Monday Night is the 49ers Biggest Game since Moving to Levi's Stadium
Opening up the 2019 NFL regular season at 8-0 has been a major accomplishment for the San Francisco 49ers. They have catapulted themselves as one of the top dogs in the NFL who has a real shot at contending for the Super Bowl. It is this phenomenal start that the 49ers are on that makes their upcoming Monday night matchup with the Seattle Seahawks the biggest game since moving to Levi's Stadium.
The 49ers have not been this exciting since 2013 under then head coach Jim Harbaugh. Since moving down the highway 101 to Santa Clara, the 49ers have not played in any real meaningful games. Ever since they moved to Levi's Stadium, this team has been an eye sore. Even in Harbaugh's last season in 2014, which was the 49ers debut season at Levi's Stadium, they were not an enjoyable watch.
Sure, they finished the season at 8-8, but it really was a collapsing season. Now that the 49ers have exploded on the scene in 2019, Levi's Stadium and the 49er faithful will finally get to bare witness to meaningful games. It just can't get any better than to play the Seahawks, the most hated division rival, in primetime on Monday night. This is a must watch game for anyone who is a football fan.
Russell Wilson is by far the clear cut MVP of the league through nine weeks of the season. Seeing how he fares against the best defense in the NFL will be an intense battle. Divisional games usually are no matter what the state of the team is. Even the 49ers struggled at the end to close the deal over the Arizona Cardinals.
Monday night is more than a top-tier matchup given the talent of both teams. This game actually has some very high stakes. Now I know that sounds odd because even if the 49ers lose they will still be sitting strong at 8-1. However, the 49ers only have a 1.5 game lead over the Seahawks. Not to mention that the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers are right on their tail for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff race.
The San Francisco 49ers have been on a tear this season, yet they should still feel the heat with so much competition in the NFC. Dropping a game to the Seahawks is not an ideal spot to be in. A loss to them will not be cause for a panic attack, but it will be a speed bump for the 49ers. Following week 10, the 49ers schedule becomes increasingly difficult. They will eventually take on the Saints, Packers and Baltimore Ravens who are among the league's best.
That is a very rough stretch for any team. The key for the 49ers is to continue with their mindset that no one acknowledges their legitimacy. It is a mentality that has worked thus far and gives them that angry edge on gameday. They must keep that energy up on Monday night with the entire nation watching. A win over the Seahawks will just further cement the 49ers as serious Super Bowl contenders.