49ers vs. Seahawks: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Ted Ginn #19 of the San Francisco 49ers outruns Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks on his way to scoring a touchdown on a kickoff return during their season opener at Candlestick Park on September 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks are hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Christmas Eve in a game with tons of playoff implications.

Look for both teams to try their hardest to come away with the win for various reasons.

Keep reading to see why the 49ers and Seahawks both cannot afford to lose this game.

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

When: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4:15 p.m. EDT

Watch: FOX

Listen: KNBR 1050 AM – San Francisco, KIRO 97.3 FM - Seattle

Betting Line: San Francisco -3

What's At Stake?

The 49ers are trying to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs while the Seahawks are battling to stay alive for a wild-card spot in the NFC.

Seattle has won five of their last six but has to hope Atlanta or Detroit falters down the stretch to surpass them.

San Francisco is tied with New Orleans at 11-3 and cannot afford to drop a game if they want to get an extra week of rest going into their first postseason since 2002.

49ers' Injury Report

OT Joe Staley – Questionable (Leg)

WR Braylon Edwards – Questionable (Knee)

LB Patrick Willis – Questionable (Hamstring)

WR/KR Ted Ginn – Questionable (Ankle)

Seahawks' Injury Report

No Major Recent Injuries to Report

 

Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit' Em and Sleeper

Start ‘Em: Frank Gore

Gore is a solid start against the Seahawks. He will get his touches and always has a good chance to go near 100 yards and get at least one score.

Sit ‘Em: Michael Crabtree

Crabtree simply isn’t a starting-caliber fantasy receiver and has not been able to do much this year, as evidenced by his four reception, 35-yard performance in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday.

Sleeper: Marshawn Lynch

Lynch has been going beast mode against the stoutest run defenses in the league.

The Niners haven’t let in a touchdown all year on the ground but if they do let someone slip past this season, you can bet it will be Lynch.

 

What They're Saying

Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that the 49ers kicker, David Akers, broke one of Jerry Rice’s longstanding records in his first season with the team.

“The placekicker set the franchise’s single-season scoring record in a 20-3 win against the Steelers on Monday, breaking Jerry Rice‘s mark of 138 points set in 1987.”

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times found that coach Pete Carroll is excited about his team’s ability to finish.

“It's just exciting to see these guys latch on to the ability to play late in the season, late in the games," Carroll said after Sunday's comeback in Chicago. "To finish games."

49ers Player to Watch: Alex Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Smith is reviving his career this season by playing mistake-free football and managing games.

He will have no problem continuing to do these things against a decent Seattle pass defense that hasn't been spectacular in any way.

 

Seahawks Player to Watch: Marshawn Lynch

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, W
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Lynch consistently puts the team on his back and finds his way into the end zone.

Will he be the first rusher to score against the 49ers?

We’ll find out on Saturday.

 

Key Matchup: Marshawn Lynch vs. 49ers rush defense.

If Lynch can’t give it his all and get an amazing performance against the league’s toughest defense, the Seahawks can kiss their playoff chances goodbye.

 

Prediction

49ers 17, Seahawks 14