19. San Fransisco 49ers – Seattle Seahawks
Interviewing NFL players immediately after a game presents the opportunity for incredibly candid, adrenaline-filled rants and tirades.
There was Bart Scott’s epic postgame interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, during which he called out Tom Jackson for doubting his New York Jets and responded to Paolantonio’s comment of “we’ll see you in Pittsburgh” with an emphatic “can’t wait.” And who can forget Steve Smith’s hilarious rambling about rules and regulations to NBC’s Andrea Kremer.
But in recent memory, no NFL postgame rant tops that of Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman undressing Michael Crabtree following the 2014 NFC Championship Game, during which Sherman made a game-saving play to send his team to the Super Bowl and shut down trash talk from the San Fransisco 49ers receiver.
"“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman screamed. “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me.” When Fox reporter Erin Andrews asked him who he was talking about, he replied, “Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’ll shut it for you real quick. L.O.B. [Legion of Boom].”"
In addition to this latest incident, there are other factors that make this a legitimate rivalry.
The Seahawks hold a fairly close 18-15-0 all-time series lead, but their point differential is much more significant, leading the 49ers by 163 total points throughout their history. While San Fransisco may be the most successful team in NFC West history, Seattle holds a modern-day advantage.
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