NFL fans are enamored by the play of top quarterbacks.
Let’s be honest: you would much rather watch Russell Wilson throw a 60-yard pass than see Marshawn Lynch scamper for a 11-yard run, right? Well, the fans might not like it, but the NFC Championship game will not be decided by the play of quarterbacks. Instead, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks‘ tilt will hinge on the running game.
Frank Gore has been the 49ers’ go-to running back for the better part of the last decade and that isn’t going to change on Sunday. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh comes out and runs the ball four or five straight downs to open the game. Now, you have to remember where the 49ers are playing — CenturyLink Field.
The last time Colin Kaepernick trekked to Seattle, he was eaten alive by the Legion of Doom as the Seahawks forced the third-year quarterback into three crucial interceptions. Gore is much more consistent than Kaepernick and Harbaugh would be a fool to put the biggest game of the year in No. 7′s hands.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks are likely drawing up a very similar gameplan. Sure, Wilson is downright potent in front of his home crowd, but the second-year quarterback has only thrown for more than 200 yards once in the last five weeks. Thus, Lynch will be asked to take some of the burden off of Wilson and try to exploit a tough 49ers’ defense.