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Rivalry Between 49ers, Seahawks Reaches New Heights

by Corbin Smith
Dec 18, 2013 8:37 AM EST



The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers now sit as the league's fiercest rivalry. Both teams have ex-college coaches in Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll who have a strong distaste toward one another. Both teams always scalp the free agent market looking to pluck former players from each other's scrap heap. Both teams enjoy stealing players off of the other team's respective practice squad. There's no shortage of hatred shown on the football field when these two elite teams duke it out fighting for NFC West supremacy.

Now, the rivalry has reached new heights... literally. A group of 49ers fans plans to purchase a billboard in Seattle showing former star Dwight Clark making his legendary touchdown reception in the 1982 NFC Championship Game as a way to taunt Seahawk fans heading into the playoffs. The billboard will feature Clark's picture hidden behind five Lombardi Trophies, representing all the titles that the 49ers have won in franchise history.

The group has contacted multiple companies in Seattle and aims to keep the ad visible "for at least one month," preferably during late December and throughout January during the postseason. The project will cost around $7,000 to complete, but the group raised more than $8,000 and plans to give the rest of the money as a donation to Seattle's Children Hospital.

This move comes on the heels of two separate instances where Seattle fans bought a brick at the 49ers' new stadium and arranged for a plane to fly over Candlestick Park with a 12th man banner two weeks ago.

The 49ers have won five Super Bowl titles and nearly won a sixth last year, while the Seahawks have only made one Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, losing Super Bowl XL to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Keeping this in mind, San Francisco fans want Seattle fans to know about the many titles the team has won and the billboard will serve as a friendly reminder as the Seahawks try to advance deep into the postseason this January.

The best rivalries in sports feature more than just hostility between players and coaches. Anyone questioning the validity of the Seahawks-49ers rivalry needs to look no further than recent events between fan bases to understand how much these teams loathe one another. It's a great thing for the National Football League and it's nice to see "friendly" competition taking place between passionate supporters for both franchises.