Here is what members of the media from around the country are saying following the 49ers 19-17 win over the Seahawks.
Larry Stone, The Seattle Times | Seahawks reminded by 49ers that they’re not perfect
“… perhaps these periodic disappointments, however bitter, serve the valuable purpose — especially this season — of reminding us that the Seahawks, contrary to growing belief, aren’t infallible
And that the Super Bowl, while still firmly in their sights, is not a fait accompli for this team.”
Stephen Cohen, seattlepi.com | What we learned: Seahawks come up short against 49ers
“The Hawks are not a bad road team. Coming into Sunday's tilt, they were 5-1 away from CenturyLink Field. But despite their 14-game winning streak at home, the Seahawks are still a different team on the road.”
Dave Boling, The News Tribune | This bruising lesson should serve Seahawks well in playoffs
“There was no shame in a narrow loss to a tough and talented team. But there had better be a few lessons learned as a result.
The biggest one was that when you line up against San Francisco, these games are only for the tough.”
Art Thiel, SportsPress Northwest | Seahawks done in by own misdeeds
“The 49ers scored one touchdown in two games this season against the Seahawks, but the division rivals finished 1-1 in 2013 because the Seahawks self-destructed Sunday at Candlestick Park — nine penalties and a blocked punt. The mistakes butchered a winnable game on the road against a rival desperate for a win.”
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News | 49ers outbattle Seahawks
“No question, this was four quarters of ferocious, angry football, played at the highest level that the NFL can provide.
The 49ers admitted they were fiercely determined to end a two-game losing streak to Seattle, and Seattle was hungry to blow the 49ers off the NFL map.”
Terry Bount, ESPN | Seahawks have no fears over this loss
“All this game proved is that Seattle can’t have nine penalties for 85 yards and get a punt blocked, and still beat a strong team on the road.”
Bill Williamson, ESPN | 49ers' next task: win at Seattle in playoffs
“Had this game gone Seattle's way and ended in a one-point loss for the 49ers, that would have stuck with San Francisco heading into the postseason. The 49ers now know they can beat a good team and get out of a close game with a win.”
Lindsay H. Jones, USA Today | Colin Kaepernick, 49ers overcome rival Seahawks, 19-17
“San Francisco's win might not ultimately change the division standings, not with Seattle still holding a two-game lead with three games remaining, but the Niners can now believe a playoff rematch with the Seahawks, even at the dreaded CenturyLink Field, might not be so scary.”
Austin Murphy, SI.com | 49ers edge Seahawks, but their offense remains a work-in-progress
“Yes, Seattle is a ferocious defense. And wideouts Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham have only been back in the lineup for a few weeks. And quarterback Colin Kaepernick is adjusting to his transformed role this season as more of pocket passer. All that said, moving the chains continues to be a monumental struggle for this unit, particularly against teams with winning records."
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News | Niners send warning shot: Seahawks won't walk through NFC if 49ers have a say
“With all due respect to New Orleans, Carolina, Philadelphia, Detroit, Arizona, Dallas, Chicago and even Green Bay, Seattle’s biggest Super Bowl spoiler remains the team that just got there last year. They are most familiar with the Seahawks, and despite the lopsided results in their split, they will have something those other teams don’t—the confidence of being the most recent team to beat them.”