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NFL Capsule: 49ers at Seahawks

NFL Capsule: 49ers at Seahawks

SAN FRANCISCO (10-3-1) At SEATTLE (9-5)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 9-5; Seattle 10-4

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 14-13

AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 2; Seahawks No. 7

LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Seahawks 13-6, Oct. 18

LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Patriots 41-34; Seahawks beat Bills 50-17

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (2), PASS (26)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (5)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (3), PASS (27)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (10), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Game flexed into prime time by NFL. Will be sixth prime-time game this season for 49ers and second for Seahawks. ... 49ers clinch second straight NFC West title with win. They have not won consecutive division titles since 1994 and '95. ... Seahawks clinch at least wild-card berth with victory and keep alive hopes of division title. ... 49ers have won last four in series, including 13-6 in October in San Francisco. ... 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh 3-0 against Seattle coach Pete Carroll in NFL. ... QB Colin Kaepernick's four TD passes last week vs. New England was career-high and most for any San Francisco QB since 2003. ... Since becoming starter, Kaepernick 4-1 with seven TD passes, two interceptions and QB rating of 104.4. ... RB Frank Gore has not reached 100-yard mark since victory over Seattle when he had 131 yards. ... WR Michael Crabtree has 23 receptions for 301 yards past three games. ... TE Vernon Davis held without catch in first game vs. Seattle. Was first time since 2008 Davis went without reception. ... 49ers lead NFL in scoring defense giving up 15.57 points per game. Seahawks No. 2 at 15.64. ... DE Justin Smith has left elbow injury suffered against New England. Harbaugh believes he'll play. Smith has streak of 185 consecutive starts. ... LB Aldon Smith tied for NFL lead with 19 1/2 sacks, three shy of NFL record. Smith held without sack last week vs. New England for first time since Week 6. Smith's 29 sacks in first two seasons third most in NFL history behind Reggie White and Derrick Thomas. .... Seahawks coming off consecutive outbursts of 50 or more points (58-0 vs. Arizona and 50-17 at Buffalo), becoming first team since 1950 to reach half-century mark in consecutive games. ... Seahawks QB Russell Wilson rushed for three touchdowns and franchise-record 92 yards in win over Buffalo. ... Win on Sunday would give Wilson seven home wins as rookie starter, matching Ben Roethlisberger for most home victories by rookie QB. ... RB Marshawn Lynch has 241 yards rushing on 21 carries past two games. ... Lynch second in NFL in yards rushing with 1,379. ... Seattle's offense ranked 30th in league after losing to 49ers in Week 7. Has risen to 16th this week.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What happens in Vegas....

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What happens in Vegas....

It's almost here.

After a lengthy break between the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Finals, the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights are set to meet on Monday for Game 1.

Who will hoist Lord Stanley's Cup?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir give their keys to the series and their predictions for the Stanley Cup Final. Plus, JJ speaks with several member from the local media to get their insights and predictions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler