And here we go! The San Francisco 49ers travel north to face the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. The winner advances to Super Bowl XLVIII, the loser goes home with a bitter taste in their mouth. These two division rivals boast what is currently the most intense rivalry in the NFL. The teams have split the last four division titles, but have never faced off in the playoffs. That changes today with so much at stake.
The 49ers come into this game riding an eight game win streak, including two straight playoff road wins. Of course, going into CenturyLink Field is a little bit different than most road experiences. The 49ers have two ugly defeats in their last two games up in Seattle. Fortunately for the 49ers, they are about as healthy as they have been in some time. They have three great receiving weapons in Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. They have Quinton Patton as a potential X-factor, but the passing game likely comes down to the three big guns.
On the other side, the Seahawks ride where Marshawn Lynch takes them, with Russell Wilson looking like the X-factor today. Wilson started the season strong, but over the last couple months he has been more of a basic game manager. The Seahawks have been winning, but it has been for reasons other than Russell Wilson. We'll find out quickly what kind of factor Wilson will play in this game.
This will be your first quarter game thread, and we'll be back with a new thread each quarter. We'll wrap things up with a recap thread.
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Date: January 19, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. PT
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Odds Shark Spread: 49ers +3.5
Weather: 43 degrees, N 4 MPH, no precipitation
TV Broadcast: FOX - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Erin Andrews
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 810 KGO - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis
Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Mark Malone
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
Seahawks Coverage: Field Gulls