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Vernon Davis Poised for ‘Intense’ Seattle Rematch

Posted Dec 3, 2013

Vernon Davis expects a physical matchup when the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Vernon Davis has kept his mouth shut. When opponents try to get him to retaliate to extracurricular contact, the 49ers tight end has not taken the bait.

Jim Harbaugh often preaches about locking out a block and not responding to an aggressive opponent. It was that way in the end of Sunday’s 23-13 win over St. Louis. Davis was locked into a block with Rams defensive end Chris Long and did not get into a shoving match at the end of a fourth-quarter play. Instead, Davis locked out his block, grinned at Long, and then went back to his huddle.

“I try to play my game,” said the 49ers tight end who recorded his 50th career touchdown last week. “I try to make my impact in a physical way rather than talking.”

Davis undoubtedly expects similar physical and verbal confrontations to take place with another NFC West rival heading into Candlestick Park, the division-leading Seattle Seahawks, who can clinch a division crown with a victory on Sunday.

“It’s going to be one of those games,” Davis said on Tuesday. “Those guys like to talk, (cornerback) Richard Sherman and those guys, but we can’t really get caught up into all that. We have to play our game. We can’t waste our energy.

“We have to go out and make it a physical game.”

The 49ers are 2-0 against the Seahawks at home in the Jim Harbaugh era. Both those wins were close contests and both took place in the first half of the season.

Sunday’s divisional showdown has Davis’ attention, mostly because of how much he respects Seattle’s No. 1 ranked overall defense. In addition, the Seahawks rank No. 1 against the pass, allowing 177.3 yards per game. They also rank No. 13 against the run, allowing 107.2 yards per game.

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“It’s going to be a tough game because those guys are good, those guys are physical,” Davis said. “We have to come out hard.”

In addition to matching Seattle’s physicality, San Francisco will look to utilize offensive additions who were not available when the 49ers were defeated 29-3 by the Seahawks in Week 2.

Unlike the road loss, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham will be in action.

Davis believes each will have an impact on how Seattle will defend San Francisco’s passing schemes.

Crabtree’s return last week – a two-catch, 68-yard performance – opened up opportunities for his teammates.

“I’m very impressed, especially with Michael coming back,” Davis said of the 49ers strides in the aerial attack, now ranked No. 31 in the NFL. “It’s going to be huge with him. He’s just a tremendous talent. He brings a lot of value. We’re so excited to have him back.”

The 49ers tight end remains a focal point for Colin Kaepernick in the passing game. Davis leads San Francisco with 10 touchdowns and has scored in three consecutive weeks.

The eighth-year pro wouldn’t elaborate on how he’ll be used this week, but warned that the 49ers will be exciting on offense.

“You don’t know what you’re going to get,” Davis said. “Get your popcorn and get ready for the show because with (Crabtree) there it’s going to be pretty exciting with all the guys that we have.”

Davis warned that Seattle can’t “watch” just one player on the perimeter.

“They can’t put two guys on me and not expect Crabtree and Boldin not to get open, because they will get open,” Davis said.

“They’re going to have their hands full, for sure.”

The rivalry aspect of this week’s game will continue to build in the days leading up to Sunday and Davis is fine with that.

“It might be the most intense game we’ve played this season,” he said. “Those guys, they don’t like us and we don’t like them. It’s just one of those games. We look forward to the challenge and I look forward to Sunday.”


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