HOME COOKIN': Seattle has won the past six meetings against the 49ers in Seattle.
The Seahawks sport a 9-1 record against the 49ers over the team's past 10 matchups, including a 23-17 win in the 2013 NFC Championship paving the way to the Seahawks first Super Bowl, and a 19-3 win on the road in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night that started the "unofficial" end of the Jim Harbaugh-Colin Kaepernick era. He passed for only 99 yards (15 of 27) and had a pass intercepted on the 49ers' second possession. San Francisco benched G Zane Beadles and replaced him with recent trade acquisition Laken Tomlinson in the starting offense. San Francisco allowed an NFL-most 2,654 rushing yards last season as well as an NFL-high 4.8 yards per carry. But they weren't able to run it much because they trailed. Seattle has to get Jimmie Graham more involved, if for no other reason than to justify the trade that brought him to the Pacific Northwest and all the money they're paying him.
Seattle has to work out issues on its offensive line that still should keep them from really busting out like they'd like.
On the ground, Wilson rushed for 40 yards in two carries while Chris Carson added 39 yards in six attempts. Staley definitely will play on Sunday, and Ward should be ready to play against the Seahawks.
The Seahawks expect to have running back Thomas Rawls available to play, giving them a boost on offense. While the Niners' defense may be a significant downgrade from what Seattle faced last week, Wilson will still have to use his feet to stay out of the dirt.
When watching Thomas, Carroll said: "Earl is the best guy we've ever had, and he's been the most dynamic as a cover guy and as a hitter and a tackler".
At the beginning of the offseason and all the way through training camp, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh made it very clear that his defense would emphasize stopping the run after the 49ers defense ranked dead last in opponents rushing yard during the 2016 season.
The Seahawks called a defensive timeout with 42 seconds left in the half, and San Francisco facing third and 12 at its own 30.
Especially with Carson's efficiency, how the backfield is shaped could be a question for the Seahawks moving forward.
Eight plays into the game, Lane was thrown out when he tangled with Packers WR Devante Adams during an interception return by DT Nazair Jones. Prosise and Tanner McEvoy each dropping a pair of passes, including one apiece in the end zone to cost Seattle two touchdowns. He was sacked twice for losses of 10 yards.
Seattle responded with their only touchdown drive of the game.
Russell Wilson has beaten the 49ers in his last seven tries. The rookie had 35 yards on four carries. Pierre Garcon and Carlos Hyde have combined for 113 receiving yards on 12 catches while George Kittle has five receptions.
The third quarter was the most hapless period for Seattle's offense this season, which is saying something considering Seattle didn't reach the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter of its second game.
After holding Seattle to a three-and-out, the 49ers took over with less than two minutes left in the half.