The 2019 regular season finale figures to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Sunday night, the 49ers visit the Seahawks with a home-field playoff game on the line. The winner clinches the NFC West, and division winners get their first playoff matchups at home. The stakes are even higher than that: if the 49ers win, they clinch the NFC’s No. 1 seed, meaning a first-round playoff bye and home field throughout the playoffs; if the Seahawks win and the Packers lose, the Seahawks would get a first-round bye. Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 21 of the 29 Super Bowls – and each of the last six – have been won by teams with a first-round bye.
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As is often the case, health will play a big role in this matchup, so betters should stay attuned to the injury report. Several key members of the 49ers defense are in doubt for Week 17, with DE Dee Ford (quad) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) the top names to watch. The watch-list for the Seahawks is features more prominent names, including DE Jadeveon Clowney (groin), CB Saquill Griffin (hamstring) and safety Quandre Diggs (ankle). Additionally, the Seahawks RB corps was so decimated that they signed Marshawn Lynch out retirement Monday. Lynch played six games for the Raiders in 2018 and announced his retirement after the season.
The 49ers have had one of the best defenses all season, though their dominance has faded recently. They’re still No. 2 in defensive DVOA, but they’re no longer on pace to rank as one of the most dominant defenses of all time. They’ve allowed 35.3 points per game over their last three after giving up just 15.3 over their first 12 games. The Seahawks have also struggled lately, losing two of their last three and scoring 17 points or fewer in three of their last five.
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49ers at Seahawks
Point Spread: Seahawks +3.5
Total Points: 47
Money Line: Seahawks +148; 49ers -167
Overall: 49ers 12-3; Seahawks 11-4
ATS: 49ers 8-6-1; Seahawks 7-7-1
O/U: 49ers 8-7; Seahawks 8-7
Players to watch: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), LB Azeez Al-Shaair (knee), G Mike Person (neck), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder), S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs), CB Tarvarius Moore (concussion), DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)
Players to watch: T Duane Brown (knee, biceps), S Quandre Diggs (ankle), C Joey Hunt (fibula), G Mike Iupati (neck), WR Malik Turner (concussion), DE Jadeveon Clowney (core), CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring), T George Fant (knee), T Germain Ifedi (knee), C Ethan Pocic (core), LB Bobby Wagner (ankle)
- The 49ers have won each of their last five road games against NFC opponents.
- The 49ers have covered the spread in five of their last six Sunday games.
- Six of the Seahawks’ last seven home games against NFC West opponents have gone over the total points line.
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