Proposal: let’s take a drink for every “these teams don’t like each like other” mention and succumb to alcohol poisoning with five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Over the last two seasons, the 49ers and Seahawks have traded wins over the course of their four regular season meetings, with San Francisco narrowly winning its two home games and Seattle absolutely obliterating the Niners at CenturyLink Field. In Colin Kaepernick’s two starts in Seattle, the 49ers have lost by a combined score 61-17. Though the blame for those extends beyond Kaep, he didn’t play particularly well in either contest, especially the meeting in Week 2 this season, when he threw three interceptions and completed less than 50 percent of his passes.
Of course, most pundits would counsel that the key for San Francisco is not falling way behind early, even though that game was only 5-0 at halftime. Most would consider it a minor victory for the Niners only to be down one score at half, yet there they were and fell apart once the game got to the 4th quarter.
That Michael Crabtree is back is a reason to think San Francisco’s offense might fare just a bit better this time around. The Seahawks have just as much reason to worry about their recently anemic passing attack. If they were counting on Percy Harvin to inoculate some life into the receiving corps, perhaps they shouldn’t have asked him to get killed on five different plays against the Saints. Harvin will miss the NFC Championship because of a concussion. Though if you watched the game last week, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s really four concussions.
Beyond an exciting and closely contested game, I think everyone will be pleased if we finally get the long-awaited postgame deathmatch between Harbs and Pete Carroll. Those $8 khakis become tearaway implements of death so easily.