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Richard Sherman discusses midfield turkey eating at Levi's Stadium in 2014

Richard Sherman discusses midfield turkey eating at Levi's Stadium in 2014

Before Richard Sherman was roaming the defensive backfield for the 49ers, he was the face of the enemy. The personification of a rival 49ers fans hate with every fiber of their being.

As a member of the Seahawks, Sherman infuriated 49ers fans as the face of the "Legion of Boom." Aside from the infamous Michael Crabtree beef in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, Sherman eating turkey on the field at Levi's Stadium with quarterback Russell Wilson after Thanksgiving win in 2014 stands out as a Sherman moment that makes 49ers fans' skin crawl.

With Sherman and the undefeated 49ers set to face the Seahawks in a massive "Monday Night Football" battle in Week 10, the veteran cornerback discussed the infamous 2014 meal. When told that it irked left tackle Joe Staley, Sherman had a quick response.

"Maybe that was the problem that year," Sherman said Friday. "Maybe the score should have pissed you off, and I wouldn't have been eating turkey leg out there. Because if we had lost, they would have been eating turkey on the field."

Sherman has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL this season. Now two years removed from his Achilles injury, Sherman is holding opposing quarterbacks to a 35.7 rating when he's targeted, the best mark in the NFL.

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The 49ers will need Sherman at his best Monday night at Levi's Stadium. Wilson is playing at an MVP-level this season, and is coming off a five-touchdown performance in a win over the Buccaneers.

San Francisco's defense, led by Sherman and rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, has been one of the best defenses in the NFL, holding teams to 12.8 points per game so far this season.

They'll be no turkey for Sherman if the 49ers are victorious Monday. But 9-0 and a win over his old mates will taste just fine.

Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

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Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

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49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.