The NFC West showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks has been flexed into the Week 17 “Sunday Night Football” spot, and football fans should be happy that happened.
After all, the last time the two teams met, the Seahawks upset the previously undefeated 49ers in Levi’s Stadium, in what was the game of the year. NFL Odds had Seattle listed as a six-point road underdog, yet that surely didn’t matter, as the Seahawks left the Bay Area with a dramatic 27-24 overtime victory.
And now, the 49ers will be doing whatever they can to even the score — while also looking to lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs along the way. That’s like killing two birds with one stone, and it’s clear that head coach Kyle Shanahan will have his players ready to do exactly that. San Francisco also caught a huge stroke of luck, essentially, as Seattle will be undermanned in its backfield big-time. Starting running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise both suffered season-ending injuries in the team’s Week 16 loss to the Cardinals, with star left tackle Duane Brown and defensive back Quandre Diggs all going down as well. None of them will be available for the team’s biggest game of the season on Sunday night, and it’s safe to say Jamarco Jones is a massive downgrade, in comparison to Brown. As for the running backs quandary, the Seahawks signed two of their former players this week — Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. It’ll be interesting to see what type of shape Lynch is in, though, as he was seen handing out tequila at the Raiders’ final home game at O.co Coliseum just two weeks ago.
Both teams have qualified for the playoffs, but they still everything to play for in this game, as the Seahawks could move up a few spots in the postseason picture, while the 49ers could drop a couple. But given how undermanned the Seahawks are, they’ll likely look to put this game on the shoulders of MVP candidate Russell WIlson, who could prove that he’s worthy of winning the award in the final regular-season game of 2019, in primetime. It’s a great storyline, and will be interesting to follow, given that the Ravens will be sitting quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The first time these two met, there was nothing but fireworks, so expect nothing less in Sunday night’s game.