What the 2014 NFC Championship Game Means to Both Cities
The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers have made it to the NFC Championship Game, this is the third match-up of the current seasn between these two teams. This means that arguably the two best teams in the NFL are facing off against each other two see who plays the winner of the Patriots/Broncos game in the Super Bowl.
Now both fan bases are at each others throats in the build up to this Sunday’s match-up. Between the two fan bases, the trash talk has been ratcheted up to a degree that is a slightly above insane. As a result, the internet — mainly social media — has become extremely difficult to navigate for those who don’t want to see internet tough guys yelling at each other.
The reason that the online interaction between the two fan bases has gotten so insane is the fact that there is on the line for both sides, cities, and franchises. For Seattle, the Hawks are looking to capture their first Super Bowl title in the franchise history. The last time hosted the NFC Title game, let a lone played in one, was during the 2006 playoffs; and that resulted in the franchise’s first visit to the Super Bowl in its history. A win against the 49ers would get the Hawks back into the Super Bowl, and give them a fantastic opportunity to capture the franchise’s first Championship.
The Niners are looking to win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl in franchise history, and the franchise’s second NFC Title in a row. This could also be the last Super Bowl appearance for the 49ers with the team actually playing in San Francisco — the Niners are moving to Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif for the 2014 pre-season and regular season.
Despite how huge this match-up is to both franchises, it is even more important to each city. Both cities have struggled in the sports world in the last decade — Seattle more so than San Francisco — and both cities get to see their football team’s fight to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl will help both cities heal their sports wounds.
Outisde of the Hawks, the 2013 year was extremely disappointing for the Seattle area; the offensive production of the Mariners’ young talent remained stagnent; the Sounders struggled in the playoffs, again; and the Sonics are entering their fifth year of being a memory.
In San Francisco, 2013 was equally disappointing out side of its NFL team. The Giants actually out-derped the Mariners (and dumped a bunch of money into a multi-year deal with Tim Lincecum); oppsoition to the new Golden State Warriors arena became increasingly more vocal; and the Candle Stick Park ended its final season without hosting a playoff game — thanks to the Hawks.
That’s a lot of bad sports juju on both sides…but I think Seattle has the edge here. Anyway, who do you guys have winning the NFC Title Game?