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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)



Final October, the San Francisco 49ers have been all alone in initial
area
and currently on their way to winning the NFC West title in
commanding vogue
in coach Jim Harbaugh's 1st season.



That is hardly the situation this yr as they prepare for their
division
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
Seattle.



''Everybody in our division got greater,'' 49ers operating back
Frank Gore
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
blowout
victories towards the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, the
49ers
had tiny time to figure out all that went wrong in a 26-3
reduction
Sunday to the reigning Super Bowl champion Giants at
Candlestick
Park.



''You've just acquired to go,'' Harbaugh stated. ''You've got to go
proper
away.''



Seattle fullback Michael Robinson describes it this way: ''Go
get in a
automobile accident and then try to play two days later. Which is
how it
feels.''



These teams - the final two division winners - faced off in Weeks
one and
16 last 12 months, with the 49ers getting rid of the Seahawks from
postseason
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
Pete
Carroll of late, winning the last four meetings dating back to
that
surprising 55-21 rout by No. 25 Stanford against Carroll's
11th-ranked
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
and
went about it in a different way this 12 months,'' Carroll explained.
''Last
year by our assessment there had been six games that we could've
won
and we didn't win any of them. This 12 months we have been in five
and
won 3.''



Even though San Francisco escaped with a narrow win at Seattle
in
December, the 49ers can discover lots of inspiration from that game
10
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
very first
quarter and didn't return until the NFC championship
game.



NFC rushing leader Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards as San
Francisco's
defense had its streak of not making it possible for a one
hundred-yard
rusher end at 36 games, going back to Green Bay's Ryan Grant
in
Week 11 of the 2009 season. Lynch's 4-yard touchdown run in the
fourth
quarter also was the very first TD rushing permitted by San
Francisco all
season.



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,''
49ers
linebacker Patrick Willis stated. ''We nevertheless get pride in our
run
game. It's the Nationwide Football League, and sometimes guys are
going to
have those days. Once yet again, it truly is a challenge for us to go
out
there this Thursday and attempt to quit 1 of the very best running
backs in
this game.''



Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is producing very a title for
himself,
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
Sunday http://www.49ersstoreofficial.com/Steve_Young_Jersey.



It was Wilson's greatest outing however - 16 of 27 for 293 yards - even
though
49ers quarterback Alex Smith towards the Giants looked absolutely
nothing like
the man who a week earlier had a record-setting day as
San
Francisco piled up 621 yards in a 45-3 rout of the Expenses Ronnie Lott
Jersey
.



Smith was sacked four occasions.



''We hurt ourselves final week,'' Gore mentioned.



Seattle's swarming defense will require a much much better energy to
slow
down Smith, Gore and Vernon Davis.



The Seahawks gave up a season-higher 475 yards after not allowing
any of
their first 5 opponents to prime 300. The Patriots went
eight consecutive
drives with no punting, and ran 85 offensive
plays.



''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 -
offense,
defense, special teams - we ought to come out on top.''



The way the schedule worked out, Seattle will be accomplished with
its
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
more
significance.



''We're the two 4-2, it truly is a Thursday night game. A good deal of men
and women
can enhance it up how they want to improve it up,'' Hill mentioned.
''As we
win, as they win, the games get larger from the outside
looking
in.''



Wilson understands - even if this will be his 1st experience
in this
rivalry.



''Ever since landed right here in Seattle everyone sort of talks
about the
NFC West and how huge this game is http://www.49ersstoreofficial.com/Vernon_Davis_Jersey,''
Wilson stated. ''I
can not wait.''



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