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Free 2013 NFC Championship Game Picks
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Sunday, 1/19/14 at 6:30pm on FOX
Game Line: Seattle Seahawks -3 (from WagerWeb)
Sunday NFC Championship Picks & Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers are 8-0 and 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games. They will try to ride that momentum into one of the toughest buildings in the league Sunday visiting the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a 3.5 point favorite and their recent home success against San Francisco probably warrants it. Seattle is 8-2 against the spread in their last ten home games against the rival 49ers. Seattle’s offense has been largely held in check lately, averaging just 20 points per game over their last five games. That number is skewed because of conservative play calling late in games as they trust their defense to hold leads. The “12th man” crowd, best in the NFL, clearly pays a major role in Seattle’s success in the playoffs. They have won six straight home playoff games and the noise level caused a small earthquake in last week’s 23-15 win over New Orleans. Kaepernick completed 50.0 percent of his passes for 371 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions in his two starts at Seattle. His 87 yards on nine carries highlighted San Francisco’s 29-3 loss there in Week 2. His game is much improved with the addition of receiver Michael Crabtree, who has 30 receptions and 435 yards and a touchdown since making his season debut in December. They’re going to need him to have an effective game with Anquan Boldin on the other side and tight end Vernon Davis, they have the depth to match up with the vaunted Seattle secondary. On the other side of the ball, San Francisco’s defensive game plan should be simple; stop Marshawn Lynch. If you can stop the Seattle running game and force Russell Wilson to throw the ball you can force a few mistakes and give your offense a short field, which they will need. The problem is, every team in the league knows that is how you stop Seattle but nobody can do it and given the struggles of Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick in Seattle it is hard not to lay the small number on the Seahawks at home.
NFC Conference Title 49ers at Seahawks Free NFL Picks: Seattle -3 and over 39.5
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Game Prediction: 24-17 Seattle Seahawks
What to expect in the 2013 NFC Championship Game: Which ever team can run the ball more effectively is going to win this game, and if you compare Wilson and Lynch’s numbers to Kaepernick and Gore’s against one another it isn’t even close. This will be a hard hitting, grinder of a game with both teams consistantly trying to run the football with neither having much success. Kaepernick will have little luck throwing the football against the Seattle secondary, which has been his kryptonite through his career. The difference between a -3 and a -3.5 is a big one in this game as it should be low scoring with lots of field goals where a three point differencial is very possible.