heyu123 wrote:You may have a point if "42-13" wasnt thrown around everyday here as justification why Seattle > SF.
It's hard to look at 42-13 and not think "oh shit" if you are a 49ers fan though. Granted, the real score of that game probably would have been 31-6 if you take away the bogus TD at the end and Seattle's unsustainable 3rd down conversion rate. Either way, if you watched the game, the dominance was reflected in the score. It was a breakthrough moment in the division.
Seattle won the division in 2010 but got reamed by the 49ers in December, 40-21. Those teams split the season series, but I think that December blowout sent a signal that the 49ers were on the rise. The next season, the 49ers went 13-3 and basically had the division won by mid-season. A lot of the signs of that 13-3 season were on display in that 40-21 ass kicking that, at the time, seemed to come completely out of nowhere.
The Seahawks showed that they were on another level in that 42-13 game. The only reason I could see the 49ers winning the division is because of the 14 other games. Seattle seems to have had an awful lot of trouble putting away mediocre teams on the road at 10am, a problem Jim Harbaugh hasn't had in SF.
That seems to be a popular theory...but it really doesn't work that way.
In 2010 the Bucs came to Candlestick and destroyed the 49ers 21-0. It was ugly.
The very next year the Bucs came back and LOST 48-3.
No...the Bucs aren't the Seahawks. My point is that things change in a hurry. Moreover, you really can't read anything into one win. There are so many small plays in any game that can radically change the outcome. What if Cam doesn't dislodge the ball from Vernon and he doesn't slam his head into the turf? Niners then have 1st and goal inside the 5 and maybe Vernon scores. Who knows. Akers doesn't try a field goal, it doesn't get blocked and Sherman doesn't return it for a TD. The score is 14-7 Seattle instead of 21-0 Seattle. HUGE difference. Vernon also doesn't sit out the rest of the game. Thats changes the way both teams are playing and is a large influence on the way the rest of the game is played.
We can also go into injuries and such (both teams BTW...Justin Smith for SF and Browner for Seattle), but that really isn't my point.
My point is that blowout wins like that are seldom because one team is just drastically better than the other. They are usually about something happening at a key point in the game that simply blows open the score. The outcome of every play affects the play that comes after.
I'm not trying to take anything away from that Seattle win. It was impressive and it was a thorough beatdown.
I'd just warn against reading too much out of any blowout win....unless we are talking about the Bills in which its pretty clear the only statement that can be read is that the Bills really suck on D. Thats not an insult to Seattle BTW because the 49ers last year were the first team in NFL history to both rush and pass for 300 yards in the SAME GAME....and they did it against the Bills....with Alex Smith at QB.