The 49ers enter this game coming off of their worst loss under Jim Harbaugh, after getting blown out by the Giants on Sunday. The Seahawks come into this game riding their high after stunning the Patriots on Sunday. The co-division leaders will square off in each other in a game which is sure to be a battle of defenses. “We have a big competition this week in who is going to prepare the best,” coach Pete Carroll said.
Despite Sunday’s performance, San Francisco has the NFL’s top-ranked defense at 275.8 yards allowed per game. The Seahawks dropped from the top spot to fourth (294.7) after giving up a season-high 475 yards to the Patriots.
“You’ve got to dust yourself off and ride,” said Harbaugh. “Right now we have no choice. We have to get to Seattle right quick. We’ve got a football fight coming.”
Both teams have a similar style of play, relying heavily on their defenses to shut down their opponents while sporting solid running games on offense to carry the load. Both Gore and Lynch will play huge roles in the offensive success of their teams and with solid play from their backs, each teams quarterback may have a few shots down field if the opponent stacks the box against the run.
One thing is for sure, Thursday night’s game will be a slugfest between two strong defensive teams. “We believe we have a great ballclub and we believe we can play with anybody,” defensive back Richard Sherman said. “NFL Network and all of these pundits think they know everything and we keep shutting them up week, by week, by week, by week.”
Thursday will be a good measuring stick to see who is the top team in the division.