The showdown for a Super Bowl slot between the Seahawks and 49ers can be seen Sunday evening on Fox16. Coy Wire of Fox Sports takes a closer look at this mammoth match-up:
There’s no strategy that allows a defense to neutralize every playmaker on the opposing offense, nor is there any game plan that enables it to stop both the run and pass.
The greatest defensive coaches pick one facet of the opposing offense they feel is the biggest threat and then draw up a game plan to take it away.
After watching tape of San Francisco’s 19-17 victory over Seattle in Week 14, I think the 49ers will go back to the same defensive game plan they used to beat the Seahawks at home: a heavy dose of Cover 1 Rover.
This coverage allows the 49ers to play cardiac cop and arrest the heartbeat of the Seahawks’ offensive attack -- Marshawn Lynch and the run game -- by playing with a seven- or eight-man front.
In Cover 1 Rover, San Francisco can have five men rush the quarterback while playing one-on-one coverage in the secondary with a “low-hole rover” and a “high-hole rover.”
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