The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks did not get flexed to prime time for their Week 14 matchup on Dec. 8 at Candlestick Park.
Instead, NBC announced today that the Carolina-New Orleans game will get the national prime-time slot that week. (h/t CSNBayArea.com)
The 49ers and Seahawks will play at 1:25 p.m. that afternoon as FOX’s featured NFC late game. The network exercised one of its options to block a game from being moved.
FOX didn’t carry either of the Seahawks-49ers games in 2012—they played on the NFL Network on a Thursday night and on NBC in a Sunday night game.
It’s possible, however, that the meeting in two weeks will be much more significant for the 49ers than it is for the Seahawks. Seattle is on its bye week this week and holds an NFL-best 10-1 record. San Francisco is 6-4 heading into tonight’s game in Washington, so it’s possible that the 49ers could have already been eliminated from the divisional race in the NFC West.
Seattle won the first meeting in the Pacific Northwest on Sept. 15, 29-3, in NBC’s prime-time slot.
The 49ers go into tonight’s game in third place in the NFC West, a half-game behind the Arizona Cardinals, who have won four straight to get to 7-4. The 49ers beat Arizona earlier this year and would leap-frog back into second place in the division with a win tonight.
However, it does make for some intrigue for the game scheduled between San Francisco and the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., on Dec. 29—the final day of the regular season. Based on playoff implications, that game could be flexed by NBC into prime time.
After tonight, San Francisco has one prime-time game remaining on its schedule, the Monday night meeting with the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 23 that will be the last regular-season game played at Candlestick Park.