There's 2014 NFC Championship live stream online and televised coverage on Sunday, Jan. 19. The winning team in today's game advances to the 2014 Super Bowl to face the winner of the AFC matchup, the New England Patriots or Denver Broncos, in a few weeks. With televised and live stream NFL playoff coverage of today's game, fans will be able to watch to see which of these two star-studded football teams moves on.
A Seattle Times article from Jan. 19 notes that these two teams have a heated rivalry which goes back as far as the mid 70's. It's pointed out that over their past four meetings, both teams have won two games, tying them at 2-2, and bringing them to this fifth deciding game, with a trip to MetLife Stadium hanging in the balance. Coach Jim Harbaugh said of the big game against what he feels is a "media-created rivalry" in more recent times:
“It feels like you go to the dentist chair, and 3½ hours of getting root-canal work done. They’re tough. These games are only for the tough.”
The game will feature two premier teams with a 13-3 Seahawks team that is 7-1 at home against a 12-4 San Francisco 49ers team that is 6-2 on the road. Not to mention, these are two of the NFL's best defensive teams this past season. The Seahawks rank first in pass defense and seventh in rushing defense, while the Niners are seventh and fourth, respectively. The last meeting saw the 49ers prevail by slim margins, 19-17, while the only other game they played during the regular season was a 29-3 rout by the Seahawks in Seattle.
While these two teams are among the best defensively, they are also two of the top four rushing teams in the league. Frank Gore and the 49ers are third overall in rushing, as they average 137.6 yards per game. Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch and the Seahawks are fourth in rushing with 136.8 per game. That could make today's game a "grind it out" sort of affair, although there is also the fact two of the game's rising young stars at quarterback will also be on the field.
Russell Wilson of the Seahawks racked up 3,357 yards passing with 26 touchdowns on 257-of-407 completed passes this past season. Wilson only threw for 103 yards last week in the divisional game against New Orleans, as Marshawn Lynch helped put on a show on the ground. Colin Kaepernick compiled 3,197 yards along with 21 TD's on his 243-of-416 pass completions this past season. In last weekend's game, he had 196 yards and one touchdown to lead his team past the Carolina Panthers 23-10.
While AFC's championship could be a duel between two premier quarterbacks, both Wilson and Kaepernick have shown themselves to be among the new breed of versatile QB's who are comfortable with the passing game, but also mobile enough to take off down the field for a first down whenever necessary. Kaepernick showed that prowess in the 49ers' Wild Card victory over the Packers as he had nearly 100 yards on the ground. Wilson, a Richmond native who played at Wisconsin, registered 102 yards on the ground back on Oct. 6 in a loss to the Colts, and had 77 yards the week before against the Texans in an overtime win on the road. Needless to say, the ground game and the defensive battle is likely to be where it's at in Seattle for the NFC Championship decision.
Odds makers favor the Seahawks to win at home today by 3-1/2 points. The spread has remained around that mark for most of the week. The over/under for today's game is set at 40 points at various books. Weather reports indicate a kickoff temperature of 46 degrees under cloudy skies for tonight's big game.
Sunday's 49ers vs. Seahawks NFC championship game has a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be televised for fans to enjoy on FOX in standard and hi-definition through cable or satellite providers. In addition, viewers with access can watch live streaming online coverage of the game with FOX Sports Go service. See the website here for more info on how to sign in with cable or satellite credentials to watch this championship game online.