In many ways, it feels like the Seahawks' whole season has been leading to the matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The teams split the season series with each game won by the home team.
On Sunday, the Seahawks and 49ers will face off at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. However this game, the NFC Championship, has a little more meaning than the last two.
See what media from around the country have to say about the matchup between the two best teams in the NFC.
Seahawks, 49ers to face off in NFC Championship everyone was waiting for | Seattle Times
"The 49ers and Seahawks were the preseason NFC favorites of almost every preview magazine and Vegas sports book, and finished the year as the two most dominant teams in the conference in terms of point differential (the Seahawks at plus-186 and the 49ers at plus-134)." - Bob Condotta
Title-game tussles: Brady-Manning, 49ers-Seahawks | The Associated Press
"The top-seeded Seahawks advanced to the NFC title game for the second time, and first since the 2005 playoffs.
"'We haven't done anything yet,' quarterback Russell Wilson said. 'That's our goal. We have 60 minutes of football left.'
"Against a familiar foe." - Dennis Waszak Jr.
How to pick a team in the totally unlikable NFC championship | USA TODAY
"Next Sunday, two of the NFL’s most polarizing teams — the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks — will meet in the NFC championship. Unless you’re a fan of either franchise, it’ll be tough to root for either team. Do you favor the talented, mouthy, chippy NFC West team with an efficient offense, monster defense and stereotypically obnoxious fanbase? Or do you go the other way and root for the other talented, mouthy, chippy NFC West team with an efficient offense, monster defense and stereotypically obnoxious fanbase?" - Chris Chase
Just The Facts: Seahawks vs 49ers | Seattle PI
"I would say the 49ers offensive line is the best in football. They feature tons of top-shelf talent that has been healthy and cohesive for a number of years. Seattle has been shuffling it's line due to injury all year, but has stabilized now. When these teams play each other, there is reason to think the line advantage goes to Seattle." - Brian Nemhauser
Anticlimatic divisional round produces marquee final four | Sports Illustrated
"When you throw in the San Francisco at Seattle slugfest in the NFC title game, a showdown that pits two of the best defenses in football and division rivals who have something of a blood feud going the past two years, how could the NFL have drawn up its conference title matchups with any more must-see factor?" - Don Banks
It's what they've been waiting for | ESPN
"It will be physical. It will be nasty. Players will play to the whistle, and players will play through the whistle. The coaches? They'll be fired up and demonstrative and emotional, even more so than usual." - Ashley Fox
NFL morning after: The four best teams advance | NBC Sports
"Marshawn Lynch is a beast in the playoffs. Lynch has only played in five postseason games in his career, and he has topped 130 rushing yards in three of them: He had 140 yards in Sunday’s win over New Orleans, 132 yards in last year’s win over Washington, and 131 yards in Seattle’s playoff win three years ago over New Orleans, the game in which Lynch reeled off one of the greatest runs in NFL history." - Michael David Smith
NFC Championship Game: Seahawks slyly (and efficiently) enjoy playing role of agitator | NJ.com
"When it comes to preparing for the Seahawks, opponents usually hone in on stopping the elusive Russell Wilson at quarterback. Or trying to figure out how to slow down running back Marshawn Lynch. Or solve Seattle’s all-Pro secondary. Here’s what opponents don’t do.
"They don’t pay attention to the fact that the Seahawks like to poke the bear. And when you poke back, they’ve got you right where they want you." - Brendan Prunty/The Star-Ledger
Seahawks prepared to unleash 'The Legion of Boom' on 49ers offense | NY Daily News
"It’s a brash unit with an intimidating secondary, and it’s developed a penchant for erasing superstars (just ask Jimmy Graham.) But if these Seahawks want to go down in history, said Sherman, they still have some work to do. They need to deliver in these playoffs. And they need to win the Super Bowl." - Ebenezer Samuel