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The Real NFC West Rivalry

I don't know if I speak for the rest of the fan base of the St. Louis Rams, but I'm getting beyond annoyed by this so called rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. It has been pumped up by ESPN talking heads as a "bitter" and "fierce" rivalry between these two teams. As a Seattle native for my entire life I can tell you first hand that no one in Seattle ever cared about games played between the Seahawks and 49ers. Back when the Seahawks played in the AFC West prior to the 2002 season, the Oakland Raiders were considered the bitter rivals of the Seahawks. Since the move to the NFC West, the Seahawks have formed little to no rivalries with division opponents. Their rivals tend to be whoever in the division is playing well. For a time that was out very own St. Louis Rams. It then moved to the Arizona Cardinals, and within the last year and a half has moved to the San Francisco 49ers. My point is to call the Seahawks and 49ers a "bitter" or "fierce" rivalry is a bit of a stretch. The true Seahawks fans that I know recognize that what I speak is the truth. They recognize that this hatred by fair weather Seahawks fans for the 49ers is nothing rooted in the history between these two teams, but is a product of the media hype train promoting it. They will tell you first hand, the one team that all true Seahawks fans hate is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The true rivalry in the NFC West is between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. It is a rivalry that dates back 63 years this October on October 1, 1950. In that game the then Los Angeles Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers 35-14 at Kezar Stadium in front of 27,262 people. Since that day this rivalry has seen a dead even split heading into the Thursday Night Football on September 26, 2013 with a series record of 62-62-3. The 1950s and 1960s saw the Rams take a 22-16-2 series lead. The 1970s also belonged to the Rams as they finished the 1970s with 17-3 record against the 49ers giving them a commanding 39-19-2 series lead. Starting in the 1980s the 49ers began one of the NFL's greatest dynasties. The 49ers won the 1980s series 13-8 bring the combined series to 47-32-2 in the Rams favor. The 1990s saw the 49ers matching what the Rams had done to them in the 1970s by taking the decade series 17-3 in what was a painful time as a Rams fan against their rival. By the turn of the century, the series was now 50-49-2 and no love was lost when these two teams played. The 2000s was a mirror image of what this rivalry has been, a dead even struggle. The 49ers and Rams finished 10-10 against each other bringing the total series to 60-59-2 with the Rams on top by a single game. Since 2010, the 49ers have evened the series with a 3-2-1 record against them in the last 3 years which leaves us at the current 62-62-3 series record between these two rivals.

Heading into the Week 4 matchup between these two teams, Rams fans should be very excited. It will be another installment of this bitter rivalry, but will also be a nice barometer of where this team is in terms of talent within this division. Despite the beating the 49ers just suffered from the Seahawks Sunday Night, they are still considered the class of the NFC. A win against them would show quite a bit about where this team has come from having not lost to them in over a year, and also whether this team is able to take the next step in primetime situations. A win over the 49ers has always been my favorite of wins as a rams fan (although living in Seattle makes me almost hate the Seahawks just as much). Hopefully people will realize that this made up rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is just media hype and won't be relevant once one of these two teams falls out of the NFC West top two. Hopefully with a win over the 49ers on September 26, 2013will draw back the attention to the real rivalry within the division. A rivalry with history, a rivalry that each fan base truly cares about. A rivalry that will last another 63 years. As much as I hate the San Francisco 49ers, I tip my hat to them for maintaining an old school rivalry that has been virtually lost within modern sports. We are in for some good games between these teams not just this year, but got many more to come. Go Rams.



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