Which team will represent the NFC in the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in two weeks? Will it be the San Francisco 49ers, heading back to the Super Bowl for a second straight time? Will it be the home-standing Seattle Seahawks? Game time Sunday in the NFC Championship Game is 6:30 p.m. ET, with the broadcast on FOX.
San Francisco 49ers (14-4) at Seattle Seahawks (14-3)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Erin Andrews
Odds: Seahawks are 3.5-point favorites
Location: Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington
Online streaming: FOX Sports
Radio: Westwood One -- Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS -- 88 (WW1), 92 (SF), 86 (Sea.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (SF), 86 (Sea.).
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For the third time this season, the 49ers and Seahawks will meet. The teams split the regular-season series with each club winning at home.
"I think it's the best rivalry in football right now," says FOX analyst TroyAikman about 49ers-Seahawks.
The 49ers advanced to their 15th NFC Championship Game, tying Pittsburgh for the most since 1970. Jim Harbaugh has guided the team to the NFC Championship Game in each of his first three seasons, the only head coach since the 1970 merger to accomplish the feat.
At Carolina in the Divisional round, San Francisco scored 17 unanswered points in the team's 23-10 victory. The 49ers' defense did not allow a point in the second half. Now the team hopes to carry the momentum into Seattle, where the Seahawks have won the past two meetings by a combined score of 71-16.
"We're ready to go," says 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is 4-1 in his postseason career. "We're a different team than the last time we played them up there."
The No. 1 seeded Seahawks advanced to their second NFC Championship Game with a 23-15 win over New Orleans. Seattle is 1-0 in NFC Championship Games, advancing to Super Bowl XL in the 2005 season.
"To be in the NFC Championship Game, it means a lot," says Seattle Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. "It's a testament to our hard work and preparation as a whole. The thing for us is that we haven't done anything yet. We have to stay focused and play the best football that we can play."
The Seahawks have won six consecutive postseason home games and are 16-1 at CenturyLink Field over the past two seasons.
Between the arrogance of the Seattle defense and the brash attitude of San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh there is plenty not to like about both of the teams in today's NFC Championship Game. Which team are you going to root for, New York Giants' fans?
Here is the really critical question, Giants' fans? Which guy do you want in Eli Manning's locker for the week prior to the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers or Russell Wilson of the Seahawks? The NFC rep in Super Bowl XLVIII will practice in the Giants' facility, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and will use the Giants' locker room.
Me? If you're a long-time reader of BBV you can probably figure out that I have less of an issue with Wilson than Kaepernick, so I will root for the Seahawks. How about you?