The Seattle Seahawks battle to save their season against divisional rivals the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL Thursday Night Football game that many viewers can watch live online. Both teams come in with 2-4 records and are hoping to start a winning streak that can allow them to challenge the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals, who currently sit atop the division.
The Cardinals under third-year Coach Bruce Arians started the season 3-0, including a one-sided, 47-7 thrashing of San Francisco, have cooled off considerably, dropping two of their last three. On Sunday, the Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 25-13 despite the Steelers being forced by injuries to use third-string quarterback Landry Jones, who had never thrown an NFL pass prior to that game.
The struggles in Arizona appear to open the door even for cellar-dwellers like Seattle and San Francisco to make a run for the top of the division, making Thursday night’s game a crucial one.
The once-respected Seattle defense, which has led the Seahawks to two straight Super Bowls, has suffered so far from a series of fourth-quarter collapses that have played a role in every Seahawks loss this season.
Looking at only the first three quarters of each game, the Seahawks defense ranks third in the NFL in the key categories of points, yards, and passing yards per game. But in the fourth quarter, the same Seattle defensive unit ranks 28th out of the 32 NFL teams in those three all-important categories.
“They just collapse late in the game. There are probably a confluence of variables contributing to this — psychological, schematic, and personnel-wise,” said Seahawks columnist Danny Kelly in an interview with SB Nation. “It’s not like the Seahawks have never blown a fourth-quarter lead under Pete Carroll, but this crazy string of losses this year is obviously concerning going forward. We’ll see if they can sort out what’s going on and get it fixed or if it just snowballs on them and gets worse.”
To find out how to watch the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL Thursday Night Football game live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. Pacific Time — 8:25 p.m. Eastern — at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Thursday, October 22.
Unlike the Seahawks, who gave up 13 fourth-quarter points on Sunday to suffer another loss, this time to the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco is coming off a morale-boosting 25-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens and feel like they are building some momentum for the remaining 10 games of the season.
The ‘Niners also have the advantage of being able to remain at home for the quick turnaround from Sunday to the Thursday night game.
Like most San Francisco 49ers games, the Thursday night game will be carried live on Australian television — where it will actually be a Friday morning game — as fans in that country will get another chance to see former National Rugby League superstar Jarryd Hayne carry the ball for San Francisco.
Even Seattle Coach Pete Carroll is impressed with Hayne so far, and the Seahawks were one of three teams who attempted to sign Hayne.
“I thought it was an exciting prospect to get him in here,” Carroll told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. “We talked to him about visiting and all that and so it’s really cool to see that he’s playing and contributing and is a factor in the game. He’s done some really good stuff.”
The Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers game will be available to watch live online with credentials from numerous cable and satellite providers, as well as in select regions through NFL Sunday Ticket at this link. However, even where available, the Sunday Ticket option comes with a subscription fee. But the NFL Network will broadcast the Seahawks vs. 49ers Thursday Night Football game with streaming video at this link.
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