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Seahawks outplayed, outsmarted San Francisco in NFC West showdown

SEATTLE -- And we're supposed to believe the 49ers are a Super Bowl Contender?

That 42-13 demolition by the Seahawks was as complete a meltdown as you'll see, a meltdown involving a fatal loss of composure, the wheels coming off, the team losing its cool, the full catastrophe.

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A metaphor for the whole bad thing — not the cause, a metaphor — occurred near the end of the monstrosity. Offensive lineman Anthony Davis pointlessly went after a Seahawk and knocked him around and got called for a 15-yard penalty. When asked about it later, he resorted to profanity. That's the kind of day it was for the Niners.

It is hard to think this team is Super Bowl material. And please don't invoke the obvious excuses.

Obvious Excuse No. 1: Justin Smith was hurt. No dice on that one. Players get hurt. Next man up.

Limp Excuse No. 2: The Niners were tired after playing a tough game last week in New England. This one is really embarrassing. Teams are expected to be ready 16 times. It's not too much to ask.

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