The only team in the San Francisco 49ers path towards a second-straight Super Bowl are the much hated Seattle Seahawks. All week the anticipation has been building in the Niners Nation for the NFC Championship Game. Sunday could not have come fast enough.
Niner Noise.com is confident the 49ers will be able to pull-off the win against the Seahawks and will be Big Apple bound to Super Bowl XLVIII. A big reason why is the 49ers don’t have to rely just on the run to win games. With receiving weapons like Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, the Seahawks can neutralize the rushing attack and the 49ers can still get down the field through the air. Sure, we need to feed Frank Gore as much as possible and establishing the run game will be an important part of the game-plan. But if the Seahawks defense forces Colin Kaepernick to throw, he will do so with confidence because of his options. Remember, Kap has only had Crabtree, Boldin and Davis on the field against Seattle for one game.
The Seahawks on the other hand are not as efficient through the air as the 49ers. With Russell Wilson struggling the past five games, the Niners have an area to exploit to their advantage. During that span Wilson has passed for only four touchdowns to three interceptions and finished once with 200 or more yards passing. Compared to his first 12 games (65.8 passing percentage, 2,569 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs), Wilson has played more like a mediocre quarterback than the dynamic one he is known for.
NFC Championship Prediction:
Even if the 49ers can make the Seahawks offense one-dimensional, just trying to stop Marshawn Lynch alone is easier said, than done. Lynch will get his rushing yards and he will be a big reason why the Seahawks stay in the game. But the 49ers defensive front seven will force Wilson to make mistakes in the fourth quarter that will turn the momentum in their favor.
Jim Harbaugh will want to take the crowd out of the game early. One way to accomplish this is by going with a no-huddle offense, something the 49ers have not ran much, and moving down the field for quick TD strikes. That will be key for the 49ers, scoring touchdowns, but scoring touchdowns early in the game. All season and in the playoffs, San Francisco’s offense has settled for field goals instead of TDs in the first quarter. By taking out the crowd early with TD drives, the 49ers will be able to control the game and their destiny to complete the Quest for Six.
Final score: 49ers 29 Seahawks 20
This mark the second time in 49ers franchise history they have played a division opponent in the NFC Championship. Last time was in 1989 when the 49ers defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 30-3.
All-time, the Niners have a 2-3 record on the road in NFC Championship games.
Colin Kaepernick has three post-season wins on the road, while Joe Montana and Steve Young had one win combined.
Since 1980, the 49ers have appeared in the most playoff games among NFL teams: 44.
Game Day Information
NFC Championship Round
San Francisco 49ers (No. 5 seed, 14-4) vs. Seattle Seahawks (No. 1 seed, 14-3)
Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Kickoff: Sunday, January 19, 3:40 PM (PT)
Weather: 49 degrees | Mostly cloudy, no chance of rain| 4 mph winds from the NNW
Play-By-Play: Joe Buck
Color Analyst: Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporters: Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports.com will be streaming the NFC Championship Game live, but it will only be free for customers of its Internet provider partners, like Comcast, Cablevision, and AT&T.
49ERS RADIO NETWORK
KGO 680 AM & The Bone 107.7 FM
Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
Color Analyst: Eric Davis
Play-By-Play: Erwin Higueros
Color Analyst: Jesus Zarate
WESTWOOD ONE (National)
Play-By-Play: Kevin Kugler
Color Analyst: James Lofton
Sideline Reporter: Mark Malone
Series History versus Seahawks:
Postseason Matchups: None
Series Record: Series tied 15-15
Postseason Series Record: None
49ers Home Record vs. Seahawks: 49ers lead series 8-6
49ers Postseason Home Record vs. Seahawks: None
49ers Away Record vs. Seahawks: Seahawks lead series 9-7
49ers Postseason Away Record vs. Seahawks: None
First Meeting: 9/26/76, 49ers win 37-21, at Sea.
First Postseason Meeting: None
Last Meeting: 12/8/13, 49ers win 19-17, at SF
Last Postseason Meeting: None
Current Streak: Won 1
Current Postseason Streak: None
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 4 (12/12/10 – 10/18/12)
Longest Postseason 49ers Win Streak: None
Longest Seahawks Win Streak: 6 (10/12/03 – 12/11/05)
Longest Postseason Seahawks Win Streak: None
Most 49ers Points: 40, (12/12/10), 49ers win 40-21, at SF
Most Postseason 49ers Points: None
Most Seahawks Points: 42 – 2 times (Last 12/23/12), Seahawks win 42-13, at Sea.
Most Postseason Seahawks Points: None
49ers Shutouts: None
Postseason 49ers Shutouts: None
Seahawks Shutouts: 2, (Last 11/12/07), Seahawks win 24-0, at Sea.
Postseason Seahawks Shutouts: None