After the 49ers won the division by half a game in route to their first Super Bowl in nearly two decades, the Seahawks look to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd.
While it will be a battle between two of the top young quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, the verbal shots between the two teams intensified over the summer after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh commented on the five Seahawk players that were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs via Seattlepi.com:
“You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.”
The 49ers think this is just another game, but safety Earl Thomas and the Seahawks are still insulted and are determined to win on Sunday:
“Of course we’d take it that way. When you carry yourself like a champion on and off the field, good stuff is going to happen for you. I don’t think our coach would do that.”
The game still needs to be played and Kaepernick will look to build on his career-high 412 yards with three touchdowns in last week’s victory over Green Bay. Wilson started off slow last week, but was able to finish with a career-high 320 yards.
A victory on Sunday will provide an early edge for the division rivals. The 49ers and Seahawks tip off at 8:30 PM ET on NBC.