SANTA CLARA – Neither the 49ers’ resurgence nor their history of lively visits to the Seattle Seahawks was enough for the NFL to keep the December 5th match at prime time.
Instead, they start Sunday Night Football at 1:25 pm on CBS instead of the NBC stage.
What the Seahawks would benevolently say: “It’s not you. It’s us.”
The Seahawks (3-7) are in last place and Sunday marked their fourth loss in five home games this season. That includes the prime-time home losses to the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints last month.
The 49ers (5-5) have won three of their last four to add to playoff implications for the Minnesota Vikings (5-5) upcoming visit at 1:25 pm on Sunday
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– Cam Inman (@CamInman) November 23, 2021
The Week 13 prime-time 49ers Seahawks game replaces an AFC encounter between the Denver Broncos (5-5) and the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4).
When the NFL schedule came out, the 49ers were honoring what was then a maximum of five prime-time games. Of these, the 49ers lost at home to the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts before defeating the Los Angeles Rams on November 15.
The 49ers also bent out of prime time last season, that was their 15th week visit to the Dallas Cowboys.
In 2019, the 49ers went 5-1 in prime time, including a Seattle regular-season final to win No. 1 in the NFC and NFC West. It also broke the 49ers’ losing streak from eight games in Seattle.
The only remaining prime-time starting shot for the Seahawks is their visit to Washington on Monday evening.