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Week 16 Gameday Musings: 49ers vs. Seahawks Preview

Anticipation Is Killing Me!

Today Is The Day for all the Seattle Seahawks marbles. An “EPIC Effort is Needed!” It’s gameday. The San Francisco 49ers are in town to play Seattle.

By the way, we also need some help. A San Diego win in Detroit.

But let’s not concern ourselves with that right now. (By the way its at 4:05PT, 10 minutes before our kickoff)

I’ve been up since 5am.

I couldn’t sleep.

Why?

Seahawks vs. 49ers

UGH....remember week 1? Not good!

Not because of Christmas Eve I’ll tell you that much. I’m over the whole Christmas thing for myself. Now I live it for my 2 boys (3.5 and 2).

No folks.

I was up at 5am because I was giddy with excitement about the BIG GAME today.

The San Francisco 49ers the 2011/12 NFC West Champs (it pains me to say that) are in town to play our Seattle Seahawks.

Remembering what was In Week 1

Our Seahawks have come a long way since we got our asses handed to us in Week 1 by Mr. Harbaugh and his band of brothers. Yes that same Harbaugh who is the former NFL quarterback who played for the  Bears,  Colts,  Ravens, and  Chargers.

That same guy that never in my opinion amounted to too much on the field as a player. But is surpassing probably even his own expectations out of his first year in the bay area coaching their PRO team. (he was the head coach at Stanford University for four seasons)

In Week 1 the Seahawks travelled down the coast to play Harbaugh’s men led by Alex “freakin” Smith, yes that same Alex Smith that we thought for sure SUCKED as an NFL starting QB.

Well yes he is a system QB, but he’s also a winning system QB. (Just think Trent Dilfer) The 49ers are 11-3 behind some great defensive play, and a surprisingly solid NFL season from Smith.

The final score in that game was 33-17. I think it was closer than the score, though most will disagree with me.

I mean really.

Tedd Ginn Jr. finally realized he was playing in the NFL and returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in a minute’s span late in the fourth quarter, to break it wide open. Up until the Seahawks special teams fell asleep this was a great game.

Brandon Browner

Do The 49ers really even know this week's Seahawks? The opponent that has won five of its last six games. Brandon Browner - (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Alex Smith actually had some poise and polish that Harbaugh believed the 2005 No. 1 overall pick still had. He went 15-of-20 passing for 124 yards and running for a 1-yard TD.

Akers kicked four field goals in his first game with San Francisco.

New Seattle QB Tarvaris Jackson threw a late 55-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford. By the way “How Bout Doug Baldwin?” – Impressive young undrafted rookie.

Anyways I digress.

Knowing What Is In Week 16

Now fast forward to Week 16. These two teams know each other, but do the 49ers REALLY know the week 16 version of the Seahawks? The opponent that has won five of its last six games.

The Seahawks that are averaging 33 PPG in their 3-game win streak and outscored opponents 99-41, and those same Seahawks that are tied for 2nd in NFL with 21 interceptions?

I know in my heart this game is going to come down to what Marshawn Lynch is able to do on first and second downs. He has sparked Seattle’s revival, rushing for over 100 yards in five of the last seven games and scoring a touchdown in a franchise-record 10 straight contests.

Today’s he meets the NFL’s version of the Berlin Wall. He will be facing the league’s top-ranked defense, one which limited him to 33 yards in Week 1. One that hasn’t allowed a rushing TD in 14 weeks. The first team in league history to not allow a rushing TD in the first 14 games of a season.

The Seattle defense must play their best game of the season, without a doubt. The key for me? Stopping Frank Gore.

K.J. Wright, LeRoy Hill, and the HEATER, David Hawthorne must get off those blocks and make a ton of tackles. Niners RB Frank Gore has the two highest rushing games in franchise history and both have come against Seattle – 212 yards in November 2006 and 207 in September 2009.

12th Man

We Must Protect This House! 49ers vs. Seahawks Preview

We can’t let that happen.

What They Can Control

They can control the passion, and the fun we have on the field today. The team is so loose they’re having dance competitions in their locker room after practice.

The Seahawks Richard Sherman and Anthony Hargrove take “being loose and ready” for a HUGE game to a whole new level.

These guys are having fun, are playing great, and despite all the crucial men lost to injuries (Mike Williams, Russell Okung, David Vobora, James Carpenter, Sidney Rice, John Moffitt, Kris Durham, Walter Thurmond, Marcus Trufant, Matt McCoy, and John Carlson) these guys left in that lockerroom are together.

They know what is at stake, and they are playing damn hard for Pete Carroll and the coaching staff.

All that the Seahawks can control today is what they do on the field. They can’t worry about Detroit vs. San Diego.

The offense, the defense and the special teams need their best game of the year, in the final game to be played at Century Link, errr, Qwest Field, errr, Seahawks Stadium in the 2011/12 season.

NO MATTER WHAT

The Seahawks need to play today like this is the 2011 NFC Wildcard game vs. the Saints.

This is their playoffs folks.

And I expect the 12th man to be louder today than any game this season.

Have a happy holiday, Merry Ho-Ho and all that jazz. Enjoy your time with family, and let’s all celebrate a Seahawks win today! Thank you very much for helping spread the word about NWSportsBeat.com as well! I’m very grateful for all the responses (positive ones anyways), and chat about how much you like our new website.

NOTE TO THE 12th MAN! BRING THE FREAKIN NOISE! WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE! 

Oh and I forgot one thing.

I need to remind you of.

I know you don’t want to hear it, but I have to remind you again.

We also need some help today to make the 2011 playoffs. A San Diego win in Detroit.

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