SAN FRANCISCO (AP)
Final October, the San Francisco 49ers have been all alone in initial
and currently on their way to winning the NFC West title in
in coach Jim Harbaugh's 1st season.
That is hardly the situation this yr as they prepare for their
opener at residence Thursday evening towards the Seattle
Seahawks: There is a
three-way tie at the prime between four-2 teams
Arizona, San Francisco and
''Everybody in our division got greater,'' 49ers operating back
mentioned. ''That's Okay, we're all right with that. We like it
like that. We
like it challenging. We're challenging sufficient to handle it.''
After riding higher for two weeks right after consecutive
victories towards the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, the
had tiny time to figure out all that went wrong in a 26-3
Sunday to the reigning Super Bowl champion Giants at
''You've just acquired to go,'' Harbaugh stated. ''You've got to go
Seattle fullback Michael Robinson describes it this way: ''Go
get in a
automobile accident and then try to play two days later. Which is
These teams - the final two division winners - faced off in Weeks
16 last 12 months, with the 49ers getting rid of the Seahawks from
contention with a 19-17 road win on Dec. 24. That was
the 49ers' 1st win in
Seattle since 2008.
And Harbaugh undoubtedly has had his way against Seattle coach
Carroll of late, winning the last four meetings dating back to
surprising 55-21 rout by No. 25 Stanford against Carroll's
Southern California crew in 2009.
The Cardinal even attempted a 2-level conversion with the game
way out of
attain - prompting Carroll's infamous ''What's your
deal?'' when the coaching
rivals met afterward at midfield.
Any unwell will appears long gone for these two.
Carroll believes his Seahawks should be undefeated.
''Because of our lack of effectiveness final 12 months, we stepped up
went about it in a different way this 12 months,'' Carroll explained.
year by our assessment there had been six games that we could've
and we didn't win any of them. This 12 months we have been in five
Even though San Francisco escaped with a narrow win at Seattle
December, the 49ers can discover lots of inspiration from that game
months later on.
Tight end Delanie Walker broke his jaw in two places when he
took a knee
to the encounter from Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill in the
quarter and didn't return until the NFC championship
NFC rushing leader Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards as San
defense had its streak of not making it possible for a one
rusher end at 36 games, going back to Green Bay's Ryan Grant
Week 11 of the 2009 season. Lynch's 4-yard touchdown run in the
quarter also was the very first TD rushing permitted by San
But Lynch is coming off a 41-yard exhibiting last weekend.
''I used to think about all that and get tied up in all that,''
linebacker Patrick Willis stated. ''We nevertheless get pride in our
game. It's the Nationwide Football League, and sometimes guys are
have those days. Once yet again, it truly is a challenge for us to go
there this Thursday and attempt to quit 1 of the very best running
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is producing very a title for
too. He threw two late touchdown passes as the Seahawks
rallied for 14 points
over the ultimate 7:31 to stun the New England
Patriots 24-23 in Seattle on
It was Wilson's greatest outing however - 16 of 27 for 293 yards - even
49ers quarterback Alex Smith towards the Giants looked absolutely
the man who a week earlier had a record-setting day as
Francisco piled up 621 yards in a 45-3 rout of the Expenses Ronnie Lott
Smith was sacked four occasions.
''We hurt ourselves final week,'' Gore mentioned.
Seattle's swarming defense will require a much much better energy to
down Smith, Gore and Vernon Davis.
The Seahawks gave up a season-higher 475 yards after not allowing
their first 5 opponents to prime 300. The Patriots went
drives with no punting, and ran 85 offensive
''We know they're going to come in here and perform their behind
off Steve Young
Jersey,'' Gore said. ''As long as we get back to currently being us -
defense, special teams - we ought to come out on top.''
The way the schedule worked out, Seattle will be accomplished with
street divisional games right after Thursday evening.
Yet Seattle's Hill http://www.49ersstoreofficial.com,
for one particular, insists this game does not have any
''We're the two 4-2, it truly is a Thursday night game. A good deal of men
can enhance it up how they want to improve it up,'' Hill mentioned.
win, as they win, the games get larger from the outside
Wilson understands - even if this will be his 1st experience
''Ever since landed right here in Seattle everyone sort of talks
NFC West and how huge this game is http://www.49ersstoreofficial.com/Vernon_Davis_Jersey,''
Wilson stated. ''I
can not wait.''