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NFL: Slow Down Seattle... San Francisco's No Pushover
The Seattle Seahawks are pretty darn good. So good, they have one loss through 12 games. They've beaten New Orleans and San Francisco easily, with a couple close hiccups avoided in tight wins over Tampa Bay and St. Louis.
But the challenges keep coming, and they will keep coming for a team that builds its expectations with every win.
Of course, the Seahawks have Wilson. And don't the 49ers know it.
"You see it all the time," said 49ers tackle Justin Smith (49ers.com). "Guys get close to him, he's running backward, birding it 15 to 20 yards, so he's a little bit quicker than 'd-lineman,' I guess – I'm one of them."
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh echoed that.
"He's a fantastic player," Harbaugh said this week (Seahawks.com). "Wonderful, wonderful player, competitor. Skills of arm talent and mobility. Great field awareness. Understands the scrambling lanes, escape routes out of the pocket. And that feel that only so many quarterbacks have who have ever played the game to extend plays."
Russell Wilson and his Seahawks are in San Francisco at the moment, awaiting a Sunday clash with the 49ers – the same team Russell Wilson and Seattle's defence dominates in the Emerald City, but the same team that went to the Super Bowl last season behind the feet of Colin Kaepernick and the arms of everyone else.
Kaepernick is 0-2 in his career against Seattle. But, really, what does that matter? Sunday is a new game, and a lot's changed since Week 2, when the Hawks slapped San Fran and Kaepernick, 29-3, in western Washington.
The Hawks may be 11-1, but the Niners are 8-4. Neither are incapable, and Kaepernick certainly isn't, either.
"I know Colin. I know he's one of those guys that will go out and work, and play his hardest no matter what. He's man enough to take criticism. He owns up to his mistakes, and he's a winner," said San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (USA Today Sports). "I mean, any given opportunity. He might come out and break records and have the best game of his life.
"You just never know."
With that in mind, kick off is at 1:25 p.m. Don't be late.