SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
5:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field
TV: Ch. 5. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM.
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The series: Tied, 14-14. San Francisco has won eight of the past 14 and five of the last eight. Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with a 42-13 victory last December. The 49ers are 4-7 at CenturyLink Field.
What to watch: Lacking depth along the defensive line, the Seahawks brought back defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on Saturday, signing the University of Memphis product to a one-year deal. McDonald was a surprise cut during final roster cut-downs before the season started. With Brandon Mebane (ankle) and Tony McDaniel (groin) nursing nagging injuries, McDonald provides experienced depth between those two. The Seahawks released offensive lineman Mike Person to make room for McDonald. … Cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) and safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) are doubtful for tonight’s game. Walter Thurmond will start for a second straight game if Browner can’t play. Rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill (strained biceps) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) is questionable but likely will not play. … For San Francisco, running back LaMichael James is questionable with a knee injury. … Colin Kaepernick (129.4) and Russell Wilson (115.7) are the top-ranked passers in the NFC. Both are coming off their first 300-yard-plus passing performance in a regular season game.
The pick: Seahawks, 24-20.
24 Marshawn LynchRB 5-11215seventh
Lynch has played well against 49ers in past games, and will be up for this one.
81 Golden TateWR5-10202fourth
Notre Dame product needs to make some downfield plays to loosen up stingy San Francisco defense.
92 Brandon MebaneDT6-1311seventh
Seattle’s longest-tenured player has to plug up the middle and keep Frank Gore from busting loose.
25 Richard ShermanCB6-3195third
Ex-Stanford player will be crucial in containing Anquan Boldin.
7 Colin KaepernickQB6-4230third
Talented signal-caller has to handle the noise at C-Link better.
81 Anquan BoldinWR5-918511th
Doesn’t have the speed anymore, but still finds ways to make plays.
94 Justin SmithDT6-428513th
Crafty veteran the key to unleashing 49ers’ pass rush.
35 Eric ReidS6-1213first
Rookie out of LSU can make plays but is also susceptible to giving up big plays. CAPTAIN COMEBACK
In his first 19 NFL games, Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to six victories in which they trailed or were tied in the fourth quarter. Here’s a closer look at Wilson’s late heroics:
DateOpponentDeficit/tie scoreFinal scoreWinning play (time remaining)
Sept. 24, 2012vs. Green BayTrailed, 12-7Won, 14-1224 pass to Golden Tate (0:00)
Oct. 14, 2012vs. New EnglandTrailed, 23-10Won, 24-2346 pass to Sidney Rice (1:18)
Dec. 2, 2012at ChicagoTrailed, 14-10Won, 23-1714 pass to Tate (:24, fourth quarter)
13 pass to Rice (7:33, overtime)
Dec. 30, 2012vs. St. LouisTied, 13-13Won, 20-131 run by Wilson (1:39)
Jan. 6, 2013vs. Washington*Trailed, 14-13Won, 24-1427 run by Marshawn Lynch (3:45)
Sept. 8, 2013at CarolinaTrailed, 7-6Won, 12-743 pass to Jermaine Kearse (10:13)
*NFC Wild Card game