The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 26-21, in Northern California on Sunday to move to 2-2 on the season, firmly in third place in the NFC West.
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At the start of the day, I wanted to root for the Eagles without any restriction.
Why, I thought, would I ever root for the San Francisco 49ers?
Well, a few of our Twitter followers opened my eyes this morning and I realized that the 49ers victory was probably the best thing that could have happened to the Seahawks on a week where they and the other three teams in the West were on a bye.
This tweet was posted this morning from the 12th Man Rising account:
But then a few replies came in that offered a different perspective, one that I think makes more sense looking back:
Both great points and both great ideas to keep in mind as the season pushes forward.
It should be noted to Rachael that Seattle doesn’t play Philly until Dec. 7, but I understood your point nonetheless.
Coming into the 49ers game, the Eagles were 3-0 and were playing well enough to give Seattle a run for their money for a No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The Eagles don’t have any legitimate threats in the NFC East so the division crown is theirs to lose.
Seattle, with a challenging schedule still ahead, could use all the help they can get when it comes to teams beating Philly and it came on Sunday from a team Seahawks fans have grown accustom to hating — the 49ers.
At the start of the year, the 49ers (2-2), Carolina Panthers (2-2) and New Orleans Saints (1-2) were expected to be the biggest threat’s to Seattle’s run for another NFC No. 1 seed this year.
Now it looks like the Eagles are the front-runners. And the Arizona Cardinals (3-0) shouldn’t be forgotten about either.
It’s still early, of course, but it’s OK to root for teams playing against teams with better records than the Seahawks. It was really hard to cheer for the 49ers on Sunday, but now I’m glad they won.
San Francisco just did their part to help boost Seattle back into the conversation for the top-seed in the far away postseason.