Playoff predictions: 49ers vs. Seahawks

Playoff predictions: 49ers vs. Seahawks
January 18, 2014, 1:45 pm
Tandler - Tarik

Although the Redskins are spectators in this year’s NFL playoffs, we know you’ll still be watching. So let’s have some fun predicting the outcomes, shall we? Here’s how Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler see the games unfolding:

Tandler: It’s going to be loud in Seattle. Perhaps you’ve heard. Or you couldn’t hear that because it’s too darn loud. In any case, that’s not going to matter on Sunday. The 49ers have exactly the kind of team that can silence the 12th man (a term, by the way, the Seahawks rent from Texas A&M). They have a stifling defense that can shut down Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and company. Frank Gore can grind out yardage on the ground and thrn the crowd from frantic to restive. And, just when they get cranked up on a third and eight play, Colin Kaepernick will take off and get the first down with his legs, sucking the life out of the crowd in the process. By the time it’s over the Seattleites will be putting down their Starbucks and reaching for an Emerald City brew to drown their sorrows. 49ers 21, Seahawks 13

El-Bashir: I could not disagree with you more, Rich. There are two reasons the Seahawks are 8-1 at CenturyLink Field this season: They’re good and the ear-splitting 12th man advantage. Did you see the effect crowd noise had on Drew Brees a week ago? Brees, one of the calmest and coolest quarterbacks in the game, was flustered by it, couldn’t get plays called quickly enough and was forced to call timeout—twice—in the fourth quarter to avoid penalties. Do you think Colin Kaepernick will do a better job in such a stressful environment? Yeah, me neither. Look, the 49ers are loaded on both sides of the ball and they are battle-tested. I’ll give you that. But the combination of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman-led secondary and the 12th man will ultimately prove to be too much for Kaepernick the Niners. Seahawks 24, 49ers 17