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B/R Consensus Pick: Seahawks (8-4)
Miller: 49ers, 24-23
I'm taking the upset, and you should, too. The 49ers were destroyed in Seattle, but they're a different team now. Michael Crabtree is healthy, Colin Kaepernick is running the ball and the defense is a matchup nightmare for a Seattle offense that's struggled as of late. If the 49ers can score early, they'll win this game.
Schalter: Seahawks, 24-13
The 49ers have been outscored, 71-16, in their last two games at Seattle. It'll be closer than that, but the Seahawks will win.
Bardeen: 49ers, 24-20
If there is a team that can go into Seattle and beat the Seahawks at home, it’s the San Francisco 49ers. Not only is the 49ers defense jelling, but its nasty, play-angry style is exactly what’s needed to disrupt the Seattle offense.
Gagnon: Seahawks, 20-17
This is going to be a low-scoring game between two red-hot teams that know each other well, so it could obviously go either way. But that crucial home-field advantage should put the Seahawks over the top in the fourth quarter.
Langland: Seahawks, 23-20
Since the start of the 2011 season, head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are 2-1 in front of the "12th Man” when they host the 49ers. Look for them to make it 3-1, thanks in large part to the ferocious play of the Legion of Boom and the relentless pressure from defensive ends Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons. In nine home games this season (playoffs included), the trio of pass-rushers amassed 10.5 quarterback sacks and five forced fumbles. With that being said, it's hard not to like Seattle's odds in its biggest game of the year.
Kruse: Seahawks, 27-17
Much of the focus will be on the two young quarterbacks, but the team rushing for more yards has won all eight of the previous meetings between these two clubs. And if that trend holds, the Seahawks become a big favorite. In the last two games in Seattle, the Seahawks averaged 174 rushing yards to San Francisco's 91, and Marshawn Lynch out-rushed Frank Gore 209 to 44. The Seahawks are allowing just 93.8 rushing yards at home the last two seasons. Seattle advances to the Super Bowl using the same formula in the conference title game.
Other Picks: 49ers (Schottey, Freeman); Seahawks (Bowen, Frenz, Hangst, Hansen)