. Russell Wilson
If you’re going to be alarmed by any statistic, it’s Peyton Manning’s microscopic comebacks in the playoffs.
In anticipation of the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, we’ve pulled together America’s leading sportscasters to make their predictions and picks for Patriots-Broncos and 49ers-Seahawks.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are clearly football royalty. On the other side, you see two sleek athletes who represent the NFL’s future. Colin Kaepernick has already been to one Super Bowl, while Russell Wilson is trying to get to his first.
Seattle and San Francisco have each won their home game against each other. With the rubber match taking place at CenturyLink Field, which game will be played? The blowout 29-3 Seattle win in Week 2 or the 19-17 gritty win by the 49ers in Week 14?
When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.
Familiar foes. Rivalry showdowns. Talk about a couple of juicy title-game tussles. First up, it’s Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady — Round 15 — in the AFC championship game next Sunday.
It may not be the Beast Quake, but Marshawn Lynch had another great game against New Orleans in the Playoffs as Seattle was able to outlast the Saints 23-15 and advance to the NFC Conference Finals next weekend.
Seattle’s defense flustered Drew Brees and New Orleans in a 23-15 victory Saturday in the NFC divisional playoff game.
The Seahawks chance at making amends for what happened in last season’s playoffs arrives Saturday when they host New Orleans in the NFC divisional playoff.
Seattle shouldn’t hope to follow the same route to as their previous victory over New Orleans if they want to advance to the NFC title game next week.
The first time the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints met in Week 13, it was for NFC Supremacy. Now in Week 19, the true force of the NFC will be revealed.
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
The Seattle Seahawks came to the Big Apple looking to maintain its position as the top seed in the NFC playoff hunt. The New York Giants had very little to play for, since they were eliminated from playoff contention last week. Seattle dominated New York defensively and shut out the G-men, 23-0, in a lackluster affair at MetLife Stadium.
How many players will follow the lead of players such as Jon Beason, Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle when they say that upsetting the Super Bowl-favorite Seattle Seahawks would be a significant accomplishment in an otherwise disappointing season?
Wilson, who played minor league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas’ restricted list.