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NFC Championship Preview: 49ers vs Seahawks

When push comes to shove, it becomes clear that the Seattle Seahawks (13-3) and the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) plain don’t like each other.  Oddly, they are very similar. Both have head coaches who came from the college ranks (Pete CarrollJim Harbaugh), both have a dynamic dual-threat QB (Russell WilsonColin Kaepernick), both have tough-minded RBs (Marshawn LynchFrank Gore), and each has a tough, hard-hitting defense.

 

Owners of the longest winning streak in the NFL (8), the 49ers are playing in their 15th Conference Championship Game (tying Pittsburgh for the most since 1970).  Jim Harbaugh leads the 49ers to their third straight NFC Championship Game, the only head coach to do that in his first three seasons.

 

It should come as no surprise that San Francisco’s winning steak coincided with the return of deep threat WR Michael Crabtree.  QB Colin Kaepernick is the biggest beneficiary of Crabtree’s return, as he’s posted a 100.0 passer rating and an impressive 12:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the past eight games.

 

Things won’t be easy for Kaepernick and the 49ers, however, as the Seahawks defense is just the fourth in NFL history to finish the season ranked #1 in both interceptions and fewest passing yards allowed. The other three teams to accomplish that feat?  All wound up in the Super Bowl.  

 

Seattle also has one of the toughest home field advantages in the NFL.  Since drafting QB Russell Wilson the Seahawks have an amazing 17-1 record at home.

 

In Seattle’s Divisional Playoff win over New Orleans, Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for a franchise postseason-record 140 yards and two touchdowns. In five career playoff games, Lynch has rushed for five touchdowns and has three 100-yard games.  Beast mode.

 

The 49ers are rolling. The Seahawks have a brutal defense and are nearly invincible at home.  Push has come to shove.  Who is going to win?

 

Watch the NFC Championship Game live on FOX this Sunday at 6:30 PM ET!


Which team will win this NFC grudge match?

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  • Denver Broncos

    May 10, 2014

    nflguy25 · draftee

    go broncos

  • New Orleans Saints

    February 20, 2014

    joesaintsfan · practice squad

    go 49ers!!

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 19, 2014

    percyharvin2003 · draftee

    Lets go seattle!

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 19, 2014

    percyharvin2003 · draftee

    i dont like the 49ers

  • New England Patriots

    January 19, 2014

    opoz10 · starter

    go 49ers!!!

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    bob6 · draftee

    go seahawks

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    bob6 · draftee

    boo 49ers

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    bob6 · draftee

    i dont like 49ers

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    bob6 · draftee

    i h a t e 49ers

  • New York Giants

    January 19, 2014

    rayray4578 · draftee

    sorry seahaks

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    sfnation7 · draftee

    LETS GO NINERS!

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 19, 2014

    samays1 · draftee

    49ers lets go

  • New York Jets

    January 19, 2014

    jlw · practice squad

    Hawks not 9ers

  • New Orleans Saints

    January 18, 2014

    liltwan3 · draftee

    go saints

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 18, 2014

    imsoto0415 · draftee

    go broncos

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 18, 2014

    imsoto0415 · draftee

    boo 49ers

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    January 18, 2014

    eagleshappyfeet · draftee

    hawks win 31-24

  • Green Bay Packers

    January 18, 2014

    awesomenubnub · 2nd string

    Hawks!

  • New England Patriots

    January 18, 2014

    opoz10 · starter

    GO 49ers!!!!!!!

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 18, 2014

    hershey6231 · draftee

    niners in the housey house!

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 18, 2014

    racepower64 · draftee

    Go hawks!

  • Denver Broncos

    January 18, 2014

    mason12159 · 2nd string

    hwks

  • Chicago Bears

    January 18, 2014

    smartshiv · 2nd string

    12th Man Will Dominate, Go Hawks!!

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    January 18, 2014

    elijahst02 · draftee

    12 man in the house

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    January 18, 2014

    elijahst02 · draftee

    9ers pack your bags

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    January 18, 2014

    elijahst02 · draftee

    seahawks got my vote to win

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    January 18, 2014

    steelers837 · practice squad

    with 12 man behind their backs, seattle takes this one easy

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 18, 2014

    gumd3ball · practice squad

    i feel sad

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 18, 2014

    fatpig236 · draftee

    we are going to beat the seahawks

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 18, 2014

    fatpig236 · draftee

    let's go niners!!!!! We are going to beat the seahawks

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    January 17, 2014

    asad91025 · 2nd string

    no harvin, no win

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 17, 2014

    chrisjessen21 · draftee

    go hawks we are going to win on sunday

  • New England Patriots

    January 17, 2014

    brady390 · rookie

    go San Fran

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 17, 2014

    marshawn223 · starter

    GO HAWKS!!

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 17, 2014

    marshawn223 · starter

    Boo 9ers

  • Atlanta Falcons

    January 17, 2014

    tylervt · draftee

    Go Seattle

  • Atlanta Falcons

    January 17, 2014

    tylervt · draftee

    Go Seattle

  • Green Bay Packers

    January 17, 2014

    imagbtexan1 · draftee

    FOR THE 12TH MAN!

  • Denver Broncos

    January 17, 2014

    awesomeguy5462 · rookie

    49ers rule

  • Carolina Panthers

    January 17, 2014

    minnemouse · starter

    let go beast mode!!!

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 17, 2014

    froggy · veteran

    NINERS!!!

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 17, 2014

    zeerehman780 · draftee

    yeah

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 17, 2014

    zeerehman780 · draftee

    lets go niners

  • Seattle Seahawks

    January 17, 2014

    rw3gohawks · draftee

    Oh yah 1st comment! Seattle seahawks Are going to CREAM the forty-whiners!

  • New England Patriots

    January 17, 2014

    spg4033 · rookie

    seahawks and first comment