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November 27, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Gameday links: Can Seahawks get a big road win?

I think it can safely be said that if the Seahawks beat the 49ers Thursday night, it’s the biggest win of the year for the Seahawks.

The Green, Bay, Denver and Arizona wins were all nice. But they also all came at home. And while the Arizona game carried great stakes, so does this one. So the combination of what’s at stake and the venue, I think, would make this the best win of the year for the Seahawks.

Win it, and Seattle is 8-4 and  game up on another team that it is battling for a playoff spot and the NFC West, and knowing it then has a home game with the 49ers in two-and-a-half weeks. Lose it, and Seattle falls to 7-5, and with two of the next three on the road, even making the playoffs again becomes a tough task.

As you can read here, I picked the 49ers. I’ll be happy to be wrong. But given so many similarities between these two teams, this feels like a series like last year’s, where each team wins at home. No doubt, Seattle seem to be peaking right now —the Arizona game, in a lot of ways, was the best of the year for the Seahawks, especially the way the defense played.

But turning around and duplicating that effort on the road after just three full days of rest wouldn’t be easy in any circumstance. That’s it’s the 49ers makes it even more of a challenge.

Mostly, this feels like a toss-up game, as evidenced by the one-point spread in Vegas, where just one or two plays figure to make the difference. That often seems to favor the home team. But it will be little surprise if the Seahawks give their fans something to really be thankful for Thursday — their first win against the 49ers on the road since 2008.

Here are a bunch of links to get you ready for the game. …

— Here’s my story setting up the game.

— And here are our keys to the game.

— Here’s our “about the opponent” feature.

— 49ers still favored by a point (lots of betting odds here), and if that holds it will be the second time this season the Seahawks have been underdogs. The other came at Kansas City.

— A roundup of power rankings.

— Seahawks.com with keys to the game.

— NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks thinks Marshawn Lynch will have a big day.

— Good stats on Richard Sherman’s success against the 49ers’ receivers here from NFL.com.

— The New York Times on each team feeling the heat of playoff elimination.

— Bunch of predictions from 49ers.com.

— ESPN’s preview.

— The Sporting News picks the Seahawks.

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