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Morning Tailgate: Seeking Validation vs. Seahawks

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Jim Harbaugh and 49ers aren't focused on avenging a Week 2 loss at Seattle; they're intent on winning in Week 14 at home.

A dozen weeks ago, the 49ers visited the Seattle Seahawks and came home unhappy.

We’re nearing the time for retribution.

But, to hear Jim Harbaugh tell it, San Francisco instead seeks “validation” when it meets its NFC West rival on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

“I’ve never taken the revenge approach to be honest with you,” Harbaugh said. “We want to play well. We want to win. All these games come down to that.”

Particularly this one: The Seahawks bested the New Orleans Saints, 34-7, on “Monday Night Football.”  In Week 11, the 49ers fell on the road to those very same Saints, 23-20.

Their motivations now are obvious. San Francisco (8-4) has postseason hopes, while Seattle (11-1) became the first NFL squad to clinch a playoff berth but remains intent on securing home-field advantage.

Tight end Vernon Davis spoke of avoiding the “overwhelming” feeling that can come with such a high-profile matchup. Harbaugh rang the same note.

“Our players, I believe,” he said, “will put the appropriate amount of energy and focus into the preparation this week and to the game on Sunday.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle analyzed Frank Gore’s production.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com employed the word “surge” to describe the team’s direction.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com featured Joe Looney, who could make his first start.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee focused on the 49ers Seattle-inspired motivations.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com checked in at the schedule’s third-quarter mark.





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