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Originally published January 16, 2014 at 5:45 PM | Page modified January 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

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What they’re saying about Seahawks-49ers matchup


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Perfect match

Think how far these two teams have come. They’ve developed under-the-draft-radar quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. They’ve built tremendous defenses, the kind that made Pittsburgh-Baltimore the most must-see TV games in the league in the final years of the Ray Lewis era. The coaches are major rivals, dating to USC-Stanford. And the venue. It changes teams. Seattle’s 0-2 in San Francisco in the last two years, and 2-0 at home — by a combined score of 71-16.

— Peter King, SI.com

Pull for Seattle

There’s a lot to like and a lot to dislike about both teams. Even if you don’t pick a team, the good news is that the NFC is guaranteed a worthy Super Bowl participant no matter who wins. There will be a great defense, fun offense with a young quarterback and great story lines and sound bites representing the NFC West. But if you still need a rooting interest, pull for Seattle. San Francisco was on the biggest stage last year and has multiple Lombardi trophies. Let’s give Seattle a chance to bring the championship to the Pacific Northwest.

— Chris Chase, USA Today

It will be nasty

It should be something to see. It will be physical. It will be nasty. Players will play to the whistle, and players will play through the whistle. The coaches? They’ll be fired up and demonstrative and emotional, even more so than usual.

Want more? This NFC Championship Game on Sunday night in Seattle, where the Seahawks have lost just one game in two seasons, will have it all, and it will make the Niners-Panthers game look tame, even though it was not.

— Ashley Fox, ESPN.com

It’s not funny

It was only three years ago that the NFC West was pro football’s laughingstock, as the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to reach the NFL playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike season.

No one is laughing now. The Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have become two of the league’s true powerhouses. They will meet, with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

— Mark Maske, Washington Post



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