These two NFC West superpowers have been mirror images of each other since Harbaugh began roaming the sideline opposite Carroll. This game matches the only two teams in the NFL that rushed the ball on over 50.0 percent of their offensive plays this season. Both teams boast hard-hitting, swarming defenses complemented by ball-control offenses. Recent matchup history suggests theSeahawks have the 49ers' number. Momentum suggests the 49ers are the slightly better team. In a tight game, I believe the difference could come down to Seattle's penchant for forcing game-changing turnovers at a raucous CenturyLink Field.
Seattle Seahawks 20, San Francisco 49ers 17
Drowning in the white noise surrounding Manning vs. Brady, we tend to forget: There's much more going on here.
One-hundred and four other players and two coaching staffs will factor into a game that settles the AFC.
The Broncos are the clear favorites, but when we made our Super Bowl picks way back in August, I chose the Patriots to topple the Seahawks. Five months later, I still trust the combination of Brady and Belichick to deliver New England to the promised land.
New England Patriots 38, Denver Broncos 35 (OT)