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49ers: Will NFL reward fans with San Francisco-Seattle 2014 season opener?

The best rivalry in the NFL is the San Francisco 49ers versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Unless you fell for the media blitz that the Denver Broncos actually had a chance to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl, you should have realized what a good number of fans knew even before the NFC title game was ever played — that the real Super Bowl was two weeks ago.

Whoever won between San Francisco and Seattle was going to win Super Bowl XLVIII. The nail bitter of a title game came down to the final :30 seconds when a Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone was deflected by cornerback Richard Sherman into the hands of the eventual Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, sealing a 23-17 win for the Seahawks.

Following the game, Sherman’s post game interview hit the national media when he called Crabtree a “sorry” and “mediocre” wide receiver. Then just days before the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick fired back saying Sherman’s comments were “ridiculous” and that a foot farther on his pass to Crabtree, and Sherman would have been the goat of the game.  Kaepernick’s response became the talk of the NFL as the mild-mannered QB fueled the already best rivalry in football.

Two days later, Seattle went on to route Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, a game that was never close.

As is custom by the NFL, the winner of the Super Bowl gets the first game of the season, a Thursday Night prime time opener. With Seattle as the defending NFL Champions entering the 2014 season, the league will want to start the season off on the right track. Big ratings and a big time contest.

Mark the 49ers as the team to pencil in for the season opener. Right?

The best rivalry in the NFL getting off to an immediate start in Seattle as they drop the championship banner in front of a ruckus crowd at CenturyLink Field. Seattle however, has several interesting non-49er opponents for the upcoming season, including Green Bay, Dallas, and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Could the NFL be more interested in a Super Bowl rematch? Or Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense vs the Legion of Boom? Or the NFL’s most recognizable franchise, the Dallas Cowboys?

Time will tell what Roger Goodell and the NFL will decide, but here’s hoping that the league will allow fans to enjoy the best rivalry in football when the 2014 season kicks off, or as some feel, a rematch of the last year’s “Super Bowl” between the 49ers and Seahawks.

Tags: 49ers Colin Kaepernick Michael Crabtree NFL San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl

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