Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman (40) runs as Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) defends in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 12-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Coleman is Hearing With His Heart

“It’s the same feeling everyone gets,” he said Thursday. “In terms of being loud, I don’t exactly hear it. I don’t get pain like you guys. But I feel it. I feel the vibration . . . .You have a lot of problems if you can’t feel that.”  of the New York Daily News wrote a fantastic column this week about a man who deserves all the praise he receives.

Derrick Coleman has become well known for overcoming many obstacles in life to fulfill his dream of playing in the National Football League. He works hard and never takes his opportunities for granted. He has a commercial that will give goose bumps to even the biggest cynic of the Seahawks. Remember to cheer loud for No. 40. Although he may not hear you, in his heart he can feel you.

Some NFC Title Game Tidbits:

Hard to imagine the 2013 Seahawks being as successful as they have been without the play of one Steven Hauschka. From 2008-2011 Hauschka played for five NFL teams (twice as an offseason or practice squad player) and one UFL team. It wasn’t until 2011 that he found a home with the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll is a genius at seeing a players true potential. I’m sure Hauschka couldn’t be more grateful for that.

Both the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers have the youth and talent to make this an epic game. All the major sports networks have touched on this. We are excited for the play on the field, the individual matchups and what’s at stake. So why spend a lot time talking about whether or not Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh get along. One story uses the word hate. Another talks about the mutual respect, while yet another explains the good relationship they have. We even know where Harbaugh buys his game pants! Please stick to explaining how Bouldin plans to avoid a repeat of the onw reception, 7-yard performance in Week 2 against the Seahawks defense. Things like that. Things that matter.

Since 1976 the Seahawks and 49ers have met 30 times. As you may have guessed each team has won 15. Back in 1976, I’m fairly certain there weren’t too many people who envisioned these two teams being involved in such a great rivalry almost 40 years later. Yet, here we are. It’s the greatest rivalry in the NFL today. Due to the youth and talent, along with the passion these teams play with, expect it to be that way many years to come. No matter what the outcome, the loser’s hatred towards the other will hit levels not even the players could have predicted.

The Seahawks have the advantage in the running game, the secondary and special teams. The 49ers offensive and defensive lines have the edge, while their core of receivers are solid and deep. At the QB position we have two young, talented guys who play the game with a lot of heart. The edge would have to go to Russell Wilson over Colin Rand Kaepernick for two reasons. First, Russell is just a smarter player. He’s truly another coach out on the field. Second, Wilson just doesn’t make mistakes. He has been criticized quite a bit leading up to Sunday’s game because of his weak stats. A lot has been made about Seattle’s defense needing to carry the team. Yes, the Seahawks have an amazing defense that gives our offense chances to succeed. Just keep in mind that even while struggling with accuracy and yards, he’s not doing anything to give the opponent extra chances to win the game. He will correct his mistakes this week.

I have thought long and hard about this game and how I feel it will end. I’ve decided Seattle will be making the trip to New York to face the AFC champ.

Seahawks 27 – 49ers 13.


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