San Francisco Gameplan:
-Run the ball non-stop throughout the entire game. Seattle's 1 weakness is its run defense. They give up a solid amount of yards-per-carry. Thats why Seattle's gameplan is to take shots and get ahead early...to make the other team abandon the run. Thats why Seattle ends up winning in so many blow-outs against good teams. Seattle is built with speed up front. Their speed makes for gang-tackles on every play, to make up for their lack of power. Niners need to lineup in I-form and just pound it. Use the power and strength of the O-line, dont be intimidated by speed. When they least expect it, take shots, and complete those big passes to Davis or Crabtree that we always see. But immediately after, go back to the run. Kaepernick should have 22 attempts, and 70% completion, and half of those should be 15+ yard first down passes.
-Make SF play your game, not vice-versa. Like I said, Seattle forces their game on other teams to cover up their weaknesses. They look invincible on TV, but they do have weaknesses.
I still think Seattle is the better team because I dont particularly like Kaepernick's passing progression throughout the season. I dont think Harbaughs done a good job of facilitating it. If kaepernick got better at the same pace as Russell Wilson, the niners would be the clear number 2 team, borderline number 1, in the NFC. I think the team is that good. I also think Gore is not as good as he used to be. He benefits from huge holes created by his O-line. I dont think "home field advantage" or "extra effort" will be enough for the niners. I'm still taking seattle by a large margin lol.
Seattle 28 San Francisco 13
Random thoughts about the game:
-Harbaugh likes to keep it conservative throughout the season, then towards the end he likes to open up the playbook in the passing game. This does 2 things: It gets Gore fresh for the playoffs, and it doesn't let Pete Carroll to get too much game-film on his playbook. Guys say he's the most paranoid coach in the NFL, and his biggest paranoia is Seattle. The point: This IS the superbowl for the niners. Harbaugh will bring out everything. The players will be playing like its a playoff game.
-Seattle is cruising to 1st seed. This game is essentially meaningless in the standings. But it does two things: San francisco is essentially down right now....they've lost to every good team they've faced. I can't imagine their confidence being too high. Seattle has a chance to go for the kill. If the niners lose this game, I dont see them having enough guts to come back and win again in the playoffs at seattle, I can even imagine a team like Detroit giving them trouble...they wouldnt be able to stop CJ, and the Detroit run-D will be able to shut down gore. Its also personal for seattle. But with very little playoff implications for them, I can't imagine seattle treating it like a playoff game, whereas SF will.
-Niners homefield is overrated, lets get that out of the way. Both Indy and Carolina were able to beat them at San Francisco. But regardless of how dumb the email sounds, I think the fans will come out extra loud...but i just dont see it effecting the seahawks.