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San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview and Predictions 12-29-2019

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The NFC West title is on the line when the first-place San Francisco 49ers visit the second-place Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. The 49ers can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a victory but a Seattle triumph would give the Seahawks the division title as they won the first meeting with the 49ers and hold the tiebreaker edge.

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Seattle's home field is one of the loudest in the NFL and San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting in it for the first time as he missed last season's visit because of a torn ACL. "It's going to be a 60-minute game," Garoppolo told reporters. "You have to have your mind ready for that. When you get to these big games, two good football teams, it's always going to go up until the last whistle, and we've had multiple experiences this year like that." The first meeting went to overtime with the Seahawks prevailing 27-24 and a season sweep would assure Seattle of at least the No. 3 seed. Adding to the high stakes is that the loser will be the No. 5 seed and will open the postseason on the road - against the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: 49ers -3 O/U: 47

ABOUT THE 49ERS (12-3): Garoppolo has thrown 27 touchdown passes against 13 interceptions and needs 307 passing yards to join Jeff Garcia (franchise-record 4,278) and Hall of Famer Steve Young (two 4,000-yard campaigns) as the only San Francisco quarterbacks to reach 4,000 yards in a single season. Star tight end George Kittle is 33 yards shy of his second straight 1,000-yard campaign and needs 10 receptions to match last season's career high total. Defensive end Nick Bosa leads all NFL rookies with 16 tackles for loss and has nine sacks as he looks to become the first rookie to post at least 10 sacks and 15 stops for loss since his brother Joey (10.5 sacks 17 TFL) did it for the then-San Diego Chargers in 2016.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (11-4): The running back situation is a mess after starter Chris Carson (hip) and reserve C.J. Prosise (arm) were hurt last week to join main backup Rashaad Penny (knee) on the injured list so Seattle signed two former team members in Marshawn Lynch (2010-15) and Robert Turbin (2012-14) to support new starter Travis Homer. "He brings a lot to the table," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of former five-time Pro Bowler Lynch, who hasn't played a snap for anyone this season. "He's as physical a player as I've ever been around, as great of competitor as I've ever been around. When you get to add somebody like that to your team, it only helps and enhances the mentality that we already cherish anyway." Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (core muscle) insists he will play after missing the last two games and he returned a fumble for a touchdown and recorded a sack and forced fumble last month against the 49ers.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The 49ers have lost eight straight visits to Seattle, including the 2013 NFC Championship Game.

2. San Francisco DE Dee Ford (hamstring) was ruled out Thursday.

3. Seattle LT Duane Brown (knee surgery) will miss the contest while S Quandre Diggs (ankle) could miss his second straight game.

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Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks

  • Ethan Pocic

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pocic has a knee sprain, and there is no indication if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Dolphins.

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe sat out the last game due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will compete in Sunday's showdown versus the Dolphins.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the past three games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • Damien Lewis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lewis left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Dolphins.

  • Mike Iupati

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Iupati exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Lano Hill

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill was forced from Sunday's game wit ha back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Dolphins.

  • Carlos Hyde

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hyde is bothered by a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will line up for Sunday's clash with the Dolphins.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Green has wound up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.

San Francisco 49ers

  • Ahkello Witherspoon

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Witherspoon missed the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is up in the air if he will be active Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • Deebo Samuel

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Samuel has ended up on the injured reserve list recovering from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his foot. Although he is targeting a return against the Dolphins in Week 5, it is unknown when the team will activate him.

  • Jordan Reed

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reed has been added to the injured reserve list due to a sprained MCL in his left knee. It is uncertain when the team will activate him.

  • Emmanuel Moseley

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Moseley departed the previous game due to a concussion, and it has yet to be established if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's contest versus the Eagles.

  • Jerick McKinnon

    Ribs
    Ques Sun | questionable

    McKinnon has injured ribs, and there is no indication if it will keep him out of the lineup Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • Mark Nzeocha

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Nzeocha has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a quad injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • George Kittle

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Kittle has missed the past two games due to a knee sprain, but it is expected that he will return Sunday versus the Eagles.

  • Raheem Mostert

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mostert sat out the previous game with a mild sprain of the MCL in his knee, and it is unknown if he will play against the Eagles on Sunday.