Game snapshot: 49ers vs. Seahawks

The 49ers must take advantage of some weaknesses in the Seattle defense and also get a big effort from their own defense to keep pace on the scoreboard Sunday with the front-running, high-flying Seahawks.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:05 Pacific

SITE: Qwest Field in Seattle

SURFACE: FieldTurf

RECORDS: 49ers 2-10; Seahawks 10-2

TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers

SERIES: 14th meeting. The Seahawks lead 7-6, including victories in the last five meetings, the longest streak by any team since the series began in 1976. Three of the last four were played in San Francisco. Seattle posted a 34-0 victory the last time the 49ers came to Seattle. The Seahawks won the earlier meeting between the two clubs 27-25 at Monster Park in San Francisco on Nov. 20.

2005 NFL RANKINGS: 49ers: offense 32nd (23rd rush, 31st pass); defense 32nd (20th rush, 32nd pass). Seahawks: offense 4th (3rd rush, 13th pass); defense 20th (12th rush, 22nd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The glimmer of hope for the 49ers lies with WR Brandon Lloyd, who torched the Seahawks for seven receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown three games ago. And that was with Seattle utilizing CBs Andre Dyson and Kelly Herndon, who will both miss Sunday's game. The question is if rookie QB Alex Smith will get the time, and have the accuracy, to take advantage of the Seahawks' secondary. He's playing behind an offensive line starting two rookies, and RB Kevan Barlow is battling a knee injury. The Seahawks will attempt to protect their defense by controlling the ball with RB Shaun Alexander. He is coming off a 49-yard game Monday night and faces a 49ers defense allowing just 3.8 yards per carry. If Alexander can get back on track, it will set up the play-action for QB Matt Hasselbeck to attack San Francisco's vulnerable secondary.

FAST FACTS: 49ers: Smith, who threw just eight interceptions during his college career, has already thrown eight in limited time this season. Seahawks: Alexander seeks to become the first player in league history to post nine consecutive 100-yard rushing games against division foes. ... Seek franchise record ninth consecutive victory.

BY THE NUMBERS: 22 - Consecutive games the opposition has gained more net yards passing that the 49ers. The last time the 49ers had more yards passing in a game was Oct. 17 of last year when they threw for 272 yards and the Jets had 222 yards in a 22-14 Jets victory. 8 - Consecutive 100-yard performances for Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander against division opponents, tying the NFL record shared by Marcus Allen, Freeman McNeil and Walter Payton.


"A victory. It's simple. I want to see victory because we came so close so many times. At the same time, prior to the victory you want to continue to see your football team with great effort and commitment to the preparation all week long, and the commitment to the game and do what it takes to try to win a game" - 49ers coach Mike Nolan on what he'd like to see from his club in the final four games.

"That will remain confidential." - Coach Mike Holmgren when asked to reveal whether the NFL fined him for speaking too loosely about officiating blunders.

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