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San Francisco 49ers (8-4)

1:25 p.m. Sunday, Candlestick Park

Against the Seahawks: Seattle leads the all-time series, 15-14. The Seahawks won the most recent meeting, a 29-3 contest Sept. 15 in Seattle.

Stats and stuff: San Francisco has struggled to throw the ball this season — it is next-to-last in passing yards. … Third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick has seen his completion percentage dip from 62.4 percent to 57.8 percent. His quarterback rating is also down to 66.9 from 76.8. By comparison, Russell Wilson’s is 108.5. … Kaepernick has been better of late, including last Sunday when he was 19-for-28 in a win against the St. Louis Rams. … The 49ers’ defense is still among the best in the league. It’s third against the pass and 11th against the run. … Cornerback Tramaine Brock leads the 49ers with four interceptions. … Tight end Vernon Davis leads San Francisco with 10 touchdown catches. … Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is fourth in the NFL with 111 tackles. … The 49ers have lost twice at home and twice on the road this year. … Twice they were blown out by 20-plus points, and they lost by a total of four points in the other two defeats. … No team has scored more points against San Francisco this season than the 29 Seattle put up against it in Week 2.

Quotable: “Very hopeful. Always hope for the best. Plan for the worst.” — San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh on starting left tackle Joe Staley, who sprained his MCL Sunday 49ERS SCHEDULE

Sept. 8Green BayW, 34-28

Sept. 15at SeattleL, 29-3

Sept. 22IndianapolisL, 27-7

Sept. 26at St. LouisW, 35-11

Oct. 6HoustonW, 34-3

Oct. 13ArizonaW, 32-20

Oct. 20at TennesseeW, 31-17

Oct. 27at JacksonvilleW, 42-10

Nov. 10CarolinaL, 10-9

Nov. 17at New OrleansL, 23-20

Nov. 25at WashingtonW, 27-6

Dec. 1St. LouisW, 23-13

Dec. 8Seattle

Dec. 15at Tampa Bay

Dec. 23Atlanta

Dec. 29at Arizona