SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for the pregame of the 49ers’ Week 13 game against the Seahawks. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box. Happy Thanksgiving.
2:18 Prediction: 49ers win 13-10. The 49ers have issues on offense, but so do the Seahawks, and they really miss Golden Tate.
2:23 That said, I do like Marshawn Lynch. He runs like an angry man, and he will show up to play in front of his home fans.
2:24 Whoever wins this game has a good chance of winning the NFC West. Whoever loses this game has a good chance of missing the playoffs.
2:25 This is Bill Belichick’s description of Aaron Rodgers: “He’s great. He’s quick, he’s big, he throws the ball very accurately, has great vision down the field. He finds guys that there’s not a lot of space, but he finds them and he hits them. He’s really good. I’m not taking anything away from anybody else, but this guy is a really good player.”
How many of those attributes does Kaepernick possess? Bigness?
2:30 Alfred Morris gained 89 yards on 11 carries outside the tackles last week against the 49ers. I don’t expect the Seahawks to reprise that performance tonight. Vic Fangio is a great coordinator and his defenses usually excel at setting the edge against the run. The Niners won’t get burned outside two weeks in a row. And Lynch is not quite the outside runner Morris is, although Lynch’s backup, Robert Turbin, has the speed to get to the edge. He’s averaging about 5 carries a game the past four games. He ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
3:13 The grass looks horrible. High schools have better grass.
3:17 Russell Wilson is practicing red-zone passes. Colin Kaepernick hasn’t yet taken the field.
3:35 Fascinating report from Pro Football Talk: “Per a league source, the team’s willingness to give (Russell) Wilson a new deal will depend in large part on how the current season turns out. Miss the playoffs or get eliminated early, and the Seahawks will be inclined to wait. Return to the Super Bowl, and a new deal becomes more likely.”
More proof that the Seahawks don’t view Wilson in the same light that the 49ers view Kaepernick, as I explained in my column today.
3:49 Wilson has been throwing for the past half hour. Kaepernick is about to throw his first pass.
3:58 Kaepernick is done warming up. Wilson is still throwing.
4:14 The 49ers’ inactives are Josh Johnson, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Tramaine Brock, Anthony Davis, Vance McDonald and Glenn Dorsey.
4:15 The Seahawks’ inactives are Jeremy Lane, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Allen Bradford, Max Unger, Travian Robertson, Cooper Helfert and RaShaun Allen.
4:50 Garrett Celek is the 49ers’ No.2 tight end tonight, and Asante Clevelan is No.3.