The San Francisco 49ers are hosting the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game as the playoffs kick off on Saturday. It’s the third matchup of the season between these two division rivals, yet the 49ers came in as nine-point favorites.
Apparently, Geno Smith and DK Metcalf didn’t get the memo that they weren’t supposed to be able to hang with the second seed in the NFC.
While the 49ers did get off to a hot start with a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, the seventh-seeded Seahawks came flying back into the picture, scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter to rally back to emerge with a 14-13 lead.
The second score was thanks to a beautiful ball from Smith, finding Metcalf for a 50-yard touchdown strike, which had a completion probability of just 24.4%.
It turns out 1.5 yards of separation is all Smith and Metcalf need to put more points on the scoreboard.
In a game that has featured over 400 yards of offense in the first half, we haven’t seen either team struggle to move the ball so far. Here’s to hoping the second half is just as thrilling.