Thus far, it’s lived up to expectations.
During the first half, Niners tight end Vernon Davis was the recipient of a bone-jarring hit, courtesy of Seattle safety Kam Chancellor.
Davis was going up to haul in a potential touchdown pass when Chancellor leveled him mid-air, causing the ball to come loose and, predictably, drawing a personal foul penalty.
In real time, it appeared to have been an illegal hit, with Chancellor aiming for the head area, always a no-no. But replay clearly showed that Chancellor made contact in Davis’ chest, a legal play.
In any case, the blow concussed Davis, whose helmet smacked the cold turf. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.
As for Chancellor, he can probably expect a fine from Roger Goodell. There’s no wiggle room when it comes to a “defenseless receiver.”