Week 17 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks At San Francisco 49ers
- QuarterbackThe Seahawks are going to the playoffs, but they suffered a big loss at home in Week 16 to the Arizona Cardinals. That defeat could cost them the No. 2 seed and a bye in the playoffs, which could be quite costly. Russell Wilson has had a challenging season, but he should be able to torment the vulnerable 49ers with his arm and his ability to run.The one area that the 49ers can say has gone well this season has been the play of running back Carlos Hyde, who has gained 988 yards and has scored six touchdowns. However, he won’t be in the lineup this week as a result of a sprained MCL. The 49ers receivers have struggled throughout the season and they will most likely be stifled by the Seattle secondary.
- OffenseThe Seahawks have had a difficult time keeping their running backs healthy, and that’s one of the main reasons their offense has lacked consistency. While the Seahawks have the 22nd-ranked rushing attack, the receivers have done a solid job. Doug Baldwin will outfight defensive backs for the ball on every play, while Jimmy Graham can be a playmaking tight end.The one area that the 49ers can say has gone well this season has been the play of running back Carlos Hyde, who has gained 988 yards and has scored six touchdowns. However, he won’t be in the lineup this week as a result of a sprained MCL. The 49ers receivers have struggled throughout the season and they will most likely be stifled by the Seattle secondary.
- DefenseThe Seahawks will go as far in the postseason as their defense can take them. While there have been lapses this season – including last week’s game against the Cardinals – the defense is led by hard-hitting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and is quite nasty. Cornerback Richard Sherman should have a field day, while defensive end Cliff Avril remains a first-rate pass rusher.The 49ers have been pushed around on defense all season, and they rank 32nd in yardage allowed. That explains why they went without a victory from the second week of the season until Christmas Eve. Strong safety Antoine Bethea is a hard worker who leads the team with 102 tackles, but much of that is due to the team’s poor tackling up front.
- Special TeamsThe Seahawks have performed fairly well on special teams, but they suffered a big loss in this area when explosive Tyler Lockett suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in Week 16. Steven Hauschka has had a tough season as he has missed four FG attempts and five extra points.The 49ers have not helped themselves with their special teams play this season. They have given up long punt and kickoff returns, but they don’t have a major threat in their own return game. Phil Dawson mas made 18-of-21 FG attempts.
The 49ers got their win in Week 16, and they will likely go away meekly in the season finale against Seattle.