The NFC Championship game involves two of the NFL’s hottest rivals as the Seattle Seahawks (13-3 in regular season) host the San Francisco 49ers (12-4 in regular season). The game will be held at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA with kick off slated for 3:30 PM Pacific Time.

The NFC’s top-seeded Seahawks are led on offense by quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver Golden Tate. Offensive production is key, and certainly needed from the Seahawks, who have struggled since week 14 of the regular season, a game in which the Seahawks lost to the 49ers 19-17 in San Francisco.

The focal point of the Seahawks is their extremely stout defense, which was the top ranked defense in the NFC in the regular season. The Seahawks also led the NFL in interceptions with 28 on the season. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman leads the league with eight interceptions and second year middle linebacker Bobby Wagner continues to lead the Seahawk defense. Nicknamed “The Legion of Boom”, the Seattle defense is definitely hungry to face their bitter rivals the 49ers.

Last week in the NFC Divisional round, the Seahawks handled quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, winning by a score of 23-15.

The 49ers head into their third straight NFC Championship game under head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has completely turned the team around since arriving in 2011. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Colin Kaepernick leads a much respected unit along with running back Frank Gore, tight end Vernon Davis, wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Super Bowl 47 champion wide receiver Anquan Boldin. On defense, the 49ers flaunt a top-five unit led by linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

To return to the NFC championship again this season, the 49ers squeaked by future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild-Card round.

The 49ers defeated Green Bay with a last-second field goal by 15-year veteran Phil Dawson, ending the Packers’ season with a score of 23-20. The 49ers then controlled quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, knocking them out of the playoffs by a score of 23-10.

It is expected that both defenses will hit each other’s respected offenses hard all day in this heated rivalry. Whichever team wins will get major bragging rights in the NFL’s newest rivalry, but most importantly a chance to play for the coveted Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl.

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