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Take the ultimate sideline pass into the Seattle locker room with an insider’s view of the Seahawks Gameday as they are victorious over the San Francisco 49ers.

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Internally, the Seahawks approached the season opener as if it were a title bout.

Punch after punch on Sunday, they sure delivered.

From start to finish and then some, the 31-6 victory over the 49ers sent a message loud and clear — not outwardly as much as inside the Seahawks locker room. More than anything else, the season-starting win supplied a powerful declaration to the players and coaches about their capabilities and potential for the season ahead.

“It was our first chance to lay a foundation for building a championship team,” Coach Pete Carroll, buoyed by excitement and joy, told his players in the locker room on Sunday afternoon after the win. “You bought in from Day 1 and gave us an opportunity to do this.”

“This” happened to be an offensive and defensive overpowering of San Francisco, a season-opening statement that showed the Seahawks are ready to answer Carroll’s call of gunning for the NFC West crown this fall.

“Every game is a championship game,” the head coach said during his Saturday night speech at the team hotel. “You can never gauge which game is more important — we’ve got to play every game like it’s the championship game so when we get to that point, we will know how to play like champions.

“Now is championship time.”