Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
If the AFC Championship is set up to be one of the most enjoyable games from an offensive perspective than strap yourselves in for what should be a hardnosed, grind it out, defensive battle between two hated rivals for a chance at going to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks host the 49ers in Seattle as the NFC West counterparts square off for the third time this season.
The San Francisco 49ers are playing in their third straight NFC Championship and will look to make it to back to back Super Bowls as they head to Century Link Field attempting to overcome their last hurdle. The Niners have been on the road since wild card weekend as they went into Green Bay and outlasted the Packers before heading to Charlotte to take on the Panthers in what was certainly a dominant effort especially on the defensive side of the ball. San Francisco will look to make it three straight road playoff victories this Sunday but they know that the task at hand isn’t an easy one and that they’ll have to play flawless football if they want to win. This rivalry might be one of the best in football and is certainly at its peak of popularity and volatility and with the gamesmanship that has occurred by each team’s fan bases this season and the publicized hatred and perceptions of each other this has the makings of an instant classic as well in what is certainly a story book final four for the NFL. Colin Kaepernick, who is perceived by the Seattle media and locker room as a pompous, selfish, overrated quarterback is very dangerous on his feet and while he doesn’t put up the numbers through the air on a consistent basis her certainly has the ability to do so especially with the arsenal of weapons at his disposal. Frank Gore will be a focal point of this game as well as the ground attack will keep the Seahawks’ secondary at bay and their offense off the field but the game’s best defense and loudest stadium will certainly play a huge factor as well.
The Seahawks have been the class of the NFC all season long with their bruising and ball hawking defense and efficient offense plus the added factor of being very tough to beat at home and as such they are field goal favourites heading into kickoff. Seattle is led by Russell Wilson behind centre and his playmaking abilities with his feet and his arm have been his calling card since he first took an NFL snap and his versatility will be key for the Seahawks on Championship Sunday. Marshawn Lynch epitomizes the grinder running back as he is certainly a banger in the back field and is very tough to stop once he gets moving and his play making abilities will certainly allow Wilson to have more time in the pocket to complete passes downfield or to scramble on his own. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll who used to coach at the University of Southern California renews hostilities with current Niners and former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh in what is another intriguing storyline between two bench bosses who are very familiar with one another and who simply don’t like each other. However, it is the latter who has enjoyed more NFL success thus far and he will certainly take that mentality into Sunday’s show down. This is going to be an amazing contest and while the books might be hammering the Seahawks based on the relatively modest point spread I am going the other way as I think for two teams who are very similar in terms of style and talent that the nod goes slightly in the favor of the Niners who to me have the better all around offense. I am taking San Fran to cover but I think they win it outright and get back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.
San Francisco 49ers +3 Seattle Seahawks