SANTA CLARA — Much is being made about the Seattle Seahawks' choice to restrict ticket sales to people with California addresses for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Not 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Well, it's within the rules,” Harbaugh said Monday. “It's within the spirit of the rules of the National Football League. I actually respect it, what you're trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win that you can.
“And I respect that their organization does that for their team. They do that in a lot of ways, with their team, with their fans, with their organization. So, what do I think of it? I respect it.”
The host Denver Broncos are doing the same for the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.
The NFL said that its teams are allowed to use such an approach and that this isn't a unique situation.
The Seahawks, of course, are trying to make it as difficult as possible for 49ers fans to infiltrate their rabid fan base and cut into the considerable home-field advantage they enjoy at CenturyLink stadium.
Seattle lost only one regular-season or postseason game the past two seasons. They beat the 49ers in Seattle 29-3 on Sept. 15. Last season, the Seahawks beat the 49ers 42-13 at CenturyLink.