Hate is usually too strong of a word, but it works in reference to Seahawks and 49ers fans. Seahawks fans think 49ers fans are a bunch of snooty whiners, still drunk off nostalgia from Super Bowl victories that came almost 20 years ago. 49ers fans think Seahawks fans have an inflated sense of their own impact, fostered by a stadium that’s both an architectural marvel and filled with employees who aren’t afraid to pump in a little artificial crowd noise.

Marshawn DeionThe story heading into the NFC Championship Game centered on the so-called “best rivalry in the NFL,” but besides Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree and some Pac-12 history between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, there appears to be a severe lack of animosity between the combatants on both sides.

Earl Thomas wrote a long blog post about getting to the Super Bowl that included “PRAISE FOR KAP” as one of the subheads.

One of his strengths as a runner is his height. He has such long strides, it causes you to misjudge his speed. It doesn’t look like he’s running that fast. But once you get close to him, his stride is so long, he’s just running away from you.

To watch that guy take over the game — he did a hell of a job of making play after play. That’s a special player right there. He plays for the 49ers, one of our biggest rivals, but I have to take my hat off to him. He played a hell of a game.

He also throws one of the hardest balls in the league, almost like a baseball player, and it comes out like a fastball. Hot. The play I had against Boldin in the end zone, Kaepernick was jumping up in mid-air as he threw. That was a dime. I was kind of surprised he even threw it. They usually don’t when I’m that close in the area.

Boldin kind of gave me the look of a crease route, like a post, so I tried to keep my eyes glued on him. In those situations when a quarterback scrambles, it becomes a little chaotic and you just want to try to stay with your man. Those are tough situations when you have to run in circles with your receiver. He’ll kind of push off as you try to find the quarterback, and now you’re trailing him as the quarterback makes a hell of a throw.

It was good offense vs. good defense and as a defender, I just think it was better offense.

From the looks of that, Thomas sounds like the anti-Sherman. That brings us to some tweets that might tell us how much fans and the media have blown this whole Sherman thing out of proportion.

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The NFL and several members of the media might not like the way Marshawn Lynch goes out of his way not to speak, but his peers have no problem with a guy who’s “just about that action, boss.”

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It probably makes sense to note that Tarell Brown and Anthony Dixon are unrestricted free agents, and while Darryl Morris performed well on special teams in his rookie season he isn’t guaranteed a roster spot in 2014. Any of those three players could become Seahawks next season and it wouldn’t be a shock. However, Michael Crabtree will most certainly be on the 49ers roster in 2014. And it’s safe to assume that he, like most 49ers fans, will root for Denver on Sunday.

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