Fans will be treated to another smash-mouth meeting between NFC West rivals San Francisco and Seattle this weekend as each squad looks to secure a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. The rubber match battle between the 49ers and Seahawks is scheduled to get underway at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, January 19th at CenturyLink Field in Seattle; coverage of the 2014 NFC Title Game will be provided by FOX. The latest Niners vs Seahawks Betting Line has Seattle listed as a -3.5 against the spread favorite; the NFL Odds game total is set at 39.5 points.
Niners vs Seahawks Betting Odds (-3.5, Over/Under 39.5): The results from the previous two meetings between these two rivals would suggest the 49ers are in serious trouble this weekend. San Francisco got crushed 29-3 at Seattle in Week 2 and barely slipped past Russell Wilson and company at Candlestick Park on December 8th, turning back its hated rival 19-17.
Results can sometimes be deceiving, though, as the latter score, in all likelihood, more accurately reflects any gap, if there is one, between these two teams. In some ways they are mirror images of one another. Both play exceptional, hard hitting defense and each relies on a power running back and a mobile, strong armed quarterback when they have the ball.
Nonetheless, the advantage here, obviously, rests with Seattle, which is, arguably, the best home team in the NFL. The Seahawks are 15-1 in their last 16 games at CenturyLink Field and when they are not blowing out visiting opposition, they usually come up with something borderline miraculous to send their competitive home in defeat.
The 49ers should be prepared for the trails of the Pacific Northwest, though, having played at Lambeau Field and Bank of America Stadium each of the past two weekends.
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Niners vs Seahawks Betting Line 2014 NFC Title Game: Provided by CarbonSports.ag
San Francisco 49ers +3.5 (-120), Over 39.5 (-110), +150 (Moneyline)
Seattle Seahawks -3.5 (+100), Under 39.5 (-110), -170 (Moneyline)