And then there were four. Unlike the last few years, the two remaining teams from each conference do not offer any upstarts or underdogs. The Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos, and the New England Patriots can easily be considered the four best teams in the NFL, setting up two football games of epic proportion.
The San Francisco 49ers will play their division rival for the third time this season, and the second time at CenturyLink Field. In their first matchup in Seattle, back in Week 2, the game was a one-sided affair, to put it gently. The Seahawks completely dismantled the 49ers, winning by a score of 29-3. Colin Kaepernick had one of his worst games as a starter, throwing for only 127 passing yards and tossing three interceptions. Frank Gore was bottled up all night, running for only 16 yards on nine carries. Anquan Boldin was blanketed by Richard Sherman and only recorded one catch for eight yards.
But much has changed since Week 2. The Niners were able to best Seattle in San Francisco on a magnificent run by Frank Gore to set up the game-winning field goal. Russell Wilson has had his struggles recently. But most importantly, the Niners have star wideout Michael Crabtree back in the lineup.
Both teams are evenly matched. Both have a case to be the best team in the National Football League. Both have a case to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The outcome of the game will likely be decided by a single play. Let’s see what the Niners have to do to ensure the game goes in their favor.