By Danny Golding

Do you remember the last time the 49ers had a MEANINGFUL big prime national TV division showdown? Well it was against this very same Seattle Seahawks team but in an NFC Championship game played on January 19, 2014 in which the Seahawks defeated the 49ers in a close battle on a pass from Colin Kaepernick that was tipped by future 49ers Cornerback Richard Sherman and into the hands of Malcon Smith to clinch an NFC title for the Seahawks. Along with Navarro Bowman’s injury, a moment 49er fans will forever remember is Richard Sherman’s postgame interview with Erin Andrews where he called Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver” and himself the “best corner in the game”. Many 49er fans were insulted by that, but now almost 6 years later Richard Sherman is on the other side trying to help the 49ers defense remain undefeated against his former Quarterback Russel Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.  The Niners snapped a 9 game losing streak against the Seahawks last year with a 26-23 win at Levi’s Stadium with Nick Mullens at Quarterback. Now with the 49ers being at 8-0 on top of both the NFC West and the entire NFL and the Seahawks being 7-2 with below them for division standings, the 49ers look to remain both undefeated and to keep a convincing lead in the NFC West standings.

The 49ers have had 10 days of rest after the Halloween win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football in a game where Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jimmy looks to pick up right where he left off, but he will most likely have to do it without pro bowl tight end George Kittle who is doubtful with knee and ankle issues. George has been the Niners biggest offensive threat since the beginning of the 2018 season.  After the injury to Kyle Juszczyk, Ross Dwelley got the start at Fullback/Tight End, and now with Kittle most likely ruled out tonight against the Seahawks and Juszczyk back healthy, Dwelley will start at Tight End. Dwelley got the game winning first down reception in Arizona on Halloween. Another new key component to the 49ers offense is all pro Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders. In Sanders’ first game after being traded from the Denver Broncos, he had 1 touchdown and 4 receptions in the 51-13 win over the Carolina Panthers. In the Thursdays Night showdown in Arizona, he had 1 touchdown, 7 receptions for 122 yards. Sanders filled in the one weakness this 49ers team had at the Wide Receiver position.

The defensive side of the ball also suffered a catastrophic loss in the previous game with Kwon Alexander’s season ending torn pectoral injury. Dre Greenlaw who had 3 tackles and a sack last week will have to step up, along with Fred Warner. The defense has been dominate for the entire season but has a tough challenge tonight against Russel Wilson. Another major event that caused a lot of Niner fans hate on Richard Sherman when he was on the other side of the Seahawks rivalry was the 2014 Thanksgiving game when Richard Sherman and Russel Wilson ate turkey on the 50 yard line with NBC’s Michele Tafoya after beating the 49ers 19-3 in a gimmick that was set up by the NBA network. If the Niners win tonight, they will be 9-0 for the the first time since 1990. The 1990 team started 10-0. Just a couple years ago in 2017, the Niners started 0-9. This will be the biggest game in the short lived history of Levi’s Stadium!