We have been discussing the QB situation for a long time here at Niners Nation, so I figure it would be a good time to mix things up and join together in our fandom to share which NFL teams we dislike the most.
When the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in Week 17 of the 2019 season, it was one of the most satisfying moments I have experienced as a fan of the team.
Locking down the No. 1 seed was massive, but the fact it happened against the Seahawks — a team that has owned the Niners over the better part of a decade — made it that much sweeter. Seeing what was then-called CenturyLink Field (it’s now Lumen Field) that quiet as the replays showed Dre Greenlaw stopped Jacob Hollister short of the goal line remains a thing of beauty.
I wrote about the rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks before, and the history of how it all got started. Seattle has been San Francisco’s most hated opponent over the last nine years, with the fanbases sharing an equal amount of vitriol for each other.
San Francisco and Seattle’s rivalry only became ignited once NFL realignment took place in 2002. The Seahawks went 10-6 against the Niners from 2002-2010. The tension between the franchises really started to boil over once both were upper-echelon NFL teams in 2012.
The 49ers’ other NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals are also options. The Rams and Niners had a geographical rivalry with both being California-based teams before L.A. moved to St. Louis for the 1995 season.
When the Rams moved back to Southern California in 2016, the in-state bragging rights became a thing again. I attended the 2017 regular season finale (when Jimmy Garoppolo was all of our shiny new toy) as well as the 2019 beatdown the 49ers laid on L.A. at the coliseum. It’s always special to see all of the red jerseys and t-shirts take over an opposing team’s stadium. It’s even better when San Francisco wins.
The Cardinals have always seemed to be the little brother when it comes to the 49ers. Arizona has never won a championship and despite only making the playoffs five times since 198, it always manages to play the Niners closely.
The 49ers lead the all-time series 32-27 over the Cardinals, but given the quality of San Francisco teams we have seen since the 1980s, that record should be better.
Speaking of yesteryear, looking back at the 80s and 90s, one obvious choice is the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers and Cowboys played in six NFC Championship games between 1970 and 1994, combining to win 10 Super Bowls during that time. They were easily the two-best franchises in the NFL, with each team loading up like it was an arms race in the 90s.
It’s a shame San Francisco and Dallas haven’t been amongst the best teams in the league simultaneously since the glory days of the 90s. The 49ers and Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs in the same season since 1998.
There are several choices we Niner fans can go with when it comes to our most disliked NFL teams. Our community here at NN comes from all sorts of different ages and backgrounds, so we all grew up loving our squad during different eras.
Personally, here are my top five most disliked teams in the NFL. These are the teams I root against each weekend of an NFL season unless them winning benefits San Francisco.
Which five NFL teams do you dislike the most?