Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: Why Seattle Pulls off Huge Upset

Guido FargiorgioCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks runs on to the field with his team before a game against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks will take on the San Francisco 49ers later on tonight in a critical NFC West matchup.

I think I can safely assume that nobody thought those words would come together in a sentence like that, even a couple weeks ago. Definitely not me, before last week's game against the Patriots, which I thought New England would handily take.

I was wrong.

Seattle's late, dramatic win over the Patriots now sets the scene for this NFC West game that, depending on how Arizona fares this weekend, could break the divisional tie.

The 49ers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Giants. They will be looking to reassert themselves as the team that came one win from the Super Bowl last year.

Which begs the question: can Seattle pull off another upset?

Yes, they can, and they will do it again. Here's why.

Among the many positives from last week was the Seahawks' defense rising to the challenge of playing a great offensive team like the Patriots.

"Didn't Brady have 395 passing yards? Is that really stopping them?"

Yes. The defense allowed Brady to get 395 passing yards, but he's Tom Brady. He's always going to get those types of passing yards.

How about a real telling stat: In six trips to the red zone, Tom Brady and Co. converted only once. 

To put it in some perspective, New England currently converts in the red zone at around 55 percent. Last year, they were at 65 percent. (h/t

Seattle held back the team with the best statistical offense and most points, who score more than half the time they reach the red Zone, to one red-zone touchdown.

Likewise, they held the fourth-ranked rushing offense, much improved from the Patriots of years past, to only 87 rushing yards.

Offensively, it seems that while fans and analysts are willing to admit Seattle came up big, more emphasis was placed on how bad the Patriots' pass defense was.

Admittedly, New England's porous pass defense is a recurring theme, but how about giving credit where credit is due?

Without much help from their seventh-overall rushing offense, undoubtedly a strength and key component to Seattle's success so far this season, somebody needed to step up and make offensive plays.

Regardless of how much credit you want to give to Russell Wilson, he is the leader of that passing offense, and they are the ones who came through in the clutch. Two of his three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter of that game.

At the end of the day, Russell Wilson and his Seahawks defeated the mighty Tom Brady and his Patriots. Think about how much that means for not only Wilson, but the team in general.

With everybody doubting whether they were "for real" this season, in walked the perennial powerhouse Patriots. A team that, despite a few knocks, still looked like the team to beat in the AFC. For a, relatively young and inexperienced team, that's a huge confidence boost.

Still, for all the good that last week's game did, Seattle are advised to quickly forget about New England. The 49ers provide another huge obstacle for the Seahawks to overcome, but one they are definitely more than willing to take on. 

Both teams will be fielding potent defenses, but San Francisco's offense is ranked much higher than Seattle's. Numbers, however, often lie. Like Seattle proved against New England, the best offenses don't always play like they should.

San Francisco may be looking to shake off their disappointing loss to the Giants, but they are running right into another team that is brimming with confidence. Unless the 49ers come out swinging and take complete control of the game early, Seattle will be giving them all they can handle. And then some.