Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (52) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Willis: I don’t get ‘caught up’ in trash talk, but Seahawks rivalry is a ‘dogfight’

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis spoke with Sporting News on Tuesday and discussed a variety of subjects including his team’s rivalry with the Seahawks.

Willis said he tries not to get “caught up” in trash talk during the Seahawks-49ers rivalry, especially when it comes from Richard Sherman, via

I don’t really try to get caught up in that. People play the game and do whatever they do to get into guys’ heads. I’m not one to judge. You do what you feel like needs to be done to win.

At the same time, Willis said he appreciates the rivalry between the two teams. He said the fact that both teams have been winning a number of games in recent year’s has made the rivalry one of the best in the league.

Seattle’s winning games, they won the whole thing. Us, we went to the Super Bowl the year before. We both win, play each other twice, and it’s a dogfight. Our scores, even when they’re not close, aren’t indicative of the games. If neither team was winning, there wouldn’t be a rivalry and no one would care about watching.

Since Pete Carroll took over as head coach of the Seahawks in 2010, the Seahawks have a 4-5 record against the 49ers, including last year’s NFC Championship game, which the Seahawks won.

All four of those wins have come at CenturyLink Field and Seattle hasn’t lost at home against the 49ers since Christmas Eve, 2011.

The recent trend seems to be that the Seahawks blow out the 49ers when the games are played in Seattle, but then they lose when they travel to San Francisco.

In their last three games at home, the Seahawks have outscored San Francisco 94-33, but they haven’t won a game at Candlestick Park since 2008.

The Seahawks will play the 49ers two more times next season, but the dates have not yet been set.

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  • Kyle

    We barely lose when playing in San Fran though. The last 2 years we haven’t lost by more than 6 points down there.

    • FesterFoot43

      I don’t care what the Niners do in the draft or FA, the Seahawks are going to beat them in SF this year.

  • Dave Palmer

    I think it’s a healthy match up; just like the Cold War, always matching strengths and weaknesses. The whole NFC West division is improving because of this rivalry and the rest of the NFL is trying to catch up. If we don’t beat each other with season ending injuries, the one who comes out on top will sweep the NFC and pound the AFC for another SB win. As a 38+year fan of the Seahawks, I have a healthy respect for the 49ers; sure it’s a rivalry, but I see it as a family dispute and I’ll be pulling for any NFC West team (yeah, including the 49ers) that makes it to the SB…GO HAWKS!

    • Brian Gustafson

      As a fan of six decades for the Niners, on the cusp of another dynasty period, I say
      get out of the way. Our QB does need to see more options, after we get him more.
      Our defense needs to get better on the back side and in a month, we’ll see that too.
      I rooted for Seattle to beat the cross bay traitors but now, what’s with that snot green?

      • FesterFoot43

        What’s with that menstrual aka Niner’s red?
        ooh. burn.

        Good luck next year, Niner.

  • Section 339

    Two good teams and now Arizona is coming on strong too. What a division. Fantastic! Go Hawks.

  • FesterFoot43

    Just want to say before the season gets going; Hey, SF, we’re sorry that a few bad seeds showed NaVorro Bowman that level of disrespect. The rest of us have a lot more class than that and we’re wishing him a speedy recovery.
    …But, it’s on and we’re still going to kick your ass.