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In this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, then Southern California head coach Pete Carroll, left, shakes hands with then Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh after an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles.

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49ers, Seahawks try to take control

Despite enmity, West Coast teams share a lot in common

As much as they despise each other in growing the most heated rivalry in the NFL right now, the Seahawks and 49ers remain almost mirror images. Their quarterbacks are plastered all over magazine covers, their defenses are elite, and their coaches are viewed as annoying by those outside their fan base. Even as their teams have evolved and personnel changed, the principles at the foundation of both franchises remain the same.


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