This time last year, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers were arguably two of the NFL’s top teams.
The fierce rivalry was on full display in an NFC West clash for the division during the 2019-20 regular-season finale. The 49ers walked away victorious after linebacker Dre Greenlaw stopped Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister just inches short of the goal line. The catastrophic stop gave the Niners the NFC West title, and San Francisco eventually went on to compete for the Super Bowl, falling 31-20 to the Chiefs.
But oh, how the tides have turned.
The 49ers have been plagued by injuries, a coronavirus outbreak and poor play that ultimately led them to a 6-9 record, last in the NFC West division. As for the 11-4 Seahawks, they are kings of the NFC West throne for the first time since 2016 after a 20-9 victory over the Rams on Sunday.
And they did it with a game-sealing touchdown from Hollister.
“It’s a good bit of poetry there,” Pete Carroll said after the win. “We’ve been here before. We’ve been this close. This time we really pushed it over the top and finished and left no doubt. Jake, he did come through.”
While San Francisco’s playoff hopes are dashed this season, Seattle still has something to fight for when the two teams meet in Week 17 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the 49ers temporary NFL home. The Seahawks want the NFC’s top seed and could possibly earn it.
“We’re going for it,” Carroll said Monday. “We’d love to have that break for our players, if we can get it.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the Seahawks Week 17 finale vs. the San Francisco 49ers:
- The Seahawks could complete a season-sweep of the 49ers on Sunday. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 1 when Seattle came away with a 37-27 victory.
- With a win on Sunday, Seattle would improve its road record to 5-3 for the sixth time in franchise history.
- Seattle can earn the top seed in the NFC on Sunday with a win and losses by the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.
MONEY LINE: -- Seahawks: -320 -- San Francisco 49ers: +250
POINT SPREAD: -- Seahawks: -7 (-115) -- San Francisco 49ers: +7 (-105) -- O/U: 46 (-115)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, January 3
Where: State Farm Stadium | Glendale, Arizona
Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX, NFL Network