Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (7-6) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-4)
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Harbaugh: 4-4||Carroll: 6-5|
|LAST WEEK||L 24-13 at Raiders||W 24-14 at Eagles|
|LAST GAME||11/27/14: Seahawks 19 at 49ers 3. Seattle QB Russell Wilson passes for 236 yards & TD. Seahawks defense holds 49ers to 164 total net yards & CB Richard Sherman has 2 INTs.|
|LAST REG-SEA GAME AT SITE||9/15/13: Seahawks 29, 49ers 3. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs & adds 37 receiving yards & TD. Seahawks defense records 3 INTs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:25 PM PT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 140 (SF), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).|
|PASSING||Kaepernick: 248-409-2910-16-10-85.1||Wilson: 236-372-2729-17-5-95.2|
|RUSHING||Gore: 193-775-4.0-2||Lynch: 235-1042 (3C)-4.4-9 (T1L)|
|RECEIVING||Boldin: 72-897-12.5-4||Baldwin: 53-616-11.6-3|
|DEFENSE||308.5 (3L)||274.5 (1L)|
|SACKS||Brooks, Lynch, J. Smith: 5||Bennett: 6|
|INTs||Cox: 4 (T2C)||Sherman: 3|
|PUNTING||Lee: 47.5 (2L)||Ryan: 44.2|
|KICKING||Dawson: 94 (25/25 PAT; 23/28 FG)||Hauschka: 116 (2C) (32/32 PAT; 28/31 FG)|
49ERS: QB COLIN KAEPERNICK has posted 100+ rating 16 times as starter (incl. playoffs) & 49ers are 15-1 (.938)…RB FRANK GORE has 2 highest single-game rushing performances in franchise history, both vs. Sea. (212 yards on 11/19/06 & 207 on 9/20/09)…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 897 rec. yards & needs 103 for 7th career 1,000-yard season. Had TD in NFC Champ. at Sea. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE is 2nd on team with 60 catches (Boldin, 72). Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), TE VERNON DAVIS ties for 3rd in NFL with 53 rec. TDs…Rookie LB CHRIS BORLAND has 91 tackles, 2 INTs, FR & sack in past 7. Named NFL Defensive Rookie of Month for Nov. LB ALDON SMITH has 6 sacks in past 6 meetings. Had 2 sacks in last game at Sea. Rookie LB AARON LYNCH has sack in 5 of past 7. DT JUSTIN SMITH has sack in 2 of past 3. CB PERRISH COX leads club with 14 PD…SEAHAWKS: Have won 6 of past 7. Have won 22 of past 24 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON is 3-0 at home vs. SF (incl. NFC Champ.) & has 103.9 rating. Has 37 TDs, 11 INTs & 102.2 rating in 24 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 7 vs. SF (incl. NFC Champ.), RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has 704 rush yards (100.6 per game) & 8 TDs (6 rush). In 4 career games vs. SF at Sea. (incl. NFC Champ.), has 425 rush yards (106.3 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.). Has TD in 7 of past 9 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 9. Has 18 TDs in past 17 (14 rush, 4 rec.), incl. playoffs…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 6 catches for 106 yards in NFC Champ. Has 3 TDs in past 4 at home vs. SF. Had 5 catches for 97 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 35-yard TD in NFC Champ…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 2 INTs & 90-yard blocked FG return TD in past 2 regular-season meetings at home. Had 2 INTs in Week 13. Since entering in 2011, leads NFL with 23 INTs, most in 1st 4 seasons by active player. S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 3 vs. SF at home (incl. NFC Champ.). S EARL THOMAS had INT in last regular-season home meeting.
The Seahawks defense pounded the Eagles on Sunday, holding Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense in check for most of the afternoon in Seattle’s 24-14 win in Philadelphia.
Seattle seems to be heating up when it means the most, as they have victories over NFC West-leading Arizona (10-3), San Francisco (7-6) and Philadelphia in the last three weeks.
The Seahawks dominated the Eagles statistically in the first half and took a 10-7 lead on Steven Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal. Russell Wilson’s 20-yard completion to Paul Richardson on third-and-15 kept the drive going.
Wilson played well, throwing for two scores in the win. The day though belonged to Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and the rest of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” defense.
The Seahawks set a franchise record by holding the ball for 41:56 and limited the Eagles to 45 offensive plays and 139 total yards, their fewest under Kelly.
LeSean McCoy set a franchise record for yards rushing, but had a costly fumble. Mark Sanchez threw for just 96 yards and Philadelphia’s 10-game home winning streak in the regular season ended.
The Seahawks were leading 10-7 when K.J. Wright forced McCoy to fumble on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Thomas recovered at the Eagles 19 and Wilson connected with Marshawn Lynch two plays later.
Wilson tossed a 23-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to make it 24-14 later in the quarter after the Eagles got within a field goal on Sanchez’s 35-yard pass to Zach Ertz.
The Seahawks hadn’t allowed a touchdown since a 24-20 loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16. They beat division rivals Arizona and San Francisco by the same score, 19-3, in the previous two games.
Seattle tied it at 7 on Wilson’s 26-yard run. Wilson faked an inside handoff to Lynch, saw linebacker Trent Cole commit and ran around the left side untouched for the score.
|Thursday||Practice Not Complete|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), C Max Unger (knee, ankle)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||CB Jeremy Lane (glute)|
|OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)|
|Wednesday||QB Nick Foles (collarbone)|
|Thursday||QB Nick Foles (collarbone)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||K Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk (ankle)|
|Thursday||TE Trey Burton (hamstring), K Cody Parkey (right groin)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (elbow), TE Trey Burton (hamstring)|
|Thursday||LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), DE Brandon Bair (elbow), RB Chris Polk (ankle)|
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-3)
|STREAKS||3 of past 4|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Carroll: 1-1||Kelly: 0-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 19-3 at 49ers||W 33-10 at Cowboys|
|LAST GAME||12/1/11: Eagles 14 at Seahawks 31. Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for 148 yards & 2 TDs (15, 40). Seahawks defense records 4 INTs, including LB David Hawthorne’s 77-yard INT-TD.|
|12/2/07: Seahawks 28, Eagles 24. Seattle RB Maurice Morris rushes for 45-yard TD & WR Nate Burleson has 43-yard TD catch. Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu records 3 INTs.|
|BROADCAST||FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Sea.), 85 (Phi.). XM: 85 (Phi.).|
|PASSING||Wilson: 214-335-2466-15-5-94.7||Sanchez: 111-175-1404-8-6-89.3|
|RUSHING||Lynch: 212-956 (3C)-4.5-9 (1L)||McCoy: 242-1018 (3L)-4.2-4|
|RECEIVING||Baldwin: 48-519-10.8-2||Maclin: 71-1088-15.3-9|
|SACKS||Avril, Bennett: 5||Barwin: 12.5 (1C)|
|INTs||Sherman: 3||Jenkins: 3|
|PUNTING||Ryan: 45.1||Jones: 43.9|
|KICKING||Hauschka: 110 (2C) (29/29 PAT; 27/30 FG)||Parkey (R): 123 (1L) (42/42 PAT, 27/29 FG)|
SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has 110.9 rating (4 TDs, 0 INTs) in past 3…In 2 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 253 yards (126.5 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 100+ yards. Has 17 TDs in past 16 (14 rush, 3 rec.), incl. playoffs. Needs 44 yards & 1 TD to rush for 1,000 yards & 10 TDs for 4th consecutive season. RB ROBERT TURBIN had TD catch last week…WR DOUG BALDWIN leads team with 48 catches & 519 rec. yards. WR JERMAINE KEARSE is 2nd on club with 29 catches & 414 rec. yards. TE TONY MOEAKI had career-long 63-yard catch last week…CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 2 INTs last week. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 23 INTs. His 23 INTs are most in 1st 4 seasons by active player. DE CLIFF AVRIL has 3 sacks in past 2. Had 2 sacks in last meeting (10/14/12 with Det.). LB K.J. WRIGHT had sack & FF in last meeting. S KAM CHANCELLOR had INT in last game vs. Phi. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had 2 sacks in only game vs. Phi. (12/9/12 with TB)…EAGLES: Have won 10 in row at home…Team has won 4 of 5 games when QB MARK SANCHEZ plays, incl. 4 starts. Had 102.2 rating last week… RB LE SEAN MC COY has 289 rush yards (144.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. In past 8 at home, has rushed for 825 yards (103.1 per game) & 6 TDs. In last meeting, had 133 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 49 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB DARREN SPROLES has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 PR) in past 3 at home…WR JEREMY MACLIN has 44 catches for 643 yards (107.2 per game) & 5 TDs in past 6. Has 1,088 rec. yards, 1st career 1,000-yard season. Rookie WR JORDAN MATTHEWS has 5 TDs in past 5, incl. 27-yard TD last week. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs… Phi. has 9 different players with return TD, tied for most in season in NFL history…LB CONNOR BARWIN leads NFC with 12.5 sacks. Has 10.5 sacks in past 4 at home & aims for 5th in row at home with 2+ sacks. DE FLETCHER COX has sack in 3 of past 4. CB CARY WILLIAMS & S NATE ALLEN each had INT last week. LB TRENT COLE has 3 sacks in past 4.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (9-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-4)
|STREAKS||3 of past 5|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Arians: 1-1||Carroll: 6-3|
|LAST WEEK||W 14-6 vs. Lions||L 24-20 at Chiefs|
|LAST GAME||12/22/13: Cardinals 17 at Seahawks 10. Arizona WR Michael Floyd catches game-winning 31-yard TD with 2:13 remaining. Cardinals defense holds Seahawks to 192 total net yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/22/13|
|BROADCAST||FOX (1:05 PM PT): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari.), 85 (Sea.). XM: 85 (Sea.).|
|PASSING||Stanton: 67-125-920-5-2-84.1||Wilson: 182-291-2019-13-5-90.8|
|RUSHING||Ellington: 186-624-3.4-3||Lynch: 177-813 (2C)-4.6-9 (1L)|
|RECEIVING||Fitzgerald: 46-658-14.3-2||Baldwin: 44-485-11.0-2|
|SACKS||Okafor: 5||Bennett: 4|
|INTs||3 tied: 3 (T3C)||6 tied: 1|
|KICKING||Catanzaro (R): 75 (24/24 PAT; 17/18 FG)||Hauschka: 84 (2C) (27/27 PAT; 19/21 FG)|
CARDINALS: Are 9-1 for 2nd time in team history (1948). Are 1 of 2 teams to win at Sea. in past 3 seasons…QB DREW STANTON passed for career-high 306 yards with 2 TDs last week. Has won 5 of past 6 starts (3-1 in 2014)…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 980 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 356 rec.) & can join OTTIS ANDERSON (1979-80) as only Cards with 1,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 159 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 2 TDs last week. In last meeting, had GW 31-yard TD. Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 5 TDs, incl. 4 GWs…Have not allowed 100-yard rusher in 20 games in row. Team has 15 INTs, 2nd most in NFL. CB PATRICK PETERSON has INT in 2 of past 3 at Sea. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in past 5 at Sea. LB LARRY FOOTE had sack in last game vs. Sea. (9/18/11 with Pit.). CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 3 INTs & FR-TD in past 4…SEAHAWKS: Have won 21 of past 23 at home (incl. playoffs)…QB RUSSELL WILSON has 36 TDs, 11 INTs & 101.4 rating in 23 home starts (incl. playoffs)…In past 3 meetings, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH has rushed for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Has TD in 7 of past 8 home games (incl. playoffs). Has 14 TDs (13 rush, 1 rec.) in those 8. Has TD in 10 of past 14 (incl. playoffs) & has 17 TDs in those 14 (14 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had TD last week & leads team with 44 catches & 485 yards. WR JERMAINE KEARSE is 2nd on club with career-high 25 catches & 361 yards…CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 6 INTs (1 TD) in past 5 meetings, incl. 4 INTs (1 TD) in past 2 vs. Az. at home. Has 10 INTs in past 17 at home. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 21 INTs. S EARL THOMAS had 15 tackles & INT in 2 games vs. Az. last year. In past 2 games, has 17 tackles, 47-yard INT & 2 FFs. Incl. playoffs, S KAM CHANCELLOR has 2 INTs & FF in past 4 at home. Had 11 tackles & INT in last meeting. LB MALCOLM SMITH has 19 tackles, sack, INT & FR-TD in past 3 meetings.
Marshawn Lynch didn’t make himself available in the locker room to reporters after the Seahawks’ loss to the Chiefs, possibly setting himself up for a six-figure fine, but he wasn’t completely silent Sunday afternoon, Terry Blount of ESPN.com reports.
On the team’s bus outside Arrowhead Stadium, the running back talked to NFL.com in a telephone interview about his future with the Seahawks and the team’s current fortune.
Lynch isn’t expected to be with the Seahawks in 2015, sources have told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and other media outlets. Asked if he thought he’ll be back in Seattle next season, Lynch said he wasn’t sure, but said all the talk is coming from the organization and not himself.
“Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? “I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game,” he told the website.
“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it.”
Asked about reported friction between himself and coach Pete Carroll and an NFL Network report that Lynch “does not communicate” with the coach, the player said:
“Pete’s my head coach. Well, I mean, you know, he’s really not in my position meetings. … It ain’t like we get to chop it up like that,” he told the website.
Lynch didn’t accompany his teammates to the locker room during halftime Sunday, staying on the bench until the third quarter began.
“He thought it would be better for him to stay out,” Carroll said, not elaborating on why Lynch would think that was advantageous in such harsh weather conditions.
Lynch told NFL Network that he stayed on the bench because he couldn’t walk due to fatigue.
The Seahawks had their shots on Sunday at Arrowhead to beat a good Chiefs team, but in the end failed to crack the end zone when needed, and fly home four point losers, 24-20.
Seattle had a late shot to pull ahead, but on fourth down Pete Carroll opted to throw for the end zone on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line, and the pass went incomplete.
On the day the Hawks fell short on three fourth down attempts.
“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Carroll said. “We had plenty of chances.”
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, and Marshawn Lynch had 124 yards rushing for Seattle.
Lynch had his chances inside the two late, but twice was stood up by the Kansas City defense.
The Seahawks’ last-chance drive ended when Wilson threw incomplete on fourth-and-18 at their 20-yard line with 1:13 left in the game.
“It was a heartbreaking loss,” Wilson said. “We thought we could have or should have won it but they played a great game and we played a great game. Two great NFL teams going after it, and in a tough environment. For us, we’re just looking for the next opportunity.”
The first of Seattle’s fourth-down miscues came with about 6 minutes to go. Lynch was stuffed after a two-yard gain on third down, and Carroll elected to gamble at the Chiefs 2. Wilson rolled out and overthrew Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone.
“I was interfered. It was obvious,” Baldwin said.
Seattle held to get the ball back, and appeared to get a first down with a completion at the Chiefs 35. But coach Andy Reid challenged the spot and replays showed that wide receiver Jermaine Kearse was a full yard short.
Again going for it on fourth down, Lynch was stuffed for no gain, giving the Chiefs the ball back with less than 4 minutes to go.
By the time the Seahawks got the ball back one last time, they were pinned so deep in their own territory and had such little time left that it hardly mattered.
The other key was the fact that the Hawks couldn’t slow down Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, as the back ran for 159 yards and two touchdown.
Knile Davis also ran for a score, as the Chiefs (7-3) won their fifth straight. They’ve also won seven of their last eight.