The Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers know each other very well. As division rivals, they play each other twice a year and have shown in the past that they don’t like each other — at all.
On Sunday, Game No. 3 — the Threepeat, if you will — will be played between the two teams with everything on the line. A trip to the Super Bowl and ultimate bragging rights will be in order when the teams kickoff on Sunday.
It is no coincidence that these teams are the finalists in the NFC. They have both played extraordinarily well all season and both have proven that they belong in the conversation as Super Bowl XLVIII contenders.
But how do the teams stack up against each other? Statistically, they are very similar.
The offense on both teams has a lot fewer passing yards per game than rushing yards because both offenses have a run-first mentality and a bruising running back that isn’t afraid to run defenders over.
Both teams also have a tough defense that doesn’t like to give up yards or points and has saved the day for the team on more than one occasion.
Below is a quick look at some statistics from the teams this season. The number in parenthesis is that statistics rank in the NFL.
Just how similar are these teams? See for yourself:
Points per game:
49ers — 25.4 (11th)
Seahawks — 26.1 (9th)
Yards per game:
49ers — 323.8 (24th)
Seahawks — 339.0 (17th)
Pass Yards per game:
49ers — 186.2 (30th)
Seahawks — 202.2 (26th)
Rush Yards per game:
49ers — 137.6 (3rd)
Seahawks — 136.8 (4th)
Points Allowed per game:
49ers — 17.0 (3rd)
Seahawks — 14.4 (1st)
Yards Allowed per game:
49ers — 316.9 (5th)
Seahawks — 273.6 (1st)
Pass Yards Allowed per game:
49ers — 221.0 (7th)
Seahawks — 172.0 (1st)
Rush Yards Allowed per game:
49ers — 95.9 (4th)
Seahawks — 101.6 (7th)
The Seahawks and 49ers have already played twice this season with both teams winning their home meetings. In Week 2, the Seahawks beat the 49ers at CenturyLink Field, 29-3. In Week 14, the 49ers handed the Seahawks a 19-17 defeat which was only Seattle’s second loss of the season.
The Seahawks finished the regular season 13-3 while the 49ers finished 12-4. Seattle earned the No. 1 seed in this postseason and is fresh off of a 23-15 home-win against the New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers entered the playoffs as a No. 5 seed and had to win road games against the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers to make it to the NFC Championship game.
Perhaps it was destiny that the two teams are playing against each other.
Most of the players have expressed feelings similar to Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who tweeted…
Wouldn’t want it any other way…
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) January 12, 2014
…after the 49ers beat the Panthers to set up the Threepeat for the conference title.
The game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. PT on Sunday Jan. 19 at CenturyLink Field.