One of the many storylines for Thursday will be how the 49ers are able to slow down the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense, earning 169.6 yards per game. The combination of the beastly Marshawn Lynch and shifty Russell Wilson (leading quarterbacks with 644 yards rushing) makes the Seahawks' read option a devastating weapon.
"They're a tough running game to defend," said San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, per ESPN.com. "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 any time and become a runner himself."
"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."