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NFC Championship Game 2014: Odds and Latest Spread for Seahawks vs. 49ers

Dec 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) talks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after the game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

The 2014 NFC Championship Game is set to be one of the biggest spectacles for gamblers, as the drama between these two NFC West foes, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, adds plenty of intrigue to an already high-stakes battle.   

As if a conference championship needed any more excitement.

With a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII guaranteed for the winner of this matchup and plenty of action being wagered on this game already, there is no doubt that the NFC Championship will go down as one of the biggest sporting events of 2014.

Here is all the vital viewing information, all the latest odds and spread and a preview of Sunday’s title game.

 

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.

When: Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

 

NFC Championship Betting Information
TeamSpreadMoney LineOver/Under
Seattle Seahawks-3.5 (-105)-180Over 39.5 (-105)
San Francisco 49ers+3.5 (-115)+160Under 39.5 (-115)
Source:BetOnline.com

 

San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at Seattle Seahawks (13-3)

The Seahawks are one of the most dangerous home teams in the NFL. They have lost only one game at CenturyLink Field all season and are 16-1 at home, including playoffs, over the past two years. However, the familiarity between these two division foes will have the intangible factor of home-field advantage playing a much smaller role in the outcome of this game.

After splitting the regular-season series, the better team will win the NFC Championship.

San Francisco safety Donte Whitner told Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area about his team’s mindset heading into Seattle as the underdogs:

We don’t want it to end for us. We understand that we have to go up there in a hostile environment with a really good football team and do what a lot of people probably aren’t going to pick us to do. That’s OK with us. We understand what we have to do.

Both franchises are built with a run-first mentality to the offensive attack and are predicated on elite defensive play. Each team prides itself on hard hitting and sending a message, and the lack of intimidation from either side will result in a chippy battle, no doubt.

The fans may be excited, but Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin wants this matchup even more:

While there is no question that this will be a defensive battle—both units are ranked in the top five—the winner of this game will be the team that controls the clock and the pace of the game on the offensive side of the ball and limits turnovers.

Seattle has played well offensively led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, but the team was only able to rack up 23 points on a mediocre New Orleans Saints defensive unit.

San Francisco, on the other hand, hung 23 points on the vaunted defense of the Panthers and controlled the game throughout. If Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick can continue to run the ball consistently after helping the team amass 126 yards on the ground against Carolina, the 49ers will earn their way to the Super Bowl once again.

This is going to be a hard-fought game with plenty of animosity that comes down to the wire, but NFL fans would have it no other way.

Predicted Final Score: San Francisco 17, Seattle 13

 

*All stats via NFL.com.

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