San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Rivalry
When you consider modern day football rivalries in the NFL, one that stands out is the San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Rivalry.The rivalry is a NFL rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks lead the all-time series with a record of 22–15, including 1–0 in the playoffs till the end of the season 2017-18.
49ers vs Seahawks History
Before 2002, the 49ers and Seahawks were under the radar. They were in different conferences. They both suffered from being mediocre teams. Neither team was especially concerned with the other. In 2002 when the Seahawks returned to the NFC, they were in direct competition with each other. The geographical closeness served to ramp up a rivalry.
Things really started to heat up in 2011 with some coaching changes. Back in 2010, Pete Carrol came from USC to lead the Seahawks as head coach. The next year, the 49ers snagged Jim Harbaugh from Stanford. These two had a serious rivalry at the college level, and they brought this competition to the NFL.
From 2010 – 2014, the two teams alternated being the champions of the NFC West. In the 2013 season, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII… their first super bowl win. This came after defeating the 49ers in the NFC championship game. The deciding play was a stunning end zone interception by cornerback Richard Sherman.
The Seahawks currently lead the series 22 – 15. In the regular season, they play two games against each other. The 49ers have not won a game against the Seahawks since their first match up of 2013 that December.
49ers vs Seahawks Rivalry Schedule 2018
This season these two rival will face each other in week 2 and 12. both will host one game at their home Stadiums. These two Sunday games will be telecasted live by FOX. The chart below includes exact time, date, place for the vrivalry game.
SEAHAWKS 49ERS REGULAR SEASON WEEK 2
Sunday, December 2 at 8:20p ET
49ERS SEAHAWKS REGULAR SEASON WEEK 15
Sunday, December 16 at 4:05p ET
The Players, the Coaches, and the Fans
Both teams feel that they are a better team than their rival. The players follow the rivalry example set up by their coaches. They both play with the intention of leaving the other team in utter defeat. In 2013, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said it best. He remarked “We’re not throwing little jabs that barely hurt. We’re trying to knock each other out.”
When the Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in 2012, the fuel was on the fire in this rivalry. It was a classic good guy/bad guy showdown. Kaepernick and Wilson faced each other without flinching. Kaepernick looked fierce, built like a tank. He had a strong, muscular build, a ton of tattoos, and was relatively quiet in the press.
Wilson, on the other hand, looked like the All-American stereotype. He had a smaller, athletic build. He said all the right things in the press. They couldn’t be more different in persona.
There were complaints on both sides about roughness on the field. But, they had both adopted a politically correct facade to downplay the drama in the media. The general perception is that Harbaugh tends to bring about confrontation. He’s known as a tough guy. Carroll’s strategy hinges on energy and charisma.
This fierce rivalry between the players and coaches had extended to the fans. The Seahawks made waves in 2013 by flying a banner over Candlestick Park, home of the 49ers. It said “Go Hawks”. San Francisco fans responded by taking out billboards in Seattle. They showed a picture of a game winning touchdown by the 49ers and the words “The Catch”.
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