SEAHAWKS VS. 49ERS
The San Francisco 49ers look to earn their first division win in 2021 as they take on the Seattle Seahawks. This marks Seattle’s first trip to Levi’s Stadium since 2019, with the two teams squaring off at State Farm Stadium in Arizona in 2020. The 49ers have a 9-12 all-time home record against the Seahawks and two of San Francisco’s last three home games against Seattle have gone to overtime.
The 49ers look to bounce back following a 28-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers, who connected on a 51-yard field goal as time expired. On offense, QB Trey Lance and RB Trey Sermon each registered their first career rushing touchdowns on a pair of one-yard runs. FB Kyle Juszczyk hauled in four receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown, while adding a career-high five carries for 14 yards. WR Brandon Aiyuk finished the game with four receptions for 37 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown pass from QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Defensively, DL Arik Armstead registered his first sack of the season, bringing down Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for an eight-yard loss. CB Josh Norman registered one tackle and one forced fumble, while LB Azeez AlShaair led the team with a career-high 10 tackles and DT Javon Kinlaw also set a career high with six tackles on the night.
San Francisco’s special teams saw RB Trenton Cannon register three kickoff returns for 104 yards (34.7 average), including a 68-yard return. His 68-yard kickoff return was the second-longest of his career and the longest by a member of the 49ers since WR Richie James had an 81-yard kickoff return versus the Los Angeles Rams (12/21/19).
THE HEAD COACHES
Kyle Shanahan was named the 20th head coach of the San Francisco 49ers on February 6, 2017. He enters his fifth season with the 49ers after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. Shanahan has 17 seasons of coaching experience at the NFL level, including nine seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2014), Washington Redskins (2010-13) and Houston Texans (2008-09). In six of his nine seasons as an offensive coordinator (2008-09, 2012-13 and 2015-16), and one as head coach of the 49ers (2019), Shanahan has directed an offense that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yards gained. In 2019, Shanahan led the 49ers to NFC West and Conference titles en route to a trip to Super Bowl LIV in his third season with the team, winning Coach of the Year honors by Sporting News and NFC Coach of the Year by the Committee of 101. Following the 2016 season, Shanahan was named Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year, Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News and Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America after a record-setting performance by the Falcons offense en route to capturing the NFC South Division Title and an appearance in Super Bowl LI.
Pete Carroll is in his 12th season as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll and the Seahawks finished with a 12-4 record in 2020, winning at least 10 games in a season for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Carroll led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record in 2019. In 2018, Seattle finished with a 10-6 record and earned a NFC Wild Card spot. The 2017 Seahawks finished with a 9-7 record a year after claiming their third NFC West title in the previous four years, finishing with a 10-5-1 record. Seattle finished the 2015 season with a 10-6 record and earned a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs. In 2014, Carroll led the Seahawks to their second-consecutive trip to the Super Bowl as the NFC’s representative. The 2013 Seahawks went 13-3 in the regular season en route to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos, 43-8. It marked the first Super Bowl win in the history of the franchise. Carroll’s Seahawks finished with an 11-5 record in 2012, winning seven of their last eight games to end the regular season. Named head coach on January 11, 2010, Carroll became the eighth head coach in Seahawks history after one of the most successful runs in USC history in the college ranks. The Seahawks jumped out to a 4-2 record to begin the 2010 season and parlayed that into the club’s fifth NFC West title in the prior seven seasons. Carroll also led Seattle to the NFC Divisional Playoff round for the fourth time in the last six years, after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field in the Wild Card Game. He returned to the NFL after spending nine years (2001-09) as head coach at USC, where he won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08), two national championships (2003-04) and led the Trojans to a 97-19 record.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SEATTLE
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Overall: 17-28 Home: 9-12 Away: 8-16
1/1/17 Seahawks 25-23 SF
9/17/17 Seahawks 12-9 S
11/26/17 Seahawks 24-13 SF
12/2/18 Seahawks 43-16 S
12/16/18 49ers 26-23 (OT) SF
11/11/19 Seahawks 27-24 (OT) SF
12/29/19 49ers 26-21 S
11/1/20 Seahawks 37-27 S
1/3/21 Seahawks 26-23 SF*
Series Record: Seahawks lead series 28-17
49ers Home Record vs. Seahawks: Seahawks lead series 12-9
49ers Away Record vs. Seahawks: Seahawks lead series 16-8
First Meeting: 9/26/76, 49ers win 37-21, at Sea.
Last Meeting: 1/3/21, Seahawks win 26-23, at SF*
Current Streak: Lost 2
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (12/12/10 – 10/18/12)
Longest Seahawks Win Streak: 10 (1/19/14 – 12/2/18)
Most 49ers Points: 40 (12/12/10): 49ers win 40-21, at SF
Most Seahawks Points: 43 (12/2/18): Seahawks win 43-16, at Sea.
49ers Shutouts: None
Seahawks Shutouts: 2 (Last 11/12/07), Seahawks win 24-0, at Sea.
(*) – State Farm Stadium (Arizona)