Game Day: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Nov 21, 2015 at 9:00 PM--


On Sunday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks (4-5) will host the San Francisco 49ers (3-6) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

The 49ers are coming off of a 17-16 victory against the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago. The Seahawks are coming off of a 39-32 defeat against the Arizona Cardinals.


22 months later, 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is returning to the scene of his devastating injury. During the NFC Championship in January of 2014, Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse collided with Bowman's extended leg – tearing his ACL and MCL. Laying on the turf, Bowman thought that his career might be over.

"I'll never forget the exact spot that it happened," Bowman said on Wednesday. "I've been thinking about that for the past couple weeks. It will be very humbling for me just to approach it again and be able to just play on that field again and have a good game."


Bowman's playmaking ability and game speed has improved each week of the 2015 season. "I don't think I'm 100 percent yet, but I do feel great. I feel the knee progressing every single week," says Bowman.

Even CB Richard Sherman – a hated 49ers rival – has been impressed by Bowman's comeback. "I'm so impressed by the way he's come back and how well he's played, especially as of late," Sherman said. "In the Falcons game, he seemed like he was everywhere. And it's just a testament to his hard and work and dedication to his craft and what he does, to see him get back to form like he has."


The last time these two teams met, the 49ers were coming off of a short week and had just three days of rest before their clash with Seattle at Levi's Stadium. This time, the 49ers are coming off of their bye week. two weeks of rest, and a different quarterback at the helm, and are headed into their final division road game of the season. QB Colin Kaepernick was benched and Blaine Gabbert was named the starter prior to the 49ers' victory over the Falcons and he will start again against the Seahawks.

On Saturday, Kaepernick was placed on the injured reserve list – ending his 2015 season. He has a torn labrum in left (non-throwing) shoulder and is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday in Denver.

Against the Falcons, Gabbert connected with TE Garrett Celek for a pair of touchdowns on the day and marked the first multi-touchdown game of Celek's career. WR Quinton Patton added a career high 70 receiving yards on three receptions. The offense also rushed for 133 yards while RB Shaun Draughn ran for a career high 58 yards in his 49ers debut. Draughn averaged 3.6 yards after contact. While one game is a small sample size, that ranks second among running backs with at least ten carries this season.

In the last meeting between these two teams, RT Erik Pears had his worst game of the season, finishing with a negative-6.0 rating from Pro Football Focus.

Top PFF 49ers – W9 Top PFF Seakawks – W10
DE Arik Armstead (+2.0) DE Cliff Avril (+6.0)
QB Blaine Gabbert (+2.0) DE Michael Bennett (+5.7)
CB Marcus Cromartie (+1.8) ILB Bobby Wagner (+3.1)
LB Michael Wilhoite (+1.7) WR Doug Baldwin (+2.5)
LG Alex Boone (+1.7) RB Marshawn Lynch (+2.5)

Defensively, the 49ers held the Falcons to just 17 yards rushing on 14 carries, which marked the fourth fewest rushing yards allowed by the team since 2001. Going into the game, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman led the NFL with 709 rushing yards on the season and finished with only 12 on the day. The defense brought down Falcons QB Matt Ryan twice as LBs NaVorro Bowman and Aaron Lynch each registered a sack. Rookie DE Arik Armstead recorded his third straight game with a +1.0 of higher Pro Football Focus rating. He had five combined pressures in 22 snaps.


In their last matchup against Seattle, CBs Kenneth Acker and Tramaine Brock each intercepted Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. The pair have combined for six total INTs on the season, which ties for fifth in the NFL among defensive backs. Bowman ranks first in the NFC with 88 tackles on the season while LB Michael Wilhoite ranks third with 72.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has had a lot of success against the 49ers. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in 7 of 13 career games against the 49ers (54 percent). Against the rest of the NFL? 30 in 124 (24 percent).

Kickoff: Sunday, November 22 at 1:25 PM PT

Television: The game will be televised on FOX (Check 506 Sports to see if it is local)

Bay Area Radio: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 (Other radio affiliates)

Spanish Radio: KTRB 860

All-Time Matchup: Seahawks lead series 19-15

Last Meeting: 10/22/15, Seahawks win 20-3, at SF

Current Streak: Lost 4

Betting: The Seahawks are 13 point favorites

NFL Fan Picks: 75% pick the Seahawks to win according to Yahoo! Sports

49ers Fan Picks: Within our Pick 'em Contest, 74% believe the Seahawks will win

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Injury Report

TeamPosPlayerInjuryStatus
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Foot Out
49ers WR Anquan Boldin Hamstring Questionable
49ers CB Kenneth Acker Concussion, chest Probable
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Shoulder Probable
49ers CB Tramaine Brock Shin Probable
49ers LB Ahmad Brooks Shoulder Probable
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Left shoulder IR
49ers CB Keith Reaser Ankle Probable
49ers S Eric Reid Chest Probable
Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin Knee Out
Seahawks WR Paul Richardson Hamstring Out
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch Abdomen Questionable
Seahawks DE Cliff Avril Ankle Probable
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin Toe Probable
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Not injury related Probable
Seahawks DE Demarcus Dobbs Shoulder Probable
Seahawks T Russell Okung Toe, ankle Probable
Seahawks CB Cary Williams Hip Probable
Seahawks TE Luke Willson Toe Probable
Seahawks LB K.J. Wright Knee Probable

Game Averages (Rank)

49ers Seahawks
14.0 (32nd)
Offense Pts
22.1 (20th)
286.2 (32nd)
Offense Yds
352.0 (18th)
181.6 (30th)
Offense Pass
215.2 (27th)
104.7 (17th)
Offense Rush
136.8 (4th)
24.8 (20th)
Defense Pts Allowed
19.9 (7th)
392.4 (27th)
Defense Yds Allowed
303.3 (2nd)
280.6 (29th)
Defense Pass Allowed
202.8 (2nd)
111.9 (21st)
Defense Rush Allowed
100.6 (11th)

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