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Lowell Cohn: 49ers assisted 'The Tip,' now keystone of Seahawks' lore (w/video)

  • Seattle's Richard Sherman, who made "The Tip" against the 49ers to get the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, reacts during the second half Sunday as Seattle trounced Denver in East Rutherford, N.J. (JEFF ROBERSON / Associated Press)

History isn't over till it's over. Now the history between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks circa 2013-2014 is officially over. Now we draw conclusions.

Richard Sherman's play on that sad Colin Kaepernick pass that never reached Michael Crabtree that finished off the 49ers in the NFC championship game that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl is the iconic play in Seahawks history.

Call it “The Tip.” If the Seahawks had lost to the Broncos, The Tip would have been just another play, a good play, but just another play. It would have been “a tip” in lower case instead of “The Tip” in neon lights.

But the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, murdered the Denver Broncos who seemed totally unprepared for the game. Maybe they got the wrong schedule and thought the game was Monday.

Winning the Super Bowl is something the 49ers didn't do when they had the chance, and now The Tip is a great moment in Seattle history. They should put up a statue in Pioneer Square of Sherman swatting the ball to Malcolm Smith.

Why is this historical note about The Tip important to 49ers fans?

Because the Niners were on the wrong end of The Tip. Because the Niners enabled The Tip, allowed it to happen, were the stooges in that scenario. Because The Tip is the Seahawks' version of The Catch.

Understand what I'm saying. The 49ers, who pride themselves on The Catch as a defining moment of their rise to greatness, got “Catched” up in Seattle. And because the Niners got Catched, the Seahawks went to New Jersey where they embarrassed the Denver Broncos and cemented Peyton Manning's reputation as a substandard postseason quarterback, where they marred Manning's legacy even though he claims not to understand the word “legacy.” The 49ers were silent partners in all this.

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