49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Wilson

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49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Wilson

Editor's note: This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Seahawks matchups to watch Sunday, 5:20 p.m. (NBC-TV), at CenturyLink Field, Seattle

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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Seattle QB Russell Wilson

Tale of the tape
Kaepernick (7): 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, second season, Nevada
Wilson (3): 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, rookie, Wisconsin

The 49ers saw Russell Wilson at his worst earlier this season. The Seattle Seahawks have yet to see Colin Kaepernick.

The two dual-threat quarterbacks will meet for the first time Sunday night when the 49ers and Seahawks meet in an NFC West matchup that could be a preview of a playoff meeting next month. And it could be the first of many meetings with Kaepernick and Wilson running their respective offenses over the coming seasons.

But Kaepernick's mind is not on the future. It's on tonight's game.

"He'll be my adversary Sunday night," Kaepernick said. "That's what we're worried about."

The 49ers are 4-1 since Kaepernick stepped into the lineup to replace Alex Smith, who sustained a concussion and was demoted once he got healthy. Kaepernick is completing 65.6 percent of his pass attempts with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is 101.3. Kaepernick is also the 49ers' second-leading rusher with 379 yards and five touchdowns.

Kaepernick has already gotten the better of his road meetings against New Orleans' Drew Brees and New England's Tom Brady. Kaepernick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance last week in a 41-34 victory over the Patriots.

Meanwhile, Wilson has come on strong in his rookie season. The third-round draft pick has thrown 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 95.5 passer rating. He has rushed for 409 yards, as the Seahawks have incorporated more quarterback runs into the offense since their Oct. 18 meeting at Candlestick Park.

Wilson completed just 9 of 23 passes for 122 yards and an interception in the 49ers' 13-6 victory earlier this season. Wilson had three rushing attempts for 10 yards in that game.

"The biggest difference they're doing since we last played them is they've installed the gun-read game into their offense and they're doing it a lot," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "They had shown it very sparingly prior to the last game. Now they're doing it a lot.

"And the quarterback's just gotten better and better, as you'd expect a rookie quarterback to do. He's no longer a rookie. This is his 15th pro start. So, he's really a good quarterback. He's very elusive, he's fast, got good command of their offense, throws the deep stuff well and he's been a great acquisition for them."

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.