defense has allowed the fewest points and yards per game, has given up the second-fewest rushing yards per game, and have the most interceptions.
The game features the rookie leaders in passing efficiency (San Francisco’s Brock Purdy), rushing yards (Seattle’s Kenneth Walker), and interceptions (Seattle’s Tariq Woolen). Purdy has thrown as many passes in NFL playoff games as Seattle’s Geno Smith, a nine-year NFL veteran.
Seattle heads into the playoffs without safety Jamal Adams, tight end Will Dissly, receiver Marquise Goodwin and running backs Travis Homer and Rashaad Penny.
Offensive lineman Aaron Banks, linebacker Dre Greenlaw, and cornerback Ambry Thomas are questionable for San Francisco.
This is one of two Wild Card games listed by the sportsbook as a double-digit favorite.
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Walker Hits the Ground Running
Kenneth Walker didn’t start the season as the No. 1 back in Seattle. He is the unquestioned go-to back heading into the playoffs.
With Seattle in must-win situations in the last two games of the season, Walker ran for 133 and 114 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark. The Seahawks are 4-1 when Walker runs for more than 100 yards. However, he had 57 yards on 16 carries in two games against the 49ers.
Seattle is at its best when establishing the run and allowing quarterback Smith to thrive with play-action passes. The Seahawks will need to avoid getting behind early because that would take Walker out of the equation.
The Seahawks have covered against the Las Vegas odds in just one of its last eight games.
No Longer Irrelevant
A brilliant career at Iowa State didn’t stop Purdy from being just the ninth quarterback taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. Purdy was the final player selected in the draft to become Mr. Irrelevant. He figured not to see much time with Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of him.
Injuries to Lance and Garoppolo thrust Purdy into action. He has the best passer rating of the trio as he has completed 67% of his passes for 1,374 yards with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Purdy is 5-0 as the starter. Now he is ready for his playoff debut.
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The good news is that receiver Deebo Samuel returned for the regular-season finale so Purdy will have all the pass catchers available in the matchup with Seattle.
San Francisco has covered against the NFL betting lines in seven of its last eight games.
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Seahawks vs 49ers Head-to-Head
San Francisco swept the season series from Seattle for the first time since 2011. The 49ers won 27-7 at home as an 8½-point favorite. Starting quarterback Lance was injured in the game while Garoppolo threw for a touchdown pass and the defense came up with three turnovers
Purdy had a pair of TD passes in a 21-13 win over Seattle on Dec. 15 as a three-point road favorite.
Seattle won the previous four meetings and covered in three of them.
The road team has won five of the last eight games in the series.
Seattle won the only previous playoff matchup 23-17 in 2014 as a four-point favorite at home.
Seahawks vs 49ers Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 14
- Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
- How to watch Seahawks vs 49ers: ESPN
Seahawks vs 49ers Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Seahawks vs 49ers Game Weather Conditions
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 50s at kickoff with rain likely on Saturday.
Seahawks vs 49ers Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: 49ers 27, Seahawks 17
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
With San Francisco priced at -500 to win at home, there won’t be much of a payoff in going with the favorite. With the teams being in the same division, there won’t be many secrets, but it is hard to imagine that Seattle will be able to mount enough offense to stay with the 49ers.
- Worth Betting ATS?
The last time Seattle was a double-digit underdog in the postseason, the Seahawks fell to Chicago 35-24 in 2011. A similar margin seems likely on Saturday.
One concern for the visiting Seahawks is that San Francisco was tied for the NFL lead with 20 interceptions during the regular season and the 49ers also have the sack leader in Nick Bosa. Early turnovers could prove costly in Seattle’s upset bid.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
The total opened at 43. Four of Seattle’s last five postseason games would have finished over that total. Meanwhile, the last three San Francisco postseason contests had 40, 23 and 27 points. Don’t expect a 35-31 affair. but seeing the game finish over 43 points is certainly possible.
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