NBC just announced that the game in Seattle between the Seahawks and 49ers, a game that could very well determine the division winner, has been flexed into Sunday night’s time slot on December 23. Seattle’s only prime time games up to this point were a Monday night game against Green Bay, and a Thursday night game in San Francisco. This game is deserving of a national spot and has a lot riding on it.
Obviously, NBC realized how much could be riding on the rematch of one of the most underrated rivalries in the NFL. It was been discussed here and elsewhere that if Seattle beats buffalo, and San Francisco loses to the Patriots this coming weekend, then this game is for first place in the NFC West and possibly the number two playoff spot which guarantees a first round bye and home field in the second week.
It trends hold, San Francisco will look a bit different than the first time around. Colin Kaepernick is now the quarterback. Kyle Williams is out. Tedd Ginn is invisible. And this is two weeks away. A lot could change. My month has revolved around this date and my nerves are already starting to twitch. A win against San Francisco would be a giant freaking cherry on an already good season.
Niner fans might already be getting nervous as well. I’m starting to get some unsolicited tweets talking about Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner using “steroids” which if it helps them sleep at night that’s fine. Seattle will of course be without Browner, that’s the third of his four game suspension and a 23 second Google search would reveal that to anybody that might value talking accurate smack, and Richard Sherman is unknown due to his appeal date being moved.
If I had my druthers, I’d have loved to have put a 58-0 curb stomp down on San Francisco, but that isn’t going to happen. Instead, Seattle is going to have to play with a chip on its shoulder and just beat San Francisco at every aspect of the game. Kaepernick needs to be punished for thinking he can run against Seattle’s defense and be forced to throw the long ball to Vernon Davis who may be covered by Richard Sherman.
I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, I’ll just enjoy this rare moment that national media has realized what is going on out here in the west and put two of the best teams in the NFL on national television in prime time. GO HAWKS!