SEATTLE - Breaking down the 49ers-Seahawks NFC championship game on Sunday:
- NFC championship
- San Francisco 49ers (14-4) at Seattle Seahawks (14-3)
- Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EST
- CenturyLink Field
- Seattle, Wash.
Weather Forecast: Mostly cloudy at kickoff, 8C, almost no chance of rain, wind negligible
THE BIG MATCHUP
49ers WR Michael Crabtree vs. Seahawks CBs Richard Sherman & Byron Maxwell
The Niners are 7-0 since “Crab” returned in November from the torn Achilles he suffered in spring practice. Coincidence? Nope.
Crabtree’s presence has made the Niners passing attack dangerous again, because defences can no longer concentrate their forces on locking down WR Anquan Boldin and TE Vernon Davis.
But the tall, physical Sherman might be the best lockdown corner in the NFL, while Maxwell has been surprisingly good in place of exiled Brandon Browner.
Whichever corner he lines up against (the Seahawks seldom swap Sherman and Maxwell), Crabtree has to get open more often than he did six weeks ago in San Fran’s 19-17 win, when he caught only four balls for 40 yards.