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If the 49ers are going to make the playoffs, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers will have to assemble a game plan that is different from what they’ve done in the past to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

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In two games against the Seattle Seahawks since becoming the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick is 0-2 and has been outscored 71-16 with only one touchdown and three interceptions.

“Every week in the NFL is a rivalry week. The teams are that good.” Harbaugh said

Our guys are ready. We’ve had a good week of practice and they’re looking forward to playing.”

G Mike Iupati is out which leaves Joe Looney on an island as the starter with little relief as Daniel Kilgore and Adam Snyder are the only remaining offensive linemen listed on the depth chart.

Joe Staley expects to play even though he was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

“I fully expect to be playing this week,” Staley tweeted.

Michael Crabtree is healthy along with Anquan Boldin but Mario Manningham, listed as probable, still has knee issues and will be less than 100%.

TE Vernon Davis will be an invaluable receiver for a team that is second to last in the passing in the NFL, averaging 180 yards/game.

Seattle fairs a bit better at 218 yards/game but the elusiveness of Russell Wilson compounds the coverage responsibilities for the cornerbacks on the edge.

If you remove the win-loss records, statistically these teams are pretty even with the Seahawks having a slight advantage in all the offense categories. But, without the cacophony of CenturyLink Field, the 49ers can make what has been an impossible task a reality if they can keep Wilson contained and find short passing routes for Kaepernick.

The 49ers have to win or have the Eagles and Cardinals, (both 7-5 going into Sunday's games) would be nipping at their heals for the 6th playoff spot.



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