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Gameday, baby.

Official Richard Sherman Website
Let’s keep this train rolling 12s! This year has been a fun ride and has given us a chance to reach the Super Bowl. We are aware of how big this game is, but the pressure is not felt due to the fact that we treat every week like championship week. We have always believed in preparing at a high-level, and that mindset eliminates nerves and doubt. It is no secret that this week will bring a very heated rivalry, which is always expected when two talented and competitive teams square off. Both teams have fought through adversity to reach this point and neither of us want our season to end tomorrow.

Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman survived Jim Harbaugh, thrive under Pete Carroll | Audibles -
RENTON, Wash. -- Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have been downplaying their personal and professional feud all week as they prepare for the NFC Championship game, but it's not a media creation -- these two guys have had beefs with each other since Harbaugh became Stanford's head coach in 2007 and...

Carlos Rogers likely will play, but he won’t start | ProFootballTalk
49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers started all 16 regular-season games in 2013. Now that he’s healthy to play after pulling a hamstring in Week 17 against the Cardinals, Rogers appears to be ready to play.

Super Bowl Metrics
The table below shows each Super Bowl champion since 1970 and its rank in various categories. At the top, I’ve included an average of the ranks of the teams over the last 10 years and since 1970, and each team is hyperlinked to its Pro-Football-Reference team page. The categories in this first table are record, points for, points allowed, Pythagenpat record, offensive yards, defensive yards, yards differential, offensive pass yards, offensive rushing yards, defensive passing yards (i.e., passing yards allowed), and defensive rushing yards.

NFL Conference Championships: What to Watch for in Sunday's Games | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

That Championship Mailbag "
Bill Simmons empties his inbox as the NFL gets ready to crown the conference winners

Beyond the field, 49ers and Seahawks, and their fans, don’t like each other much - Our Region - The Sacramento Bee
At its most fundamental, Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks is being held to determine which team represents the conference in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Jersey.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman talks big game and backs it up - NY Daily News
Richard Sherman is loving this. It’s Wednesday, and the most colorful cornerback in the NFL is sitting in the Virginia Mason Athletic Center auditorium, a row of television cameras trained on his dreadlocks and a flock of journalists hanging on his every word.

49ers must get production from Gore in Seattle this time - SFGate
To mangle a famous line from "The Brady Bunch": "Marshawn, Marshawn, Marshawn - all day long I hear how great Marshawn is at this or how wonderful Marshawn did that."

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson does one thing well — win -
For those who go strictly by box scores, the question concerning the Seattle Seahawks is what’s wrong with quarterback Russell Wilson?

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – " Beast vs. Bell Cow: Ground game historically key in 49ers-Seahawks series
he last time it happened, Pete Carroll was at USC, Jim Harbaugh was at Stanford, Russell Wilson was a redshirt freshman at North Carolina State, Colin Kaepernick was a sophomore at Nevada …

Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson: Expert opinions - San Jose Mercury News
"The most important thing for Russell Wilson is he has won -- more than anybody else in his first two years as a starter," former Dallas quarterback and Fox sports analyst Troy Aikman said this week. "Yet a lot of the discussion I hear is his numbers aren't as good as they were earlier in the year. I'm not sure why anybody cares about that."

A squawking Seahawks bar in 49ers territory - SFGate
As 49ers fans pack bars Sunday to root for Kaepernick and the boys to put down the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle, one pub will be awash in blue, gray and lime green.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP PODCAST: Great Seahawks Discussion With Scott Enyeart
This might be my favorite hour of football talk all week heading into the game tomorrow. Scott Enyeart was one of my original guests on the podcast back in 2010, and has been a major contributor to my understanding of what goes into Pete Carroll's philosophies. This was a great change to close the loop ahead of such a big game. If you like Seahawks football, I think you'll love this podcast.

Conference Title Week Matchups - Pretzel Crisps' Matchups -
Evan Silva offers up his game picks and fantasy takes on Sunday's conference championships.

The sound and the fury | National Football Post
CenturyLink Field has been a house of horrors for the 49ers in recent years. Credit the 12th Man for some of those problems.

(Video) Justin Timberlake Starts Seahawks Chant | Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline
Justin Timberlake got the people of Seattle excited at his concert on Friday night when he mentioned their beloved Seahawks.

49ers' toughest task: Facing Seattle Seahawks' noisy crowd - San Jose Mercury News
Having already handled the arctic chill of Green Bay and a cross-country flight to Carolina, the 49ers must now overcome the most inhospitable sports environment on earth in order to advance to the Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll leads Seahawks with enthusiasm, toughness
Willie McGinest was one of the few true believers in his young New England Patriots coach Pete Carroll when many teammates rolled their eyes, scoffing at Carroll's player-friendly, Joe College approach.

San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks rivalry burns intensely - ESPN
The NFL's best, most intense, most fascinating rivalry didn't amount to much three years ago. But what the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks lack in history, they've more than made up for with their passion -- both on and off the field.

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Fever raging in streets of Seattle - Al Saracevic
Greetings from Seattle, a city deep in the grip of football fever.

Seahawks, Pete Carroll finally have their championship week | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked about a "championship season" before it even started. Now the Seahawks will play the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, with the winner headed to the Super Bowl.

49ers think they've improved enough to win in Seattle - SFGate
"We understand that it's a different ballgame when we're up there in their arena. We understand that when they come here, it's a lot more difficult for them. They don't have the crowd noise behind them to mess with our offense."

Seahawks-49ers: Rivalry that began in 1976 more intense than ever | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ very first game, an exhibition in 1976, was against the 49ers at the Kingdome. The rivalry has reached a boiling point now, with two intense coaches and teams that are among the NFL’s best.

49ers must find way to tune out fans - SFGate
The Seattle Seahawks' fans have done themselves proud.

Purdy: 49ers versus Seahawks will be violence unleashed - San Jose Mercury News
ickoff is at 3:30. Carnage to follow, a few seconds later. And sustain. With pain.

Willis vs. Lynch mirrors 49ers' draft-day decision - SFGate
So who would you rather have, Marshawn Lynch or Patrick Willis?

Keys to the game | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The stats of San Francisco running back Frank Gore have often been the clearest indicator of which team has had the upper hand in recent Seahawks-49ers clashes. Gore was held to 16 yards on nine carries in Seattle’s 29-3 victory Sept. 15 over the 49ers at CenturyLink Field, but had 110 on 17 in San Francisco’s 19-17 triumph over the Seahawks on Dec. 8 at Candlestick Park. Which side wins the battle up front might be more of a factor than anything Gore does. Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and end Red Bryant simply had their way with the 49ers in the first game and will look to do so again.

Magical season at CenturyLink Field ends with marquee matchup
The defending NFC Champion 49ers invade the land of the 12th Man on Sunday, with the Seahawks looking to claim the conference title in a rematch where 3's are wild.

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks vs 49ers
The NFC Champion will be crowned at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, when the top-seeded Seahawks will meet the No. 5-seed and NFC West-rival 49ers for the third time this season.

NFC Championship game Q&A
The lead writers from and asked each other three questions, and supplied the answers, as their teams prepare for Sunday’s NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field.

Seahawks vs 49ers NFC Championship Preview
The Seahawks are set to play host to the NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field as NFC rival the San Francisco 49ers return to Seattle for the second time this season.

Harbaugh hopes team is 'hardened' for NFC Championship
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke Friday about what he thinks of travelling to Seattle, profound conversations with Frank Gore, and his thoughts on his quarterback's newest commercial.

'Playbook': Seattle Seahawks defense vs. San Francisco 49ers offense
Will the "Legion of Boom" shut down the San Francisco 49ers offense or can quarterback Colin Kaepernick figure out how to score against them? "NFL Playbook" dissects the matchup.

Avril: Adapting is key to shutting down 49ers' Kap -
"They know what we do, and we know what they do, and it's gonna be all about the team that doesn't make any mistakes," Avril said. "(Kaepernick) is a heck of a quarterback. He can hurt you with his feet. For us as pass rushers, you gotta adapt a little bit. You gotta change the way you rush. You gotta be able to have vision on the quarterback at all times while you're rushing."

Crowd won't be enough for Hawks vs. streaking 49ers -
The Seahawks are one game from the Super Bowl and I'm not trying to be a hater, I just don't think they're going to make it to New York.

5 questions, 5 answers with a 49ers beat writer | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle was good enough to answer five questions for us. You can follow him on Twitter at @Eric_Branch.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin soaring toward prominence | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Doug Baldwin has moved past his early immaturity, bad blood with Harbaugh, to assume vital role with Seahawks

Official Richard Sherman Website
Let’s keep this train rolling 12s! This year has been a fun ride and has given us a chance to reach the Super Bowl. We are aware of how big this game is, but the pressure is not felt due to the fact that we treat every week like championship week. We have always believed in preparing at a high-level, and that mindset eliminates nerves and doubt. It is no secret that this week will bring a very heated rivalry, which is always expected when two talented and competitive teams square off. Both teams have fought through adversity to reach this point and neither of us want our season to end tomorrow.

Jimmy Graham leads top 25 NFL free agents for 2014 -
Is New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham the best player on the open market this offseason? Chris Wesseling takes an early crack at ranking the 25 best NFL free agents of 2014.

Prisco's Picks - Week 20 -'s host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

2014 NFL Draft: Five standouts from NFLPA Collegiate Bowl -
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl featured standout performances from several well-known FBS stars. A pair of small-school prospects, however, could wind up the big winners from Saturday's all-star game.

2014 Shrine Game: Garoppolo puts exclamation point on strong week -
The East squad, led by MVP Jimmy Garoppolo, defeated the West in the 89th East-West Shrine Game

Six for Sunday: Expect lower scoring, fewer penalties, higher intensity -
Peyton Manning hasn't lost to the same team twice in the regular season since 2007? Will that trend continue Sunday? Also, expect fewer penalties and points.

NFL prospect focus: Jernigan & Jean-Baptiste | National Football Post
A look at FSU’s star DT and Nebraska’s big corner.

Salary Cap and Financial Considerations in Trading Dion Jordan - Over the Cap
What would it cost for the Dolphins and Eagles to work out a trade for Dion Jordan

Tecmo Bowl Futures - 49ers Vs. Seahawks - Playoffs - Cincy Jungle
You can go anywhere on the web and find what the experts think the outcome of any game will be. I have my own expert. She was born in 1991 and has had my heart ever since. Her name, Tecmo Super Bowl.

Uffsides: 49ers vs. Seahawks NFC Championship game preview -
Will the Legion of Boom and the noise at CenturyLink send Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, or will Colin Kaepernick and the red-hot Niners win their third road playoff game in as many weeks? Matt Ufford makes his pick.