When the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are playing in meaningful games, football becomes quite a bit more exciting.
If football was a book, show, or movie, we’d view the Seahawks as the protagonist. If we’ve learned anything through TV, we know that every protagonist needs a great antagonist and after falling to mediocrity for some years, the 49ers reclaimed that role last season.
As the 2019 season approached, there hadn’t been much national attention on the Seahawk-49ers rivalry. In fact, there hadn’t been much hype going into one of those games since the Seahawks ruined Thanksgiving for the Niners back in 2014.
The last time the two teams had played a meaningful game was when the rivalry was at its peak competitiveness and Richard Sherman not only showed, but told the world that he was “the best corner in the game” during the 2013 NFC Championship.
That was until November 11th, 2019 when Week 10’s edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football featured the (7-2) Seattle Seahawks against the (8-0) San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.
Joe Tessitore’s dramatic yet smooth cadence in the booth along with the high level of football that both teams played led to one of the more memorable games of the season, Seattle came back from 10-0 deficit in the second half to end San Francisco’s undefeated season in overtime after a Jason Myers field goal gifted Seattle with a 27-24 victory.
Quickly, fans took to social media and debated throughout the night about the game that had just taken place, the ending message seemed to always be “wait until the next time we play, you’ll see.”
Seahawks and 49ers week 17
The next time the teams battled was in the regular-season finale. During Week 17 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the stakes were high. Whoever walked away from CenturyLink field victorious would be as walking away as the NFC West Champions.
Seattle was able to mount a comeback in the first matchup but in the rematch, an early start is what doomed them. The Seahawks were down 13-0 at the half but came roaring back after a Marshawn Lynch touchdown on the goal line fully shifted the momentum of the game. However, on fourth and goal with the clock winding down, Wilson found Jacob Hollister who was stopped inches away from an NFC West title. The 49ers won 26-21.
There has been much confusion and uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s upcoming season but what has been evident since Week 17 is that one of the best rivalries in the NFL has returned to the spotlight.
What’s also evident is that the 12s and the faithful have a very unhealthy relationship, but maybe it’s a perfect match. We constantly spew hatred to each other, but truthfully we get excited and look forward to the next time we are scheduled to meet up.