Signs Seahawks will defeat 49ers on Sunday

12/22/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

In a pivotal NFC West showdown with the Seattle Seahawks hosting the San Francisco 49ers, both teams aren’t willing to lose ground in their playoffs run this Sunday.
While the San Francisco 49ers may appear as favorites to win the division at this stage, the Seattle Seahawks could put on a show for national audiences by posting a strong performance through all quarters on Sunday and throwing the initial playoffs picture into a little unpredictability.
With that aspect, following are five signs for the Seattle Seahawks’ win against the San Francisco 49ers, which if executed to perception could fetch the Seahawks more than just a wild card spot.
Running game
The Seattle Seahawks’ general offensive success throughout this season has been predominantly built around the running game. Although quarterback Russell Wilson has recently found more success in the passing game, running back Marshawn Lynch remains the Seattle Seahawks top weapon in deep offense.
The San Francisco 49ers rank No.3 in run defense, which will make it harder for the Seattle Seahawks to run the ball. Still, the Seattle Seahawks boasts an offensive line that’s maintained its momentum this season while opening gaps for the team’s committed running back. In their last meeting against the San Francisco 49ers earlier this season, Marshawn Lynch racked up 103 rushing yards. If Marshawn Lynch can pull up 125 rushing yards along with a touchdown or two this Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will be good to go for a victory.
Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks’ 3rd Round pick out of Wisconsin Russell Wilson has played with the poise and self-assurance far beyond the capabilities of a rookie this season.
While Russell Wilson’s average quarterback rating of 113.6 is hardly over the past six games is hardly an indicative of overall success, it undeniably represents his general effectiveness at the task. Moreover, Russell Wilson has thrown just one interception over that period, while running the ball as well along with utilization of his arm strength.
Home-field advantage
CenturyLink Field is a tough place to play. And coming back from a road win in hopes of extending their current three-game winning streak, the Seattle Seahawks will be putting immense pressure on the San Francisco 49ers.
But will the Seattle Seahawks’ divisional rivals falter under pressure despite the veteran presence the ranks?
Knowing that the Seattle Seahawks are unbeaten (6-0) at home this season will perhaps set a cautious under tone to this game for the San Francisco 49ers.
Tough D
While the Seattle Seahawks may be able to score more points than their first game against the San Francisco 49ers this season, Sunday’s matchup could very well come down a battle in the trenches.
The Seattle Seahawks have given up the same amount of points (15.6) as the San Francisco 49ers this season, although over the entire year the 49ers have given up on less point than the Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers’ explosive running back Frank Gore may rake-in his share of yardage but the Seattle Seahawks’ defense is on par with the job, especially with cornerback Richard Sherman expected to provide a boost to the secondary on Sunday.
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