The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks used to have a pretty fierce rivalry. They used to be neck-and-neck, fighting over the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, even if it was only for a short time. But since the 2014 NFC Championship game, the teams have been on divergent paths.
Put bluntly: the 49ers have sucked badly since the front office imploded at the tail-end of what shouldn’t have been the tail-end of the Jim Harbaugh era. That Harbaugh era is what really spearheaded the rivalry, mostly because the Seahawks were (and still are) in the Pete Carroll era.
There was plenty of rivalry much earlier, but the recent one was the biggest. The first matchup between Carroll and Harbaugh was huge. The Malcolm Smith interception of Colin Kaepernick that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. The tons of Tweets and trash talk and everything else.
Right now, I don’t feel anything when I think of the Seahawks. It’s not a rivalry anymore, and the same can be said for the rest of the division. The 49ers suck too badly to care about a rivalry and the Seahawks haven’t won enough in their history to draw my eternal ire.
Sure, I want the 49ers to stomp them and rub their faces in it Sunday — and I’ll hope that right until about kickoff when it becomes clear that’s not gonna happen. But there’s no rivalry there anymore, at least for now.
At least we’ll always have the Dallas Cowboys.