Get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens to face 49ers twice in 2012

August 7, 2012, 7:36 pm
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Mark your calendars, uncap your Sharpies, find your pom-pomsand, yes, stock up on your Orville Redenbachers.On Oct. 18, nearly nine years after he left, Terrell Owenswill make his first return to Candlestick Park.Owens, who reportedly signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, will play his first game in San Francisco since leaving the 49ers after the 2003season when the Seahawks come to Candlestick in Week 7.RELATED: Report: T.O. agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks
If youve studied the schedule closely, then you alreadyknow that means Owens homecoming will be in a Thursday game broadcastnationally in primetime.Would he have it any other way?Since taking off his scarlet and gold, Owens has faced the49ers just twice but to great success for the six-time Pro Bowler.Owens torched the 49ers for 143 receiving yards and twotouchdowns in a 42-3 Eagles beatdown in Philadelphiain 2005. On just the third play from scrimmage, Owens burned the coverage deepfor a 68-yard touchdown reception. He repeated the feat early in the secondquarter for a 42-yard score.Fast forwarding three years, Owens continued to stick it to the49ers as he helped the Cowboys top San Francisco 35-22 in a 2008 matchup in Dallas. Owens racked upseven receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown, the third-most receiving yardsin a game in his career. Owens second-quarter score gave the Cowboys a lead theywould never relinquish.Although with a sample size of just two games, Owens average of 178yards per game against the 49ers is his best against any team in the NFL.Owens will face the 49ers twice in 2012, the home game inWeek 7 followed by a Week 16 matchup in Seattle.It is hard to predict what we can expect from the 49ersthird-round selection in the 1996 NFL Draft.The 38-year-old hasnt played in the NFL since 2010,competing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League last season. Hecaught 35 passes for 420 yards with 10 touchdowns in eight games as a Wrangler.In 14 games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, Owens picked up 983 receivingyards and nine touchdowns.Colin Becht is an intern for and a senior at Northwestern University.