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2014 NFC Championship Game – San Fransisco @ Seattle

2014 NFC Championship Game – San Fransisco @ Seattle

01/14/2014 @ 11:37 am
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2014 NFC Championship Game

San Fransisco Vs. Seattle

 When: January 19, 2014, 

Where: Centurylink Field, Seattle WA

2014 NFC Championship Game – Breaking it down.

The 2014 NFC Championship Game Sunday, January 19, 2014 may bring some surprises, but there were none for me in this years NFL divisional round over the weekend.

The #1 & #2 seeds in the AFC move on to the Championship game and the San Fransisco 49ers Defense handled the Panthers easily to gain a rematch in Seattle.

Some may think it’s a sin to look beyond the next game but as fans, we can get away with it.

#1 Offense Vs. #1 Defense is the most intrigueing 2014 Superbowl Matchup by far! It would pitt #1 AFC / NFC Seeds against one another as well, and that hasn’t happened in 20 years. (Last time 1993, Dallas 30 – Buffalo 13)

Denver’s Offense Vs. Seattles Defense:

Stats <> TEAM

Denver Offense

Seattle Defense

TEAM <> Stats

AVG. Points/Game (Rank)

37.9 (#1)

14.4 (#1)

Points Allowed/Game (Rank)

AVG. Yards/Play: (Rank)

Yards Allowed/Play: (Rank)

Pass Attempt:

8.1 (#1)

5.3 (#1)

Pass Attempt:

Rush Attempt:

4.1 (#21)

3.9 (#7)

Rush Attempt:

Combined:

6.3 (#1)

4.4 (#1)

Combined:

 

Color Code

TOP 5

TOP 10

BELOW 10

BOTTOM 10

 

But since we DO have the 2014 NFC Championship Game coming up, lets look at Sunday, January 19, 2014 – San Fransisco @ Seattle to see how they match up.

 

49ers & Seahawks offenses side by side.

OFFENSE

Stats <> TEAM

San Fransisco

Seattle

AVG. Points/Game (Rank)

25.2 (#12)

26.1 (#7)

AVG. Yards/Play: (Rank)

Pass Attempt:

7.1 (#8)

7.7 (#4)

Rush Attempt:

4.4 (#9)

4.3 (#13)

Combined:

5.4 (#12)

5.6 (#9)

AVG Plays/Game: (Rank)

Pass:

26.5 (#31)

25.8 (#32)

Rush:

31.6 (#3)

32.0 (#2)

Combined:

60.5 (#31)

60.5 (#29)

 

Color Code

TOP 5

TOP 10

BELOW 10

BOTTOM 10

 

These teams are almost identical on offense! I can’t recall seeing two teams that seem to fit the same mold like these two do. They both average around 26 points a game. Even the way they score is similar.

If you look at all the red lettering indicating they were in the bottom 1/3 of the league in those categories, you don’t nesessarily need to be alarmed. In this case, it’s just an indication that the offensive tendancy of these two teams is focused on the run.

Since rushing eats the clock and allows fewer plays to be run, the fact that Seattle & San Fransisco are 2nd & 3rd in rush attempts is what also makes them 29th & 31st in total plays per game.

Don’t let that fool you into thinking they can’t pass though. Ranking 4th & 8th in the league in yards per pass attempt, you would think that they’d air it out more than they do. The 49ers did against the Panthers last week, and showed what a difference a few extra passes can make.

Both teams have managed to average more rushing attempts per game than passes at a time when throwing the ball is in vogue. San Fransisco is 4th in the league for rushing TD’s this year. Seattle is 10th, and ist’s not a fluke!

 

49ers on offense:

Stats <> TEAM

49ers Offense

Seattle Defense

TEAM <> Stats

AVG. Points/Game (Rank)

25.2 (#12)

14.4 (#1)

Points Allowed/Game (Rank)

AVG. Yards/Play: (Rank)

Yards Allowed/Play: (Rank)

Pass Attempt:

7.1 (#8)

5.3 (#1)

Pass Attempt:

Rush Attempt:

4.4 (#9)

3.9 (#7)

Rush Attempt:

Combined:

5.4 (#12)

4.4 (#1)

Combined:

 

The 49ers just barely missed the top ten list in all 4 categories above, but the Seattle D is #1 in three of them. Switch it around and…

 

Seahawks on offense:

Stats <> TEAM

Seattle Offense

49ers Defense

TEAM <> Stats

AVG. Points/Game (Rank)

26.1 (#7)

17.2 (#3)

Points Allowed/Game (Rank)

AVG. Yards/Play: (Rank)

Yards Allowed/Play: (Rank)

Pass Attempt:

7.7 (#4)

6.1 (#8)

Pass Attempt:

Rush Attempt:

4.3 (#13)

3.9 (#9)

Rush Attempt:

Combined:

5.6 (#9)

5.0 (#8)

Combined:

 

The Seahawks have a sight edge overall, but when teams are so close and so similar, it’s always a tough one to pick. It’s too obvious to say that, “Whoever makes the fewest mistakes…”

 

On the injury front:

Seattle is fairly healthy with FS Chris Maragos listed as questionable (Back), DT Jordan Hill (Groin) doubtful, and LB K.J. Wright (Foot) is out.

San Fransisco WR Crabtree’s shoulder injury should not be a problem for the NFC Championship Game, (San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch). Will Tukuafu (Fullback) left the game (1st quarter/knee injury) and was on the sideline for the remainder of the game, and may have an MCL sprain, (Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows).

The 49ers won the last game they played in Seattle this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see them do it again and set up a meeting with the Broncos in the Super Bowl this year.

That’s right! You got my picks right there folks. Denver and San Fransisco in the 2014 Superbowl. How, and why will they get there? With a little luck and a lot of excellent execution.

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