Richard Sherman steals show in 49ers-Seahawks showdown

Richard Sherman celebrated an interception with Seahawks cheerleaders. (Otto Greule Jr. / AP)

Take it from Richard Sherman, it would be a mistake of colossal proportions to underestimate the Seattle Seahawks.

“There are a lot of pundits and ignorant idiots who thought, ‘Oh, Seahawks are going to lose this game,’ ” the cornerback told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after Seattle’s 29-3 victory Sunday night over the San Francisco 49ers. “Well, please. Please don’t doubt us again.

“Every time they doubt us, you look stupid. I mean, what was the score last time we played them? [That would be Seahawks 42-13 last December] So, you know, you can’t expect us to lose this game.”

There were plenty of reasons why Seattle shut down the 49ers in a game that was delayed for an hour by lightning. (Conviently, this fell during the exact same time “Breaking Bad” was on.) Chief among the Seahawks’ strengths: Sherman’s defense against Anquan Boldin, who caught only one pass for seven yards; Marshawn Lynch rushed for 111 yards (and scored two touchdowns); and the noise in CenturyLink Field was beyond deafening.

Kaepernick passed for only 127 yards and, for the first time, was intercepted three times and the Seahawks struggled to make themselves heard, with CenturyLink’s fans setting a Guinness record for loudest crowd.

“We did what we expected. I think you guys expected something different. A little more Kaepernicking? A little more something like that?” Sherman said, doing a little biceps kissing. “We didn’t expect any of that.”

Afterward, Sherman had a little love pat for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, for whom he’d played at Stanford.

“I told him good job, good game, but he didn’t give me nothing back,” Sherman told the NFL Network. “I guess sportsmanship doesn’t go both ways.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · September 16, 2013