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Seahawks Vs 49ers: San Francisco Run Defense Presents A Challenge

The Seahawks come back home with a 5-1 record in their last six games, a large part due to their success in the run game. Seattle, until last Sunday's game at Soldier Field against the Bears, had rushed for 100+ yards in six straight games and have made running the football a big part of their identity. The Bears pretty much stopped them in their tracks though, as the Seahawks rushed for only 60 total yards. Despite this, the defense did their part with five turnovers created and Tarvaris Jackson did enough in the 2nd half to lead his team to a big win.

Unfortunately though for Seattle, for the second week in a row, the offense will be facing an elite run defense, and San Francisco hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown all season. 

That statistic alone is truly impressive. The next closest team to San Francisco in that area are the Miami Dolphins, and they've given up six touchdowns on the ground. The mighty Steelers defense? Seven. Ray Lewis and the fearsome Ravens' unit? Nine. Again, very impressive. Even Pete Carroll admitted as much..

"That's a pretty cool number," he said. "I was around a team years ago that go through something like that. That's something to protect. That's something to fight for when you get the chance." He added in jest - "So we're going to throw it inside the 5-yard line every time we get down there."

The Seahawks will likely try to run the football, as they did against the Bears, but can probably expect more of the same after only picking up 1.8 yards per carry on Sunday. That means Tarvaris Jackson will likely be forced to make some plays on his own, doing so without Sidney Rice or Mike Williams. It should be an excellent matchup in what is already a great rivalry. 

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