Sunday night’s heavyweight matchup between NFC West rivals San Francisco and Seattle was the most talked about game by NFL observers when the league released the schedule in April.
And for good reason — it pits two of the most talented young rosters against each other in a game that likely will have playoff ramifications later this season.
Still, head coaches for both teams are doing their best not to provide any bulletin board material.
“We’re pretty placid in here,” joked Seahawks coach Pete Carroll when asked if his players were as excited as the fans for Sunday’s game at CenturyLink Field. “(We’re) kind of flatlining around here. It’s a good thing. We’ll need that.”
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was just as stoic in talking about the 49ers traveling to Seattle this weekend.
“There’s good football teams that we’re playing right out of the blocks here,” Harbaugh told San Francisco-area reporters this week. “Seattle’s an outstanding football team and will be a great test for our team. We know the challenge that’s ahead of us.”
Seattle faces San Francisco in the Seahawks’ home opener in front of a nationally televised
audience on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
The Seahawks have won nine of their past 10 home openers dating back to the 2003 season. Seattle’s only loss came against this week’s opponent, the 49ers, in a 33-30 overtime loss in 2008.
Seattle holds a 37-26 record in prime-time games. And the Seahawks are 17-11 in Sunday night contests. In Seattle’s last appearance on Sunday Night Football, they defeated the 49ers, 42-13, on Dec. 23 of last year.
“An NFL football game at CenturyLink is an incredible experience,” Carroll said. “And we get to do it a bunch of times. This happens to be the first one (this season). And so we’re going to try and live it up, and have as much fun as you can playing football in there.”