2014 NFC Championship Game: 5 Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Win
5 Reasons Why the Seahawks Beat the 49ers in the NFC Title Game
While fans won't be treated to to a unique championship game this Sunday, they will be treated to arguably the top two rivals in all of football. The San Francisco 49ers are set square off with the Seattle Seahawks for the third time this season, in what figures to be a classic confrontation.
There will be some fans who don't want to see these two teams square off for the third time. That's just too many matchups in one season for some folks. I am not one of those folks. I'll take a third matchup that's guaranteed to not disappoint over a generic title game any day. There's just too much on the line and too much talent on both teams for this game to disappoint.
Unlike much of the football that gets played today, this game figures to be old school all the way. Neither team has a high-flying offense and both squads like to throw down on defense. This contest might not make it to 40 combined points, but it certainly won't let you down from a pure football prospective. These two teams will be throwing down like it's 1985.
In this slideshow I'll give you five reasons why the Seahawks will come out on top. They are favored by the oddsmakers to win this game, but not by much. Most sites have the game at (-3.5) in favor of Seattle. That line says it all. It's anyone's game this Sunday. I'm giving the 49ers more than a puncher's chance to win. I'm calling it - a rival's chance to win. This is a rivalry game, so anything can certainly happen:
Russell Wilson Won't Make Crucial Mistakes
Wilson is not a flashy QB. He never has been and he likely never will be. But that's okay when you have a defense like Seattle does. The Seahawks will win this game because Wilson will continue to not turn the ball over.
Seattle Will Limit Anquan Boldin
Boldin had his way against the Panthers in the divisional round, but that won't happen on Sunday. You can't completely shut a guy like Boldin down, but the Seahawks will make someone else beat them.
Lynch is now arguably the best running back in football. He threw the Seahawks on his back against the Saints and I'm predicting he will do the same against the 49ers. He won't put up quite the numbers he did in the divisional round, but he'll do enough to propel Seattle to the Super Bowl.
Colin Kaepernick Will Turn the Ball Over
Kaepernick has been good, but not great this postseason. He's playing well enough to win, because he's not making mistakes. That will change Sunday in Seattle. For the first time this postseason, Kaep will become frazzled and as a result, he'll turn the ball over.
The 12th Man
There are actually people that say the 12th Man won't impact this game. While it's not something the 49ers can't overcome, the fans aren't going to be a non-factor, either. Just like every Seattle home game, the 12th Man will make a difference. The only bad news for Seahawks fans? This will be the last time this season that they have home field advantage.
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