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.
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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
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|Seattle Seahawks||-3.5 (-105)||-180||Over 39.5 (-105)|
|San Francisco 49ers||+3.5 (-115)||+160||Under 39.5 (-115)|
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:
Wouldn't want it any other way...— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) January 12, 2014
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.
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.