▪ Opponent: Seattle Seahawks
▪ Time: 5:30 p.m.
▪ Line: 49ers by 1
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▪ Records: 49ers 7-4, Seahawks 7-4
▪ TV/Radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth), 680, 1320
FIVE 49ERS TO WATCH
LB CHRIS BORLAND
The 49ers allowed Washington’s Alfred Morris to gain 125 yards Sunday, and the Seahawks have a similar style of ground attack with Marshawn Lynch, the league’s fifth-leading rusher. The 49ers could use another prolific outing from their rookie linebacker, Borland, to help keep the Seahawks’ ground game in check.
LB ALDON SMITH
On the first play from scrimmage in last year’s NFC Championship Game, Smith corralled Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and forced a fumble. The 49ers must make Wilson uncomfortable in the pocket and, perhaps just as important, make sure he doesn’t escape the pocket and make big gains running the ball.
WR STEVIE JOHNSON
The 49ers have two strong, physical receivers, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Neither, however, can be described as elusive, and the Seahawks’ defense did an excellent job of shutting down both last season. Johnson, however, is known for his ability to get separation and could be the X-factor this time.
G MIKE IUPATI
The big left guard broke his leg in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle in January. He’s the most powerful of the 49ers’ offensive linemen and their best weapon in establishing the running game. If San Francisco can do that, it will take some of the sting from the Seahawks’ defense.
P ANDY LEE
The 49ers must do to Seattle what Washington did to them Sunday – pin the Seahawks deep in their own territory and force them to go on long drives. After dealing with an ankle injury earlier in the season, Lee is back in top form, averaging more than 50 yards on six punts against Washington.
▪ Out: TE Derek Carrier (foot), T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)
▪ Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (back)
▪ Probable: RB Frank Gore (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadriceps), DE Ray McDonald (knee), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Eric Reid (ankle), DE Justin Smith (back), S Raymond Ventrone (groin)
▪ Out: TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), C Max Unger (knee, ankle)
▪ Questionable: DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee), CB Jeremy Lane (glute)
▪ Probable: CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), G James Carpenter (ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
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