Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers special teams player Perrish Cox (20) fumbles the ball on a kickoff during the 2nd half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 29-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks-49ers Game Strangely Anti-Climactic


 

Going into the 2013 I figured this Sunday’s game would be the most important one of the year for this team. Like many others, I anticipated that the Seahawks would be in a tight divisional race with the 49ers all season and as a result this game would be crucial. I figured/hoped that the Seahawks would be able to beat San Francisco at home so the way I saw it the Seahawks could claim the division for their own with a win at Candlestick. Fortunately, I was very, very wrong.

Right now the gap between the Seahawks and 49ers is so large that the 49ers cannot win the division without winning out. A loss to the Seahawks on Sunday will mean they that Seattle clinches the NFC West title for the first time since 2010. The way Seattle is playing right now it’s well within the realm of possibility that the Seahawks win the division with twice as many wins as they had last time they won the NFC West. That really shouldn’t be possible but it would be fairly hilarious.

The fact of the matter is that although the Seahawks can clinch the division this week, the game isn’t THAT important. Beating the 49ers would be satisfying and they present a good road test but the division is already as good as won at this point. It would take an epic collapse for the Seahawks to fall out of the NFC West lead, and even the NFC top seed lead. If the Saints and Panthers could split their series that would be especially nice, but that’s beside the point.

The point is that Sunday has a distinct feeling of anti-climax. Monday night’s game was more important than this one and the Seahawks triumphed in magnificent fashion. This one can’t help but feel a little bit hollow by comparison. Coming into 2013 there were people who called the Seahawks-49ers the best rivalry in football right now, but a rivalry drawn from importance in the standings as opposed to history is a more fragile one. These teams still don’t like each other and there will be many classic matchups to come between the two, but this just doesn’t seem like one of them.

Don’t get me wrong, this game is definitely going to be worth watching. There is a rivalry to see here and this is a good road test. The 49ers are coming on strong right now and this isn’t going to be an easy win by any stretch of the imagination. Even after Seattle’s dominant showing against the Saints they may well go on the road and lose to the 49ers. The problem for me is that it doesn’t feel like a must win. Last week felt like a must win because a loss lead to a nightmare scenario of trying to win a playoff game in New Orleans. Now all the other NFC teams are dealing with their own nightmare scenario of doing battle with the 12th Man in Seattle.

I can’t believe that I’d ever have problems getting excited for a game against the 49ers and I’m sure by the time kickoff rolls around my heart will be racing a little bit just like everyone else’s. It’s just that the Saints game was such a high I don’t think it can be matched for me until the playoffs. This game that I thought was going to be the biggest of the year feels like a bit of a letdown. That’s largely based on my sky-high expectations, but it still feels strange.

The intensity of this game will have to come from the product on the field as opposed to the ramifications in the standings. If some of the recent games between these two teams are any indication, that shouldn’t be a problem.

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  • Calibandawg

    This is drivel. This game is about maintaining momentum, beating a good team on the road and taking on a division rival. It’s also about making another statement and if the Seahawks can win, it will be a much louder statement than beating a one-dimensional team at the Clink.

    • Ice2021

      I completely agree. I’m actually getting tired of stories like these leading up to this game. This game is big. The chance to clinch the division on your division rivals own turf is huge.

  • Fan12

    Although I wouldn’t disagree with this article, there are a few other points that I’d like to add to it. First, the Seahawks are playing this game for the Division Championship, and the 49′ers are not. Second, the 49′ers could get bumped out of playoff consideration all together this weekend & next, as the 2013 Seahawk opponents have a combined record of 2 wins 8 losses & 1 tie the week after playing the hawks. Third, and (backing up my last point) the 49′ers lost miserably to the Colts 27-7 earlier this year in week three after getting destroyed by the Hawks in week two by a final score of 29-3, so SF is not immune to the pattern. There actually is a reason for getting out of your anti-climax funk, as the 49′ers could be relegated to several seasons of mediocrity with a loss this Sunday; imagine a team that can’t draft high enough to get an influx of difference makers, and can’t attract good free agents looking to win a Super Bowl.

    The Seahawks have finally beaten that NFL anti-climax mediocrity thing. San Francisco could wind up there!