The top matchup that many people are looking forward to in the NFC Championship Game is Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers vs. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. As both continue on The Road To MetLife Stadium, it is clear that the NFL is a quarterback-driven league, both on the field and in terms of the focus of the fans. Yet, with both struggling as of late to put up big numbers, at least through the air, this game may very well be taken out of the quarterbacks’ hands and shift to the ground game and defense.
After all, when push comes to shove, defense and the running attack have been the main calling cards for both of these teams in each of the past two season. As exciting Kaepernick and Wilson are to watch, the 49ers are at their best when Frank Gore has a big game, as is the case for the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch. Both rely the heaviest on ground and pound, with both defenses being two of the toughest in the entire NFL.
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Looking back to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs for the 49ers and Seahawks, neither team got a lot of statistics from their quarterbacks. Of the two, Kaepernick put up much more impressive numbers, completing 15-of-28 passes for 196 yards and 1 touchdown in the ‘Niners’ win over the Carolina Panthers. Wilson put up a pedestrian 9-of-18 stat line for just 103 yards and zero touchdowns. Yet, the ground games were huge for each team, with Gore rushing 17 times for 84 yards and Lynch carrying the ball 28 times for 140 yards.
On Sunday, Gore and Lynch will once again have to come up big for the 49ers or Seahawks to win. The defenses will also have to make some big plays, which they often do. But, in the end, either Kaepernick or Wilson will need to step it up if they plan to continue on The Road To MetLife Stadium and advance to Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2.
If you are looking for which team may have a greater edge, make sure to check out Stats.com. If the temperatures dip below 40 degrees on Sunday, Stats.com will tell you why we may very well be watching the Patriots face the 49ers in MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, the Broncos and Seahawks may have something to say in that matter, regardless of how low the temperatures dip.
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