The last two times the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks met at Candlestick Park the game ended up being a barnburner.
On October 18th, 2012, the 49ers defeated the Seahawks 13-6. That game was sealed with a David Akers’ 28-yard field goal midway through the 4th quarter.
Sunday’s game saw more of the same, with San Francisco sealing the victory with just 26 seconds left after a 22-yard Phil Dawson field goal, putting the 49ers up 19-17.
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh had an interesting description of what it was like coaching in the game, and it must have been what fans of both teams were feeling in this one.
“Enjoy it?” Harbaugh said, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “That’s not the word I would use. It feels like (when) you go to the dentist chair, and three and a half hours of getting root canal work done. They’re tough. These games are only for the tough.”
Of course the last two meetings between these two teams – both in Seattle – weren’t so close. The Seahawks outscored the 49ers, 71-16, in consecutive 49ers’ losses.
Seattle hasn’t won a ball game at Candlestick since 2008, and it appears now they won’t get a chance to snap that streak. San Francisco will move to the brand-spanking-new Levi’s Stadium starting in 2014. Although having home field advantage throughout the playoffs — which the Seahawks seem poised to receive — is more than a favorable consolation prize.