After watching the Super Bowl and seeing the 49ers nearly pull the comeback, and keeping in mind several Seahawks games this season, it seems that these two teams share a common ability that bucks conventional NFL norms. The ability for both of our teams to catch up from a potential blowout.
It just seems strange that conventional NFL wisdom dictates that the advantage of having a big/physical/athletic/fast defense-oriented team with power running and efficient QB is that you will keep most scoring deficits low so even when you fall behind you can catch up. The disadvantage associated with these types of teams is that if you are behind by 3 scores plus, these teams tend to be blown out because they don't have the makeup and build to come back from large deficits.
It is supposed to be teams like the Patriots, Packers, Lions, Falcons, Saints, etc. that invest heavily in their offense so even though they might give up a lot of points, they can potentially erase any large point deficit and are always in the running throughout the game even if they fall behind early.
It's mind-blowing to me that this NFL standard isn't necessarily true anymore. On paper, teams like the Seahawks and 49ers are supposed to keep games close and grind out games. And if they fall behind by 3 scores (SF against BAL, SEA against ATL, etc.) we aren't supposed to be able to stage a comeback and give our teams a chance to win at the end of the game.
Almost seems unfair. That the Seahawks and 49ers have the strengths of a defensive powerhouse (clock control, physically wearing down opponents, keep games close) while also having traits of an offensive juggernaut (potential for big plays, game-changing QBs, ability to score lots of points in a hurry to overcome potential blowouts, etc.). This is why I think the NFC West is going to be INSANELY scary for several seasons to come. The Cardinals and Rams already have the foundations for a top 10 defense set-up on each respective team. All Arizona really needs is an above-average to good QB, and both the Rams and Cardinals need a couple play-making pieces on the offensive side off the ball, and they'll both basically be versions 3.0 and 4.0 of the Seahawks and 49ers.