Friday Round-Up: Previews, picks & predictions for Sunday's NFC Championship

Posted Jan 17, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Blue Friday, Jan. 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Peter King of has a list of 10 things he'll be watching during this Sunday's conference title games. King also previews Sunday's game in this short video, picking the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks to meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Doug Farrar of highlights the dominant play of defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

Don Banks of has his picks for Sunday's conference championships, taking the Seahawks by the slimmest of margins, 24-23.'s Around the League staff pinpoint four players to watch this championship weekend, including the Seahawks' Byron Maxwell, who came away with an interception of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when the two clubs met in Week 14.

Elliot Harrison of has his predictions in for championship Sunday, taking the 49ers over the Seahawks, 24-20.

Andrew Sharp of says there's nothing in the NFL this year that's been as awesome as the Seahawks defense.

Chris S. Brown of eyes Pete Carroll's coaching history, looking at what it is that's made him so successful through four seasons with the Seahawks.

Jim Corbett of USA Today says the Seahawks want to be known as the greatest defense to ever play the game.

Three of seven writers polled at USA Today have the Seahawks topping the 49ers this weekend.

Ross Jones of catches up with 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox, who spent time with the Seahawks this season, on what it's like to play for both clubs in one year.

John Clayton of ranks the current Seahawks-49ers rivalry as the fourth-greatest rivalry in NFL history.

Terry Blount of recaps wide receiver Doug Baldwin's meeting with the media yesterday, touching on his relationship with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached Baldwin at Stanford University. Blount also says all offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell asks of quarterback Russell Wilson is to be himself.

Marty Callinan of ESPN Stats & Information looks at what club will have it better at quarterback, running back and wide receiver this Sunday, liking the Seahawks at two of the three positions.

Mike Triplett of has a look ahead at Sunday's NFC West rivalry game.

Ashley Fox of says running back Marshawn Lynch is the player the Niners must try to contain during Sunday's NFC Championship game.

Herm Edwards of previews Sunday's matchups, liking the Seahawks and Denver Broncos to meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Ron Jaworski of breaks down Sunday's battle between quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press takes a look at how the Seahawks' defense handles the deafening noise of Seattle's 12th Man. Booth also notes the free-agent signings of defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril have paid big dividends for Seattle this season.

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press eyes the 49ers wide receiver tandem of Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

Danny O'Neil of pegs 49ers running back Frank Gore as his first "person of interest" heading into Sunday's game against the Niners.

Brady Henderson of recaps a Thursday conversation between left tackle Russell Okung and 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny," noting Okung welcomes the challenge presented by Niners pass rusher Aldon Smith.

Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times profiles Pete Carroll and the reasons why his off-the-wall coaching style works. Jenks also says young quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick should enjoy a long rivalry together in the NFL.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks passing game is not facing a disaster, but they will need more out of quarterback Russell Wilson if they are to beat the Niners this Sunday. Brewer also says Sunday is no time for Carroll and the Seahawks to play conservative.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times says Sunday's NFC Championship game between Seattle and San Francisco seemed inevitable.

Janet Tu of the Seattle Times profiles the man under the Blitz the Seahawk mask.

The Seattle Times reviews the past six meetings between the Seahawks' Pete Carroll and 49ers' Jim Harbaugh.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald tells us what it is that drives wide receiver Doug Baldwin's passionate play.

Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune says 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick believes his CenturyLink Field struggles are behind him

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks have a major advantage in playing Sunday's game at home.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune compares quarterback Russell Wilson to Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton.

Art Thiel of shares quarterback Russell Wilson's simple answer for the team's passing game that has struggled the past five games.

Tim Lewis of KOMO 4 News says beyond all of the off-the-field headlines, the Seahawks-49ers rivalry is tops in the NFL right now because both teams are playing so well.

Scott Sistek of KOMO 4 News profiles the recent work of one of our team photographers - Dan Poss, whose images you may have seen pop up on our website and social media pages.

Defensive end Greg Scruggs brought a late Christmas gift to a family who were recent victims of theft.

Here at, I recap and provide video from Pete Carroll's Thursday press conference and highlight 12 Seahawks anthems to get you primed for Sunday's NFC Championship.

Former Seahawks defensive lineman Craig Terrill, who was with Seattle when the team won the 2005 NFC Championship, has a message for this year's squad.

Team photographer Rod Mar has shots from "Turnover Thursday" practice.

And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth puts the focus on Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon's favorite playoff memories, highlights the hearing-impaired fullback Derrick Coleman - who is garnering a lot of media attention this week, and features the big-play ability of wide receiver Doug Baldwin.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto