Seahawks Host 49ers In Sunday Night Football Showdown
By: Willie Bee
Thursday, December 20, 2012
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
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Date: 12/23/2012 at 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Seahawks -1, O/U 40½
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San Francisco 49ers: The NFL puts Week 16 to rest with a big Sunday Night Football contest that could decide the NFC West with the Niners (10-3-1 straight-up, 9-5 against the spread) at the Seahawks. San Francisco picked up its second straight win and cover with a 41-34 upset at New England last Sunday as a 4-point road 'dog, nearly blowing a 31-3 lead early in the third quarter. The 49ers defense forced four turnovers to withstand a 443-yard passing performance by Patriots QB Tom Brady. Second-year QB Colin Kaepernick only completed 14 passes, but four went for San Fran touchdowns, setting a new career high in just his fifth NFL start. San Francisco picked up its fourth consecutive win in this series against the Seahawks with a 13-6 win at home back in Week 7. Seattle did have just enough to grab the cover as a 7½-point underdog for its second consecutive cover vs. the Niners.
Seattle Seahawks: Back-to-back 50-point efforts have the Seahawks (9-5 SU, 10-4 ATS) on a three-game winning and covering streak heading into this crucial showdown. The latest victim was Buffalo in Toronto as Seattle cruised to a 50-17 laugher, just the third "road" win in eight tries for Coach Pete Carroll's squad that will now close out the season at home, where the Seahawks are a perfect 6-0. Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson ran for three scores and passed for another against the Bills, and the defense added its third touchdown in two games with Earl Thomas' pick-6 in the third quarter. The team's third-ranked rushing offense is led by running back Marshawn Lynch, who is approaching the 1,400-yard plateau for the season, and has 10 totes for scores. Seattle ranks fourth in turnover margin at plu-11, and the defense is second behind San Francisco allowing just 15.6 points per game. The last four Seahawks games have gone "over," but the last two in this series failed to reach the total.
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