No. 1: Week 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks
As long as Russell Wilson is the Seahawks quarterback, Seattle will be a legitimate contender and threat in the NFC West.
And just like it was a year ago, Week 17 could ultimately determine who winds up taking home the division, perhaps more. Thanks to linebacker Dre Greenlaw‘s goal-line stand in Week 17 on Sunday Night Football last year, the Niners secured both the NFC West and the top seed in the conference en route to the playoffs.
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Considering only one team in each conference gets a playoff bye now, thanks to the new CBA rules, the top seed is quite literally worth its weight in gold.
It’s a shame Week 17 won’t be played in prime time, at least not yet. But the bonus is it’s going to be hosted at Levi’s Stadium and the 49ers won’t have to deal with the raucous crowd at CenturyLink Field.
Instead, it’s the Faithful’s turn to be raucous.
There’s no reason to assume the Seahawks will take a step back in the playoff picture. In fact, the rest of the NFC could be just as strong as it was in 2019, making this Week 17 bout of utmost importance.
A year ago, fans were looking at that Week 17 Niners-Hawks bout as a contest which could potentially determine both the division and conference. It did.
There’s no reason to assume Week 17 in 2020 could provide the same backdrop.