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NFL: Week 14 -- Seahawks at 49ers

It might be too late for the 8-4 San Francisco 49ers to challenge the 11-1 Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West title. But the defending NFC champions can make a statement -- which might be needed after Seattle thrashed San Francisco 29-3 in their Week 2 meeting.

Which team will win Sunday's game in San Francisco?

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  • Who will have the better game for the Seahawks against the 49ers?

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  • Who will have had the better NFL career when all is said and done?

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  • Which do you believe about the 49ers' 29-3 loss in Seattle in Week 2?

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  • Seahawks fans banded together to pay $1,800 to fly a "GO HAWKS-12" banner over Candlestick Park on Sunday. Would you contribute to such a fund?

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  • Frank Gore is averaging 40 yards rushing over the past three weeks. He averaged 91 the seven games before. What will he have versus the Seahawks?

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  • Vernon Davis tweeted that it should be illegal to tackle a player by his private parts after it happened to him by Rams safety T.J. McDonald. Do you agree?

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  • How many games will the 49ers win? (8-4; vs. SEA, at TB, vs. ATL, at ARI)

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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Peyton Manning surpassed Dan Marino for the second spot on the NFL's all-time passing yards list with a 414-yard, four-touchdown game against the Cowboys. Jimmy Graham is proving to be one Drew Brees' favorite targets as he leads the league in receiving yards and is just one game shy of setting the record for consecutive 100-yard games for a tight end. Below are the 10 players NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano has in his weekly MVP watch. Who's tops your list after five weeks of play?

2013 NFL MVP Watch

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Saints QB
1,722 yards, 12 TD, 4 INT, 69.7 CMP%

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB
78 ATT, 376 yards, 3 TD

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Saints WR
37 REC, 593 yards, 6 TD

Justin Houston

Justin Houston

Chiefs LB
23 tackles, 8.5 sacks

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck

Colts QB
1,144 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT, 62.2 CMP%

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks RB
96 ATT, 410 yards, 3 TD

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

Broncos QB
1,884 yards, 20 TD, INT, 75.8 CMP%

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Packers QB
1,331 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT, 66.4 CMP%

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Chiefs DT
14 tackles, 2 sacks, FF

Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib
15 tackles, 4 INT, FF

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The Super Bowl XLVII matchup is set with the Ravens and 49ers squaring off in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Ray Lewis will be there for the final game of his storied 17-year career with the Ravens, as will Colin Kaepernick making just his 10th career start at quarterback for the 49ers. Throw in some top-notch wide receivers (Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree), tight ends (Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta) and running backs (Frank Gore, Ray Rice) and we've got a pretty even matchup, with SportsNation giving the slight edge to the Niners. How do the best players in the Super Bowl stack up? Click the images to cast your votes.

Super Bowl XLVII players

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.

Super Bowl XLVII players

John Abraham

John Abraham

Falcons DE

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons TE

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons WR

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

Patriots WR

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Patriots RB

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons QB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Falcons RB

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Patriots WR

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

Patriots RB

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There's little doubt who the best running back in football is these days; he's the guy that has more states than Minnesota native Walter Mondale carried in 1984 voting for the Vikings to win the NFC North despite Brett Favre's decision to stay retired.

As long as you have Adrian Peterson, you have a chance. Then again, that's not altogether different from how people felt about Larry Johnson as the 2007 NFL season approached.

You remember Johnson, the guy who rushed for 1,789 yards on a record 416 carries in 2006, a year after topping 1,700 yards with 20 touchdowns in a breakout campaign. Back in June, 2007, voters said he was the second-best back in the game (granted, Secretariat's margin of victory in the Belmont was a photo finish in comparison to LaDainian Tomlinson's lead) and clearly the Chiefs' most indispensable player.

Now it's 2009 and despite better than 800 yards last season, Johnson can't get a sniff when it comes to the backs "SportsNation" (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2) is asking voters to rank for Thursday's show. Just more proof that success can be fleeting at one of the NFL's most physically demanding positions. Be forewarned, Vikings fans.

The Mini Ditkas

wonder where RBs that had a goodly amount of carries combined with a goodly amount of receptions fit in in all this? For example: Matt Forte had 316 carries last year, far below the 370 curse mark, but also caught 63 passes...combined touches 379, so he's over the limit. May not mean anything at all, but I expect to see a drop off in his production this year simply because teams will scheme to shut him down more, IMO.

-- The Mini Ditkas
noodlerii

L.T. will duplicate his numbers from last season, and I can tell you now.. I spent too much time watching him log around 50 yards with zero scores to rest easy. Time to find a new horse for my squad.

-- noodlerii

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