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NFL: Seattle Seahawks stay atop ESPN's Power Rankings, post-49ers loss
Not even a less-than-impressive loss to their rival 49ers could knock the Seattle Seahawks off ESPN's pedestal on Tuesday, at Russell Wilson and Co. continue to click along above Denver, New Orleans, New England, and San Francisco in the mega-network's list of fame.
Despite setting the NFL on fire for most of this not-yet-finished campaign – in the middle of a two-year stretch that has made the Pacific Northwest the hotbed of American football for the first time, well, ever – the Seahawks were snuffed out in California by the 49ers in Week 14, losing 19-17 at Candlestick.
The 49ers rushed for 137 yards before contact and averaged 4.3 yards before contact per rush Sunday. Both numbers are the worst this season for the Seahawks defence.
"It played like a championship game," said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, on Sunday's loss to San Fran (ESPN Blogs). "I think it was the kind of game a lot of people expected. But it was a difficult loss to take, because we had so much to gain out there."
The Seahawks were hampered by several penalties in the loss, two of them coming against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.
"We didn't project it to be this way," the defender said (NFL.com). "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.
"The penalties, that is what made the difference today."
The Niners, meanwhile, have turned their season around after a molasses-like start, which included a 29-3 blowout loss to the Seahawks – in Seattle – in Week 2.
Odds are, the NFC West rivals are headed for some sort of linked playoff destiny. If we're lucky, we'll see a third game between the two powers, post-Christmas.
"If we keep doing our thing, and they keep doing their thing, then no question," said San Francisco running back Frank Gore on Sunday (USA Today). "I think if we keep moving forward and doing that as an offence, and you see how our defence played and our special teams, we've got a chance to get the trophy."
San Francisco has also lost to Indianapolis, Carolina, and New Orleans this season.