The NFC Championship Game, which took place today (Sun., Jan. 19, 2014) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, is officially in the books and the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl 48.
They'll play the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 in New Jersey.
It was a hard fought game between two teams who came in with tough defenses that played well throughout most of the day. The 49ers, after stalling for most of the game, were moving the ball through the air on their final drive but a Colin Kaepernick pass to Michael Crabtree was deflected by Richard Sherman into the arms of Malcolm Smith.
That was the backbreaker.
Kaepernick played well at points -- he ran for 130 yards on 11 attempts and threw for 153 more -- but he was disheveled at other points -- he turned the ball over three times. The 49ers defense played well but gave up big plays in even bigger moments.
That's the story, morning glory.
Now, Seattle's vaunted secondary advances to New Jersey to take on the number one offense in the league led by quite possibly the greatest quarterback of all time.
Surely, this is what the NFL was hoping for. And they got it.
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