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Carroll: Loss to 49ers could be Seahawks “best scenario”

Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh AP

Rarely would a loss to a bitter rival be considered a good thing.

However, in the Seattle Seahawks’ quest to earn their second Super Bowl berth in franchise history, the team may ultimately look back on their 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers as a blessing in disguise.

The Seahawks had won seven straight games before dropping their second game of the season against the 49ers in Week 14. If Seattle had beat the 49ers, they would already have wrapped up the top seed in the NFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with two weeks to go in the regular season. With a first round bye also in hand, Seattle would have been forced to go nearly a month between playing games without anything tangible to play for.

“It would have been a different challenge,” head coach Pete Carroll said Monday. It would have been an entirely different challenge for us mentally; for the coaching staff and for the players as well. I mentioned it last week that this could be the best scenario that you have to stay in it and keep battling. I’m more concerned about losing the edge that we’ve gained and it’s taken months and months and months to get here, and then all of sudden you kick into a month mode where it could be different.”

Carroll said he would have gladly welcomed the challenge if they’d been able to wrap up the division and NFC’s top seed already but now there’s more on the table for Seattle to accomplish. Any Seattle win or tie over the last two weeks or San Francisco loss or tie will wrap up the number one seed and home field advantage for the Seahawks.

“This is much more of the same, kind of like Groundhog Day all over again, here we go again,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing wrong with that, we know how to get prepared for games, we know what we’re trying to get done, and the whole routine and the emphasis on every game is a championship game has been right on it for us. Here we come this week and there’s nothing new, which is a good thing.”

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  1. bert1913 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:09 PM

    once we get percy back, look out!

  2. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 16, 2013 11:11 PM

    Six rings.

  3. asimonetti88 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:14 PM

    Do the Seahawks and their fans think about anything besides the 49ers? Their obsession with the Niners is starting to get creepy.

  4. samapoc says: Dec 16, 2013 11:19 PM

    Was difficult playing the saints so you has nothing left for the 49ers, who lost to the saints.

  5. ketch20too says: Dec 16, 2013 11:22 PM

    Losing was the best thing could have happened. Seems they were beginning to believe the hype(right Richard Sherman?) and thought they could just walk on the field and win going away. Nothing like a good kick in the teeth to shake you out of that mindset.

  6. killitandeatit says: Dec 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    Jibber jabber from Pete.

  7. beastmode5150 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:27 PM

    Queue the one trick pony haters.

  8. jshawaii22 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 PM

    No doubt in the past few years the SB winner has been the team that has continued to play at one-and-done level, not the top seeds going in.

    “Each game is the SB”… Pete’s mantra for the team, by the coach who should be ‘Coach of the Year’…

    Go Hawks!

    js

  9. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:33 PM

    Not saying I didn’t want to see Seattle pound 49ers into the dirt but what Pete is saying makes perfect sense. Seattle would have had to play 3/4 of a month of meaningless games because they wrapped up the division and home-field. They know they need to strap up against Arizona and Rams. If we lock up both of those momentum along home-field will be a great thing in a run at the Super Bowl.

  10. gohawks89 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:34 PM

    i will do my best logicalvoice/pftpoet impersonation
    THE BEST TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL WITH THE THE GREATEST FRONT OFFICE MOST OUTSTANDING OWNER LOYAL FANS AND HARD NOSED TOUGH COACHING STAFF WILL SURELY DOMINATE IN THE PLAYOFFS WE WILL NOT BE DENIED #WEARETHEBESTEVER…. j/k but i love our chances…GO HAWKS

  11. isheimfromcolfax says: Dec 16, 2013 11:39 PM

    What ever helps you get thru the day Cheating Pete!

  12. seatownballers says: Dec 16, 2013 11:46 PM

    Niners might be the 5 seed by the time it’s done, which is better for Seattle. Come back to our house fellas for the tie breaker. It’s gonna be on.
    Either way are eyes are on going back to NY

  13. jayniner says: Dec 16, 2013 11:49 PM

    Keep trying to justify that loss all you want Pete….

  14. thegrigga49 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:55 PM

    I can guerentee you that NO team wants to see SF coming to their house in the playoffs…noooobodddy!

  15. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 11:58 PM

    Makes sense. The Whiners barely scraped out a 2 point win in their own house because they were desperate to win their Super Bowl. And even that was only due to Vernon Davis getting away with a flagrant hold of Richard Sherman on Gore’s fluke run. The Seahawks were barely trying, and kept it vanilla because they have bigger fish to fry. Keep fighting for that wildcard!

  16. dankpuffalot says: Dec 16, 2013 11:58 PM

    BS. The old spin it as a blessing move is as fraudulent as Carroll’s reason for hightailing it out of USC.

  17. stampnhawk says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 PM

    He’s right.

    The incredible defense has meant that the offense just has to be “good enough”, especially on the road, all season.

    Truth is, the offense on the road has been inconsistent in Carolina, St. Louis, Houston, Indy and SF. Wilson is great as is Lynch, but sometimes they stall when it matter the most.

    Against most teams, it hasn’t mattered, but it still needs work.

    Injuries are another thing that can derail the team, hopefully they stay healthy the next 2 weeks.

    The Rams and Cards won’t be pushovers, as in many other divisions they’d be right up there, so there is still work to do, which is good…better then beating an NFC East team like Washington or the Giants into paste.

  18. duwaynebaird says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 PM

    Seattle hasn’t even won the division yet. Obviously they probably will, but it isn’t a given. Even if they are playing at home, they have 2 pretty tough games coming up. Arizona is playing pretty well right now and the Rams just beat the Saints. It’s clearly a longshot, but if they dropped both of those games they wouldn’t get homefield or a bye.

  19. zerocool62 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:01 AM

    wow. this is the biggest piece of revisionist history ive heard of since Japan saying America caused Pearl Harbor. just take the loss

  20. stepheninportland says: Dec 17, 2013 12:08 AM

    Pete Carroll may be the most relentlessly positive person on the planet. People mock him for being all “rah-rah”, but I think he has surrounded himself with a bunch of relatively young players that buy into it. And it seems to be working.

  21. meatcarroll says: Dec 17, 2013 12:09 AM

    If hiding in your headphones to escape reality and get lost in your delusions is your gameplan, I hope you have a better one!

  22. rodgohard says: Dec 17, 2013 12:15 AM

    Child please! They were moving the ball all up and down the field on those guys. They struggled in the red zone, otherwise they would’ve blown that game out early. Never a good thing when a team knows they can punch you in the mouth and you will wobble for a knockout.

  23. granadafan says: Dec 17, 2013 12:16 AM

    Ah, Cheaty Petey still trying to justify yet another loss to Harbaugh. Sadly, the deluded and gullible Seattle fans will eat this up.

  24. dennisatunity says: Dec 17, 2013 12:23 AM

    The Seahawks have been playing “next man up” all season long and it’s worked quite well. Now with the games themselves, they just play “next game up” and they will handle that, too: whether the season is wrapped up early or they have to battle right to the last day to see which position they have, they simply do whatever they have to do. That’s the mark of a champion.

  25. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:24 AM

    You are what your record says you are. Right now, the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL, like it or not.

  26. bartpkelly says: Dec 17, 2013 12:29 AM

    I wish they had beaten the 49ers.

    I am a Seahawk fan and do not feel comfortable with the 49ers having an ‘easy’ game against the Falcons while the Seahawks have to play a very tough Cardinal team.

    Nothing is a given and if the Seahawks lose to the Cardinals it will be even tougher to beat another tough division foe with a dominant D-Line in the Rams.

    Carroll is right in that it keeps the focus but I would rather see Christine Michaels running around out there right now.

  27. jdubb84 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:33 AM

    yes let the niners get their lil chub over beating Seattle. now they can finish competing to make the playoffs

  28. 4evrnyt says: Dec 17, 2013 12:39 AM

    This is just as pathetic as Sherman trying to blame it on the refs. Carroll is trying to spin a division rivalry loss into a win because he simply can’t accept that he lost the game. You lost Pete you lost, deal with it.

  29. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:44 AM

    Refocused and pissed off . Didn’t overlook SF but definitely stooped down to play them and get so many stupid penalties which cost them many drives and possibly the game .

    The defense giving up that last big frank ogre run pissed them off ,they are the best def in the league but run defense has wavered at times their still good I believe like 12 which is about 10 yards a game less than top 8.

    None the less happy they had a chance to get refocused and hear a bunch of negative attention just to help them remember their chip on their shoulders ..

  30. meatcarroll says: Dec 17, 2013 12:53 AM

    Can we please stop trying to pretend that the Seahawks and 49ers are a rivalry? It’s far too one-sided. Seattle’s closing in on its 6th NFC West title and 8th playoff berth in 11 seasons since the realignment in 2002, while the 49ers have been in the gutter with the Raiders and Lions for nearly all of that time frame. San Francisco is just a temporary, mildly amusing nuisance.

  31. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:00 AM

    Careful what you wish for Cheater Peter

  32. snoqualmieterry says: Dec 17, 2013 1:05 AM

    If we lose to Arizona and the Rams we might not get home field advantage. San Fran won’t lose to Atlanta.

  33. mastereee says: Dec 17, 2013 2:07 AM

    wow this guy is suchhhh a dorkkkkkk! biggest nerd cheerleader coach in nfl history! id be ashamed to have such a wussbag coach… football is tuff and this guy is a panzy cheerleader! jim schwartz is tougher than pete xmas carrol!

  34. mynameis12 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:35 AM

    All Seahawk fans say, thank you Pete Carroll and the non-Dukes of Hazzard John Schneider, for bringing us back from the depths of Jim L. Mora and Tim Ruskell despair a short four years ago.

  35. drock36 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:38 AM

    Can’t argue with that

  36. swaggyy says: Dec 17, 2013 4:27 AM

    Thanks for the wake up call Niners. We will use it while were in the super bowl and you’re watching!

  37. direwolf748 says: Dec 17, 2013 4:42 AM

    Sounds like a moral victory, peter

  38. kavika6 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:27 AM

    Go Seahawks.

  39. floratiotime says: Dec 17, 2013 5:52 AM

    Just think of how wonderful a loss in the playoffs would be.

  40. shutdaup says: Dec 17, 2013 6:06 AM

    Being an underdog at Seattle is more motivation for niners.

  41. rams1999 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:06 AM

    Wow, what a sore loser. No wonder R. Sherman sounds like a fool. Can’t admit to last yrs gift of win now this loss in “good”. Ah Seattle, slowly yet quickly becoming a team to root against cause of dingy members on team.

  42. rwhite84 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:44 AM

    Dangle a few extra dollars over these players and they’ll play the hardest football you’ve ever seen, NFL players today will sell their souls to the devil for a few more dollars.

  43. kd75 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:04 AM

    “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.”

    ~Rosy Perez #WhiteMenCantJump

  44. niner13 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:19 AM

    Once again it’s Cheatin’ Pete making burgers out of cow pies.

  45. scoobaj says: Dec 17, 2013 7:24 AM

    It’s extremely hard to beat a division rival 3 times in one season, which would have been the task if they won in SF. It will most certainly be a Sea v SF title game in late January.

  46. bru308 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    Game? I thought Dick Sherman said it was just a glorified practice?

  47. firefighter372 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:46 AM

    he has a point as a hawks fan i would have loved to have the W but thats a long gap with no football and trying to stay fired up to play

    GOHAWKS

  48. beeygin823 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:43 AM

    Please wake me up when Carroll and the Seahawks win anything that counts!

  49. mattsffrd says: Dec 17, 2013 8:49 AM

    Happy to do it Pete

  50. gosfvr says: Dec 17, 2013 8:51 AM

    He may be right, but I thought this Seattle team was the best thing since sliced bread, incapable of defeat and all but assured of holding up the Lombardi in February?
    So, now I hear they are mortal?

  51. coolherc says: Dec 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 16, 2013 11:11 PM

    Six rings.
    —————————————————

    I’m sure that will be of some comfort when you’re home watching everyone else in the post-season for the 2nd straight year.

  52. trollhammer20 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:13 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 16, 2013 11:11 PM

    Six rings.
    _______________

    One for each win so far this year?

  53. beastmode5150 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:30 AM

    I can guerentee you that NO team wants to see SF coming to their house in the playoffs…noooobodddy!
    —————————
    The Seahawks don’t mind hosting the Niners again. It gives them a chance to get their backups some playing time in the fourth quarter .

  54. norcalseahawkfan says: Dec 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    to all the steeler an 9er fans your old rings dont buy you a pass to the big dance. you still have to win to get in.

  55. sixaceduece says: Dec 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    If that’s what gets Seadderall and their fans to sleep at nite.. keep thinking losing helps you. Just think how focused Seadderall will be when the Niners beat them in Seadderall!

  56. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 17, 2013 10:09 AM

    thegrigga49 says:Dec 16, 2013 11:55 PM

    I can guerentee you that NO team wants to see SF coming to their house in the playoffs…noooobodddy!
    ———————————————–
    Saints beat you already…Panthers beat you already (at your place)…Seahawks beat you already (at their place where you’d have to play again)…so there’s at least 3 teams that already figured out how to beat you. I’m sure they’d love the chance to do it again.

  57. greatwhite12 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:09 AM

    The Seahawks and their fans talk too much…..

  58. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    I believe everything Pete THE CHEAT says. He’s a pillar of honesty and integrity

  59. ninermadman says: Dec 17, 2013 10:21 AM

    Hey meatcarroll, what are you talking about? Not a rivalry? These teams play twice a year and right now are two of the best teams in football. They are mirror images of each other. Your Seahawks have done well in the division while the Niners were down in the early 2000’s, but they have never sealed the deal like the Niners. This is definitely a rivalry and will be one for years to come.

  60. jjackwagon says: Dec 17, 2013 10:30 AM

    SO losing is better than winning? Okay, slippery Pete whatever helps you sleep at night.

  61. paythevig says: Dec 17, 2013 10:35 AM

    Even as Division Rivals, I used to have respect for the Seahawk’s. That respect still holds true towards the Rams and the Cards; fans of which are knowledgeable, humble – and handle success with class. The majority of Seahawk fans that post on this site, while relflecting a mere fraction of the entire Seattle fan base – cast a negative light towards the team and city.

    We understand and appriciate the success that Seattle’s had this season. Good for you!! Don’t act like it’s automatic – a lot of things have to go right in order to have success; and only a few things to go wrong can derail the season. Be thankful that things have been going well enough that you earned the top seed in such a tough conference, let alone a division consisting of 3 winning teams, and an up and comming Rams team that could finish .500

    Without bringing up success in the distant past – comparing recent history – neither team has won the super bowl. This Rivalry only heated up since the 2011 season – where finally the niners were competitive again. On a neutral field the winner of these games is a coin flip. No one team is inferier to the other. So have some respect, and maybe you will get that respect back in turn, rather than consistently having to prove something. Your team is good – we get it. but there are a lot of good teams too. Don’t forget that.

  62. billb49 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    meatcarroll says:

    “Can we please stop trying to pretend that the Seahawks and 49ers are a rivalry? It’s far too one-sided. Seattle’s closing in on its 6th NFC West title and 8th playoff berth in 11 seasons since the realignment in 2002, while the 49ers have been in the gutter with the Raiders and Lions for nearly all of that time frame. San Francisco is just a temporary, mildly amusing nuisance.”

    ********************************************

    Classic Seahawk fan. The Seahawks enter the division during one of the worst periods in Niner franchise history and for the Seahawk fan, history begins in 2002. Yes. Let’s not pretend this is a rivalry. 49ers-Cowboys, 49ers-Rams, 49ers-Packers – those were rivalries. Championships were on the line. This is nothing compared to those. Seahawk fans just haven’t been around long enough to know what a real rivalry is. They’ve basically got nothing. Yes, this year they’re an awesome team and they may win it all, but that will be a first. The Seahawks have a long way to go before they’re mentioned in the same sentence with franchises like the Niners, Steelers, Cowboys and Packers. Get a clue, Hawk fan.

  63. osiris33 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:02 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Dec 16, 2013 11:11 PM
    Six rings.

    ————————————

    5. Bill Leavy has the other one.

    And all you 0-niners fans know if the refs don’t hand you 10 points, you lose this game too.

    Seahawks will sweep to the Super Bowl & they won’t even be breathing hard.

  64. newjerseygiants says: Dec 17, 2013 11:12 AM

    Seattle has a load of starters, Wilson included making league minimum or very little. Just wait a few years when those contracts expire and the team implodes. Welcome back to another 25 years of mediocrity….at best.

  65. beastmode5150 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:22 AM

    paythevig says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:35 AM
    Even as Division Rivals, I used to have respect for the Seahawk’s. That respect still holds true towards the Rams and the Cards; fans of which are knowledgeable, humble – and handle success with class. The majority of Seahawk fans that post on this site, while relflecting a mere fraction of the entire Seattle fan base – cast a negative light towards the team and city.

    We understand and appriciate the success that Seattle’s had this season. Good for you!! Don’t act like it’s automatic – a lot of things have to go right in order to have success; and only a few things to go wrong can derail the season. Be thankful that things have been going well enough that you earned the top seed in such a tough conference, let alone a division consisting of 3 winning teams, and an up and comming Rams team that could finish .500

    Without bringing up success in the distant past – comparing recent history – neither team has won the super bowl. This Rivalry only heated up since the 2011 season – where finally the niners were competitive again. On a neutral field the winner of these games is a coin flip. No one team is inferier to the other. So have some respect, and maybe you will get that respect back in turn, rather than consistently having to prove something. Your team is good – we get it. but there are a lot of good teams too. Don’t forget that.
    ——————————————————
    We haven’t had a Title Since the Sonics in 79, and that team isn’t here anymore. Try and put yourself in our shoes. Human Football Fans aren’t different here than other cities. We don’t say different things, we don’t yell louder, we aren’t “more or less” Bandwagon. All Cities are the same, fans of sports are the same, in all cities, except for Florida and SoCal or Atlanta where its mostly out of work actors or retired people that don’t care about sports. People that are fans of opposing teams, or just haters perceive things one way, just like we do here in Seattle. Imagine if you had to hear drones constantly say “PED” “Cheat” “Adderall” from morons that actually dont know why they say that other than they have no clue about anything, and have stopped looking for work, so they ask their moms if they can use their computer to “make fun” of Seahawks fans. We then, some of us, get riled up, because we are naturally insecure, because we havent had a title since the late 70’s. I would be insecure if i was a niners fan too to be honest, they havent won a title since the early 90’s, when pretty much every player on the current niners was deciding on watching Transformers or GoBots.

  66. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 17, 2013 11:24 AM

    Hopefully when Kaep and crew come to Seattle for the playoffs, they will be able to call upon the power and glory of past trophies to help propel them past Seattle and into the Superbowl.

    Perhaps those trophies will stun the 12th Man into silence!

    If they lose they could also just appeal the loss based on those past trophies as well.

    Right!? I mean, they have trophies!

  67. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    Do any trolls have any true intellect ? When Seattle had only 1 lost I got to see a million posts about 15-1 Vikings, 16- 0 Pats, Colts all losing in the playoffs. Explanations of how the dominate front runner teams struggled in the playoffs.

    Pete Carroll just stated a reason why he thought a loss could have been a good thing. That the games they play will be meaningful and people wouldn’t lose focus and have to try turn it on next month. How does that not make sense half of you??

    Seattle Seahawks are the best team in football people. Enjoy it or hate either way, every Hawk thread is top scrolled page on this site. Just say it with me, Go Hawks!

  68. citynative says: Dec 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    meatcarroll says:

    “Can we please stop trying to pretend that the Seahawks and 49ers are a rivalry? It’s far too one-sided. Seattle’s closing in on its 6th NFC West title and 8th playoff berth in 11 seasons since the realignment in 2002, while the 49ers have been in the gutter with the Raiders and Lions for nearly all of that time frame. San Francisco is just a temporary, mildly amusing nuisance.”

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Totally agree with @billb49. You are right @assuredmutualdestruction (cough I mean @meatcaroll), Niners and Seahawks is not a rivalry. Give a Niners fan a list of rivals and they will list the Cowboys, Giants, Packers, Rams, and Raiders before they maybe get to the Seahawks. Give a Seahawks fan that same list and it would be 49ers, 49ers, and 49ers. We 49ers fans love when Sehawks fans move the scope of the arguement to fit their side. We are not allowed to talk about 5 Super Bowl Championships, but the Seahawks fans can mention NFC West titles in the 2000’s?

  69. citynative says: Dec 17, 2013 12:05 PM

    @osiris33

    5. Bill Leavy has the other one.

    And all you 0-niners fans know if the refs don’t hand you 10 points, you lose this game too.

    Seahawks will sweep to the Super Bowl & they won’t even be breathing hard.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    When the Seahawks lose, it is always the refs. Man, the refs must have been bad for decades. The 12th Whiners.

  70. pwillis52beasty says: Dec 17, 2013 12:41 PM

    What’s up with all these Seahawks fans saying that the 49ers win over them was the 49ers Superbowl? Seahawk fans are the ones who have been bragging and gloating so damn much after their two big wins at the link, as if it was the damn Superbowl. And let me remind you, the 49ers are the ones who have actually won a Superbowl before. 5 of them matter fact. So we know what a Superbowl win actually feels like.

    And the Seahawks are so damn arrogant, thinking they already have the Superbowl already locked up. Everyone else might as well wave the white flag and give up.

    Richard Sherman called the 49ers game a glorified practice and said they would blow us out. He then blamed the refs after the game and said it will be different result next time when they play the 49ers.

    He then told him team to look at this Giants stadium because were going to be back here this year.

    Looks like the 49ers didn’t serve them enough humble pie. We will have to serve the Seahawks some more in the playoffs.

  71. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    ^And I’m a Packers fan.

  72. alankelly2013 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:05 PM

    “Classic Seahawk fan. The Seahawks enter the division during one of the worst periods in Niner franchise history.”

    What about that period from 1946-1981. That wasn’t a very good 35 year period.

    What would be more appropriate to say is the 49ers had one good 15 year run (1981-1994) in their otherwise pathetic 67 year existence.

    The Seahawks franchise is only 37 years old now so they’re just getting started. They did make a AFC Championship game in their 8th season, had a nice run in the NFC west from 2002-2007, and made a Superbowl in 2006, their 29th season.

    Maybe in 30 years it would be good time to compare franchises and see how we’re doing.

  73. pwillis52beasty says: Dec 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    LOL, what kind of argument are you making alankelly? As can be seen from your post, the 49ers won a Superbowl before the Seahawks did. 35 years is less than 37 years.

    And I know the Seahawks think they’ve already won the Superbowl this year, but you haven’t, so that period of no trophies may definitely extend.

    And really you should be talking about the Superbowl era if were talking about Superbowl trophies. We won our first Superbowl only 16 years after the Superbowl began. You guys are 37 years and counting since the Superbowl has been around.

    And if we only had one good 15 year run from 81-94, that means you are only counting Superbowl wins as a good run. Well that means your Seahawks have 0 years of any type of good run. Your own logic just failed you.

  74. 12thmangohawks says: Dec 17, 2013 1:41 PM

    The 9er fans, and all NFL fans for that, can Seattle hate all they want but the fact remains that Seattle is the best team in the NFL, they have the winningest sophmore QB in NFL HISTORY (not to mention true recipient of the MVP award which will surely get stolen by Manning), the leagues toughest runner in Lynch and the best overall coaching staff. Did I mention the fans or do I even have to? Come February 3rd, all talk and BS aside, Seattle will be crowned best team in the NFL and rightfully so.

  75. citynative says: Dec 17, 2013 1:46 PM

    alankelly2013 says:

    “Classic Seahawk fan. The Seahawks enter the division during one of the worst periods in Niner franchise history.”

    What about that period from 1946-1981. That wasn’t a very good 35 year period.

    What would be more appropriate to say is the 49ers had one good 15 year run (1981-1994) in their otherwise pathetic 67 year existence.

    The Seahawks franchise is only 37 years old now so they’re just getting started. They did make a AFC Championship game in their 8th season, had a nice run in the NFC west from 2002-2007, and made a Superbowl in 2006, their 29th season.

    Maybe in 30 years it would be good time to compare franchises and see how we’re doing.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    You could not be more correct. The Niners existence has been pathetic, and the Seahawks are off the a great start.

  76. stepheninportland says: Dec 17, 2013 2:01 PM

    I have been a Seahawks fan since ’76, and this is the best team I’ve ever seen; and, barring injuries and free agent defections, I suspect they are going to get better. I think any unbiased fan of the game wold agree.

    They certainly have the potential to be a dynasty type team. I don’t believe that makes me a total homer, that is just a realistic evaluation of the talent on the current team, from top to bottom.

    I can honestly say I have never had the luxury of being able to say that before. The Superbowl team of 2005-2006 had some potential before it was devastated by injuries, but even they weren’t as good as the Wilson/Lynch/Carroll combination.

    Basically all I’m saying is that maybe there is a good reason we Seahawks fans are relentlessly optimistic right now. It’s a new feeling for many of us.

    And I take it as a positive sign that so many haters are crawling out of the woodwork. I think all the great teams of the past had the same reaction from fans of opposing teams. Look at the dynasty teams of the past, the Steelers, or the Cowboys and, yes, the 49ers of the 80’s and 90’s. Or the Yankees in baseball.

    I just think it may finally be Seattle’s turn. As FDR so famously said of those that opposed the New Deal:”I welcome their hatred!”

    Bring it, haters.

    Go Hawks!

  77. alankelly2013 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    “LOL, what kind of argument are you making alankelly? As can be seen from your post, the 49ers won a Superbowl before the Seahawks did. 35 years is less than 37 years.”

    My point is that the differnce between 35 and 37 is not all that much if you are thinking that somehow the 49er franchise is somehow completely superior to the Seahawk franchise.

    But the point I really want to make is this is the only year that matters. What the 49ers did in the past or in your mind what the Seahawks haven’t done are irrelevent. I’m sure they are fun memories for you but they have nothing at all to do with the 2013 season.

    And by-the-way, the NFL Championship games that took place before the Superbowl era still count as championships. Or in the 49ers case, no championships.

  78. 49erholic says: Dec 17, 2013 2:09 PM

    Before the Seahawks came BACK to the NFC West in 2002 what were they doing? They weren’t challenging the 49ers in the superbowl, oh yeah they were busy in the AFC West getting pushed around by the Raiders and Chiefs. If the seahawks stayed in the NFCwest in the beginning instead of running away to another conference, they would have been slapped around by the niners in the 80s and 90s. While the pathetic seahawk franchise were doing absolutely nothing in their ENTIRE existence, the Niners were busy winning FIVE superbowls.

  79. goldrush94 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:11 PM

    Fact of the matter is that no team wants to face SF in the playoffs.

  80. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:26 PM

    Only San Fran fans think nobody wants to play SF in the playoffs. Give me Kaepernick over Brees, Newton or Cutler/Rogers especially the way he has looked like a deer in headlights every time in Century Link.

  81. alankelly2013 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    “While the pathetic seahawk franchise were doing absolutely nothing in their ENTIRE existence, the Niners were busy winning FIVE superbowls.”

    Why do we continue to dwell in the past? The Seahawks went 9-7 in their 3rd season which at the time was the earliest an expansion team had ever finished over .500. They were very competitive in their first full decade in the 80’s making the play-offs 4 times and an AFC Championship game in 1984.

    Then a carpet bagger from northern California of all places bought our little team, fired our coach and GM, and almost destroyed our franchise. Then he tried to move them to LA. I’d call it a 49er conspiricay but the bozo was actully a Raider fan. It wasn’t until 1996 that we got our team back and over all have actually been pretty successful since then.

    I agree with stepheninportland. I belive we are on the verge of a historic run. It is a very good time to be a Seahawks fan.

  82. beastmode5150 says: Dec 17, 2013 3:34 PM

    The Niners had less teams to deal with “back in the day” too. I can explain simple math to you if you want, is easier to make one of the final 8 playoff spots when there are 30 teams instead of 32.
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    goldrush94 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 2:11 PM
    Fact of the matter is that no team wants to face SF in the playoffs
    ————————–
    Wrong. If you put a lie detector on every seahawk and asked them “are you scared of the niners in the playoffs?” Once they got done laughing, they would say no, and pass…

  83. rainponcho87 says: Dec 17, 2013 3:47 PM

    This 49er fan never disliked the Seahawks until late last year. I rooted for your team against the Steelers in the SB and thought you were robbed. But while it wasn’t hard to root for Mike Holmgren and Hasselback when they were not playing the 49ers, it is pretty hard to root for Pete Carroll and Dick Sherman, who are winning, but doing it in a pretty ugly fashion; stretching all the rules whether drugs, defense holding, batting blocked punts, etc to the absolute limit, all while having zero respect for any of their opponents, regardless of whether they won or lost. Usually I am happy to see the best team winning, but in the case of this version of the Seahawks I won’t feel bad for them at all if their superbowl dreams get dashed by a bad call or injury. That to me would be further proof of karma.

  84. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 17, 2013 4:18 PM

    49erholic says:
    Dec 17, 2013 2:09 PM

    “If the seahawks stayed in the NFCwest in the beginning instead of running away to another conference.”
    ************
    So franchises have the ability to change conferences whenever they choose?

    Why is it you’re the only one that knows this?

  85. alankelly2013 says: Dec 17, 2013 4:34 PM

    “It is pretty hard to root for Pete Carroll and Dick Sherman, who are winning, but doing it in a pretty ugly fashion; stretching all the rules whether drugs, defense holding, batting blocked punts, etc to the absolute limit, all while having zero respect for any of their opponents, regardless of whether they won or lost.”

    None of that is even the slightest bit true so no one even cares what you think rainponcho. Your jaded view of the Seahawks is completely distorted.

    You could say that Seahawks fans are sometimes a little obnoxious and hard to take but you have to understand. Its hard for us to act like we’ve been there before because in reality its just like you 49er fans always say, we have literally never been there before. Just let us enjoy the ride please. We’ve had some pretty tough years here as Seattle sports fan.

    And as for the Seahawk players they are in just about the same boat. This is an extremely young team and they have never been there before either. I think they are amazingly mature for such a young group of players and have been able keep their intensity and to pretty much bring it every week and they are very fun to watch.

    As for your views of Pete Carroll, you have no idea. As a Husky fan I never cared for him when he was at USC but I didn’t know anything about him either. Now that I’ve seen him up close and personal and watched him week in and week out, I’ve realized he is an amazing coach and a great man. The inner city group he started called A Better Los Angeles and has now extended up here and called it A Better Seattle is amazing.

    The way he coaches and teaches his young players is nothing short of amazing too. I’m sorry to inform you jealous 49er fans that what he and GM John Schneider are building here in Seattle that is going to be successful for a long, long time.

  86. dacktle49 says: Dec 17, 2013 6:55 PM

    Hey to all of you delusional front runners claiming the Hags are the best team in the NFL you cant be serious? Cheaty Pete and the boys have the best “record” in the NFL and that’s about it. They can be beat and they will be beat, It will happen in January and it will be glorious! and when it happens stay classy Seattle #noexcuses!

  87. stepheninportland says: Dec 17, 2013 8:18 PM

    @dacktle: Of course, Any team can be beaten, Seattle has just been beaten less than yours, whoever they are.

    And when they beat your favorite team like a rented mule come the playoffs, stay classy! No excuses!

  88. joshob1987 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:24 PM

    Niners still suck, won by 2 points thanks to some questionable penalties. Regular season or playoffs , they come back to seattle and they will get their asses kicked by 26 points again. For now just get ready to see another 58-0 beatdown of the cards on sunday.

  89. scbaby2013 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:33 PM

    Funny how everyone wants to call Pete Carroll a cheat. He’s winning and hasn’t been reprimanded in the nfl or college. Fight on coach Carroll. I love the niners but can never root for harbaugh.

  90. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 17, 2013 11:46 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 17, 2013 12:57 PM
    ^And I’m a Packers fan.
    ————————————————
    That was after a previous comment that I wrote but it apparently didn’t post:

    There was a guy crying about the refs in the Super Bowl against the Steelers. Wipe your tears, little boy.

    1. You have to be blind to say that Darrell Jackson didn’t push off on that TD that was called back.

    2. Roethlisberger’s TD run was so close that the call on the field would’ve stood if he had been ruled short.

    Get over it.

  91. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 18, 2013 1:02 AM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Dec 17, 2013 12:57 PM
    ^And I’m a Packers fan.
    ———————————————
    This was an addition to one of my previous comments in response to the guy saying the refs cost Seattle the 2006 Super Bowl. I’ve posted something similar to this a couple times, but it still doesn’t show unless I sign in. So I’ll try one more time:

    The refs didn’t steal that game from the Seahawks. First of all, Darrell Jackson clearly pushed off on the touchdown that was called back.
    Also, Roethlisberger’s TD run was so close that the call on the field would’ve stood even if it had originally been ruled no TD.

  92. stepheninportland says: Dec 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    One of the refs apologized to the fans for calling such a crappy game; that says something, I believe.

    Darrell Jackson pushed off from a guy that had a handful of his jersey. As for Roethlisberger’s TD, close doesn’t count. Either he was over or he wasn’t. Many people feel he wasn’t. It could, and has been, argued that they took a TD from Seattle, and gave a TD to Pittsburg. That was the difference in the game, and that’s what rankles.

    It was a suck game by the refs. Period. The game was only about 300 miles form Steelers stadium, and as close to a home town field advantage as you’re likely to have in a SB.

    Jerome Bettis was a popular guy, and the lead up to the game was all about how that game was his last chance at a Superbowl, and the refs made sure he got it.

    Hopefully, if we are so fortunate as to get into another Superbowl, we will have a large enough margin of victory that it will not be argued.

  93. markdyar says: Dec 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    These Whiner fans are a freakin’ hoot. “We were moving the ball up and down the field…”
    SF yds 319, 51 yds on 1 play. Not exactly domination. But, hey, let’s just forget that the last 2 times we went to Seattle we were out scored 71-16.

  94. firemangotya says: Dec 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    Just shaking my head after reading these comments trying to deny that the Seahawks and the 49ers are a rivalry. Look no further than there last meeting at San Francisco. Count the number of flags thrown after the whistle blew. There was a lot of shoving and trash talk on both sides of the ball on almost every play. The players on both teams genuinely don’t like each other. Moving on to the fans the first punch was thrown when Seahawks fans bought a 12th man brick at the 49ers new stadium. Followed up by paying a plane to fly a 12th man banner over the 49ers current stadium during the last game. Now the 49ers fans are retaliating buy paying for a billboard in Seattle to taunt Seahawks fans boasting about there Super Bowl rings and Seattle’s lack there of. Now just look to any message board on the Internet with a mention of either of these two teams and you’ll see trolls having a field day bashing each other! I personally have been a Seahawks fan since 1976 I’ve never felt better about Seattle’s chances to make and maybe win a Super Bowl. However I’m not counting my hawks before they hatch. It seams a foregone conclusion that the road to the Super Bowl will go threw Seattle this year, but as all my fellow fans know we have suffered manny a disappointment post seasons threw the years. I like are chances this year. We have a great team. One of the best we’ve ever had the privilege of watching. I’d love to see the Seahawks win it all, but we still have sum tuff games ahead of us. Enjoy the haters we must be doing sum thing right to warrant all there trolling. I see this team continuing to be a threat to go all the way for manny years to come. GO SEAHAWKS !!!!

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