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Keys to the game
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was seemingly everywhere during the offseason, from TV commercials to magazine covers. The Seahawks need to make sure he’s not everywhere Sunday night. Kaepernick has explosive running ability and Seattle will have to play disciplined defense to keep him contained. The Seahawks did that well last week against Carolina’s Cam Newton, but it will be a trickier test against Kaepernick and the 49ers, who have a better offensive line and overall passing game.
Hold the line
When Seattle lost to the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 7 last year, the Seahawks allowed 175 yards rushing. When the Seahawks got revenge later in a 42-13 victory at CenturyLink, the 49ers rushed for just 82. Frank Gore, who had 131 in the first game, had just 28 in the second. Aside from simply winning more battles up front, Seattle also did a better job in the second game defending San Francisco’s trap plays. Keeping those in check could again be the key to victory for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks had issues running the ball last week in their 12-7 victory at Carolina, held to just 70 yards on 26 attempts. That included only 7 yards on five attempts from quarterback Russell Wilson, the lowest total of his career. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said this week Wilson simply didn’t need to run much because of how well he was throwing the ball, passing for a career-high 320 yards. “But those legs are still there,’’ Carroll said. And Seattle might need them to beat the 49ers.