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Seahawks vs. 49ers wild-card game live updates: Start time, predictions, streaming and injury news

How to watch: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

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Odds: Spread: 49ers -9.5. Moneyline: 49ers (-500), Seahawks (+375)

The series

Saturday’s contest will be the 50th meeting between these two franchises.

Seattle leads the series 30-19 and owns the longest winning streak of the series with 10, spanning from Jan. 19, 2014 to Dec. 2, 2018. The Seahawks hosted the first matchup of this series on Sept. 26, 1976, when San Francisco won 37-21. Only one of these 49 have come during the playoffs. Seattle defeated the 49ers 23-17 on Jan. 19, 2014 in the NFC Championship game.

Both teams split the series at 1-1 this season.

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The matchup

The biggest matchup will likely unfold between Geno Smith, the Seahawks new single-season passing leader, and the top-rated passing and rushing defense of San Francisco. Smith eclipsed the Russell Wilson, the man he was traded for, in his first season in Seattle, throwing for 4,282 passing yards at the conclusion of Week 17. The 49ers allowed just 16.3 points, and 300 yards of total offense to opposing offenses.

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Smith is the engine of the Seahawks offense and seemingly the heart of their team this season. He set a career high in passing touchdowns during the regular season with 30 and only 11 interceptions. Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has also set career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,048).

The 49ers have rookie quarterback sensation Brock Purdy, who’s led San Francisco to five straight wins when starting under center. The final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft has amassed 1,374 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns and four interceptions through his five starts and nine games played. Deebo Samuel and Christan McCaffrey pose one of the scariest one-two threats as near positionless weapons with the ability to run out of the backfield and line up to catch passes.

Samuel only suited up 13 times this season due to injury, but he racked up 632 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Since being traded to the 49ers, McCaffrey has been dominant, rushing for 746 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also been effective in as a receiver, catching 52 passes for 464 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

The coaches

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a 10-8 playoff record and has only played San Francisco once in the postseason – a loss prior to the Kyle Shanahan era. Carroll won a a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and won the NFC before ultimately losing in the Super Bowl. Since the 2014 Super Bowl loss, Seattle hasn’t made it past the Divisional and Wild Card rounds.

49ers coach Shanahan is in his sixth season at the helm and in his teams have only reached the playoffs twice. Most recently they reached the NFC Championship in 2021, losing to the Los Angeles Rams. Two years prior in 2019, the Shanahan-led 49ers lost in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Key Injuries

Injury reports for both teams

(Photo: Steven Bisig / USA Today)





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How to watch: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, Fox

Odds: Spread: 49ers -9.5. Moneyline: 49ers (-500), Seahawks (+375)

The series

Saturday’s contest will be the 50th meeting between these two franchises.

Seattle leads the series 30-19 and owns the longest winning streak of the series with 10, spanning from Jan. 19, 2014 to Dec. 2, 2018. The Seahawks hosted the first matchup of this series on Sept. 26, 1976, when San Francisco won 37-21. Only one of these 49 have come during the playoffs. Seattle defeated the 49ers 23-17 on Jan. 19, 2014 in the NFC Championship game.

Both teams split the series at 1-1 this season.

The matchup

The biggest matchup will likely unfold between Geno Smith, the Seahawks new single-season passing leader, and the top-rated passing and rushing defense of San Francisco. Smith eclipsed the Russell Wilson, the man he was traded for, in his first season in Seattle, throwing for 4,282 passing yards at the conclusion of Week 17. The 49ers allowed just 16.3 points, and 300 yards of total offense to opposing offenses.

Players to watch

Smith is the engine of the Seahawks offense and seemingly the heart of their team this season. He set a career high in passing touchdowns during the regular season with 30 and only 11 interceptions. Seattle wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has also set career highs in receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,048).

The 49ers have rookie quarterback sensation Brock Purdy, who’s led San Francisco to five straight wins when starting under center. The final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft has amassed 1,374 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns and four interceptions through his five starts and nine games played. Deebo Samuel and Christan McCaffrey pose one of the scariest one-two threats as near positionless weapons with the ability to run out of the backfield and line up to catch passes.

Samuel only suited up 13 times this season due to injury, but he racked up 632 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Since being traded to the 49ers, McCaffrey has been dominant, rushing for 746 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also been effective in as a receiver, catching 52 passes for 464 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

The coaches

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a 10-8 playoff record and has only played San Francisco once in the postseason – a loss prior to the Kyle Shanahan era. Carroll won a a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and won the NFC before ultimately losing in the Super Bowl. Since the 2014 Super Bowl loss, Seattle hasn’t made it past the Divisional and Wild Card rounds.

49ers coach Shanahan is in his sixth season at the helm and in his teams have only reached the playoffs twice. Most recently they reached the NFC Championship in 2021, losing to the Los Angeles Rams. Two years prior in 2019, the Shanahan-led 49ers lost in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Key Injuries

Injury reports for both teams

(Photo: Steven Bisig / USA Today)





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