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49ers head to NFC Championship game for the third straight year

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The 49ers are ready for the rubber-game rematch against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend in Seattle for the 2014 NFC Championship.

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“It’s gonna be slugfest. These games always are. It comes down to a field goal, who knows, maybe this one will too.” Pete Carroll said

In the first meeting this year in Seattle, prior to an hour-long, first-quarter lightning delay, Colin Kaepenick and the 49ers’ only real opportunity to score a touchdown was thwarted when Earl Thomas picked off a tipped-ball pass intended for Vernon Davis.

The Seahawks beat the 49ers 29-3, scoring 17-fourth quarter points breaking open a relatively close game.

In Week 14 the 49ers were able to have success with a 19-17 victory in San Francisco.

“We have to play our best football to win,” Navorro Bowman said.

“We still have a nasty taste in our mouth after last year’s Super Bowl loss. We’re still hungry.”

For all of the hype about Seattle’s invincibility at CenturyLink Field, Seattle barely beat two bad teams (7-9) Tennessee 20-13, (4-12) Tampa Bay 27-24, and lost to (10-6) Arizona 17-10 in Week 16 holding Marshawn Lynch to 71 yards rushing.

“It’s a matter of who can slow down the energy and be in control. They’re a good football team. It’s just another game on the schedule.” Russell Wilson said.

Wilson has only lost one game at home since being the Seahawks’ quarterback.

With a win, the 49ers would be the fifth team to win three straight road games to get to Super Bowl after winning in Green Bay and Carolina.

“It’s gonna be intense. I don’t know if there’ll be handshakes after this one,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said.

With boxing gloves on it’s hard to shake hands anyway especially when the other team is laid flat on their back which is the only way this game is going to end.

The winner gets to look at weather reports for two weeks before heading to New York and Super Bowl XLVIII.

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