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49ers Eye Dominance in NFC West with Thanksgiving Victory Over Seahawks

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49ers vs Seahawks Thanksgiving

The San Francisco 49ers’ recent surge in form has put their earlier three-game losing streak, which had opened up the competition in the NFC West, firmly in the rearview mirror.

Thursday night’s clash in Seattle offers the 49ers a prime opportunity to extend their division lead by two games. A victory for the 49ers (7-3) would mark their fourth consecutive triumph over the Seahawks and their 10th in a row against NFC West rivals.

For Seattle (6-4), a win would not only help them rebound from their disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday but also bring them level with the 49ers in the standings as they face a challenging part of their schedule.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll emphasized the importance of this matchup, stating, “It’s a division opponent and a win is crucial to tie our records, which is our clear goal.”

The 49ers appear to have resolved the issues that led to their defeats against Cleveland, Minnesota, and Cincinnati last month. Since their bye week, they’ve convincingly beaten Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.

Last year, the 49ers experienced a similar situation. They decisively defeated Tampa Bay in mid-December, marking quarterback Brock Purdy’s first start, followed by a victory in Seattle on a short week. Purdy’s performance in that game, featuring two touchdowns and a 117.0 passer rating, remains one of his best on the road.

Purdy remains cautious, however, saying, “We don’t take past victories for granted. Each game is a new challenge with a new team.”

Seattle is optimistic about quarterback Geno Smith’s start, despite him leaving last week’s game with a bruised triceps. Smith has been limited in practice but participated fully on Wednesday.

EXPANDED OFFENSE

The 49ers have enhanced their offensive strategy this year, with Purdy successfully executing deep throws that complement the running game and shorter passes. His 20 completions on deep throws are the most by any 49ers quarterback under coach Kyle Shanahan in seven seasons, boasting a completion rate of 60.5%, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a remarkable 144.3 rating.

Purdy noted, “Our ability to go deep adds an extra dimension, forcing defenses to adapt and opening up various facets of our offense.”

ROOKIE SPOTLIGHT

Seattle’s rookies are set for significant roles. Cornerback Devon Witherspoon, who had a standout game earlier against the New York Giants, will be crucial in defense. Running back Zach Charbonnet is expected to start due to Kenneth Walker III’s injury, following his 15 carries last week. Wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who had three receptions against the Rams, is also being integrated more into the offense.

49ERS’ NEW STAR

Rookie Ji’Ayir Brown stepped up impressively for the 49ers last week, filling in for the injured Talanoa Hufanga. With a pass breakup and an interception, Brown is poised for his first start. Team captain Fred Warner expressed confidence in Brown, stating, “He’s shown he can perform at a high level and fits our game plan well.”

THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN

Seattle’s last Thanksgiving game was in 2014, a victorious encounter against the 49ers. This year marks their first home game on the holiday, with a 2-2 record on Thanksgiving. The 49ers, on the other hand, haven’t won on Thanksgiving since 1972.

Report contributed by AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow.

AP NFL: https://bigbignews.net/nfl

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 49ers vs Seahawks Thanksgiving

What is the significance of the upcoming 49ers vs. Seahawks game?

The game is crucial for the NFC West standings, as a win for the 49ers would extend their division lead, while a victory for the Seahawks could tie them in the standings.

How have the 49ers performed recently?

After overcoming a three-game losing streak, the 49ers have won their last three games, indicating a return to form.

What makes this game a critical point for the Seahawks?

A win would help the Seahawks recover from their recent loss to the Rams and keep them competitive in the NFC West race.

How has Brock Purdy impacted the 49ers’ performance?

Purdy has enhanced the 49ers’ deep-passing game, achieving record completions for deep throws under coach Kyle Shanahan’s tenure.

Are there any key rookie players to watch in this game?

Yes, rookies like Devon Witherspoon and Zach Charbonnet for Seattle, and Ji’Ayir Brown for the 49ers, are expected to play significant roles.

What is the historical context of the 49ers and Seahawks playing on Thanksgiving?

The 49ers haven’t won a Thanksgiving game since 1972, while the Seahawks last played on Thanksgiving in 2014, beating the 49ers.

More about 49ers vs Seahawks Thanksgiving

  • 49ers Official Website
  • Seahawks Team News
  • NFL Thanksgiving Games History
  • Brock Purdy Player Stats
  • NFC West Standings Update

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5 comments

NinerNation November 24, 2023 - 1:40 am

Ji’Ayir Brown stepping up for Hufanga, that’s what we need! Next man up, let’s go Niners!

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FootballLover November 24, 2023 - 5:28 am

Purdy’s deep passes are something else, Shanahan’s really got the offense clicking this season.

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SeahawkFan83 November 24, 2023 - 9:14 am

Geno needs to step up this game, last week was just not good enough, we can’t let the 49ers dominate us again.

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HistoricGames November 24, 2023 - 1:07 pm

Thanksgiving games always have a special vibe, can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Go Seahawks!

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Mike47 November 24, 2023 - 3:31 pm

Wow, 49ers really turned things around after that losing streak, huh? their momentum’s on fire now!

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