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SANTA CLARA -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had the final word against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game and beyond.
And Sherman’s matchup against Michael Crabtree figures to gain a lot of attention Thursday night when the NFC West rivals meet for the first time at Levi’s Stadium.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the 49ers' preparation leading up to the game does not consist of any personal battles or grudges.
“It’s another game for him,” Kaepernick said of Crabtree. “I don’t think he’s worried about anything else.”
When asked about his view of Sherman, Kaepernick answered, “I don’t have any. I’m worried about what we’re doing.”
Sherman made the play to swat away a late Kaepernick pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone, resulting in Malcolm Smith's interception. Afterward, Sherman boasted loudly in an interview with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
“I’m the best corner in the game,” Sherman shouted during his postgame interview. "When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get.”
Kaepernick said he will not look to exploit or stay away from any Seahawks cornerback on Thanksgiving. Instead, he said his decision-making will be based on what his own guys are doing.
“I’ll throw to whoever’s open,” Kaepernick said.