The the NFC Championship game approaching quickly, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers are set to play a grudge match. In the regular season, these two teams were tied at 1 apiece in the regular season, but the Seahawks lost by 2 points in San Francisco, and won by 26 in Seattle.
This is unfortunate because the Niners now have to play their rivals in the championship game in an area that is deafeningly loud. It's not going to be an easy task, but more than anything, the Niners have what it takes to get the job done.
For one, they must trust in their offensive game. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are one of the best defensive teams in the NFL, but a couple of great plays to start the drive, and the Niners will be able to silence the crowd early. Not only has their rushing game improved since their last meeting with the Seahawks, but it's improved because Michael Crabtree, WR on the verge of elite-status, is back in the rotation. He is spreading the field and helping the Niners do what it takes to move the ball quickly.
Another critical goal should be to take Percy Harvin (if he plays) completely out of the rotation. He is the Seahawks' best option at a receiving passes from Russell Wilson. If the Niners can do this, they will be able to completely shutdown the Seahawks' passing game. This is an area where the Hawks have struggled mightily in. Against a clutch, strong defensively-minded team like SF, the Seahawks offensive game isn't going to cut it.
If the Niners can also take away the running game (easier said than done), they will be able to take the offense out of the picture. Marshawn Lynch torched the Niners in their previous meetings, but if defenders can get their bodies square to the RB, and not focus on the QB when he doesn't have the ball, they will have a better chance of stopping him before he gains any momentum.
These are three things the Niners can and should do in order to get the job done. The entire nation feels as if the Seahawks are going to win this game, but my gut is telling me that the Niners have the capability to pull off the upset.
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