The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have an intense and bitter NFC West rivalry. 49ers tight end George Kittle has become accustomed to the rivalry, particularly the chorus of boos from the Seattle fans anytime he plays against them on the road. In fact, Kittle thrives off of the Seahawks’ fans ‘passion of hatred.’

That’s awesome. Kittle called it a “storm of energy” that rains down on he and the 49ers anytime they play the Seahawks in Seattle. That’s an apt characterization, considering the Seahawks fans once caused an earthquake.

Kittle also spoke about how the Seattle stadium is designed so that it feels like the sound is coming directly down on the players, which is no accident.

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Kittle is right about the rivalry between the two squads. The 49ers and Seahawks shouldn’t like each other. It wouldn’t be much of a rivalry, or nearly as entertaining, if they did.

So, Kittle and the 49ers should expect the Seahawks’ famed ’12s’ to be in rare form this Sunday when San Francisco steps into their territory, especially considering how tough the season has been for Seattle. It’s a chance for Seattle fans to let all that anger out against a bitter rival.

There should be plenty of hatred to go around for George Kittle and the 49ers when the game against the Seahawks kicks off on Sunday.