Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Somehow we knew it would come down to this, didn’t we?
The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will fight the final battle of the 2013 season on Sunday. In many ways, the entire season has been building to this moment.
The showdown. The grudge match. Go big or go home. Winner takes all.
Epic matchups, all. Storylines galore. Analogies in abundance.
This is not the Super Bowl, but in many ways it feels like the biggest game of the year. Sometimes the Super Bowl game itself just doesn’t live up to the hype. Granted, the NFC Championship game may not either but there are a lot of reasons for this to be a fantastic contest.
These teams do not like each other and there is sure to be some talking back and forth throughout the game. Hopefully the game can be settled by big plays and not penalties.
Admittedly, it is hard to go into this game with a supreme level of confidence. If the Seahawks play the way that they can and should, they will punch their ticket to New York. The problem is that realistic fans know that the NFL can be unforgiving. At times in recent weeks, the Seahawks have had some lapses in production.
Will the ‘Hawks put it all together against their biggest rival? Or will the 2013 season be a year of lost opportunities?
Fans are excited, and they should be. The Seahawks are on the cusp of having another crack at the Lombardi Trophy. Just one formidable NFC opponent remains.
May the best team win. In other words, the Seahawks.