The NFC West will be up for grabs in primetime.
Not that there were too many better options in the first place, but it’s been confirmed that Week 17’s Sunday Night Football matchup will be the highly anticipated rematch between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, live from CenturyLink Field.
When these two rivals met on November 11th, the Seahawks overcame an early 10-0 deficit, blew a 21-10 lead, but were able to beat the 49ers in Santa Clara in a 27-24 overtime thriller. San Francisco was undefeated at the time, and that win has proved so huge for Seattle’s chances of winning the division.
Regardless of what happens this Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks will win the NFC West if they beat the 49ers next Sunday (and vice versa, but I don’t want to think about that). If the form guide holds up, this game could be for the #1 seed outright, with the loser relegated to playing on the road against either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles.
The stakes are high, and it’s been a really long time since the stakes were this high for a 49ers-Seahawks game.
Seattle has never lost a December primetime home game under Pete Carroll. They have not lost at home to the 49ers in the Russell Wilson era. It won’t be like this forever, but we’d love for this to continue for another season.
NBC is the place to be at 5:20 PM PT on December 29th, and CenturyLink Field will be at fever pitch. The Seahawks weren’t scheduled at all for an SNF home game, but they’ve been flexed into the spotlight for Game 256.
To quote Bart Scott, “CAN’T WAIT!”