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December 24, 2012 at 6:10 AM

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Looking back: Revisiting Sunday's scouting report

A look back at the scouting report for Sunday's games and how those facts panned out.

Keys to Seahawks victory
1. Get back to basics in the run defense.
Scouting report: Seattle's Week 7 game at San Francisco marked a turning point in Seattle's run defense. The Seahawks had allowed an average of 3.3 yards per carry over the first six games, and no back had surpassed 100 yards rushing in a game. Frank Gore gained 131 yards against the Seahawks, and their run defense hasn't been the same since.
Result: The 49ers rushed for 82 yards on 19 carries, both totals were their second-fewest in the season. San Francisco gained 80 yards on 17 carries in its Week 6 loss to the Giants, which was also a game in which the 49ers faced a double-digit deficit at halftime.
2. Pressure San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.
Scouting report: The 49ers allowed 39 sacks in the first 14 games, seventh-most for any team in the league. The key for Seattle will be collapsing the pocket on Kaepernick without losing containment because Kaepernick is a threat to run with two runs of 50 yards in the past three games before facing Seattle.
Result: The Seahawks had just one sack, that coming on a linebacker blitz when K.J. Wright tackled Kaepernick for a 13-yard loss. But Seattle forced Kaepernick to move, and he wasn't as effective when he was forced out of the pocket. He had seven rushes -- most on the team -- but none longer than 8 yards.
3. Be careful on the back end.
Scouting report: The 49ers didn't complete a pass longer than 20 yards in the Week 7 meeting against Seattle. In Kaepernick's first five starts at quarterback, he has completed 18 passes of 20 yards or more, an average of 3.6 per game.
Result: The 49ers actually had more explosive plays than Seattle, Kaeprnick completing five passes for more than 20 yards in the game.

Keys to 49ers victory
1. Don't fall behind.
Scouting report: This is important not only because Seattle scored first in 11 of its first 14 games, but because the 49ers are not built to play from behind. They've trailed after the first quarter only twice this season and haven't won either game. They've faced a halftime deficit of seven or more points three times this season and haven't won any of those games, either.
Result: The Seahawks scored a touchdown on their first two possessions and led 21-0 before San Francisco scored.
2. Protect the ball.
Scouting report: The 49ers committed 14 turnovers in their first 14 games, tied for third-fewest in the NFL. Seattle has forced 11 turnovers in its past two games.
Results: Seattle intercepted one pass, recovered a fumble by the 49ers. The Seahawks have forced 13 turnovers in the past three games while committing only two.
3. Don't underestimate Seattle's offense.
Scouting report: This isn't the same unit that played in San Francisco back in Week 7. The Seahawks' 13-6 loss in the Bay Area was the fifth time in the first seven games they failed to score 20 points. They haven't failed to hit that mark in any game since.
Result: The 49ers had given up more than 27 points only once since Jim Harbaugh became coach before playing at Seattle. The Seahawks had 28 points at halftime. Seattle has scored 150 points in its past three games.

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