You don’t often see the two best NFC teams from the regular season meet in the NFC Championship game. Today the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have given us just that, though, setting up an epic third act in both teams’ drive toward the Super Bowl. The Niners and Seaawks have met twice already, in Week 2 and Week 14, splitting the series with a home win for each. But while the Seattle Seahawks may be cooling at the wrong time, the San Francisco 49ers are heating up. Today’s 49ers Seahawks game should be an epic NFC Championship in Seattle, one that the Niners hope will make them 2-0 in Seattle this year and push them into the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. FOX will carry the live broadcast of today’s NFC Championship game at 6:30 EST / 3:30 PST, or you can watch 49ers vs Seahawks game online free NFC Championship live streaming using a few different services.
The Seattle Seahawks have torn up the NFL this year on both sides of the ball. Their “Legion of Boom” secondary has tortured opposing quarterbacks, while quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch taking the ground or air game, whichever opposing defenses will give them.
When the Seattle Seahawks the 49ers in Week 2, Lynch scored three touchdowns and finished with 135 total yards, 98 of which were on the ground. His effort made up for Wilson completing only two of his first 10 passes as the San Francisco defense kept Seattle’s receivers from getting open. Lynch’s TD on the first drive of the second half gave the Seahawks a 12-0 lead, and his TD catch pushed the advantage to 19-3 early in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” forced Colin Kaepernick into his worst passing game as a starter, going 13 of 28 for 127 yards passing and 87 yards rushing. At home that Sunday night, the Seahawks dominated in a 29-3 victory.
The second act in Week 14 told a different story, one that’ll be interesting to see if it’s repeated as you watch 49ers vs Seahawks game online free NFC Championship live streaming today. San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, who was held to just 16 yards on nine carries in Week 2, went off for a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter that anchored the Niners’ 76-yard drive. The end of that 11-play drive was a Phil Dawson 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining, giving the 49ers a 19-17 win in their last game at Candlestick Park. For the game, Gore rushed 17 times for 110 yards.
As in the previous two 49ers Seahawks games, today’s NFC Championship game will be all about running and defense. In some respects that’s ironic, considering the attention each team’s young quarterback receives, but it’s appropriate. Another factor that may come into play is that the 49ers are playing in their third consecutive NFC Championship Game, while the Seattle Seahawks haven’t played in the NFC Championship Game since 2005, when they beat Carolina 34-14 and then got trounced in the 2005 Super Bowl.
History seems to be on the Seattle Seahawks’ side. This season they smashed the 49ers at home in Week 2, and the past two times the 49ers have traveled to Seattle during the past 13 months have seen Seattle win by a collective score of 71-16. But while Seattle has slipped a bit since Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers have been playing better and more complete football as the season and post-season have advanced. The 49ers have won eight games in a row, including two playoff road wins. The Seattle Seahawks have gone 6-2 in their past eight games, with those two losses coming late in weeks 16 and 14.
With the season series split, the 49ers and Seahawks have weaved an impressive tale going into today’s third act, today’s NFC Championship game. Being played in Seattle’s Century Link Field, and with each team getting a home win this year, the Seattle Seahawks seem to have the edge. But will their almost-backward momentum work bite them today against a surging San Francisco 49ers team looking for its second straight trip to the Super Bowl?
We’ll find out as the game unfolds live on FOX. You can also watch 49ers vs Seahawks game online free NFC Championship live streaming on DirecTV’s website. Doing so requires that you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with Max Package (subscription based), but if you do, you can watch the live streaming version of any game, including today’s 6:30 EST / 3:30 PST NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.