Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Pick & Prediction JANUARY 14th 2023

Stadium: Levi's Stadium Santa Clara
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After trading away franchise quarterback Russell Wilson over the summer, the Seattle Seahawks had few people giving them any hope of making the NFL playoffs this season.

Yet, thanks to some help Sunday night from the Detroit Lions, the Seahawks (9-8) earned the NFC's seventh and final playoff berth.

Now, they will travel to Santa Clara, Calif. to meet the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers (13-4) on Saturday afternoon in the wild-card round.

"We're going to try to do something with it," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of the playoff opportunity. "Unfortunately, we're playing the Niners and they are loaded and healthy and on a roll and about as hot as you can possibly get."

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Odds

The Seahawks defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams 19-16 in overtime Sunday, then had to wait as the Lions knocked Green Bay out of contention that night.

Those two outcomes gave the Seahawks their 10th winning season and 10th playoff berth in Carroll's 13 seasons.

"That's what winning is. You keep coming back and keep proving who you are. No matter what the challenges are, you can keep finding a way to be successful," Carroll said. "That's success to me. That's what you're looking for."

Seattle's Kenneth Walker III rushed for 114 yards on a season-high 29 carries against the Rams. He finished with three consecutive 100-yard games after overcoming an ankle injury and became the second rookie in franchise history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing (1,050), joining Curt Warner in 1983.

Despite eclipsing Wilson's team record for most passing yards in a season (4,219 in 2016), Geno Smith had to overcome two interceptions in the season finale -- including one on the first play from scrimmage.

"Obviously started the game bad, but we found a way, and it took everybody," said Smith, who finished the season with 4,282 yards and 30 touchdown passes. "I was just happy to see that (win) happen."

The 49ers opened the season 3-4 and trailed the Seahawks in the division race before running off 10 consecutive victories, including an easy 38-13 decision against visiting Arizona on Sunday.

Quarterback Brock Purdy, the last pick in last spring's NFL draft who has taken over after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, threw three touchdown passes against the Cardinals, his sixth straight game with multiple TD passes, to help the 49ers clinch the NFC's No. 2 seed.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Predictions

"I feel great. I feel like everyone else is feeling great," Purdy said. "When you're on a roll, you're on a win streak, you feel like the groove and how we're playing together, it feels really good when we're on it. I think a lot of us are real with ourselves, too, and feel like we still haven't played to our full potential yet."

Coach Kyle Shanahan said his team is peaking at the right time but cautioned against looking too far ahead.

"I think you need to be doing that, especially to have a chance to get through these games, but nothing really matters how you're doing going into it," Shanahan said of peaking heading into the playoffs. "It's how you do that first game. And if there is a first game and you play like you're capable, then you get the privilege for a second game. But this season can end fast and that's why these playoffs are such a big deal and that's why they're so fun to watch for everybody because it's just one game."

The 49ers easily handled the Seahawks in the regular season, winning 27-7 in Week 2 in Santa Clara and 21-13 on a Thursday night in Seattle in mid-December.

Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas (ankle, quadricep), tight end Noah Fant (knee), guard Phil Haynes (ankle), defensive end Shelby Harris (knee) and cornerback Xavier Crawford (hamstring) have missed practice this week. Other than Garoppolo, the only other 49er to miss practice because of injury on Tuesday was cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle).

--Field Level Media

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Recap SEP 18TH 2022

Jimmy Garoppolo came off the bench for an injured Trey Lance and guided the San Francisco 49ers to a 27-7 victory against the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 1-yard sneak with 1:51 remaining to clinch the victory.

The 49ers (1-1) also got key contributions from two other injury replacements. Jeff Wilson Jr. filled in as the lead running back for Elijah Mitchell and had a game-high 84 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tight end Ross Dwelley, subbing in for George Kittle, made a 38-yard touchdown reception and recovered two fumbles.

The Seahawks (1-1) managed just 216 yards of total offense and committed three turnovers. Geno Smith was 24-of-30 passing for 197 yards and an interception.

Garoppolo came on late in the first quarter after Lance suffered a right ankle injury on a quarterback keeper. Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower leg and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Two plays later, Robbie Gould kicked his second field goal to give the 49ers a 6-0 lead.

Garoppolo found a wide-open Dwelley on the 49ers' next possession to make it 13-0.

The Seahawks finally got untracked offensively late in the half, driving to San Francisco's 5-yard line. On second-and-5, Kenneth Walker III took a snap in the wildcat formation and pitched to Deejay Dallas, who tried to hit DK Metcalf in the end zone. But Dallas grossly underthrew the pass, with the 49ers' Charvarius Ward making an interception at the goal line.

The Seahawks held San Francisco to a three-and-out, forcing Mitch Wishnowsky into his first punt of the day. Seattle's Tyler Lockett signaled for a fair catch, but teammate Xavier Crawford was blocked into him, the ball glancing off Crawford's arm and recovered by Dwelley.

Four plays later, fullback Kyle Juszczyk scored on a 1-yard plunge to give the 49ers a 20-0 lead with 1:26 remaining before the intermission.

The Seahawks' lone score came with 5:25 left in the third quarter as Tariq Woolen blocked Gould's 20-yard field-goal attempt and Mike Jackson returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.

--Field Level Media