San Francisco 49ers fans react to the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Conference Championship game at Legends at Paradise Valley in Fairfield, Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on February 2nd in New Jersey. (Daily Republic/Adam Smith)


Fans react to football game

By From page A4 | January 20, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A “Let’s go Niners!” cheer from fans at Paradise Valley Country Club wasn’t enough to bring the team back from a six-point deficit Sunday night.

“That hurted,” said Daylis Earl after the San Francisco 49ers lost 23-17 to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.

“We’ll be ready next year,” said the Fairfield resident with her husband by her side. “(I) still support my boys.”

Seattle fans were few in numbers at the clubhouse but bursting with pride.

“It’s our year,” said Doug Young, of Fairfield. “We’re going to the Super Bowl without a doubt.”

Although Young is from the Bay Area, he said he became a Seahawks fan while serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, located 9 miles south of Tacoma, Wash., in the early 1990s.

“That’s when it all began,” said Young, who was sporting the No. 3 jersey of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Seattle was down 10-3 after the half, and Young said he told his friends the game would turn around.

“This is what I told everybody, ‘There’s two halves to every game,’ ” he said. “We dominated the second half.”

Wearing a Patrick Willis jersey, 49ers fan Rudy DeSouza was ready to leave the bar soon after the game.

“I’m not happy,” he said.

The Fairfield resident said he was frustrated with how the team played the game, especially after a late interception thrown by quarterback Colin Kaepernick ended the 49ers’ chances of winning.

“We had two timeouts. We should have been more patient,” he said. “The Niners are the better team – they came up short.”

“Go Denver,” he added.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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