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49ers, Seahawks rivalry gets better by the year

  • In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrats with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after Kaepernick's 56-yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in San Francisco. The 49ers are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, file)

SANTA CLARA — They engage each other in bitter verbal back and forth from their respective posts separated by some 800 miles of the Pacific Coast.

They claim each other's waiver leftovers — not always, it seems, for a competitive advantage but rather in acts of gamesmanship.

The men in charge, Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, have been fierce rivals dating to their college coaching days when they were trading words and wins in the Pac-10.

Here we go again, it's 49ers-Seahawks Part I this week.

"You go out and make plays, the chirping stops," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday.

Everybody involved knows the NFC West will likely come down to these two nemeses when this season's all said and done, with a pair of dynamic young quarterbacks leading the way. The 49ers have captured the last two division titles, after Seattle won in 2010 with a losing record.

The QBs apparently have a friendly wager on this one, too. The loser must shave his eyebrow.

Not that Kaepernick would confirm his on-air bet with Russell Wilson, being hyped through EA SPORTS' Madden NFL 25 game.

"I'm going to let you ask Russell about that one," Kaepernick said. "Not my idea."

In the video clip, featuring the players sitting side by side in a locker room playing the video game, Wilson suggests the loser should shave his eyebrow, to which Kaepernick quips, "All right, I hope you don't like your eyebrow."

The Seahawks are miffed at Harbaugh for several things.

They claim he honked his horn at their team bus leaving Candlestick Park after San Francisco's win last October. Safety Earl Thomas insists that will only serve as fuel, along with all of the other jabs from both sides in recent months.

At least some Seattle players considered the move as mockery. Harbaugh has denied the honk, calling it a "fabrication."

"Of course we'd take it that way," Thomas said Wednesday. "When you carry yourself like a champion on and off the field, good stuff is going to happen for you. ... It just seems like he has a lot of personality, that's all fun and games. It's good for the sport of football. He's a competitor it seems like. Our coach is the same way. I don't think our coach would do that."

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