Editor's note: This is the third part in a series that spotlights four 49ers-Seahawks matchups to watch Sunday, 3:30 p.m., in Seattle
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49ers RT Anthony Davis vs. Seahawks DE Michael Bennett
Tale of the tape
Davis (76): 6 foot 5, 323 pounds, fourth season, Rutgers
Bennett (72): 6 foot 4, 274 pounds, fifth season, Texas A&M
The 49ers’ offensive tackles are going to be under siege on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
Joe Staley and Anthony Davis will have the incredibly difficult chore in pass protection of anticipating the 49ers’ silent snap counts and quickly setting up to shield quarterback Colin Kaepernick from the Seattle Seahawks’ seemingly bottomless rotation of defensive linemen.
There should not be much concern about Staley’s ability to hold up. After all, Staley earned his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl this season and has easily been the 49ers’ best and most consistent offensive lineman.
Davis is a talented four-year starter, but he’ll be tested unlike any other on the 49ers’ offense.
In a Week 2 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, Davis graded out with his worst performance of the season, according to Pro Football Focus. He allowed three quarterback hurries and a sack to defensive end Michael Bennett.
Davis will be matched up mostly against Bennett on first and second downs. On third downs, he’ll be going against Cliff Avril most of the time. Bennett led the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks, while Avril was second with eight sacks on the season.
“They’re good,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “I think Anthony has competed against those guys numerous times with different teams and they’re good players. Fortunately for us, Anthony’s a very good player. So, feel good about that.”
Bennett and Avril shared a sack last week in the Seahawks’ 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
Where Davis might have an advantage is in the run game. Known as a strong run-blocker, the 49ers averaged 5.07 yards (sixth in the league) on run plays behind right tackle.