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49ers game plan vs. Seattle

Published: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 15, 2013 - 10:41 am

A look at today's 49ers game vs. Seattle, including: broadcast information, three keys to the game, matchup to watch and injury report.


Opponent: at Seattle

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Line: Seahawks by 3

Records: 49ers 1-0, Seattle 1-0

TV/radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth color), 810, 1320


49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin vs. cornerback Richard Sherman

Boldin had plenty of room to roam last week against a Packers secondary that fielded two inexperienced safeties and mostly used zone coverage. The Seahawks, meanwhile, have one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL and love to use press coverage. That's especially true of former Stanford star Sherman, one of the tallest and most physical cornerbacks in the league. Look for plenty of contact – and plenty of jawing – between two of the feistiest players at their positions.


• Ex-Cal standout Marshawn Lynch has surpassed 100 rushing yards three straight times against the 49ers. Like San Francisco, the Seahawks had trouble establishing the run in Week 1 but will try to get on track in Week 2. The battle between 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams and Seahawks center Max Unger should be compelling.

• Both teams will try to contain the opposing quarterback on the ground. Russell Wilson proved especially slippery to the 49ers in December, holding onto the ball for 19 seconds on one play as defenders flailed at his feet.

• If the Seahawks play a lot of man-to-man coverage, it could open up running room for Colin Kaepernick. He had 22 yards on the ground against a Packers defense committed to stopping the run but one ill-equipped to handle the 49ers' passing game.



• Questionable: RB LaMichael James (knee)


• Out: DT Jordan Hill (biceps)

• Doubtful: CB Brandon Browner (hamstring), SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

• Questionable: DE Chris Clemons (knee)

• Probable: DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), T Michael Bowie (shoulder), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Brandon Mebane (ankle), WR Sidney Rice (knee), TE Luke Willson (oblique)

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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