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Sunday Night Football open thread: 49ers at Seahawks

The NFC West is on the line on Sunday Night Football.

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images

We have done it: Week 17 is coming to a close.

While this means the end of a dreadful season for the Detroit Lions, there are other teams with happier New Year's resolutions. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers square off on Sunday Night Football in Week 17’s curtain call. The NFC West title is on the line, along with multiple playoff implications.

For the Seahawks, it is simple: win the game, win the division. This will secure them the number three seed in the NFC. Russell Wilson will look to cap off another fantastic season against a tough 49ers defense, but it is a familiar face that will take the spotlight tonight. With a bevy of injuries to their running back stable, the Seahawks have brought back Marshawn Lynch. He may not be the Beastmode of old, but it is an intriguing story.

For the 49ers, their 12-3 record has them in the upper echelon of the NFC. A win tonight would also win them the division, but it would also clinch them a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Their defense has been the storyline all season, but an effective rushing attack has helped carry their offense. Tight end George Kittle has been a fantastic all-around option, while rookie Deebo Samuel is stepping up.

It will be an exciting finale to Week 17 and the NFL regular season. Here’s how to watch:

Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field—Seattle, WA
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sidelines)

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