Four Phil Dawson field goals, a Vernon Davis TD reception from Colin Kaepernick and a 110-yard rushing performance from running back Frank Gore were the headlines in the last 49ers’ victory over Seattle.
Five years and eight days later, an unrecognizable 49ers’ team has taken down their NFC West Rival from the Pacific Northwest. That 2013 San Francisco team featured head coach Jim Harbaugh, a promising Colin Kaepernick and a vaunted Vic Fangio-led defense. Fast forward five years and the only starter that remains from that team is left tackle Joe Staley.
The 49ers have moved 40 miles south from Candlestick Park to Levi’s Stadium, hired general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan and won an ugly game behind the likes of quarterback Nick Mullens, running back Matt Breida and rookie receiver Dante Pettis.
In honor of the long losing streak being snapped, let’s take a look at certain things that were happening around the world when the 49ers last defeated the Seahawks.
1. TE George Kittle was a freshman at the University of Iowa
The 49ers’ leading receiver, tight end George Kittle, was just a freshman Hawkeye, playing in only three games, catching five total passes for 108 yards. Five years later, Kittle is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, catching three passes for 51 yards in Sunday’s victory over the Seahawks. The former Iowa star nearly broke off two long touchdowns again, as Mullens just missed his big target.
2. Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for Washington
The current head coach of San Francisco was employed by Dan Snyder in Washington, working as an offensive coordinator under his father, Mike. Since then, Shanahan has designed offenses for the Browns and Falcons. Since the 49ers last beat the Seahawks, Shanahan has moved to his third city and is now the face of this version of the San Francisco 49ers.
3. QB Peyton Manning was still one of the faces of the NFL
The elder Manning prefers to stay low-key, attending games, practices and making other random public appearances. The last time the 49ers took down the Seahawks, Manning was the Broncos’ starting quarterback en route to their 13-3 season and the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Now, the only time you see him on television is when he comes on advertisements during game breaks.
4. Head coach Chip Kelly was in his first season as the Eagles’ head coach
Now at UCLA after multiple failed head coaching stops in the NFL, Chip Kelly had just taken the Eagles’ head coaching job in 2013. The former Oregon head coach had brought his innovative offense into the NFL and was leading the Eagles to a 10-6 record. Since then, he had a rough finish in Philadelphia, a failed season in San Francisco and has been relegated back to the collegiate ranks.
5. Macklemore’s Thrift Shop was No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100
At the time of the last 49ers’ victory over Seattle, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were dominating the music charts, with one of their biggest hits — Thrift Shop — topping the air waves.
6. LeBron James was still a member of the Miami Heat
After winning his second championship with the Miami Heat, LeBron James was on a quest for a three-peat. Since then, he’s gone back to Cleveland, won a championship as a Cavalier and since become a Laker as well. James has changed teams twice and been to the NBA Finals five consecutive times in the time that it has taken for the 49ers to beat the Seahawks twice.
7. President Barack Obama just began his second stint in the White House
At the time of the Seahawks’ defeat at the hands of the Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers, President Barack Obama was just starting his second term in office and had over three years to go.
Hopefully it won’t be another five years for the 49ers to overcome their rivals from the north. With the likes of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Jerick McKinnon and a litter of draft picks in the mix, the 49ers should be in prime position to find another victory against Seattle.
The next losing streak the 49ers should be looking to break? Defeat the Seahawks at the daunting CenturyLink Field.