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
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.
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
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
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.
49ers 17, Seahawks 14