There are at least two certainties about the NFC Championship Game: It's going to get loud and a team from the NFC West is going clinch a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. The San Francisco 49ers are heading back to Seattle to face the Seahawks and the loud crowd at CenturyLink Field.
NFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
LOCATION: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
TIME: 6:30 p.m. ET
The 49ers are the defending NFC champions but have struggled mightily in recent trips to Seattle. The Seahawks (13-3) have outscored the 49ers (12-4) 71-16 in the last two meetings between the rivals in Seattle. While the scene will be familiar to the Seahawks, the top seed in the NFC, it is the visitors who will be most familiar with the stage. The 49ers are making their third straight appearance in the NFC title game under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
"I think we're the two teams that everybody was looking at from the beginning," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said ahead of the game, via ESPN.com. "It's going to be a knockdown, drag-out game."
Although the Brady-Manning matchup in the AFC title game garnered much of the attention before the NFL's championship weekend, the NFC tilt features a special pairing, too. The 49ers' dynamic, dual-threat signal caller will face off against Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a matchup of two emerging NFL stars. The Seahawks' second-year quarterback is 16-1 at home in his career so far. Of course, the defenses on either sideline will do everything they can to keep both those offensive playmakers from being the heroes in this one.
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Oh, Richard Sherman. Come on. A little class, maybe?— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) 4 years ago
Richard Sherman's not a big Crabtree guy— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) 2 years ago
So..Richard Sherman seems a little fired up— trey wingo (@wingoz) 4 years ago
"Well I'm the best corner in the game and when you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree that's what you're going to get!"
The Seahawks are officially going to the Super Bowl. Seahawks-Broncos it is!
So, SEA-DEN are first teams to finish 1-2 in DVOA 2 straight years, and first 1-2 in DVOA to meet in SB since TB-OAK 2002. #FOAud— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) 4 years ago
What an incredible play by Richard Sherman.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) 4 years ago
After the play, Sherman was flagged for taunting. Of course he was.
Kaepernick went deep to the end zone but Richard Sherman was all over Crabtree. He tipped the ball up into the air and Malcolm Smith was there for the INTERCEPTION. Seattle gets the ball back!
Kaerpnick fired a pass to Vernon Davis over the middle of the field for another 11 yards. 35 seconds left.
On 2nd and 6, Kapernick found Boldin for a short gain to make it 3rd and 2. Then Kaepernick found Crabtree deep down the left side and now 49ers have it inside Seattle's 30. SF called its first timeout with 55 seconds left.
Kaepernick picked up 4 yards on a scramble and couldn't get out of bounds. Clock is running.. 1:30 left.
I'd feed Anquan Boldin on this drive. He always comes through in these situations.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) 2 years ago
Kaepernick is now 11/20 for 122 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. He also has 10 carries for 126 yards. 1:53 left in the game.
Clutch play from Kaep to Gore.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) 4 years ago
Refs put 1 second on the clock before the 2 minute warning and Kaepernick hit Gore for a 17-yard completion. NOW it's the 2-minute warning. 49ers have the ball at their own 47-yard line.
Crabtree definitely heard footsteps. Can't say I blame him— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) 5 years ago
Kaepernick looked for Crabtree with a short pass on 3rd and 2 but it was incomplete. 49ers will face a 4th and 2 after the TWO MINUTE WARNING.
Seahawks defense has been the best in the league all season. They have a chance to close out an NFC title for Seattle now.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) 3 years ago
Hauschka is 3 for 3 and Seattle is up 23-17 after the 47-yard FG.
Wilson hit Tate for a short gain and now Seattle will go for a 47-yard field goal from SF's 30-yard line.
Before 2nd and 8, the Seahawks called their 2nd timeout with 5:10 left.
Kap was having the game of his life until this quarter.— Ann Killion (@annkillion) 4 years ago
Kaepernick looked for Boldin down the left side but the pass was terrible and Kam Chancellor intercepted it!
"Recovery of a loose ball is not reviewable." NFL rules are so stupid. What? A little thing like who has the ball? Why would we review that?— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) 4 years ago
Every play of every game should be reviewable.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) 4 years ago
NFL should be thrilled about that Lynch fumble. If Seahawks had scored, the outcome would have been tainted.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) 5 years ago