SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While it might be ludicrous to suggest the Seattle Seahawks are a one-dimensional team on offense, they are the No. 1-ranked rushing team in the league while ranking 30th in passing.
Still, the Seahawks, behind the two-headed rushing attack of running back Marshawn Lynch, who is fifth in the NFL with 852 yards, and quarterback Russell Wilson, who leads all QBs with 644 yards, don't care if you know their style.
Go ahead, try and stop us, seems to be their mantra.
"They're a tough running game to defend," said San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. "They've got Marshawn Lynch, who we all know is, if he's not the best back in the league he's second to somebody, I wouldn't know who that would be. And then you've got [Wilson] back there who could pull the ball at anytime and become a runner himself."
In eight career regular-season games against the 49ers, Lynch has rushed for 687 yards on 152 carries, a 4.5-yards per carry average, with five touchdowns, trailing only the seven he's scored against the New York Giants.
Wilson, meanwhile, has rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries in four regular-season games against the Niners.
"So, it's like defending Lynch and his great running style, and when Wilson has the ball in his hand, he's like defending Barry Sanders with his quickness and speed and elusiveness," Fangio said. "He's a tough assignment. He's got more rushing yards than most of the running backs in the league."
And one of the biggest compliments.