The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers rekindle their rivalry on Thanksgiving night at 8:30 ET. One of these two teams have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl each of the last two seasons, but both trail the first-place Cardinals by two games in the NFC West.
Here are some of the top things to know for the Thanksgiving nightcap.
Home sweet home
The home team has won all five meetings since the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in 2012, including the Seahawks' victory in the NFC Championship Game last season.
Wilson and the Seahawks have struggled to score in San Francisco, averaging just 11.5 points per game in their last two road meetings. That’s compared to an average of 31.3 points in their three home meetings.
In fact, in each of those five meetings, the road team failed to score more than 17 points.
Crabtree vs. Sherman: The Rematch
This is the teams’ first meeting since Richard Sherman’s passionate postgame interview criticizing Michael Crabtree following last season’s NFC Championship Game.
Crabtree has zero touchdowns in nine career games against the Seahawks, and he has caught only 49.2 percent of his targets with six drops. Against other opponents, Crabtree has a 64.0 percent career catch rate.
Sherman shut down Crabtree in their last meeting. Crabtree did not catch a pass on the right side of the field, where Sherman typically patrols.
However, Sherman has not made as much of an impact on the stat sheet this season. The brash cornerback has just one interception this season after leading the league with eight last season.
San Francisco second-half struggles
The 49ers' offense is averaging just 20.7 points per game this season, the lowest total in the Jim Harbaugh era. The offense has been fine in the first half of games, scoring 155 points, seventh best in the NFL, but it has scored just 70 points in the second half. Only the New York Jets have fewer second-half points.
Colin Kaepernick in particular has struggled late in games. In the first half of games, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions with a 70.9 Total QBR. His numbers plummet in the second half, as he’s thrown just four touchdowns with four interceptions and a 40.3 Total QBR.
The second-half trend was also an issue in the 2013 NFC Championship Game. The 49ers were up 10-3 at halftime of that game before losing 23-17. Kaepernick went 11-for-19 with a passing touchdown and two interceptions in the second half of that game.
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