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49ers vs. Seahawks: History, Numbers and Connections Behind The Game


In Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers travel up north to take on their arch-rivals the Seattle Seahawks for a Sunday Night Football showdown on national T.V. The all-time series is tied, 14-14, between the two teams.

The 49ers offense opened up the 2013 season by putting up 34 points and amassing 494 yards of offense against the Green Bay Packers to win, 34-28. Colin Kaepernick set a Niners franchise record in a season opener with 412 passing yards. Anquan Boldin also made franchise history by posting ten receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown.

This week, San Francisco finds a tougher matchup going up against the Seahawks. Last time the two teams met the game was also played in Seattle and on Sunday Night Football. The Seahawks embarrassed the 49ers, 42-13.

The division rivals are similar on both sides of the football and are evenly matched. Despite San Francisco and Seattle having prolific offenses, the game will be dominated by both teams’ defenses. Niners win 25-23.

Here is a look at the history, numbers and connections behind the game:

San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle (FieldTurf, outdoors)

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. PDT (NBC)

Line: Seahawks -3 even, Total 43.5

Forecast: Low-60s, 70% chance of rain projected at kickoff

The Rivalry

Matchups: 28

Series Record: Series tied 14-14

49ers Home Record vs. Seahawks: Series tied 7-6

49ers Away Record vs. Seahawks: Series tied 8-7

First Meeting: 9/26/76, 49ers won 37-21, at Seattle

Last Meeting: 12/23/12, 49ers lost 19-17, at Seattle

Current Streak: Lost 1

Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (12/12/10 – 10/18/12)

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 – 2 times, (Last 12/23/12): Seahawks won 42-13, at Seattle

49ers Shutouts: 0

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

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 during that span. Since 2005 the rivalry has become more balanced with San Francisco posting a record of 8-6 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.  Another memorable game was in Week 5 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 notable games were the regular-season openers in 2010 and 2011. The Niners lost in Seattle 31-6 and Mike Singletary thanked 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, foreshadowing Singletary 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. It was Singletary’s last win as the 49ers head coach. The 2011 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 collecting 268 total return yards.

Last season, the Niners and Seahawks split the season series. San Francisco won the first meeting 13-6 at home in Week 7.  Seattle would revenge the loss in Week 16, spanking the Niners, 42-13. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Seahawks.

The Numbers

2013 Comparison

  49ERS (rank)                         SEAHAWKS (rank)

1-0 (t-1st NFCW) Record 1-0 (t-1st NFCW)

34.0 (t-3rd) Points Per Game 12.0 (28th)

494.0 (2nd) Total Offense 370.0 (14th)

90.0 (12th) Rushing Offense 70.0 (22nd)

404.0 (3rd) Passing Offense 300.0 (11th)

38:35 (1st) Possession Average 30:14 (16th)

28.0 (t-23rd) Points Allowed Per Game 7.0 (2nd)

385.0 (22nd) Total Defense 253.0 (5th)

63.0 (t-6th) Rushing Defense 134.0 (28th)

322.0 (25th) Passing Defense 119.0 (3rd)

2 (t-16th) Sacks 1 (t-24th)

1 (t-9th) Interceptions 0 (t-24th)

47.2 (12th) Punting Avg. (Gross) 49.5 (5th)

+2 (t-2nd) Turnover Differential +1 (t-9th)

  • 1,238:  Amount of career rushing yards Frank Gore has against the Seahawks. He holds the record for most rushing yards against the Seahawks in NFL history.
  • 6:  The 49ers are 6-0 in the regular season and playoffs when Colin Kaepernick records a quarterback rating over 100.
  • 35: Aldon Smith has 35 sacks since his rookie season in 2011.
  • 412: Total passing yards Kaepernick threw for against the Packers last week.
  • 13: Boldin’s receptions in his debut with the Niners.
  • 38:35: Possession average San Francisco recorded against Green Bay.
  • 12: Amount of points Seattle scored against the Carolina Panthers last week.
  • 90: Total rushing yards Gore and company ran for in Week 1.
  • 11: In 11 career games against Seattle, Boldin has 74 receptions for 938 yards and 2 TDs.
  • 125.5: Gore ranks first among all active players and second all-time with 125.5 scrimmage yards per game against the Seahawks.
  • 122: Patrick Willis has totaled 122 tackles in 11 games against the Seahawks.
  • 4: On Sunday Night Football, the Niners have a 4-5 on the road.
  • 39: Under Jim Harbaugh the Niners have posted a +39 turnover differential, ranking 2nd in the NFL.
  • 7: Willis has seven career interceptions against the Seahawks.

The Connections

  • Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (2007-2010) and cornerback Richard Sherman (2006-2009) went to Stanford and played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (2004-2006) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2003-2006) all played at Cal.
  • 49ers running back Anthony Dixon and Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright were teammates at MississippiState.
  • 49ers running back Kendall Hunter (2007-2009), cornerback Perrish Cox (2006-2009), and Seahawks tackle Russell Okung (2006-09) attended OklahomaState together.
  • 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams and Seahawks tight end Zach Miller played together at ArizonaState in 2006.
  • From 2007-2009, 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 in 2008.
  • 49ers special teams assistant Tracy Smith was a coaching assistant with the Seahawks in 2011.

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