I can’t wait until my Facebook feed is finally void of annoying posts about the 49ers.
Living in the Bay Area my entire life, it’s hard not to have many of my couple of hundred online friends rooting for the 49ers.
Heck, they dominated the 1980s, winning four Super Bowls (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989), and another in the 1990s (1994).
But that was 19 seasons ago. After Sunday, that number will rise to 20.
The Seattle Seahawks will defeat the Whiners (and their annoying fans) in the NFC Championship Sunday, and here’s why.
First, a little background.
I’m not just writing this column to make a counterpoint against News Editor Brad Stanhope, a lifelong Niners fan.
I am a true Seahawks fan, have been since 1981, after the Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles. As a 12-year-old, this broke my heart. I maybe even shed a tear.
So I had to find another team. Being a now-defunct Raiders follower, there was no way in the world I could choose the 49ers. That would be a mortal sin.
I had to choose a team (on the West Coast) that always played the Raiders tough. Real tough. The Broncos were out (I never liked Orange Crush, the defense or the soda), and so were the Chiefs.
Enter the Seattle Seahawks.
As a fan, I’ve suffered many years of torment, leading all the way up to the loss in the 2006 Super Bowl (I won’t even get started on the horrendous officiating, which many say was the worst in Super Bowl history).
Now, with by far the best team in their history, this is the Seahawks’ season to get back to the Super Bowl (and win it).
They have the best overall defense in the league, better than the 49ers, a young, upstart quarterback in Russell Wilson, who threw and ran for more yards than Colin Kaepernick; and Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for more yards and more touchdowns than his 49er counterpart, Frank Gore.
You can pretty much negate the special teams, both are good and will probably not decide this game, except for the fact the Seahawks very rarely allow a punt return – at all – allowing just 140 yards in 16 regular season games.
There are two major things Sunday that will return the Seahawks to the Super Bowl: Their defense and the 12th Man.
Seattle causes turnovers, especially interceptions (28 to the 49ers’ 18), and gets to the quarterback more often (44 sacks to S.F.’s 38).
And then there’s the crowd. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest outdoor stadium, recording a noise level of 137.6 decibels early this season. It also has triggered area seismographs.
Noise is troubling for Kaepernick and his offensive line. The Niners have been called for 20 false starts this season and have been flagged for another 11 delay of games. Seattle’s fans led the league in helping cause false starts this season.
Oh, and one last note: San Francisco is 0-2 in its last two trips up north, getting outscored 71-16.
In the end, these factors will cause the demise of the season for the Niners, who came into the playoffs as the second-best team in the NFC (by record), and will leave Seattle as the second-best, too.
Seahawks 27, 49ers 21
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