I avoided all sports media for a bit after the Super Bowl. I turned off alerts for any and all news apps on my phone, sports or otherwise, I stayed away from Niners Nation, I stayed away from all my regular sites. I just wanted to forget.
Watching the Seahawks win was painful for a number of reasons -- I'm sure we all have our own -- but that's not the point here. The point is that it seems like they could do it again.
In this article, Michael Bennet (who could end up not even being a Seahawk next year), talks about how the team could become a "dynasty." I prefer to call it a "reign of terror."
Think of the Steelers with their steel curtain defense and their four championships in the 70s.
Does that mean that the Niners are better poised than anyone (except maybe the Bucs, apparently? What he hell happened there?) to stop the Seahawks from going on a Lombardi spree?
Does it mean that the Niners are the kind of team that will continue to come close and then wind up one play short of taking it all?
Because they will play the Seahawks at least twice a year, and quite possibly a third time each year in the playoffs depending on seeding, the Niners are in the best position to prevent a Seahawks reign of terror.
Obviously, the more important part is for the Niners to win. But in order to do that, the Seahawks have to lose. And if the Niners don't make it in any given year, we would at least be able to take some comfort if the Seahawks didn't make it either. Imagine if the Niners swept their series with the Seahawks in a year and then Seattle came one game shy of getting a wild card spot. Imagine if it came down to the last game of the regular season and the 49ers stopped the Seahawks from making it in.
And yet we have these painful games of recent memory to think about.
So I want to hear it from you. How can the 49ers, being in a better position than any other team in the league to do so right now, stop the Seahawks from establishing a reign of terror?