San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Another Sunday night showdown. The Seahawks’ five-game winning streak to close the regular season last year included a 42-13 romp over the 49ers in Seattle that wasn’t even as close as that lopsided score would indicate.
Sunday, December 8, 1:25 p.m., Candlestick Park
The Seahawks finished half a game behind the 49ers in the NFC West last season, and one of the games they let slip away was their Week 7 nationally televised matchup in the Bay Area. That 13-6 loss to the 49ers eventually cost the Seahawks the division title, as they failed to score a touchdown for the only time during the 2012 season. So this season’s rematch at Candlestick Park is chance for redemption.
Sunday, November 10, 10:00 a.m., Georgia Dome
The Seahawks’ 2012 season ended in Atlanta, as the Falcons kicked a 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left for a 30-28 victory in the divisional playoff game that prevented a Seahawks-49ers rematch in the NFC Championship game. The what-just-happened loss came after Russell Wilson had rallied the Seahawks from a 20-0 halftime deficit to a 28-27 led with 31 left on Marshawn Lynch’s 2-yard touchdown run. The way their successful season ended has served as motivation for the Seahawks this offseason.
Sunday, October 6, 10:00 a.m., Lucas Oil Stadium
Each team won 11 games last season, after the Colts had gone 2-14 in 2011 and the Seahawks 7-9. Each team was led by a rookie quarterback. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, the 75th pick in last year’s draft, tied the NFL rookie record of 26 touchdown passes that had been set by the Colts’ Peyton Manning in 1998. The Colts’ Andrew Luck, the top pick overall in the draft, was next with 23 TD passes. Neither QB nor his team will sneak up on anyone this season.
New Orleans Saints
Monday, December 2, 5:40 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Monday night madness. The last time the Saints visited Seattle, the earth near the stadium moved – literally – during Marshawn Lynch’s electrifying 67-yard touchdown run that iced the Seahawks’ 41-36 upset of the defending Super Bowl champions in a wild-card playoff game on Jan. 8, 2011. A lot has changed for each team since then, and this game now includes a matchup of the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and the quarterback he is often compared to – the Saints’ Drew Brees.
Sunday, November 17, 1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field
The Seahawks’ roster includes four former Vikings – wide receivers