Why Charvarius Ward Always Looks Forward to Facing D.K. Metcalf

One of the best wide receiver/cornerback matchups in the NFL is D.K. Metcalf against Charvarius Ward. Here is why Ward looks forward to facing Metcalf when the 49ers play the Seahawks.
Nov 23, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) breaks up
Nov 23, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) breaks up / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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It has been a very long time since the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks had a good wide receiver/cornerback matchup when they play each other.

The last memorable one was Michael Crabtree against Richard Sherman, but Sherman was the one who dominated it. Now, the 49ers and Seahawks have a thrilling back and forth between Charvarius Ward and D.K. Metcalf.

It is a matchup that Ward himself looks forward to every single time the 49ers face the Seahawks. Ward recently appeared on the Up and Adams show with Kay Adams where he explained why he looks forward to facing Metcalf every year.

"It's a good matchup," said Ward. "He a big dog, I'm a big dog. I'm CB-1, he's WR-1. He got me good one year in the playoffs, and I had a lot of success against him as well. I look forward to that matchup every time we play them. I know I have to come with my best game that week because I'm going to get a lot of targets and I'm going to be following him around, so I'm always looking forward to that matchup."

Ward knows he is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, so of course, getting the chance to face a high-level receiver like Metcalf has to motivate him. That is because if he has an impressive performance, like he did on Thanksgiving night, against Metcalf that he is going to prop himself up.

The amount of cornerbacks who can lock up Metcalf are slim in the league. The fact that Ward is one of, if not the most successful cornerbacks against Metcalf, has to be riveting for him and the 49ers. Week 6 in primetime on Thursday Night Football in Seattle is the first time the 49ers and Seahawks will face off.

Ward certainly has that game circled as he gets another crack to repeat what he did to Metcalf on Thanksgiving night.

Jose Luis Sanchez III


Jose Luis Sanchez III has covered the San Francisco 49ers daily for FanNation since 2019. He started off as the lead publisher for FanNation's All49ers, then switched positions to become the Deputy Editor in 2020. Sanchez writes, edits, and produces videos daily for All49ers. He also co-hosts a show on YouTube with All49ers lead publisher Grant Cohn weekly. Prior to FanNation, Sanchez started his writing career back in 2016 for the school newspaper at Skyline college where he covered all sports team in the Bay Area. Following that from 2017 to 2019, he found a role as a contributor for FanSided's news desk along with their site's Just Blog Baby covering the Las Vegas Raiders and Golden Gate Sports every professional Bay Area sports team. Atop all of that, he was able to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University in 2020. Sanchez is committed to ensuring he delivers transparent analysis and straightforward opinions that resonates with readers to get them thinking.