The San Francisco 49ers will attempt to beat the Seattle Seahawks for the third time this season when the NFC West rivals meet in the first game of Wild Card Weekend on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. This will be the second playoff meeting between Seattle and San Francisco, with the only previous matchup ending in a Seattle win in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.
The Seahawks scored only 20 points in their two losses to the 49ers this season, and they may sputter often on offense again as they face the league’s top-ranked defense. But the 49ers will also have to earn their points against a Seattle defense that has allowed 16.7 points per game in its last four.
Both quarterbacks are making their first NFL career starts and may struggle for much of the day. Geno Smith had one TD pass in two games against the 49ers this season, and Brock Purdy might find it much more challenging to succeed in a postseason atmosphere.
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Seahawks vs 49ers Player Props
Brock Purdy: Under 228.5 Passing Yards (-148) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 2 Units
Purdy has passed for two-plus TDs in every game where he has guided the 49ers’ offense down the regular season stretch. But he passed for over 240 yards just once in his six games running the offense.
The Seahawks held Purdy to 217 passing yards when the teams met in Week 15. They held Patrick Mahomes to 224 passing yards the following week.
Purdy’s lack of playoff experience could hold the San Francisco offense back for a good portion of the game, and the Seattle secondary has performed well in recent weeks.
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Tyler Lockett: Over 61.5 Receiving Yards (-117) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 1.5 Units
As many other Seattle opponents do, the 49ers will try to blanket DK Metcalf as much as possible, so Smith will have to go to Lockett often on key downs. Lockett had 175 receiving yards in two games against the 49ers this season.
While the 49ers’ defense has been a premier unit overall, they ranked 27th in receiving yards allowed to WRs during the regular season. Lockett also had 16 receptions during the regular season vs San Francisco, making the wager of Over 4.5 receptions (-145) also worth strong consideration, for more than two units.
Seahawks vs 49ers Prop Bets
49ers: Under 26.5 Points (-105) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 Units
San Francisco is not running away with this one as some observers are speculating. The 49ers will win, but the shine will come off Purdy in a playoff game, where he may start to look much more like an unheralded rookie.
The Seahawks have not allowed more than 24 points in five of their last six games. That total was allowed to the Chiefs, who have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL at 29.2 points per game.
Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, and Deebo Samuel will come through with timely plays, but this game will not be a major mismatch and points won’t be so easy to come by overall.
49ers: To Win By 1-6 Points (+320) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 Units
It is very hard to beat the same team three times in a season. Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt know the 49ers well, and Carroll will have his team well-prepared for a playoff showdown after guiding the Seahawks to their 10th postseason appearance in his 13 seasons piloting the franchise.
For inspiration, Carroll may show his team some film of the famous “Beast Quake” NFC Wild Game in 2010 when the Seahawks were heavy underdogs and upset the Saints. The 49ers, though, will edge out a highly motivated Seattle squad in the end.