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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Rivalry? What rivalry?

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- We all know about the heated rivalry between the San Francisco and Seattle Seahawks.

We know about the roster poaching, allegations of the postgame shenanigans and as Vernon Davis reminded us this week, "they don't like us and we don't like them."

One of the men in the center of the rivalry, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, however, had nothing but glowing things to say about the Seahawks in preparation of Sunday's game against visiting Seattle.

Here's a sampling of Harbaugh's niceties:

On Seattle quarterback on Russell Wilson: "He's a fantastic player. A wonderful, wonderful player, competitor. Skills of arm talent, mobility. Great field awareness. Understands the scrambling lanes, the escape routes out of the pocket. And then that feel that only so many quarterbacks have had that have ever really played the game to extend plays. So, a lot of great qualities. A lot of wonderful qualities about him."

On the 11-1 Seahawks in general: "They're a great football team. A tremendous challenge. Like I said, we're very excited so far in our preparation and we expect really good days leading up to the game."

On safety Earl Thomas: "He can cover a lot of ground. He's like Willie Mays. He's a five-tool player. He can do it all."

How's that for being good-natured? Don't get used to it. Sunday is coming.