It Had To Be: Why the 49ers Must Play in Seattle

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It is getting closer and closer to gametime for fierce foes San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The west coast should be under a federal security watch with all of the emotion and excitement revolving around the NFC Championship. San Francisco in Seattle, what more could be asked for of this game?

From the 49ers’ standpoint, there is one thing. Had the 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints or Carolina Panthers, whom they lost to by a total of 4 points, this game would be in the Bay Area and not in the deafening sound factory known as CenturyLink Field, as the 49ers would have won the tiebreaker based on division record. This stadium has proven to be the Kryptonite to Jim Harbaugh‘s Superman the past two seasons. The Seahawks are favored — as, by all means, they should be. After all, they have outscored San Francisco by nearly sixty points in their last two matchups in the capital of Starbucks. One official’s call, or one point, if either of those had gone the other way, the 49ers could be playing a few hours south.

Count me among the doubters, however, that San Francisco would have pulled off this eight game winning streak had they not lost those two games back-to-back in brutal fashion. I also have a strong suspicion that the Harbaugh’s men actually want it to be this way. There are only two things left for this 49ers team to prove (team-wise, not individually): win the Superbowl and win in Seattle. Why not climb one mountain right after the other?

Seattle should be the favorite. They are a good team in a stadium they have destroyed San Francisco at the past two matchups. Can the 49ers pull off the upset? Of course they can, but they also seem to have a realistic shot. They are playing their best football of the season right now as Seattle has been struggling, especially offensively. The loss — or, rather, non-return — of Percy Harvin will limit the Seahawks offense as well. This is the way it had to be. It had to be in Seattle. It is time for the 49ers to prove themselves. I think they have a good chance, but I do not think they are planning on leaving anything to chance. This is the 49ers’  turn; the 49ers’ time to make their mark on history.

Topics: 49ers, 49ers 2013, 49ers 2014, 49ers Vs Seahawks, NFC Championship, San Francisco 49ers

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