San Francisco 49ers game preview: 49ers head to Seattle looking for third straight win

San Francisco 49er corner Richard Sherman (25) takes a dive to stop the Arizona Cardinals run game in the opening week of the season Sun Sep 13, 2020 this was Sherman’s last game as he was placed on the IR and is eligible to return week 12 Oct 21st. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off an encouraging week. Last Sunday they played the significantly less intimidating New England Patriots. The Patriots still have Bill Belichick, but not Tom Brady and it shows. The 49ers were able to pull out a big win 33-6.

This week the 49ers are faced with a more daunting task. They will travel to Seattle where they take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is coming off a disappointing loss in a wild game last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks are of course division rivals of the 49ers and sit at a record of 5-1 on the season.

The 49ers are still struggling with injuries. On the defensive side of the ball they are obviously feeling the loss of Richard Sherman who even at his advanced age plays a big role in the 49ers defensive scheme. The 49ers will hope to expose the weak defense of the Seahawks.

Week eight’s matchup will be enjoyable to watch nonetheless. It will be a strong defense in the 49ers going up against a weak defense for the Seahawks. Seattle has a strong offense that will rival the trickery the 49ers can present on that side of the ball.

The matchup is set for 1:25 PST on Sunday in Seattle.

My Pick: Although I believe the Seahawks will be motivated, I think the determination of the 49ers will win out. The 49ers have not been happy with where they sit in the division. Obviously injuries have played a big role in that, but I think a chance to match the first place Seahawks win total so far will be a motivating factor. 49ers win 24-17.

Jeremiah does the 49ers previews each Wednesday and 49ers podcasts Saturday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Patriots host Raiders Sunday with Newton and Carr on a roll; plus much more

In a last second effort by New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) was stopped at the Seattle Seahawks goal line as the Patriots missed a game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter Sun Sep 20, 2020 at Century Link Field in Seattle (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 A close game for the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday in a five point loss 35-30. The Pats even made a valiant comeback scoring 13 points on the Seahawks in the closing moments of the fourth quarter.

#2 The Patriots Cam Newton despite the loss is the quarterback that his teammates have full faith in the Patriots now 1-1 saw Newton throw 30-44 for 397 yards with an interception and one touchdown.

#3 The Las Vegas Raiders are coming of a huge 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football and play the Patriots on Sunday. Seeing how Newton has thrown against teams like the Miami Dolphins and the Seahawks how do you see him matching up against the Raiders this Sunday?

#4 In five of the last nine games the Quakes have given up five or more goals per game which a MLS record for most goals given up by a team in five games or more what does that say about the team and their defense.

#5 The Quakes in their last game on Wed 23 were shutout 5-0 by the Colorado Rapids the Quakes have tied three games and have lost two games and now face the toughest team in the MLS with LAFC in LA this Sunday

London Marq does Headline Sports podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: LA County gives ok for Pac 12 football; Colts Rivers struggles in first game; plus more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers who threw for two interceptions and lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday will throw against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hoosier Dome (file photo from coltbeat.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq:

#1 Los Angeles County did not dispute or object to the idea to start the Pac 12 season for the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins football teams. The county said that as long as the athletic departments of both schools are adhering to the public health restricts pertaining to safety protocols on Covid-19 the county will permit both schools to play football this season.

#2 Critics are questioning if the Indianapolis Colts made a mistake in signing quarterback Phillip Rivers to a hefty $25 million one year deal. On Sunday Rivers threw into traffic getting picked off twice, Rivers did throw for 363 yards and the Colts lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20.

#3 The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football at Centurylink Field in Seattle. The Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson that he doesn’t see anyone better in the NFL.

#4 London, after losing three straight the San Jose Earthquakes were able to losing another three games. They have tied three of their last four games including a 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night a game they were leading 1-0 before the Timbers tied it up.

#5 The Quakes get another shot at the Timbers on Saturday after seeing the Timber on Wednesday and again this Saturday and being another home match for the Quakes do you see this being an advantage for the Quakes.

London does Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headlines Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Niners favored by a TD; Ravens ten point favorites; plus more

@Ravens photo: Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Playoffs on Saturday

On Headlines Sports with Tony Renteria:

#1 Will the task be easy for the San Francisco 49ers to get by the Minnesota Vikings Saturday or it’s not as easy as it looks. The 49ers picked by seven. In San Francisco’s last game they just got by the Seattle Seahawks by the slimmest of margins 26-21 and for the Minnesota Vikings they just got by the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome 26-20 on a pass to Kyle Rudolph from quarterback Kirk Cousins for the win.

#2 The Ravens have been a pick as on odds favorites to make the Super Bowl, they’ve had lots of rest since their last game of the regular season on Dec 29th against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-10 win. It was a game where quarterback LaMar Jackson sat out to rest for the playoffs as Jackson and the Raven are favored to beat the Tennessee Titans this Saturday by 10 points.

#3 The Houston Texans are in Kansas City the Chiefs for Saturday’s playoff match the Chiefs are favored by nine in this one. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mohomes in his last game against San Diego went 16-25 for 174 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

#4 The Seattle Seahawks are in Green Bay, the Packers are favored by four points this one could be even closer than the odds. This game will feature two of the NFC’s best quarterbacks for Seattle Russell Wilson in NFC Wild Card game was 18-30 for 325 yards and for Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers on the last day of the season on Dec 29th vs. Detroit went 27-55 for a whopping 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Tony does Headline Sports each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: A preview look at all four playoff games this weekend

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On the NFL Playoffs podcast with J Hawkes:

Joe will take you through each of the following games with news and analysis:

Saturday

#1 Minnesota @ San Francisco: The Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins can work the offense he’s one of the key reasons why the Vikings are where they are in a huge comeback victory over the Saints last weekend. The 49ers got a narrow win themselves when the 49ers prevented the Seahawks at Century Link Field in Seattle to score in the fourth quarter to insure home field advantage.

#2 Tennessee @ Baltimore: The Tennessee Titans (10-7) battle, scratched and clawed to get this far they take a lot of faith and hope into this next game against the Baltimore Ravens. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 8-15 for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Titans last game against the New England Patriots in a 20-13 win. For the Ravens (14-2) they’ve been picked as favorites to make the Super Bowl and have tons of confidence in their starting quarterback LaMar Jackson who got this far.

Sunday

#3 Houston @ Kansas City: The Houston Texans got a three point win in their last game over the Buffalo Bills 22-19 to advance to the next round of the playoffs. The Texans with quarterback Deshaun Watson under center threw 247 yards against the Bills and had one touchdown. The favored Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) with quarterback Patrick Mahomes under center have been doing it all year. In the Chiefs last game Mahomes threw for 174 yards, went 16-25 and a touchdown.

#4 Seattle @ Green Bay: This game could be the game of the week in the NFL Playoffs this weekend. This game will provide two of the most exciting quarterbacks in football with Russell Wilson going for the Seahawks and Aaron Rogers going for the Green Bay Packers. In Wilson’s last game against the 49ers Wilson went 25-40, 233 yards, and two touchdowns. For the Packers (13-3) quarterback Aaron Rogers in his last game against Detroit went 27-55 for 323 yards and two touchdowns and an interception.

Joe Hawkes podcasts the NFL post season each Friday and will be covering the NFC Division game at Levis Stadium between Minnesota and San Francisco at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: A look at this weekends playoff games; Cal tries to get back in win column host Wazuu this Thursday

sfgate.com file photo: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass as he throws a pass that was fumbled and recovered by the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans.

On the Headlines podcast with Barbara

#1 Taking a look at NFC Playoff game for Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings who surprised just about everybody with a huge victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Super Dome come to Levis Stadium on Saturday to face the 49ers. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a overtime four yard touchdown pass for the victory could the Vikings shock the 49ers too?

#2 The AFC Playoff game for Saturday the Tennessee Titans will face the Baltimore Ravens a team favored to make the Super Bowl the Ravens have been tough all year.

#3 On Sunday in the AFC the Houston Texans are in Kansas City to face the rugged Chiefs. The Chiefs with quarterback Patrick Mahomes have been doing it all season.

#4 Seattle got that big victory in Philadelphia on Sunday now head to Green Bay this should one for the ages as this one will be played on a very tough Lambeau Field

#5 Cal’s Men’s basketball has seen some tough times they took a tough loss to the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday and are hoping to turn things around this Thursday at Haas Pavilion against the visiting Washington State Cougars.

Join Barbara each Tuesday for all the latest in Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NFL Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: A look at all the playoff teams this weekend

houstonchronicle.com: Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) fights for yards against Tennessee Titans defensive back Tramaine Brock (35) as he makes a first down reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Nashville.

On the NFL Playoffs podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 On Saturday AFC Playoffs It’s the Houston Texans hosting the Buffalo Bills the Texans are 2.5 point favorites

#2 The Tennessee Titans are in New England to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Pats with home field advantage are favored by 4.5.

#3 Sunday’s NFC games: Taking a look at the New Orleans Saints led by quarterback Drew Brees will be in Minnesota. The Saints are favored by eight.

#4 Seattle is the slight underdog as they come calling in Philadelphia against the Eagles who are favored by 1.

J Hawkes will take you right through the NFL playoffs each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Taking a look at number one seed 49ers with home field

photo from sfgate.com: The San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa (54) silences the Seattle Seahawks crowd on Sunday at Century Link Field

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 The 49ers Dan Greenlaw and Fred Warner made a crucial stop on the Seattle Seahawks Jacob Hollister within inches of scoring a touchdown that would have taken the 49ers in a whole different direction.

#2 What the 49ers NFC title means for a home field advantage and how close the game in Seattle really was.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Niners Win NFC West, Secure Home-Field defeat Seahawks 26-21

sfgate.com photo: Tight end Jacob Hollister #48 of the Seattle Seahawks is stopped just short of the goal line by linebacker Dre Greenlaw #57 and linebacker Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle,

By Joe Lami

The Niners won the NFC West by inches on Sunday night when Dre Greenlaw stopped Jacob Hollister on the goal line to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 26-21. For the fifth straight game, the game was decided on the final play, and for the third time, the Niners came out victorious.

More importantly, with the win, the Niners clinch the top seed in the NFC, clearing a path towards the Super Bowl with a first-round bye and home-field advantage.

The Niners controlled most of the heavy-weight primetime prize fight, racing out to an early 13-0 lead. Robbie Gould connected from 47 and 30 yards, while Deebo Samuel raced for 30 yards on an end-around.

Samuel finished with 100 yards for the fourth time this season, rushing for 33 on two carries and catching five balls for 102 yards, including a couple of clutch third-down conversions.

Seattle didn’t score until late in the third quarter, thanks to an 11-play 62-yard drive. Wilson capped it off, finding Tyler Lockett on a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Seattle began to roll a bit late in the third quarter, when Travis Homer became the featured back. Homer finished with ten carries for 62 yards. He was particularly successful attacking the outside left on zone rushes, averaging 6.7 yards per carry running left.

The Niners then traded blows with the Seahawks, with each team getting two touchdowns. The Seahawks made the stop and had the opportunity to win it until Greenlaw won the game with the goal-line stand.

Raheem Mostert scored both TDs for the Niners, including the eventual game-winner. He became the featured back in the second half, finishing with ten carries for 57 yards. He primarily found success attacking the interrior left-side, scoring a touchdown and finishing with 30 yards on four attempts.

Seattle fans erupted when they cut into the game, making it 19-14 on a Marshawn Lynch one-yard touchdown. The beloved Lynch finished with eight carries for 29 yards. Before Greenlaw stuff Hollister, the Seahawks were set-up on the one-yard line when a mistake led to a delay of game penalty.

Lynch was set up to score again until the Seahawks had to back up five yards, forcing them to throw, thus losing them the game.

Rookie, DK Metcalf also caught a 14-yard touchdown from Wilson with 3:36 to go, making it a one-score game. Metcalf finishes his rookie year with seven touchdowns, tied for third among first-year players.

Russ Wilson was incredible tonight for Seattle. He’s the engine that drives a mediocre team that makes them excellent. Tonight, he tallied 233 yards and two touchdowns on 25 of 40 passing. If there were an MVP at the conference level, Wilson would be the front runner to take the NFC award.

His excellence drives the Seahawks and why they’ve finished on the positive side of so many one-score games. On Sunday, he fell just short of taking the division. It also marks the first time in his career San Francisco’s beaten Wilson in Seattle; the last time they won in Washington was 2011.

The Seahawks settle for the fifth-seed and will have to travel to Philadelphia next week to kick off the playoffs. With a win, they set-up a potential rubber match in the Divisional round.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: 49ers can go through Seahawks O-Line like butter on Sunday Night Football

sfgate.com photo: Seattle Seahawks work out this week included Marshawn Lynch (left) who will be playing with quarterback Russell Wilson (right) this Sunday at Century Link Field against the San Francisco 49ers

On the 49ers podcast with Joe Lami:

#1 The 49ers have a pretty good shot at getting to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday at Century Link Field due to the Seahawks questionable offensive line.

#2 The Seahawks have been hampered with allowing sacks being the seventh most in the NFL.

#3 In spite of the Seahawks acquiring Marshawn Lynch the Hawks head coach Pete Carroll is concerned about the Seattle front five and said “I hope we can make it”

#4 For the 49ers another great outing for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo last Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams going 16-27 for 248 yards, one interception and two touchdowns.

#5 Joe 49ers will be assured home field through the playoffs their first step is to take out the Seahawks in a very noisy hostile Century Link Field better known as the 12th man

Join Joe each Friday for the 49ers podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com