SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In the latest match-up in what is becoming one of the NFL’s best rivalries, the San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field Sunday.

“The key thing is these are two good teams,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “There are rivalries that have been around a long time, and if both teams aren’t really good, that rivalry will lie dormant for awhile. But it really comes out when both teams are good teams and both teams are fighting for the division… and both teams are fighting for supremacy in the NFC.”

Madden said the two teams appear evenly matched. “I think the big difference (from last year) is that the two quarterbacks have a year under the belts… (49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick) is just going to get better not only every year, he’s going to get better every week. And (Seahawks QB) Russell Wilson is kind of the same way… I think (San Francisco is) the best team. (But) if they’re 1, I think Seattle is 1-A.”

Both the Patriots and Jets played poorly in New England’s 13-10 victory Thursday night. “That’s what we’re going to get with Thursday night football,” Madden said. “You play on Sunday and then all they kind of do is have meetings and walk-throughs because you can’t come back and practice the next day. You get a little in Tuesday. Then Wednesday is a travel day the day before the game. And then you play Thursday and that’s the product you get… There’s not enough time to get ready between Sunday and Thursday.”

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 am Mondays and Fridays on KCBS during the NFL season.

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