Three days before the NFCChampionship Game, here is what media around the country are saying about the Seahawks vs. 49ers.

Thiel: Wilson has simple answer for pass game | SportsPressNW

So to Wilson, it seems that the angst over his decline in productivity can be dissolved with a couple of more completions. As with Hauschka, he can shut off his brain and let his training take over. As for fans and their fears, the choice is clear: Trust in Russ, or maybe alcohol. - Art Thiel

Can the Seahawks' offense do enough? |

The formula for success hasn t changed all season. The Seahawks have played stone-cold defense, steamrolled opponents on the ground with powerful running back Marshawn Lynch and done just enough through the air to win 14 times in 17 outings. - Terry Blount

Can Seahawks, 49ers keep poise, avoid penalties? |The Seattle Times

So much of Sunday s NFC Championship Game matchup between Seattle and San Francisco centers on the young quarterbacks, the stonewall defenses, the animosity between the coaches.
But here s another layer that might prove just as crucial if the game is as close and low scoring as many are predicting: Which team can bait the other into committing silly penalties after plays? -Jayson Jenks

Seahawks, 49ers Bring NFL's Best Rivalry to NFC Championship Showdown | BleacherReport

In just the past three seasons, the rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers has become the best in the NFL. Not the longest, nor the greatest but the best. Not only are these two great teams with two great coaches and two of the NFL's most exciting quarterbacks, they both play exciting, explosive, hard-hitting, big-play football. - Ty Schalter

Joe Montana thinks 49ers will beat Seahawks | Mercury News

It's going to be tough and a close game, but down the stretch, the experience of what they went through last year is going to pay off for them, and they're going to win it in the end, Montana said on this week's Showtime's Inside The NFL. - Cam Inman

Years ago, Jim Harbaugh tried to recruit Pete Carroll s son to University of San Diego | Sports Illustrated

The professional and personal competitions between the two men didn t really start until Harbaugh took the Stanford head coach position before the 2007 season and started to make life more difficult for Carroll s USC Trojans. That begat the What s your deal? game, and a compelling series of battles between the teams coached by both men that has expanded into the NFL s best current rivalry. - Doug Farrar

Kaepernick, Wilson haven't brought out each other's best |

In their second season as starters, Kaepernick and Wilson have cemented their status as two of the NFL's brightest young quarterbacks, but it's not because of their performances against their teams' bitter rivals. - Eric Branch

Bracing for impact |ESPN

The Niners have to derail 'Beast Mode.' It is that simple. Russell Wilson is one thing. Lynch is something else. He is the one who makes Seattle's offense go. He is the one who sets the tone with his physicality, his strength and his refusal to go to the ground easily. - Ashley Fox

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