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Seattle Seahawks Vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview: The History, Numbers and Connections Behind The Rivalry

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The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks had two very different Sunday’s in week six of the season.  The 49ers were embarrassed at home by the Giants, while the Seahawks won an exciting come-from-behind victory over the Tom Brady and the Patriots.  With a short week in between games, the Niners will look to erase any memories of last week with win on Thursday night.  The Seahawks hope to carry the momentum from their big win into San Francisco to give a shock to the 49ers for the second week in a row.  Thursday night will be the 49ers first division game of the season.  This will not only be the Seahawks’ third game against an NFC West rival, but their third division game played on the road.  They lost on the road to the Cardinals and Rams earlier this season.  The overall series between the teams is tied at 13 games apiece, with the 49ers winning each of the last 3 contests.

Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at San Francisco 49ers (4-2)

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco (grass, outdoors)

When: Thursday, 5:20 p.m./8:20 p.m. ET (NFL Network)

Spread: 49ers by 7

Forecast: High-70s projected at kickoff, down to mid-60s after sunset.

The Rivalry

Matchups: 26

Series Record: Series tied 13-13

49ers Home Record vs. Seahawks: Series tied 6-6

49ers Away Record vs. Seahawks: Series tied 7-7

First Meeting: 9/26/76, 49ers win 37-21, at Sea.

Last Meeting: 12/24/11, 49ers win 19-17, at Sea.

Current Streak: Won 3

Longest 49ers Win Streak: 3 – 2 times (11/25/85 – 12/8/91, 12/12/10 – Present)

Longest Seahawks Win Streak: 6 (10/12/03 – 12/11/05)

Most 49ers Points: 40 (12/12/10): 40-21, at SF

Most Seahawks Points: 42 (11/7/04): 42-27, at SF

49ers Shutouts: None

Seahawks Shutouts: 2 (Last 11/12/07), Seahawks win 24-0, at Sea.

The 49ers and Seahawks played their first game against each other in 1976, but the rivalry did not heat up until Seattle moved to the NFC West division in 2002.  The Niners won the first two games they played as division rivals, however, from 2003-2005 the Seahawks won six straight games.  Two of those loses by the 49ers were blowouts losing by 38 and 34 points.  The 2003-2005 seasons saw the Seahawks emerge as contenders winning the division twice along with a Super Bowl appearance, while the Niners finished third once and fourth two times in the division in that span.  Since 2005 the rivalry has become more balanced with Niners posting a record of 7-5 against Seattle.

In 2006, San Francisco swept Seattle during the season winning the final game by scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 24-14 win.  This was the last and only time they played on Thursday Night Football.  Another memorable game was in week five of the 2007 season.  The 49ers were humiliated at home 23-3 and Alex Smith went out for the season with a separated shoulder on a sack by Rocky Bernard.

Two other recent notable games were the regular-season openers in 2010 and 2011.  The Niners lost in Seattle 31-6 and Mike Singletary would thank the Seahawks after the game for “kicking our tails” because it was a wakeup call for the team.  When it was actually a wakeup call for Niners fans showing Singeltary was not the right man to coach the team.  The 49ers and Singletary would get revenge later in the season with a 40-21 win at home.  This would be Singletary’s last win as the 49ers head coach.  Last season’s regular-season opener saw the 49ers dismantle the Seahawks 33-17 with Ted Ginn Jr.’s returning a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown and massing 268 total return yards.

The Numbers

  • 3:  Dating back to 2010, the 49ers have won three straight games over the Seahawks.
  • 8:  The game will be the 49ers eighth time playing on Thursday night.
  • 5:  Numbers of wins on Thursday night in 49ers franchise history.  San Francisco has a 5-2 record.
  • 176.8:  The 49ers are averaging 176.8 rushing yards per game this season, ranking1st in the NFL.
  • 60.7:  The 49ers defense has limited opposing quarterbacks to a 60.7 passer rating on 1st down, ranking 2nd in the NFL (Chicago – 47.7).
  • 15:  Points scored by kicker David Akers in the last home game against the Seahawks, a career high.  He connected on 4 field goals and kicked three PAT’s.
  • 0:  Amount of sacks and turnovers for the 49ers defense last week against the Giants.
  • 1:  49ers, Seahawks and Cardinals are all tied for 1st place in the NFC West.
  • 268:  Ted Ginn Jr.’s total return yards in the last season’s meeting in San Francisco, a single game record in franchise history.
  • 1,079:  Total career rushing yards for Frank Gore against the Seahawks.  The most against any team he has faced in his career.
  • 15.5:  Seahawks defense gives up an average of 15.5 points per game, ranked 2nd in the NFL.
  • 70:  The rushing defense for Seattle only allows an average of 70 rushing per yards per game, ranked 2nd in the NFL.
  • 549:  Rushing yards by Marshawn Lynch this season, ranked 3rd in NFL.
  • 7:  Sacks by Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons this season, ranked 3rd in NFL.

The Connections

  • Seahawks running back Michael Robinson spent 4 seasons with the 49ers from 2006-2009, with two of those years as a special teams captain.
  • Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (2007-2010), tight end Evan Moore (2003-07) and cornerback Richard Sherman (2006-2009) went to Stanford and played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (2004-2006), running back Justin Forsett (2004-2007) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2003-2006) all played at Cal.
  • Seahawks wide receiver Braylon Edwards played in 9 games for the 49ers last season.
  • 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers and Seahawks wide receiver Benjamin Obomanu played at Auburn from 2002-2004.
  • 49ers running back Kendall Hunter (2007-2009), cornerback Perrish Cox (2006-2009), and Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (2006-09) attended Oklahoma State together.
  • From 2005-2006 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham and Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch were teammates at University of Michigan.
  • 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams and Seahawks tight end Zach Miller played together at Arizona State in 2006.
  • Harbaugh (Stanford) and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (USC) both coached against each other three times in college in the Pac-10.  Harbaugh won two of the three matchups.
  • Carroll is from native of San Francisco and coached for the 49ers from 1995-1996 as the defensive coordinator.
  • 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari held the same position with the Seahawks from 2008-2009.
  • Solari and Carroll also worked together with the 49ers from 1995-1996.
  • Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. (1994-2000) played for the 49ers.
  • 49ers wide receivers coach John Morton coached at USC under Carroll from 2007-2010.
  • 49ers’ secondary coach Ed Donatell coached at the University of Washington from 1981-1982 and 2008.
  • 49ers special teams assistant Tracy Smith was a coaching assistant with the Seahawks in 2011.
  • 49ers safety Dashon Goldson attended the University of Washington (2004-06).


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