The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 of the NFL season on Sunday Night Football September 15. While it is only one game in a marathon of a season, it is also a date that every fan knows will be circled on their calendars.
The Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers carried a 3-0 record over Pete Carroll‘s Seahawks from 2011 until a Week 7 13-6 victory this past season. At that point, the rivalry had simply been a string of close contests won by San Francisco.
Things changed in December when the Seahawks plastered the 49ers to the tune of 42-13.
If the Seahawks could have held their late 28-27 lead over the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional round of the playoffs, the rubber match would have been in San Francisco with a trip to the Super Bowl as their reward. Of course, the Seahawks were defeated and it was the 49ers who then traveled to Atlanta to claim their conference championship and a date with the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
Adding to the mutual respect and dislike between both franchises is the fact that there were some reports that members of the 49ers organization wanted the Falcons to defeat the Seahawks. The reasoning was that they felt like they had a better chance to travel to Atlanta than they did by staying at home to play the Seahawks.
In the grand scheme of things, the initial meeting between the Seahawks and 49ers is simply one of 16 games with each game having equal significance in terms of their won-loss records. However, it’s not going to feel that way in this much-anticipated matchup.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was on the NFL Network on Thursday night after the schedule was released and said that the 12th Man is “fired up” about the release of the schedule. This member of the 12th Man is definitely excited.