We’ve seen this dance before. Don’t get excited yet. The 49ers are the NFL’s version of airbrushing: They make everyone look better than they are.

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Yawn. Zzzz. Wake me when it’s against a real team.

Yeah, the Seahawks got a W, but that might as well be short for “whatever.”

We’ve seen this dance before. Don’t get excited yet. The 49ers are the NFL’s version of airbrushing: They make everyone look better than they are.

I don’t mean to kill the buzz, but Sunday’s 29-13 victory told us little. All year long, the Hawks have been like a Quadruple-A baseball player — too good for the minors but subpar in The Show.


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We’re all still waiting for the breakthrough, or better yet, the game in which they beat a remotely decent opponent.

Until then, these wins are like participation trophies — tangible but meaningless.

This was the second win the Seahawks (5-5) have had against the 3-7 49ers. Their other victories are over the Tony Romo-less Cowboys, the Jay Cutler-less Bears, and the 3-7 Lions.

Maybe the Hawks are still capable of greatness — a late-season run commensurate with expectations. But we don’t know that yet.

We are, however, about to find out.

“We still have a chance to be a good team,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “We’ve seen enough good play throughout the season to know that. It’s the consistency that needs to come to the front.”

Coming up next for the Seahawks are the 6-4 Steelers, who should feature Ben Roethlisberger behind center. Whether it’s been Carson Palmer, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton or Cam Newton, every quarterback thought to be among the NFL’s upper tier has gotten the best of the Seahawks this year.

After that, it will be the 7-3 Vikings, a team that entered Sunday with the second-fewest points allowed in football. The Seahawks entered Sunday tied for 29th in offensive touchdowns per game.

I’d like to say that the 508 yards the Seahawks posted against the 49ers represented a turning point for their struggling offense, but it’s hard to assign such a label when it came against the NFL’s 27th-best defense.

I’d like to say Russell Wilson’s 24-of-29 passing performance indicated a departure from his mediocre ways, but it’s difficult when you consider San Francisco gives up more than 280 passing yards per game.

As for Thomas Rawls’ 209 yards rushing — that was magnificent regardless of the foe. But remember last month, when Marshawn Lynch’s biggest game of the year made it seem as if the Seahawks’ ground game finally had returned?

It hadn’t. Lynch just happened to have that game against the 49ers.

On Sunday, a slew of Seahawks were asked about their results against quality opponents. And predictably, they downplayed the win-loss records in relation to their wins and losses.

Safety Kam Chancellor said he had no idea the Seahawks hadn’t beaten a .500 team or better. Cornerback Richard Sherman said his teammates “don’t really care” who the victories have come against, and that “a win is a win is a win.” Left tackle Russell Okung noted how the Hawks proved they could finish against San Francisco, and added that, the next time they face a high-caliber opponent, they’ll show they can do so again.

We’ll see. Finishing has been the primary problem. I don’t know if there has ever been a 5-5 team that has led in the fourth quarter of every game, but the Seahawks, incredibly, have done exactly that.

Questions still surround this group — particularly in regard to the secondary, which allowed Blaine Gabbert to complete 22 of 34 passes for 264 yards Sunday. The back end hasn’t been the Legion of Boom lately. It barely has been in the region of boom. Like so many units on this team, it knocks out the sparring partners but folds against the contenders.

What happens to the Seahawks from here is as mysterious as it is compelling. Despite all their deficiencies this year, they never have been short on intrigue. A historic run would be no more surprising than an epic collapse.

It should be interesting.

The Hawks have shown a lot of promise, but at this point, have proved nothing.