The NFL announced the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will head to primetime for Week 17. The 49ers-Seahawks game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football for Week 17, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The game will likely be for the NFC West title and potentially the No. 1 seed in the conference. While the game was expected to be flexed to Sunday Night Football, the NFL officially made the announcement during the Week 16 games. The Seahawks currently hold the tiebreaker over the 49ers thanks to their victory earlier this season. However, a win by the 49ers would invoke a series of tiebreakers that likely favor San Francisco if the two teams finish the season with identical records.
After the 49ers victory over the Rams, San Francisco took control of the NFC West and moved up to the No. 1 seed. The Seahawks can once again swap places with a win over the Cardinals in Week 16.
The Seahawks Have Played in a Number of Close Games This Season
Seahawks fans have not had it easy watching games this year as nearly every Seattle game seems to end in a close contest. Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright believes the close games will help Seattle in the postseason.
“I think it’ll help us a whole lot,” Wright noted, per Seahawks.com. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking (for fans), I get it. When you’re blowing out somebody and they get withing one score with plenty of time left, it’s not a good feeling, but it’ll help us out, because we know that in the playoffs, most games are going to be decided under seven or 10 points. So you need that adversity, you need that confidence to know that you can get the job done. It’s going to pay off in the long run.”
Either the Seahawks or 49ers Are Likely to Play the NFC East Champion in the Wild Card Round
There is a major difference this season between finishing first and second in the NFC West. The first-place team likely will have a first-round bye and has a chance to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The second-place team drops all the way down to No. 5 and will face either the Cowboys or Eagles on the road.
Despite the Seahawks and 49ers having a better record, the NFL rules stipulate that the division winners get the top four seeds and host all the playoff games during Wild Card weekend. The Seahawks-49ers game is setting up to be arguably the biggest NFL game this season which is why the NFL made it the Sunday Night Football season finale.