Against all odds, the San Francisco 49ers pushed through two hard-fought games to emerge this week in their third straight NFC Championship game. They had to top the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers – both on the road – and along the way they displayed true grit on defense and timely play-making ability on offense.
Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been elite the entire way, but he used his legs to get the job done in the wild card round, and overcame intense pressure and a shaky start in round two to push the Niners on, as well.
Now come the Seattle Seahawks. Only San Francisco’s bitter NFC West divisional rivals stand in the way of a second straight trip to the Super Bowl, and a chance at finishing the job they couldn’t a year ago.
Anytime you’re talking about the 49ers and Seattle Seahawk you know there is an intense battle to be had. While that makes for an excellent football game, it also makes for stellar ticket value. With this one not expected to disappoint in the least, the price gets the party going by letting you know this is a huge game; one of epic proportions, really. After all, it’s not all that often that two teams from the same division play one game that decides who has a shot at taking home the Lombardi trophy.
Fans chasing down NFC Championship tickets this week will have to fork over a hefty $831 on average, along with a $371 get-in price. Not sure about the magnitude of this game? Compare it to the price of Super Bowl tickets ($3,840) and consider it’s the second most expensive game of the entire playoffs – behind only the final (and biggest) game of the year.
That’s what happens when two division rivals that hate and mirror each other face off. Truly, these teams were both arguably elite in 2013, as they were separated by one loss (49ers were 12-4 and Seattle went 13-3), split their season series, and have been red-hot at some point in the season.
No one has been hotter than the 49ers, though. San Francisco has reeled off an incredible nine straight wins (including playoffs), while even winning a tough 19-17 defensive battle over these very Seahawks over that span.
With a healthy Michael Crabtree back in the fold and the Niners defense playing about as good as it has in the past few seasons, Bay Area fans have every reason to think they can pull off the upset and get back to the Super Bowl.