Last Monday the Seahawks dominated the Saints in one of the most anticipated Monday Night Football games of the season. Today’s Seahawks game against the San Francisco 49ers is equally big, though for different reasons. Earlier this year the Seahawks stomped the 49ers in a Week 2 matchup, a trend they’ve continued on their way to an 11-1 record. But the 49ers have overcome some of their early and even mid-season demons in an attempt to find their Super Bowl stride from last season. Today’s game in Candlestick Park will be part shootout and part chess match. If you can’t watch it live on FOX, you can watch Seahawks vs 49ers online live free using the links below.
Monday against the Saints the Seahawks looked unbeatable, thanks largely to the play of quarterback Russell Wilson. Like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Seahawks’ Wilson is one of the most exciting dual-threat QBs in the league. But as the Seahawks’ second-leading rusher (456 yards, 5.7 yards per carry), Wilson’s arm had often been doubted. Those doubts we justified; Wilson has led the Seahawks to just the NFL’s 22nd-ranked passing game. Against the Saints, Wilson went off for 310 yards passing and three touchdowns. It was a statement game in more ways than one, even if the Seahawks were coming off a bye week and had plenty of time to prepare.
Today, though, the 49ers and Kaepernick pose a unique challenge. Not only is there the “revenge factor” for the Week 2 debacle, but the 8-4 49ers are playing a must-win game as they cling by just a single game to the sixth and final NFC playoff spot. Seattle, by comparison, can clinch the NFC West with a win today in the second-to-last game in Candlestick Park. Motivation, desperation and sentimentality combine today in what will be the 49ers’ own statement game.
So the ground is set when you watch Seahawks vs 49ers online live free to see the 49ers pull off a major upset. The Seahawks will once again be playing without wide receiver Percy Harvin, but Harvin was out on Monday against the Saints, too, so Wilson won’t likely miss a beat. What’s really in San Francisco’s favor is that Seattle’s bound for a bit of a letdown game, not to mention the fact that they’re playing in a short week. The 49ers will have to overcome their pesky habit of losing to teams with winning records — they’re 2-4 this year — but they’ve also won seven games this season by double digits. If the 49ers can play like that elite team rather than their alter-ego, there’s an upset in the making.
Kaepernick also has wide receiver Michael Crabtree at his disposal again today. Crabtree only had two catches last week against St. Louis, but his presence forced the Rams defense to play honest, and it bought Kaepernick time to play creatively. The Seattle secondary will pose some challenges of course, but the Seahawks will be down a man in that regard due to Walter Thurmond’s suspension. Result: today’s game is largely going to come down to the play of each team’s receivers.
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