5 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks Will Win NFC Championship Game
Seattle Seahawks: 5 Reasons Why They Will Win NFC Championship Game
The Seattle Seahawks are a 3.5-point favorite to win on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks continued their winning ways at home this past weekend, defeating the New Orleans Saints 23-15. This season, the Seahawks are 8-1 at home and they look to get one more crucial victory against the 49ers.
Unlike basketball where one player can do most of the work to lead a team to victory, the entire Seahawks squad must contribute in order for them to be victorious. Every player will have to bring their "A" game against the streaking 49ers.
One of quarterback Russell Wilson’s favorite phrases is, “There’s going to be adversity, but you have to make big-time plays in the big-time games.” That is exactly what they must do. It’s not a walk in the park for the Seahawks by any means. Both teams are very familiar with each other, and the season series is tied 1-1. It’s a new day and a new game; the Seahawks are poised and ready for what the 49ers will throw at them, and that will lead them to victory on Sunday.
5. Seahawks' Defense Makes Plays
Seattle allowed a league-low 14.4 points per game during the season. In the NFC division game against New Orleans, the Seahawks only allowed 15 points. The Seattle secondary knows how to shut people down. Someone even suggested that the NFL should assign a chaperon to watch the Seahawks' secondary since they get so close to their man.
4. Russell Wilson Makes the Right Decisions
Russell Wilson's numbers are almost never spectacular, but he finds a way to win games. Whether it's throwing a big touchdown pass or taking off and using his legs, he makes clutch plays and those plays win games. Oh and by the way, Wilson is 16-1 at home -- what else do you need to know?
3. Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn
Well, it’s hard to say that the 49ers have a weakness, but Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn are able to figure out a team’s weakness and exploit it during the course of a game. The Saints averaged almost 26 points a game this year, yet Carroll and Quinn held them to seven points on December 2 and only 15 points this past weekend. Carroll and Quinn find ways to win very much like their quarterback, and they will find a way to continue their winning ways this weekend against the 49ers.
2. The 12th Man
If you thought last weekend was crazy at CenturyLink Field, wait till this weekend. The biggest rival of the Seahawks is in town and it’s not just any game -- it’s the NFC Championship Game. The 12th Man will be on their game. They will make it uncomfortable, loud and distracting for the 49ers players. The people over at the University of Washington better get their seismograph ready, because the city of Seattle will be rocking on Sunday.
1. Beast Mode
There are only seven 100-yard rushing games in the Seahawks' postseason history, and Marshawn Lynch now has three of them. If Lynch is able to have at least 100 yards on the ground Sunday, the Seahawks will win the game. The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season, but you know what they say, records are meant to be broken. If anyone is to break down the 49ers' defense, it’s Seattle's powerful back.
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