Today, the San Francisco 49ers travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. The game will kick off at 6:30 pm ET and will be commentated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on FOX.
For much of the season, the Seahawks and the 49ers were the NFC's finest teams. For the first time in the Pete Carroll-John Harbaugh era, they will meet in the postseason in what should be a fierce and physical battle. These two teams met twice during the regular season.
Way back in Week 2, the Seahawks beat the 49ers 29-3 in a game that was contested in Seattle behind the support of the 12th man. In Week 14, though, the 49ers came out on top with a 19-17 win over the Seahawks in Candlestick, thanks to a game-sealing, 6-minute drive that ended with a game-winning field goal by Phil Dawson.
Without a weapon like Percy Harvin, the Seahawks are relying more so on their ground game -- Marshawn Lynch -- which, of course, is not a bad option. We've seen some timely plays from the Seahawks' passing game, but the 49ers have been at this stage before and won't be phased.
The 49ers feature a stouter run defense that could force Russell Wilson to make more plays. The Seahawks' defense is the best in the NFL. When you combine all of those elements, there's no telling which of these two teams will come out on top, even with Seattle's home-field advantage.
Vote in the poll below for who you think will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. I'll have my prediction for the game in Sunday's game thread later today.