Conference Championship Preview: One of the Greatest Days of the Year

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Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

49ers @ Seahawks

Pick: 49ers

At the start of the playoffs, I predicted the Seahawks to be the NFC representative in the Super Bowl. For the second straight week, I am picking them to lose. Now that is confidence in my picks!

While I like Seattle’s defense and their home field advantage, the 49ers are simply playing better than the Seahawks right now and look like a determined team.

They showed great mental toughness and “clutchness” (if that is a word) in their win over the Packers in the South Pole and then last week they went to Carolina and made the Panthers look like they didn’t belong.

Why I Might be Right

The 49ers are playing better than the Seahawks right now and while I like Seattle’s defense, San Francisco’s defense is every bit as good and the San Fran offense is much better than that of the Seahawks – especially since the return of Crabtree.

While many will point to the 29-3 whooping the Seahawks put on the 49ers in Seattle in week 2, this is a much different and much more confident 49ers team coming to Seattle this go round.

Why I Might be Wrong

Seattle has a hellacious defense and is a ridiculously loud and difficult place to play. Just ask the 49ers. In week 2 the 49ers went to Seattle and flew home with a 29-3 footprint on their forehead.

And, just in case you haven’t heard it 8 million times on ESPN, the Seahawks (and Russell Wilson) are 16-1 at home over the past 2 years.

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