After seventeen weeks of football, the Seattle Seahawks ( 11-4) will host the San Francisco 49ers ( 12-3) Sunday night at CenturyLink Field in a winner take all game for the NFC West Divison title. It will be the second time the teams will meet this season with the Seahawks having pulled off a dramatic 27-24 OT win at San Francisco on November 16th. That game-like Sundays match up was played under the lights in a Prime Time setting. For Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson there is something special about playing under the lights at night.
“I think under the lights is always a special thing. I take it back to high school sometimes. Friday night lights, that kind of feeling. Playing here in CenturyLink under the lights, there’s nothing better. There’s been some amazing memories here under the lights and some great games and great matchups. This will definitely be one of them. They have a great football team. We’re going to have to be ready to bring our A+ game.
We have to be ready to play a great 60 minutes of football, maybe even more. Just be ready to roll. It’s going to take offense, defense, and special teams and everything we got. It’s going to take our fans and it’s going to take everybody. We’re excited about it. Excited to play the last game of the year of the regular season right here at home in front of the world or whatever. Really, it’s about us and us executing and trying to do it right.
RUNNING BACK REINFORCEMENTS
After season-ending injuries to Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise the Seahawks re-signed Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to bolster the running backs unit.
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS ISSUES
The Seahawks were downright dreadful on third down against the Cardinals converting 1 of 12 attempts for an 8% average. A solid and consistent rushing attack will greatly improve that number and give the Seahawks a chance to win against the 49er’s second-ranked defense. For that to happen the Seahawks will need to be sharper and crisper when it comes to third-down situations
“Well, I think that we’ve got to be crisper. We weren’t crisp last week at all for whatever reason. We’ve got to make sure we do a better job in that across the board to give ourselves the best chance to win. When we get opportunities, we’ve got to capitalize on them. That’s really what it is.”
BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR DK METCALF
With Tyler Lockett looking like his old self the Seahawks are looking to DK Metcalf to have a bounce-back game against the 49ers after having no pass receptions in the Cardinals game. Metcalf was targeted just once in the game. Wilson is looking for Metcalf to have a big game against the 49ers.
He’s a great player. He’s been great for us all year, DK has. He’s been one of the best rookies in the National Football League. He’s a special player and we’re excited about trying to give him the football and letting him make plays. He’s going to do his thing. We’re excited about what he’s going to do this game, hopefully.”