15 Sep 2013 11:16 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Russell Wilson looks to remain undefeated in Seattle. (Image Source: Jim Bryant/Landov)
Here’s a look at tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup between NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
Series: Tied, 14-14; Steaks: 49ers won 4 of 5; Last Meeting: Seattle 42, SF 13 (12.23.12)
Time: 8:30 PM ET; TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Injury Report: San Francisco: Questionable: RB LaMichael James (knee); Seattle: Out: DT Jordan Hill (biceps); Doubtful: CB Brandon Browner (hamstring), S Jeron Johnson (hamstring); Questionable: DE Chris Clemons (knee); Probable: DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), T Michael Bowie (shoulder), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Brandon Mebane (ankle), WR Sidney Rice (knee), TE Luke Willson (oblique)
The San Francisco 49ers opened the season with a marquee win over the Green Bay Packers. Entering the season as the starting QB for the first time in his NFL career Colin Kaepernick showed the football world that he is much more than a read-option quarterback, he can pocket pass with the best of them. Kaepernick set a career high with 412 yards (3 TDs, 0 INTs) and is now 8-3 as the starting QB.
“It was great to go out there and get this win,” says Kaepernick of their win over the Packers. “You always want to win your opener; it sets the tone for the season.”
Offseason addition Anquan Boldin played a big role in Kaepernick’s monster passing day making 13 grabs for 208 yards and a touchdown, his second 200-yard receiving performance on opening day in his career. In a twist, Boldin became the first player to score a TD in his debut with the team he played against in the previous Super Bowl. (John, Jim sends his thanks.) Boldin may not always get separation but he can make plays in traffic. In the red zone, the Seahawks must be very aware of TE Vernon Davis, whose 38 TDs since 2009 leads all tight ends.
Seattle also opened the season with a win, but it wasn’t as pretty, as they traveled across country to beat Carolina.
“It’s about overcoming adversity,” said cornerback Richard Sherman. “Getting this type of game early is going to help us throughout the season.”
The Seahawks came from behind to beat the Panthers 12-7 behind 320 passing yards (TD) from second-year signal caller Russell Wilson. Wilson is the key tonight. He is undefeated at home and last season became the first rookie quarterback to go 8-0 at home, including a career-high 4-TD effort against the Niners. At home, he threw for 1,504 yards and 17 TDs (2 INTs) while completing 64.6 percent of his passes for a QB rating of 123.6. When Wilson’s QB rating is 100 or better, Seattle is 9-1.
While Wilson will be the focus of San Francisco’s defense, you can bet the 49ers will also game plan to slow down RB Marshawn Lynch, who has rushed for over 100 yards in his last three games against San Fran and in five straight division games. Like Wilson, he also excels at home, having rushed for at least 98 yards in 12 of his last 13 in the friendly confines.
Score: Seahawks 27, 49ers 23
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.