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49ers Make Statement in Playoff-like Victory

Posted Dec 8, 2013

The 49ers turned in a solid effort to beat the NFC's No. 1 seed at home.


Every game in the final quarter of the regular season feels like a playoff game, but Sunday’s 49ers-Seahawks contest looked very much like postseason football.

The NFC West rivals slugged it out for 60 minutes and when it was all said and done, the 49ers picked up their first win this season over a Super Bowl contender.

The final score read: 49ers 19 – Seahawks 17.

Jim Harbaugh compared the ordeal to a root canal procedure. When asked if he “enjoyed” the budding rivalry between San Francisco and Seattle, the 49ers coach said he didn’t agree with the phrasing of the question.

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“Enjoy it? That’s not the word I would use,” Harbaugh said.

As tough as it seemed, or perhaps felt at times, Harbaugh and his team had the best feeling of all. Seattle was unable to celebrate a win and a NFC West division crown in their final appearance at Candlestick Park.

The 49ers used Harbaugh’s latest rallying cry and got the win “by any means necessary.”

“We made plays down the stretch,” fifth-year wideout Michael Crabtree said after catching four passes for 40 yards in his second game of the season. “That’s clutch.”

Crabtree predicted a fight with the Seahawks and he was correct. The game was physical and extremely aggressive from the start. It stayed that way throughout and featured 16 penalties, 9 of which were called on Seattle.

“We didn’t project it to be this way,” Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said after the game. “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you especially on third down, we will see them again and it will be a different result.”

Sherman was adamant that the penalties did the damage in the game and not the efforts of the 49ers.

Those comments, during the game and after, made no impact to San Francisco’s thoughts on the win.

“It is what it is,” 11-year veteran wideout Anquan Boldin said of the on-field chatter. “That's the way that I play. If guys want to pretend to be tough, then I look forward to it. Talking, that's just what they do, you know what I'm saying? So, I let my play speak for itself.”

Boldin caught six passes for a game-high 93 yards. Unlike Week 2 where he was held without a catch against Seattle, Week 14 saw Boldin face single coverage with the presence of Crabtree on the other side of the field.

In tandem, both wideouts were up to the challenge of the Seahawks No. 1 pass defense.

“We were out there fighting and came up with a ‘W,’ Crabtree said. “That’s great for the team. It was a big for us. I said it was going to be a fight.

"We all played together and made it happen. It was real fun. It was competitive. It felt like a heavyweight fight.”

The 49ers continue to improve in the closing weeks of the regular season and Sunday’s win over the NFC No. 1 seed proves it.

Was it playoff-like?

“Yeah, it was a big game,” Harbaugh said. “You could say that.”

Was it a statement?

“You guys kind of counted us out already,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. “I think it was a statement game to the world. As you guys know, this is still our division. Until a team takes that from us, we will continue to rep this division the right way.”