* San Francisco vs. Seattle
Thursday, December 14, 2006. 5:00 PM, PST.
The Battle Of The Woken Dragon
It can be figured that the Niners snuck up on the Seahawks earlier in the season when Seattle got beat here at Candlestick. The Seahawks had just gotten back RB Shaun Alexander from his (Madden Curse) broken foot injury, and perhaps they figured to put it in cruise control against one of the NFC West's not-so-good.
The Niners beat 'em in a wild-and-wacky finish that saw a slough of turnovers and sloppiness for both teams.
Now, after losing to the lowly Arizona American football Cardinals last week, the Seahawks will absolutely not be "sleeping on" the 49ers. Oh no sir. The Niners are full in the attention of the Seahawks.
Seattle is going to come into this game focused and charged up by the three prongs of: 1.) last week's disappointment with ARI, 2.) the early season loss to SF, and 3.) the possibility to clinch the NFC West with a win tonight.
Quite-efficient QB Matt Hasslebeck is back at the helm after being hurt, and the prospect of him against the Niner pass defense is not good.
"What we have to do quite honestly is attack each goal that we have one at a time, and our first goal is win the NFC West," Hasslebeck said to the AP. Uh-oh. This is that focus thing going on there, y’see?