The Seattle Seahawks beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship final, where they’ll host the San Francisco 49ers who defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. In the NFC, we have the game’s best team rivalry: the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. Two deep, complete, physical division foes who legitimately can’t stand each other, from the coaches to the players to the fans. Because of the Seahawks dominance at home oddsmakers have the Seahawks beating the 49ers by -4.5 points with the total set at 39.5 points. The Seahawks and 49ers are division rivals who play at least twice a year—and best of all, they can’t stand each other. They split their two meetings this season and the Seahawks pounded them 29-3 at home in Week 2. One of them will go on to the Super Bowl and own bragging rights for the next eight months. The other will be going home
In just the past three seasons, the rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers has become the best in the NFL. Not the longest, nor the greatest but the best. Not only are these two great teams with two great coaches and two of the NFL’s most exciting quarterbacks, they both play exciting, explosive, hard-hitting, big-play football.
Both teams have nasty defensive front sevens that get after the quarterback and swaggering coverage units that pride themselves on big plays and bigger hits. Both teams chew up ground with old-school workhorse power backs: Frank Gore in San Francisco and Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. They then come over the top with explosive dual-threat quarterbacks: the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.
On offense, the 49ers are scoring 25.4 points per game, 11th-best in the NFL. The Seahawks are scoring 26.1 points per game, eighth-best in the NFL.
The 49ers’ power running attack is led by Frank Gore, who, finished eighth in the NFL in rushing attempts, ninth in yards and eighth in touchdowns (276 attempts, 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns). The Seahawks’ power running attach is led by Marshawn Lynch, who finished second in attempts, sixth in yards, and second in touchdowns (301 attempts, 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns).
In the air, the 49ers have dynamic dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, in his second year as a starter, completed 58.4 percent of his 416 pass attempts for 3,197 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran 92 times for 524 yards and four touchdowns.
The Seahawks have dynamic dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson, who completed 63.1 percent of his 407 pass attempts for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his sophomore season. He also ran 96 times for 539 yards and one touchdown.
Recent Trends to Consider and NFL Points Spreads:
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Seattle.
Favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Home team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Seattle.
49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks
When: Sunday Jan 19@6:30 PM ET
Pick: Seahawks -3.5
The Bottom Line: The Seahawks have to produce in the air better then they have the last couple weeks of the regular season. Their defense is fine and they’ll have to get to Kaepernick. If they do that they’ll going to the big dance. We recommend you signup with Bovada to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into NFL Championship game.