As if Sunday’s game between NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks needed additional media attention, 49ers running back Anthony Dixon added some bulletin board material late Wednesday night by calling his team’s next opponent the ‘She-Hawks,’ according to Mat Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
The 25-year-old stated this not-so-friendly reference via his Twitter account as he tweeted out:
The tweet was deleted from his account on Thursday morning.
In last week’s 34-28 season opener win over the Green Bay Packers, Dixon did not participate in any offensive plays but did partake in 23 special teams plays.
The rivalry between the two teams heated up in the their two meetings last season. In their Week 7 matchup in San Francisco the 49ers won 13-7 and Seahawks responded with a Week 16 42-13 blow out win in Seattle..
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, who in his eight years in the league has 1,238 rushing yards against his team’s NFC West rival which makes for an average of 125.5 yards from scrimmage per game, expects a different look from the Seahawks this time around with quarterback Colin Kaepernick proving he is the real deal.
“We have another tough opponent in Seattle, and we’ll see what they bring to the table,” Gore said. “I want to see what they’ll do, now that Kap has shown he can run, throw, block.”
“As long as he stays healthy this year, after this year, he’ll be a top-three quarterback. He can do whatever. He can run. He can throw. You look at the top guys, and they can’t run like him. And he can throw like them. That’s scary, right?”
Team wide receiver Anquan Boldin believes that Seattle will have a different approach defensive as he expects they will learn from the mistakes the Packers made against the 49ers.
“Of course,” Boldin said. “Nobody wants to make the same mistake that the previous team made. That’s why you watch film. That’s why you game plan. Things that teams do well the following week, opponents will try to take that out.
“We can only speculate. We watch film and we think we’re going to get certain looks, but you don’t know until the game comes.”
Seattle appears to be ready for their tilt against San Francisco as team safety Earl Thomas is prepared for a competitive game between two great teams on Sunday night.
It’s just a great rivalry,” Thomas said on Wednesday during a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “It’s two great teams, two very alike teams, in the simple fact we’re both physical with great quarterbacks here and there. And both teams have great defenses.”
With this added hype between the two teams it should make for an entertaining game.
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