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Uffsides: 49ers vs. Seahawks NFC Championship game preview

Brutally physical defenses; mobile, young quarterbacks; and coaches who established their greatness in the Pac-10: The 49ers and Seahawks couldn't be much more alike, and that's probably why they hate each other so much. Will the Legion of Boom and the noise at CenturyLink send Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, or will Colin Kaepernick and the red-hot Niners win their third road playoff game in as many weeks? Matt Ufford and the crew preview the games and make their picks.

The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers couldn't be much more alike. The NFC West rivals both rode young, mobile quarterbacks to the NFC Championship Game, backed by stout defenses and punishing running games. They split their regular-season series, but the Seahawks will have the benefit of home-field advantage after going 13-3 during the regular season, one win better than the 49ers.

Playing at CenturyLink Field should be a big boost to Seattle. The Seahawks went 7-1 at home during the regular season, falling only to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. They dominated when the 49ers visited in Week 2, winning 29-3 while holding the Niners to 207 total yards and forcing five turnovers. The 49ers won the rematch in San Francisco, but that will be little consolation if they lose the rubber match.

Regardless of who advances to the Super Bowl on Sunday, fans will win. There may not be better rivalry in the NFL right now, and both teams are playing at their peak. Get ready for some fun.

For more on the NFC and AFC Championship Games, check out Matt's full breakdown for Sunday.

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