If you’re an avid Seahawks’ fan like I am, the excitement from Sunday’s last-minute win over the New England Patriots has barely subsided. I went to a meeting today with faded streaks of green in my hair, still fantasizing about leaping out of my seat at CenturyLink Field when Russell Wilson connected with Sydney Rice for a game-winning TD. Ahhh…
But alas, it’s time to move on to the next, and oh so important, game of division rivals. On only three days’ rest, the Seahawks must face the 49ers on Thursday night in San Francisco. Both teams are tied for the lead in the NFC West along with the Arizona Cardinals, all at 4-2.
While the 49ers started the season with dominating wins, they lost Sunday’s game to the Giants by a deflating score of 26-3. On the flip side, the Seahawks started the season with a loss but are coming off a confidence boosting win over the Pats.
So, why is this game so important for the Seahawks? There are several reasons:
1) It’s A Prime Time Game Let’s face it, there is more pressure to look good on a national stage. And we all remember what happened the last time the Seahawks played in prime time. Can you say “Tate-Gate”? Let’s prove to the nation that we don’t need a bad call to win a game.
2) The Rookie Factor Russell Wilson looked great in the win over the Pats, finally connecting on long passes and successfully scrambling his way out of dead end plays. He is slowly silencing his doubters, and a win over the Niners would muffle them even more.
3) Great Defenses/Running Backs Both teams have dominating defenses, which will put their running game to the test. With the threat of Marshawn Lynch for the Seahawks and Frank Gore for the Niners, it will be a battle of defense versus run game.
And a fourth, and very personal, reason that this is important–I have a bet. If the Seahawks lose, I must pose for a picture in a Frank Gore jersey with a sign reading “I love the 49ers.” This would be very unpleasant for me but would bring great joy to my friend from San Francisco. Let’s not let this happen, Seattle.