Seahawks vs. 49ers: Winner Could Take Division

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks have a big game in Week 2. The San Francisco 49ers are coming to town.

Whenever a key game is on the horizon, there is always the danger of overhyping or engaging in reckless hyperbole. Already, this is being touted as one of the biggest games of the year despite the reality that the season has just begun.

However, in this case, the hype may be justified.

You have arguably the two best teams in the NFL right now, at least on paper. They’re division rivals who love to smack talk, and they have history that goes back to when Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh faced each other on college sidelines. Both have young, exciting quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

Add in a deafeningly loud CenturyLink Field crowd, and you have the potential for a great game.

Momentum is a funny thing in the NFL. Yes, this is only Week 2. However, it will be a hotly-contested NFC West in 2013. The team that wins this game will take a major step towards winning the division. Obviously, some perspective is needed here. Much can happen between now and the end of the season. Both teams can have winning streaks, losing streaks and devastating injuries. It is still early.

And yet, this will still be a big game for confidence and swagger. Both of these teams are franchises that have a lot of pride. Seattle does not want to be beaten at home after going 8-0 last season. The 49ers don’t want the Seahawks to gain any more momentum than they already have at this point in the year.

Is all the hype really justified? When you look at the situation, it actually is. Granted, these two teams will meet again in San Francisco on December 8, and much will happen between now and then. Regardless of what happens in between, chances are that both teams will remember this game.

Keep the hype machine running. There is ample reason to be excited about this grudge match.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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