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Seahawks favored by field goal in NFC title game

Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch AP

In Sunday’s NFC title game, Nevada oddsmakers have installed the home team as the favorite.

The Seahawks are three-point favorites against visiting San Francisco at numerous sports books, according to Pregame.com.

The Seahawks and 49ers split two games in the regular season, with each club winning at home.

The Seahawks have been favored in all but one game this season. They were 2.5-point underdogs in the December 8th matchup at Candlestick Park, which the 49ers won 19-17.

The 49ers, meanwhile, have been underdogs just three other times this season, including their 29-3 loss at Seattle (-3) on September 15.

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  1. seahawksteven777 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:03 PM

    Judging from the Seahawks home record, it’s hard not to take them if you’re betting on the game.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jan 12, 2014 5:06 PM

    49ers will put the Seahawks in a drug-induced coma…and they may like it.

    31 – 17. 49ers win. Book it.

  3. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 12, 2014 5:06 PM

    That’s the correct betting line.

    It’s fitting this year’s NFC crown will come down to the two best teams. The Seahawks and 49ers are each other. They need each other. Carroll needs Harbaugh and vice versus.

    Handicapping the game is pretty easy as I see it. The 49ers are much better than when they playes and defeated the Seahawks Dec 8th at Candlestick. The question is, are the Seahawks better?

    Niner key to the game: Can they stop Lynch. It’s that simple.

    Seahawk key to the game: Can they get the Niners in 3rd & 7 or more regularly.

    And of course – the most important stat line of this game with be…drumroll please…turnovers

  4. hmpennypacker says: Jan 12, 2014 5:06 PM

    Its going to be very tough, no doubt. To be honest though the Saints caused their own problems & had chances to make a game of it. Seattle wasn’t all that impressive on offense, with Wilson not having a great game and Lynch getting a large chunk of his yards when the game was won. even with the crowd noise I think our execution will be better. Might be one on the only times where Harbs elects to receive the opening kick off if we win the toss.

  5. benihanagt says: Jan 12, 2014 5:07 PM

    “They didn’t have Crabtree”. “They’re a different team than week 2″. “Will Percy be cleared?”. “Seahawks offense is struggling”. “Kaepernick has been horrible at Seattle”. “Can Seattle protect Wilson”. “These teams hate each other”.

    These will be talked to DEATH this week.

  6. jokersmokermidnight says: Jan 12, 2014 5:13 PM

    I don’t bet but from my understanding -3 to the home team is basically a wash, correct?

  7. stagedoorjohnny says: Jan 12, 2014 5:15 PM

    I heard that the spread was 3.5. Anyway, it seems a bit low.

  8. fdugrad says: Jan 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    I’m not a betting man, however, if I were, I would take SF, regardless the odds. If RW continues his play of the last five weeks, appearing more and more like the third rounder he is, SF will KILL The Hawks. “BOOM” can’t constantly be expected to do their part and MORE every single game. I have absolutely NO dog in this fight, however, it seems quite apparent Hawks O is fading and virtually non existent, and with Percy knocked silly, they have NO receiver who will remotely scare The Niners.

  9. seatownballers says: Jan 12, 2014 5:22 PM

    Vicious dogfight

  10. chawkup says: Jan 12, 2014 5:23 PM

    Gonna be a great game. Very happy that I will be there to see it. Congrats Niners and good luck. Great that an NFC West team will be in the Super Bowl.

  11. scmems07 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:30 PM

    Wilson- %50 completion, 103 yrds, 0 td

    Kaepernick- %52 completion, 198 yrds, 1 td

    These are the qb’s of the future and considered mvp candidates. Sad to see.What a joke.

  12. mi6agent says: Jan 12, 2014 5:33 PM

    It’s the game when the Seattle’s coach Russell Owens got choked on the sideline with his own gums while Lynch is busy finding his gold tooth buried in the grass by the Niners defense.

  13. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:37 PM

    And who are you
    the proud lord said
    that I must bow so low?

  14. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:38 PM

    @ scmems07

    And your QB is Sam Bradford, the joke is on who?

  15. killitandeatit says: Jan 12, 2014 5:38 PM

    Carolina was favored in their stunning defeat as well. For all the Seattle fans saying they wanted S.F. : Yeah,right.

  16. boyshole25 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:41 PM

    It’ll be sea -4 by game time 3.5 at least, home team gives 2-3 PTs

  17. pw1265 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:42 PM

    seahawks 27, whinners 17

  18. pop562 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:42 PM

    Good luck to both my Niners and the Seahawks. NFC West will represent the Super Bowl and as much as it pains me to say it…if the 49ers lose much respect to the Seahawks and hope you guys get your first Lombardi. Time for the NFC West to get a Super Bowl win already.

  19. dirtysouthniner says: Jan 12, 2014 5:42 PM

    As it should be,hawks are the favorites.. good luck hopefully its an awesome game. Two best teams in the league! Go Niners..

  20. 49erfan44 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:44 PM

    Niners

  21. kaepernickisthekingofqbs says: Jan 12, 2014 5:44 PM

    Wilson- %50 completion, 103 yrds, 0 td

    Kaepernick- %52 completion, 198 yrds, 1 td

    These are the qb’s of the future and considered mvp candidates. Sad to see.What a joke.

    —————————————————

    Conveniently forgot this part:

    Carolina Defense : #2 Ranked.

    Kaepernick now 4-1 playoffs……better than all QB’s in the history of the game.

    Only 28 starts in.

    Niner Nation laughs at your team and your QB.

    LMAO.

  22. whosyourdaddy2013 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:49 PM

    Very tough task for my niners.. seattles D completely overwhelms kap and makes him look terrible. And the crowd is obviously a huge factor considering that we beat them at candlestick the past three years.. vegas always says homefield is worth 7 points so technically they are saying niners are a better team on a neutral field, but that’s obviously not the case next weekend….

  23. mmsierra says: Jan 12, 2014 5:58 PM

    Should be a great game
    Two best teams in the NFL

    Go Niners

  24. billybone says: Jan 12, 2014 6:09 PM

    It couldn’t have tuned out any better than to see SF vs. SEA In the NFC and probably Manning vs. Brady in the AFC. The story lines this coming week will be never ending. Fans of the other teams hate it but deep down inside you know it’s gonna be great football next weekend with the four best teams playing.

  25. aceakking says: Jan 12, 2014 6:10 PM

    niners r scared

  26. bballnut50 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:13 PM

    Don’t have a dog in the race…but a objective view…just don’t see niners overcoming that crowd..

  27. dan1961 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    49rs were 2 1/2 favorites when they were at home and won by 2 points Seahawks were favored by 3 1/2 when they played at home against the 49rs and won by 26 not saying its going to be like that again but I expect the Hawks to win in a really good game between the 2 best teams in the NFC .

  28. wkdblc52 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:18 PM

    Last 2 years at Seattle, Hawks won 42-13 and 29-3, last 2 years at SF, the Whiners won 13-6 and squeaked out a 19-17 last second FG this year……no way SF wins this one next Sunday and all this crap from these TV talking heads saying ” oh, the 9ers didn’t have Crabtree that first game this year…….well, the Hawks didn’t have Harvin either so quit with that excuse Howie Long, and all the ESPN idiots !

  29. pgilbert2013 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:19 PM

    It’s time for the 49ers to learn sign language. They won’t hear a thing with those rabid fans.

    Can’t wait for this game. The Super Bowl will be anti-climatic.

  30. bert1913 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:20 PM

    kam will knock davis AGAIN! lol

  31. wkdblc52 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:21 PM

    Hawks are gonna win 24-12 after averaging out the last 4 meetings, so take that to the bank Colin Cowturd and Tom Waddle who are picking the Whiners.

  32. juliusanonymous says: Jan 12, 2014 6:24 PM

    I love listening to 49er fans making empty noise, trying to convince themselves they’re the better team. The posts about Kaepernick being a better QB… LOL.

    Last time he played in Seattle, Kaepernick went 13 of 28 for 127 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, gave up a fumble, and compiled a 20.1 passer rating.

    Kaepernick’s 49ers in Seattle? 72-16.

    Nobody in Seattle is scared of the Niners. We’re loving the news, actually.

  33. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 12, 2014 6:28 PM

    Just a curious question Niner fans.

    If Seattle ends up winning this game or, the 9ers move on and lose the SB, how disappointing would the past three years be?

    After the past two years, not winning the SB this year would be devastating to the organization and players.

    What the 9ers have done the past three years is extremely impressive. Their primed to do it again next year, but you’d figure the odds of doing so four years running are long. But, not out of the question.

    Harbaugh certainly wouldn’t be axed for all that he has done but, is there a change of any type to the organization’s philosophies?

    A Seahawks fan…..hopefully it’s a great game with no injuries.

  34. tarkentin says: Jan 12, 2014 6:33 PM

    Looks like Seattle is going to the Super Bowl. Easy win next week.

  35. pgilbert2013 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:35 PM

    Looking forward to this battle.

    Damn, I wish we could play this game in February in New Jersey.

  36. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:36 PM

    If the niners win, it will be very impressive, and I will give serious kudos, as much as that will pain me. Even though the niners Are hot and the hawks are in. Bit of a funk, it’s not a 20 point funk, which is what the hawks have been behind the niners by lSt couple times up in Seattle. Again, I would be pretty impressed with the coaching job if the niners win. Go hawks.

  37. samapoc says: Jan 12, 2014 6:37 PM

    The Seahawks defense is faltering on stopping the run, and the Seahawks offense is also sputtering and is completely dependent on the run. Somehow Seattle has become overconfident as well, despite barely escaping the Saints who basically gave the game away (Seattle was dominated on the stat sheet…)

    I cannot see how Seattle will win this game unless they get another gift from the 49ers.

  38. sfniners4life says: Jan 12, 2014 6:38 PM

    Going be a classic matchup. I expect a close physical game that won’t let don’t the hype. As a niner fan I felt like it would have to go through Seattle all season. Kaepernick playing better on the road and Crabtree back opens up passing lanes. This is the first in many possible playoff matchups and hope niners can top them to get a ring.

  39. judsonjr says: Jan 12, 2014 6:39 PM

    Can see the tailgates already:

    - Locally sourced ground beef
    - Vegan bean burgers
    - Halal chicken
    - Free Trade coffee
    - Gluten free buns and beer
    - Non-HFCS condiments
    - Cheese from non-GMO sources
    - Organic pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes
    - 100% recycled TP and napkins

  40. cinvis says: Jan 12, 2014 6:43 PM

    I’m cheering for a stadium collapse.

  41. adderal says: Jan 12, 2014 6:45 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Jan 12, 2014 6:28 PM
    Just a curious question Niner fans.

    If Seattle ends up winning this game or, the 9ers move on and lose the SB, how disappointing would the past three years be?

    After the past two years, not winning the SB this year would be devastating to the organization and players.

    What the 9ers have done the past three years is extremely impressive. Their primed to do it again next year, but you’d figure the odds of doing so four years running are long. But, not out of the question.

    Harbaugh certainly wouldn’t be axed for all that he has done but, is there a change of any type to the organization’s philosophies?

    A Seahawks fan…..hopefully it’s a great game with no injuries.

    Both those seasons pissed me off in the end. The 2011 game more so for me cause the Super Bowl was just weird. We had lost a quarter in then that comeback happened so fast then game over. For me the last three years ending in disappointment is still better then the 6 and 10 seasons. In the 80s you really felt SF would win almost every year, not with free agency and the cap it seems harder then ever to get one. Still two long games away

  42. azjohnny says: Jan 12, 2014 6:46 PM

    the betting line is to encourage betting, nothing more. It has nothing to do with who Vegas thinks is a better team. The bookies get a cut from every bet so its more about the volume of bets is what makes Vegas money

  43. benjaminseikar55 says: Jan 12, 2014 6:57 PM

    The 49ers will focus on Lynch & the Legion of Boom will do what they do to Kap. This game will be determined on how good Russell Wilson is. Go Hawks!

  44. trytobereasonable says: Jan 12, 2014 6:58 PM

    It is fitting that the championship game is in Seattle against the Niners. They’re the two best teams in the NFC and, very likely, the NFL. It’s going to be a real battle and sadly a nasty one. I wish they’d play it clean but these two hate each other too much. Despite the last two games there, I still think the Niners can beat the Seahawks at home. I don’t see the AFC beating the winner of this game. Niners 22 Seattle 17

  45. noffy32 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:02 PM

    @judsonjr. Now that’s funny right there.

  46. norcarquestfor6 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:04 PM

    49ers are the hottest best team in the nfl. I can’t wait for kap to point to the scoreboard like today and point out a 27 to 17 victory for the niners nest sunday in pete gum chewin smug face

  47. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:05 PM

    wilson 100 yards vs a weak saints d
    kaeprnick 200 yard vs a #2 ranked panthers d
    49ers win with ease 23 -13

  48. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:20 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:05 PM

    wilson 100 yards vs a weak saints d
    kaeprnick 200 yard vs a #2 ranked panthers d
    49ers win with ease 23 -13

    _______

    Uhhh, sorry to include facts, but that “weak” Saints defense is the 4th ranked defense in the league. Nice try though. And yeah, Wilson had a bad game, but weather conditions contributed at least a little. Maybe worry about Kaepernicks’ performance the last couple times he played in Seattle, not those blistering stats from this week in Carolina.

  49. coolherc says: Jan 12, 2014 7:28 PM

    Ha! Some of these scores are comical. Can anyone even remember the last time the 49′ers broke 20 points vs. the Seahawk’s defense on the road? Been a long, long time.

  50. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2014 7:42 PM

    wilson 100 yards vs a weak saints d
    kaeprnick 200 yard vs a #2 ranked panthers d
    49ers win with ease 23 -13
    *****************
    Two different types of games.
    You are picking one stat out of all the available stats and trying to say that the one stat makes Kaep a better QB.
    You could also look at it as New Orleans trying to stop the pass… successful in that but ML ran pretty darn well.
    Can the 49er’s stop both the run and the pass?
    Will Percy Harvin play?
    Plenty of different scenarios that can play out.
    Honestly I haven’t been overly impressed with the Niners “winning” streak. They have played a lot of teams that they should beat regardless.
    They have had close games against teams that could easily have gone the other way.
    It has been said many times “any given Sunday”
    I think that the 3.5 is legit spread at this time.
    This game will go to the team that avoids key injuries and mistakes… pretty obvious…

  51. bert1913 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:44 PM

    niners are gonna wilt again in seattle

  52. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2014 7:45 PM

    Oh, one last thing… I also agree that this is the Super Bowl that should have been.

  53. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2014 7:47 PM

    Why is it I get the sudden deep down feeling that if the Seahawks win again, Harbaugh will again run off the field without shaking hands….

  54. contra74isloosbuthole says: Jan 12, 2014 7:53 PM

    Two BORING offenses. Boooo!

  55. dukeearl says: Jan 12, 2014 8:23 PM

    Yeah, beastmode is sooooo boring….
    not.

  56. marshawnsskittles says: Jan 12, 2014 8:25 PM

    Two AWESOME defenses. Yay!!!!

  57. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:03 PM

    Beating Seattle at Candlestick is one thing. What they have shown over the last two times at Century Link with the same roster and weapons is more telling because that is where the game is play this weekend.

    Wilson is struggling at times but I have no doubt he shows up this weekend because even Drew Brees struggled with conditions (40 yards at half) until Hawks went conservative. 49ers for the most part of the game didn’t get much pass rush on Cam. Even the sacks were more coverage sacks. I watched Kaep burn 3 timeouts in the second half in Carolina due to their crowd noise. We have seen that same story in Seattle.

    As a Hawk fan I love this match up, I said it before match up very well in every phase. It will come down to execution and every team struggles with the 12th man and the best defense in NFL when they come to here. Even the Cardinals who pulled off the 1st win there in 2 years had to do that dealing with 4 ints.

  58. seahawksbmx says: Jan 12, 2014 9:27 PM

    ‘Niners have scored 23 points in each of their 2 playoff wins and Seahawks scored 23 in their win yesterday. Someone is scoring 23 and Seahawks are winning by 3. Remains to be seen if this is a 26-23 or a 23-20 game. Probably the latter.

  59. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2014 9:47 PM

    100-0 Seahawks.

  60. umphreysrules says: Jan 12, 2014 9:58 PM

    dukeearl says:
    Jan 12, 2014 7:47 PM
    Why is it I get the sudden deep down feeling that if the Seahawks win again, Harbaugh will again run off the field without shaking hands….

    _______________________________________

    More like Harbaugh will run up behind Carroll and tackle him like Shooter McGavin did to Happy Gilmore when Happy Gilmore won the gold jacket.

  61. seahawksbmx says: Jan 12, 2014 10:12 PM

    Granola tailgating & Happy Gilmore were 2 LOL posts. This is going to be a fun week.

  62. eplanetary says: Jan 12, 2014 10:51 PM

    Seahawks are the better team. They make less mistakes. They want it more. It is going to be a hell of a game, very tough but I think the ‘Hawks pull through in the end.

  63. prs250player says: Jan 12, 2014 10:52 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 12, 2014 7:05 PM

    wilson 100 yards vs a weak saints d
    kaeprnick 200 yard vs a #2 ranked panthers d
    49ers win with ease 23 -13
    _________________________

    You should really learn to do some basic research before you make yourself look ignorant.

    Russel Wilson was up against the #2 passing D in the NFL–not some “weak” second-rate defense. He also had to deal with rain and high, gusting winds. He definitely could have played better, but he made some key plays that helped win the game.

    Kaepernick was up against the #7 passing D in perfect football weather–sunny and warm, wind not a factor.

    Another issue–Wilson only had 18 attempts to Kaepernick’s 28. Wilson’s completion percentage was 50% but Kaepernick’s was only 53%. So, making Kaepernick’s performance out to be so much better than Wilson’s is either ignorance or stupidity.

    In the end, this game is going to come down to who wants it more. Seattle has a better passing D than San Fran, but the Niners have a slightly better rushing D. The two teams are nearly mirror images of each other statistically on offense.

    The one key stat that definitely favors the Seahawks is turnover ratio. If that goes Seattle’s way, Seattle wins.

  64. kws1949 says: Jan 12, 2014 11:19 PM

    According to reports, the weather won’t be much of a factor.

    I recall the last two meetings between the clubs. If Kap doesn’t get his first target, he goes into panic mode. Against teams that don’t pay attention, that means he runs. When he tried against that against the Hawks, there was always someone to meet him. Both teams have the same tools they’ve used over the season. There won’t be many, if any changes. Yes, Harvin would shake up the 9er D…they would have to prepare differently.

    While some point out the weak O of Seattle, the one stat that everyone seems to forget is that the Seattle D has not allowed more than 20 points for the last several games. Unless the 9ers can kick start Gore somehow, they’re in for a long game.

    The Legion of Boom hasn’t changed. Kap is in for a long day.

  65. shhhhhh88 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:21 AM

    You are out of your mind…if Wilson had the volume behind the home crowd in home field…he is too short to be a great qb like drew for example…your stats you are barfing out dont say anything at all…stats are for losers…kap is built to be both a pocket and motion passer…everyone is catching on to Wilson’s predictable playaction pass to the right side which, dont get me wrong is lethal when executed..but he relies on the big play….Kap also is in an offense that is ultra complex and up to 4 plays are called in the huddle..went sleaveless in GB and survived Carolina’s front trying to go for the kill and still…what happened…haha…sorry pal…if you have to throw for 500 yards to win…there is a real problem…nontheless wilson is a.stud to the fullest and is a lil more polished than Kap at the moment, but Kap from his shear build is without a doubt superior…stats? Lmao…that means nothing…oh fyi you are aware that the niners new stadium is built to keep the noise in as well like the Seahawks…lmao …oh nobody told you? Lol

  66. kanemoney says: Jan 13, 2014 1:30 AM

    As a Seattle fan, the 49ers are a team I simply did not want to face. The reality is that the two teams are very similar, have physical teams and are divisional opponents. Anything can happen.

    A few comments from the Saints game:
    1. While Drew B has a solid second half passing the ball against the Hawks, we also dropped several interceptions. If we execute on takeaways we will always have a shot.
    2. Our run D does concern me, especially against a more mobile QB.
    3. We have to get pressure on the QB. Given time and space to run, SF is dangerous.

    I have to like our chances, but we simply can’t rely on just our secondary and run game to win. Special teams had a mixed report card last week and our overall offense sucked.

  67. txnative61 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:15 AM

    I think the perception that the Seahawks offense, particularly Wilson, are faltering is due to caution over turnovers. After building a lead, they seem to become conservative to protect the ball, very important to playoff success and adverse weather conditions. Another factor in this week’s game may be Niner fatigue. Seattle had the bye and have an extra day this week while SF has played every week and traveled the last three to very different climates in AZ, GB, and Carolina, now to Seattle. Even with other factors being fairly equal, can’t help but think Seattle deserves to be favored.

  68. dacktle49 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:06 AM

    The 49ers are the better team! Now shut this front running delusional fanbaae up once and for all!!!

  69. dacktle49 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:18 AM

    You hag fans are something else already prepping for excuses next week? 9ers win!! The better team! the better coach!! the better fan base! It’s not even close….

  70. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:44 AM

    u can argue however u want. fact is wilson had 100 yards passing at home in a playoff game. u want to argue weather conditions? its always rainy and windy in seattle. wilson has been getting exposed the last 2 months. weather conditions has nothing to do with his horrible play.

  71. beastmode5150 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:27 PM

    Wilson also made ZERO critical errors in the game. Kapernick had better stats, but if you actually watched the game, he should have had a pick 6 and two other INT’s if the carolina defensive backs knew how to catch. Deny all you want, but its true. 20-13 Hawks.

  72. npechal says: Jan 13, 2014 7:00 PM

    Hawks have skills, I must admit. But it’s pretty sad when you depend so much on your ’12th man’ that you deny selling tickets to 49er fans.

  73. jamezii says: Jan 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    He who has the ball on offense last, shall win the game..Down to the wire

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