The Ravens came out of a three-game losing streak to make it to the big game in The Big Easy. December started off rough for the Ravens with consecutive losses to the Steelers, Redskins and Broncos. But as fate would have it, their lowest point became a turning point.
The San Francisco 49ers running back was fined $10,500 by the NFL on Wednesday after he wore his socks too low in Sunday’s NFC championship game at Atlanta, a uniform violation. It marked the second time he was fined this season.
A division title and playoff spot are on the line between NFC West rivals Seattle and San Francisco, who are near twins with their hard-hitting defenses, great running games and quarterbacks playing beyond their years.
Dropped passes and poor rush defense were the reasons the Seahawks lost 13-6 in San Francisco in Week Seven. Seattle will have to be better in both departments if it is going to win this time.
The banged-up 49ers play four of the final six on the road, the reeling Cardinals seem poised to lose their sixth in a row and the Rams have a tough schedule that seemingly will preclude them from competing. The NFC West figures to come down to Seattle and San Francisco on Dec. 23.
Arizona, which appears to be fading after a surprising 4-0 start, goes to Minnesota, which is 3-0 at home. St. Louis is 3-0 at home but faces the potent Packers. Both games could potentially impact where Seattle sits in the division.
When the Seattle Seahawks come to Candlestick Park on Thursday, will they meet the San Francisco 49ers team that had beaten the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets by a combined score of 79-3, or the Niners who just got pounded by the New York Giants 26-3 at home?