49ers vs. Seahawks: Who Has the Edge in Key Matchups?

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49ers vs. Seahawks: Who Has the Edge in Key Matchups?
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Over the last two years, the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have formed one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL. There is no love lost between these two teams. Head coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh absolutely despise one another. They have since their days in the collegiate ranks. 

As far as head-to-head matchups go, Harbaugh owns Carroll. In his college and pro coaching career, he’s 6-3 against his NFC West counterpart.

However, things have proved to favor Carroll when the Seahawks and 49ers play in Seattle. Since the start of the 2011 season, the 'Hawks are 2-1 in front of the "12th Man" when they host the Niners. Heading into the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, it's hard not to like Seattle's odds versus San Francisco. 

Yet, home-field advantage won't be the be-all and end-all. The 49ers defense is playing at an unprecedented level right now, and the offensive side of the ball is firing on all cylinders. The Seahawks defense will have to do its part to slow down offensive coordinator Greg Roman's offense, and quarterback Russell Wilson will have to step up to neutralize defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's defense. 

Undeniably, this game will be a dogfight between two evenly matched teams.

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