The home crowd was deafening, but the message sent by the home team Sunday night was even more earsplitting: Look out for us in January.
In a much-anticipated meeting between NFC West teams, the Seahawks humiliated the 49ers 42-13, handing Jim Harbaugh the worst loss of his 31-game tenure in San Francisco on his 49th birthday.
After the beat-down was over, the 49ers acknowledged the obvious: They were bullied and battered by the more aggressive team.
"They came out and were more physical than we were," safety Donte Whitner said.
Summed up cornerback Carlos Rogers: "It was a punch in the face."
"We didn't do good enough," Harbaugh said. "We didn't coach well enough. We didn't play well enough."
The defense was a disaster. The loss was a total team effort.
"Oh Mer Gerd"