In 2009, the 49ers played Seattle twice. The two games played out very differently.
In the first go around, San Francisco beat up on Seattle. Frank Gore broke off two huge touchdown runs, compiling over 200 yards on 16 carries. Matt Hasselbeck received a severe wallop courtesy of Patrick Willis, and left the game. The red and gold rolled to victory 23-10.
The second game did not go as well.
The 49ers again found themselves in the midst of yet another identity crisis, and it cost them. Dabbling in spread offense, Gore carried the ball only 9 times for a mere 25 yards. Although he did tack on five more catches for 37 yards, it was not the way to beat Seattle. The Seahawks squeaked out a last-second field goal to beat the 49ers 20-17.
Say what you want about the Seahawks, but they're a division rival who will fight the 49ers beak and talon to win. Respect the enemy for the fire they bring, and watch them be extinguished.
Here's a little preview of the 49ers first regular season foe.