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October 23, 2008
Seahawks to JTO: We won't be schooled again

In the first game between the Seahawks and 49ers this year, Seattle sacked J.T. O'Sullivan eight times. To put that in perspective, the most single-game sacks the 49ers ever have allowed in the history of their franchise is 10. And yet according to the Seahawks, their lasting impression of O'Sullivan was how elusive he was. And their emphasis heading into Sunday's rematch is to not allow the 49ers quarterback to slip away again.

Said defensive end Patrick Kerney: "I probably didn't appreciate his elusiveness going into the first game. I probably underestimated that. He played well in their opener, made some good throws, but wasn't making guys miss like he did against us. Going into (Sunday's) game, that's something, like I said, that we have to be much better prepared for."

Coach Mike Holmgren agreed: "He's a big, strong guy. So we have to go in there and grab things and make sure that we get him down. It's something we have to do better. There's no question about that."

Those Joseph Abboud suits aren't going to waste. Mike Nolan is scheduled to appear on "NFL GameDay Morning" on the NFL Network Sunday starting at 7 a.m. to talk about his ouster, his replacement and to help break down the Week 8 games later that day. Wonder who he'll pick in the Seattle game ...

Vernon Davis, an Under Armour spokesman, recently donated $7,500 in Under Armour gear to the San Francisco 49ers Academy. The academy is an East Palo Alto public alternative school supported by a private non-profit agency for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. The donation consists of shorts, shirts and socks for students who take part in the school's organized sports program.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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