We preview the NFC Championship matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks and help you decide where to look with your NFL picks. Will the 12th man of the Seahawks suit up this weekend, or will the 49ers once again win on the road in their quest for another shot at the Super Bowl?
San Francisco 49’ers
Head coach Jim Harbaugh seems undeterred by the team’s abject failure at CenturyLink Field over the past two seasons. San Francisco has been beaten like a red-headed stepchild, losing by a combined score of 71-16 in those two contests. However, Harbaugh is instead using those defeats as a cautionary tale of what could happen but preferring to emphasize the 19-17 victory over these same Seahawks the last time the teams met on December 8th at The Stick where the Niners narrowly failed to cover the 2 ½ point impost in NFL odds.
Coach Harbaugh believes the path that his team took to the NFC Championship Game could not have been more difficult, defeating the Packers in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field and the Panthers at a raucous Bank of America Stadium. Now we have the fun task of deciding to back them with our NFL picks as 3.5 point dogs.
Harbaugh said, “Our team has been in a lot of good primers, been through a lot of situations, been through tough environments, whether it be weather or opposing stadiums."
When you think of great sports cities, places like New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh may leap immediately to mind. Nowhere on anyone’s list is Seattle. In fact, the only league championship this city has seen was way back in 1979 from a franchise that no longer exists, the Seattle Supersonics.
You would think that quarterback Russell Wilson would be welcomed like a conquering hero in a city that has been a desolate outpost for championship success. You would be wrong, though the cynical fans may be in fact coming around. Wilson has brought this team close last season but a heartbreaking loss to the Falcons ended their aspirations for postseason glory. The 12th man was shaking the broadcasting booth on Saturday afternoon and became a palpable part of the victory over the Saints. Wilson is hoping the 12th man suits up again on Sunday.