After the Seahawks’ 13-6 loss to the 49ers on Thursday night, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he believes he has a better team than they showed in San Francisco.
“We need to do better,” Carroll said after the game. “That’s unfortunate. That’s not how we play. . . . That’s really unfortunate, because I think we’re a lot better than that.”
Unsurprisingly, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was a lot happier with his team. Harbaugh has always emphasized physical play, and he said that in the second half, when the 49ers outscored the Seahawks 10-0, he saw his players play the most physical football he’s ever been around.
“I’m really, really pleased,” Harbaugh said. “The way we covered kicks all night, the way we played defense, the way we played offense, the way we moved people up front. It was a physical first half, too, but that second half was the most physical I’ve seen our football team play.”
The win puts the 49ers a game ahead of the Seahawks in the tight NFC West, and if Seattle is going to catch San Francisco in the division, the Seahawks will need to show that Carroll is right, and that they are a lot better than that.