The rivalry has been heated throughout but it has been raised up a notch thanks to the stakes of this game – a trip to the Super Bowl.
By Joe Bond – @FantasySixPack
It started Monday morning when the remaining tickets for the game to be held in Seattle went on public sale. Many 49er fans logged onto buy those tickets only to be denied.
Why? Because the Seahawks have forbidden anybody that didn’t have an address in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii from buying tickets. The most important state missing from that list is California, where the 49ers home resides.
This was done to keep 49er fans out of the stadium, plain and simple. Seattle have to preserve their cherished “12th man” advantage after all. It’s a bold move but one that I can’t help find funny. I bet more teams would do it if they could actually sell out their games without visiting fans.
San Francisco fans did not just sit back and take this. They went to the billboards, which Seattle has also tried to stop because of a billboard put up by 49er fans earlier this season that had a picture of five Super Bowl trophies and read “Got Lombardis?”.
About 30 miles south of the city, a pro 49ers digital billboard has gone up sporting the message: “Vince Lombardi Trophy awarded to the Super Bowl champion.” And then on the next slide 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh telling his quarterback: “Bring us home another one kid.”
In our book, this is the perfect build-up to a huge game on Sunday.