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49ers say they are looking forward to matchup with Seahawks

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm with 58 Comments »
January 12, 2014 5:31 pm

From our Don Ruiz, who was in Charlotte today:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The San Francisco 49ers have the pairing they wanted.

Their 23-10 win at Carolina on Sunday sends them through to the NFC championship game next weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. And after the game, San Francisco players and coaches said that feels like the fitting path to determining who goes on to the Super Bowl.

“Yeah, I think we’re the two teams that everybody was kind of looking at from the beginning,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. “It’s going to be a knock down, drag out game.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh added this: “Sure. Why not? Our team’s excited to have this chance – the ultimate chance. We’re ready.”

Meanwhile, receiver Michael Crabtree downplayed the stakes while taking more of a next-game-on-the-schedule approach.

“I don’t even look at it as the NFC championship,” he said. “I’m looking at it like we are playing the Seattle Seahawks. We just finished a game, and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

The 49ers and Seahawks split two meetings during the NFL regular season. On Sept. 15, the Seahawks won 29-3 at CenturyLink Field, while on Dec. 8 the Niners won 19-17 at Candlestick Park.

The rubber match will be played at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Seahawks earned home field by winning the NFC Western Conference with a 13-3 record. San Francisco was the runner up at 12-4.

The third meeting will determine the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, which will be played at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“They’re in our way, and we’re in their way,” San Francisco linebacker Ahmed Brooks said. “The best men are going to win.”

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  1. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    “Let’s get it on!!” Miles Lane

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Bring it on!
    I’m ready to see those smirks wiped off their arrogant faces.

    Especially Boldin and Kraperpants.

  3. FleaFlicker says:

    Loved that game today. SF and CAR beat the stuffing out of each other.

    Looking forward to next Sunday. I’m already nervous.

  4. Sarcasticus says:

    We want the ball, and we’re gonna score.

  5. yellaman says:

    I’m glad we get another crack at them and this time its for the right to play in the superbowl. Go Hawks!!!

  6. Time to play our best game of the year.

  7. “It’s going to be a knock down, drag out game.” Yes, Kaepernick, I hope it is – you get knocked out and drug out.

  8. Watching todays game – I find it funny how Harbaugh whines about our DB’s but his guys are playing the same way . . . . .

    Loved the fact that he got a flag today in like 1.5 seconds from when he started whining

  9. Worst part of this week is going to be having to read and listen to Fordy Whiners fans talk smack. And of lesser importance listening to the talking head “experts” praise San Francisco all week and talk about how their destined to win. One thing I’ve noticed is NFL analysts LOVE to live in the past. They so badly want to see the 80′s/90′s version of the 49ers resurrected they refuse to even think about another team being good enough to win it all. It’s insanity. what’s wrong with a DIFFERENT team winning a championship? Geeeeeeez. I am a patient and very considerate sports fan but this should prove my disdain for San Francisco: ALL Niners fans can suck it and I’d love nothing more than to see Colin get his ass handed to him next week. I don’t care about his story. He is a little punk. He only shakes hands when he wins but if he loses he runs off the field like a lil biatch? Stay Classy San Francisco.

  10. Should be a great match up. I see the strengths of each team like this.
    Head Coach: Seahawks
    O-Coord: 49ers
    D-Coord: Seahawks
    ST: Seahawks
    QB: Seahawks (Close but Wilson won’t lose the game)
    RB: Seahawks
    WR: 49ers (most glaring better talent/production vs our wr corp)
    TE: 49ers
    OL: 49ers
    DL: 49ers (run defense more important than pass rush in this game)
    LB: 49ers
    DB: Seahawks

    Tied 6 to 6 which puts home field advantage in play. Advantage 12th Man!

  11. freedom_X says:

    Are the 49ers still using as few substitutions on defense as they normally do? They’ve had to go “playoff” mode for about 6 weeks now. Last year their defense seemed to lose a step by now because of the wear and tear. (GB’s incompetent defense masked it in the NFC Championship game.)

    If they’ve had to do the same thing now, with no bye week and playing entirely on the road – that could be a factor in Seattle’s favor.

  12. WilliamPercival says:

    Hawks open as 3pt Favorites. Not too surprised with this personally.

    Early Projections:

    24-20 Hawks

    28-24 Patriots

    Any new news on Percy?!

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    WilliamPercival- No news yet however chuck will give us the premature speculation tomorrow. Lol.

  14. ChrisHolmes says:

    Sarcasticus’s quote FTW!

  15. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I think Percy will play because I just checked my crystal ball! At this point nobody knows his status… All I know is that i’m attending a football game the first sunday in february and I want to be cheering for an NFC team..wink wink

  16. WilliamPercival says:

    *I 2nd MikefromNJ*

    At least we always have that to count on Georgia!

    I was at the game an I gotta say that first hit Percy took was a knockout shot. Very impressed he came back. I was watching him more on the sidelines after he came off the field than I was the game. He was PO’d for having to go to the locker room. Nice to see him man up and come back out.

    I think the extra day will pay huge dividends although two KO’s in one game could be the difference.. I have a feeling this FO values more the long term than any one game and that includes this one. We got here without him and we’ll advance without him if need be.

    Chance of winning without him I’ll put at 60/40. Chances with him go up to 62/38. That 2% is a lot bigger than it looks, but not the deciding factor..

  17. sluggo42 says:

    Yup, since the days the dinosaurs roamed the earth, this game’s DNA was formed in the carbon footprint of this earth. Playing the season was only for hfa, which we got.
    The12thman shall impose their will, and the rapper neck shall wilt from the pressure.

    Seahawks 27
    Whiners 17

  18. Southendzone says:

    When you see the experts picking the 9ers this week it’s nothing to get bent out of shape about. Look at both teams a little more objectively:

    The 9ers are playing damn good football on this win streak of theirs. Kap looks solid, I’ve watched a lot of their games this year. Crabtree and Kap have a pretty good chemistry. Kaps arm is ridiculous, if he was here yesterday, that wind would have barely affected the laser bolts he fires.

    On top of that, their defense and O line are solid as they always are. They HANDLED the power run game of Carolina today.

    SEA and SF are the 2 best teams in the league, Sunday is going to be the toughest game the Hawks have had in years.

    I have no idea who’s going to win, one thing I do know is Harbaugh is a giant D-bag and if karma is for real, that ass-face deserves a crushing loss.

  19. Glossman says:

    Man, I’ve got a bad feeling about this matchup. I was extremely confident at this stage back in January of 2006 when the ‘hawks were about to take on the Panthers in the NFCCG, but I can’t say the same this time. Back then, the Seahawks were playing their best football on both sides of the ball (defense was relative), and they were clearly the best team in the league.

    This time around, the passing game at this stage of the season reminds me more of the 1992 team than anything else. I have no doubts that the defense can slow the whiners for 3 quarters under all circumstances, but if the offense keeps going three-and-out, they’re going to wear down again late like they’ve done in a lot of games where the O has struggled.

    RW’s current struggles began with the loss at SFO. I guess we have to hope that he finds a way to get right against them. It’s quite clear that another 103 yard passing performance will not get it done, as we can’t expect to run as well as we did against NO.

    I hope I’m wrong, and I’d love to read something that would ease my concerns, but this is how I see it.

  20. GeorgiaRay says:

    Over the past 4 meetings (split, adv home team 2-2), the Seahawks have averaged 23.5 pts/gm while the 9′rs have averaged 12….94 total Hawks’ points to 48 for the 9′rs…Tough, close victories for the 9′rs at the Stick, and solid margin victories for the Hawks at the CLink….A split is a split is a split, but you’ve got to believe that we can continue this trend for a 5 game.

    Go Hawks!!

  21. It is likely to be decided by turnovers…ironic in that Wilson’s offensive struggles may well be due to the prime directive from Carroll to not turn the ball over. Wilson may underwhelm again but if the Seahawks don’t turn the ball over and the Niners do, then we’re likely to come out on top. This may be the toughest, hardest hitting game the Seahawks have ever been involved in.

  22. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    The so called experts no nothing so dont get worked up over what they say. This is why I stopped watching pregame shows about 10 years ago. Every game is different.

    P.S. did you any of you guys see Kap postgame?? Justin Bieber called and wants his clothes back.. What a loser!

  23. This game will be EPIC!

    Sarcasticus, nice one!

    All eyes on the offense–conservative wont win the day. I now have hope with Bowie at LG; lets ride Lynch into the sunset!

    Kj Wright will be key and so will Smith. Gotta keep Kap from running and sack his cocky ass!

    Doug Baldwin will have his revenge upon Harbarf!

  24. I could care about Wilsons stats; but hes GOT to get the ball to the WR on slants in stride. He cist us four or more drives with terrible throws; that doesnt cut it. C’mon Russ, I believe! Get yourself Right!

  25. Kam Chancellor will go off in this game…

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Doug Baldwin will have his revenge upon Harbarf!”

    Agree, I think the chip on Baldwin and Sherman will be the X-factor.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Don’t be surprised if Wilson struggles against the 49ers. That doesn’t mean we can’t win.
    He just needs to manage the game and take advantage of Kaeps Ints.

  28. How long has it been since it was 1vs 2 in both afc and NFC?

  29. Seahawks win 20-17 in OT.

    The Niners scored 23 on the Panthers. Our D is better and our home field is too. The Hawks offense will do just enough, and the D or special teams will score a TD.

    Then it’s on to the “You Mad Bro?” Superbowl.

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    As wide receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted moments after the 49ers advanced, “Wouldn’t want it any other way.”

  31. Baldwin! He makes those “WTF!?” catches. Gotta love him.

  32. I really hope Wilson is able to get out of his funk. Very worried about how Arizona came to Seattle and laid the blueprint out. Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona are mirror images of each other, this is a very nerve wracking time.

    I hope Harvin is able to play 5-6 snaps before getting hurt again. Honestly, if they win the super bowl, I hope they don’t give him a ring.

  33. In all the grinding and gnashing of teeth about the Hawks terrible win yesterday, I didn’t hear a lot of positivity about the one thing the blog negatoids have been griping about all year. We didn’t kill ourselves with penalties!! That’s cool huh? I hear so much how PC’s lack of discipline would be our undoing. Maybe not….

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RADEoN- It wouldn’t be so nerve wracking if you didn’t live in Pittsburgh.
    I wouldn’t wish that on any Seahawk fan.

  35. “Anquan Boldin’s left foot shrinks 6 sizes after eating tainted seafood from the Gulf Coast… Scientists remain baffled.”

    “The 49ers Vernon Davis has inexplicably joined the Thai protests in Bangkok. When asked about missing his teams epic match up with Seattle this weekend he responded that “…I’m done with football until this is settled… ah hell I’m just done, period.”

    “Standout WR Michael Crabtree and DT Justin Smith’s game of chicken in the 49ers parking lot takes a disastrous turn as Smith’s Ford Pinto explodes on impact.” Coach Harbaugh lists both corpses as “questionable” for this weekend’s NFC Championship game.

    Any of these headlines this week would at least bring a smirk to my face.

  36. People around here are actually supporting the hawks because of me, which is weird because I attack the steelers like it or my job.

  37. CHawkFanIn9erLand says:

    Sure we had fewer penalties because they are calling way fewer defensive penalties in the playoffs. The holding calls both of out tackles took is just tiresome. Offensive penalties were a huge difference maker in our loss to the niners at candlestick.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So the Steeler fans aren’t so bad after all?

    What do they think of the Legion Of Boom?

  39. I just watch my DVR recording and a few things struck me… I liked that the refs let them play, but there should have been a PF when Baldwin got his helmet ripped off, and perhaps on the Percy play in the end zone. Those guys were clearly headhunting.

    We had many chances to slam the door on them in the second half and seemed just a half step away from a critical sack, or pick, or stop. The hold on Avril might have saved them from a strip sack. The Bennett punch out was a fumble and should have been challenged. 2 dropped picks. Overall I thought that it was a more dominate performance then the score/stats reflect.

    Next week: Sloberknocker.

  40. Screensmoke says:

    Radeon-your an ass- u should be a steelers fan

  41. I have $105 bet tickets on the Seahawks to win the NFC and win the Super Bowl from preseason….they’re about to come due now…I wonder if I should go all in and put another 105 on them to beat the Niners Sunday. All those payoffs could add up to a nice little vacation.

  42. wazzulander says:

    Nice Vegas! Some people would consider hedging their bets, but I like your style.

  43. U should definitely go balls to the walls with it, Vegas.
    Drink the Kool-Aid, all or nothing dude.
    Niners vs Seahawks for the chance to go to the Super Bowl?
    Aw sheet, it’s on like Donkey Kong!

  44. Macabrevity says:

    For you guys hoping for Percy’s return, don’t forget, a concussion can be bad enough on its own, but for a guy with a history of migraines it can be very serious.

    Our offense needs RW getting some accuracy on his throws and not a few gimmick plays designed to get Harvin the ball. That and we have to open some lanes for Lynch.

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Bountygate 2 was on display, however the officials didn’t notice much.

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/19c9cz64yy4vngif/ku-xlarge.gif

  46. seahawksteven777 says:

    Obviously, the worst thing possible is the season ending at home at the hands of the 49ers. I mean, just imagine all the crap their fans will talk. Ugh, there is no other option for the Seahawks but to win. They have to.

    I feel 50/50 on the game but I think Seattle finds a way.

  47. HonHawksLSB says:

    I think -3.5 points is a bit disrespectful. Typically you get 3 to 4 points for being at home. 12th man gets at least 6 which means Vegas thinks the 49ers are better then us?

    I’m not seeing it, this is the best defense since the 85 Bears. Hawks win convincingly. 31-13. Cheap flights on JetBlue to NYC. See you there!!

  48. We have to keep punching them in the mouth until they wilt.

  49. tealskin says:

    I’m thinking it’s kind of bush league for the Seahawks to make it difficult for SF fans to get tickets to the game. What are we afraid of?

  50. Their safety.

  51. tealskin says:

    You’re kidding,right?

  52. slicktoxic says:

    Not afraid….they just want Seahawks fans there, making as much noise as possible.

  53. I think that’s kinda lame. Oh well, at least seahawks fans will be able to make a profit hocking tickets.

    Screensmoke, “your” a retard. You should be a Bucs fan.

  54. Georgia, people around here are idiots, which is why I hate the steelers so vehemently. They think each steeler is the best player at their position in the league. I’ve had people tell me that Ike Taylor is better than Sherman.

  55. Southendzone says:

    I don’t think the ticket restriction is aimed at screwing 49er fans, I think it’s aimed at shutting out secondary market places like stub-hub, vivid seats, etc…

  56. I agree with Southendzone on the ticket restriction. I tried to get some last time there was no way, one hour latter they were all over stub- hub.

  57. I wish I could be in Seattle for this game! I was there at the Nightlight (by The Moore) when we beat Carolina in 2006, and it was awesome walking around downtown after the game, people were leaning out of cars giving high fives to pedestrians, everyone was smiling…it was magical. I will never forget how joyful we all were…

    Seattle simply has to win this game. Carrol and Bevell need to dig deep and come up with a great gameplan, not just expect the players to smash mouth the Niners to death.

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