Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers Game Prediction
The upcoming Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers game looks like a one-sided battle where the 49ers are the clear favorite to win. But don’t rule the Seahawks out just yet — they’re not about to go down without a decent fight.
Seahawks vs 49ers: Let’s Put This Game Into Context
The Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers rivalry is one of football’s newer matchups. However, while they played their first match against each as far back as 1976, the lack of success and rare fixtures between the two sides meant there was little history between them before the turn of the century.
As such, most of the intensity built up between the two sides has come since the two were initially pitted against each other in the National Football Conference Western Division in 2002.
The rivalry between coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbough, who came from coaching college sides to lead the Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers, respectively, helped to spur on the rivalry starting in the 2010s once the sides had played each other regularly for a few years.
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers: Historical Matchups and Statistics
Both sides have wasted no time building a narrative against the other since then. Even when the Seahawks fell out of form in the late 2000s/early 2010s, they always put up a solid fight against a much more dominant 49ers lineup.
From 2010 to 2014, they were the only sides to win the NFC West, with the peak of the sides’ dominance coming in the 2013 NFC Championship game when the Seahawks beat the 49ers 23-17 and went on to win the Super Bowl.
The all-time record between the two swings Seattle’s way, with the Seahawks having 30 wins to the 49ers’ 18. This record has grown particularly dominant in recent years due to a 21-game streak starting in 2012 in which the Seahawks won 17 of the matchups.
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers NFL Prediction: Seasons So Far
Seattle has had a mixed season so far, but it has definitely had more positives than negatives. The emergence of rookie running back Kenneth Walker as a serious asset has helped push the team on, and Quarterback Geno Smith has proven a consistent performer.
The side’s record of 6-5 means the team still has it all to play for, but they’ll hope to hit a run of more reliable form soon. If the Seahawks’ defense can up its game, then this team could surprise a few people.
The 49er’s impressive form this season briefly looked under threat when Jimmy Garoppolo took a nasty-looking hit to the leg against the Saints in week 12. Still, he escaped without serious damage, and San Francisco’s march continued.
With a record of 7-5 so far, San Francisco is one of the most formidable teams in the league, and it has the potential to reach higher levels still.
Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers Match Prediction
We’ve already seen that while the 49ers look better on paper, the Seahawks know how to pull it out of the bag and give the 49ers a run for their money. Playing on home turf will give the Seahawks even more belief that they can keep this season’s record in the positive and not let sides like the 49ers drift too far ahead of them.
The 49ers know that these matches against mid-level sides need to be victories more often than not, though, if the franchise is to live up to pre-season expectations. They’ve played well for the most part at the beginning of the season, but it could easily turn into a case of “What if” unless the little bumps in the journey are ironed out soon.
Sill, we’d have to tip the 49ers for the win. And, with the Seahawks’ defense never really clicking into gear this season, it could turn into a high-scoring one, too — just don’t expect Seattle to roll over without a fight when these two teams go face-to-face, though.
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