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Key to Victory: Black Out
With a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII, it seems to be an odd week to talk about ticket sales in the NFL.
For those who haven’t heard, the Seattle Seahawks are putting certain restrictions on who can buy tickets for this week’s NFC Championship Game. And San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh gets it.
Of course, the way the Niners have played in their last two visits to CenturyLink Field, they might not want to attend Sunday’s game either.
As has been well documented, the 49ers have made two visits to Seattle the last two seasons and left losers by a combined 71-16 score.
So it is pretty simple for the defending NFC champions, who are looking for the franchise’s seventh Super Bowl appearance. The team has to ignore the recent past and concentrate on the present. That means doing what it has done in each of its last eight games. Win.
One of those victories was a 19-17 triumph over the Seahawks in San Francisco. The Niners managed only one touchdown in the game but gashed Seattle’s defense for 163 yards on the ground on 33 attempts.
During the team’s current winning streak, the 49ers are averaging 135.5 yards per game on the ground. And in seven of those games, Harbaugh’s club has totaled at least 30 rushing plays.
It’s easier said than done when it comes to ignoring the 12th man in Seattle. But it’s amazing how quiet that guy could get if the 49ers give him an old-fashioned dose of ball control.