Seattle in Super Bowl after win over 49ers: The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in a thrilling come-from-behind 23-17 win in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl to play the Denver Broncos.
Seattle’s top-ranked defence forced three turnovers on the 49ers’ last three drives in the 4th quarter, including an interception in the end zone with 22 seconds left on a great play by Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman in which he tipped a pass intended for 49ers’ receiver Michael Crabtree into the hands of teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the victory.
San Francisco started off strong, taking a 10-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, and leading 10-3 at halftime.
After a 40-yard run by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch tied the game at 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, the 49ers took the lead again 17-10 when quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin midway through the 3rd quarter.
Seattle kicked a field goal to cut the 49ers’ lead to 17-13 late in the 3rd quarter to set up the 4th quarter drama.
The Seahawks took the lead for the first time when quarterback Russell Wilson threw a perfect 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on a 4th down and 7 play early in the 4th quarter, putting Seattle up 20-17.
The Seattle defence would then step up and force turnovers on the next three San Francisco possessions. First, they stripped the ball from Kaepernick as he was being sacked on the 49er 23-yard line.
But the Seahawks ended up getting no points on the ensuing possession when they fumbled on a 4th down play on the 1-yard line.
Then the Seattle defence intercepted Kaepernick on the 49ers’ 40-yard line on the next drive. This time Seattle ended up kicking field goal to up their lead to 23-17 with 3:37 left, setting up San Francisco’s last drive.
The 49ers drove from their 22 to Seattle’s 18-yard line needing a touchdown to retake the lead. But Sherman’s tip and Smith’s interception with 22 seconds left ended San Francisco’s last-gasp hope to reach the Super Bowl.
Seattle will meet the Denver Broncos, who beat New England 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game, in Super Bowl XLVIII in two weeks at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.