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Experts Predict the Outcome of 49ers-Seahawks Thursday Night Game

Coming off a thrilling victory over the Baltimore Ravens to snap a four-game skid, the San Francisco 49ers return to the field on Thursday night for a pivotal NFC West showdown.

The Seattle Seahawks visit Santa Clara having lost last week to the Carolina Panthers on a last-minute touchdown. Both teams are 2-4 and sit two games out of first place in the division.

The 49ers have won five out of the last six meetings with the Seahawks at home.

Here are the experts' picks from around the web for the Week 7 clash. Give us your predictions in the comment section below...

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: Seahawks 26, 49ers 17

"The Seattle defense is a mess, and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemed to get it going last week against the Ravens. But that won't matter here. The Seahawks will re-group in time to start turning around their season. That defense has too much talent. They rebound."

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated: Seahawks 20, 49ers 13

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"Both of these once-elite clubs have lost their identity and intimidation factor of recent years, with Seattle's defense seemingly incapable of closing out an opponent in the fourth quarter, and San Francisco still trying to figure out what it does best on offense, be it on the ground or through the air. Kaepernick's recent play is a hopeful sign, but the 49ers need to build on that upswing and string something together, having not won consecutive games (at least in the same season) since Weeks 11 and 12 of last year. Someone's dreams of playoff contention will be all but extinguished with a loss, and someone's season stays alive with a win."

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk: Seahawks 20, 49ers 13

"Not long ago, the winner of this one landed in first place in the NFC West. Now, the loser lands in last place. Before the season began, it was assumed that both of these games would be romps for the two-time defending NFC champs. It likely won't be a blowout this time, but the Seahawks realize that if they can't win this one, they can forget about a third straight Super Bowl appearance."

ESPN's panel of 10 experts: nine pick Seahawks, one picks 49ers

Fox Sports' panel of eight experts: six pick Seahawks, two pick 49ers

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