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January 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For more than three hours Sunday, millions of Americans joyfully cheered a football game whose players are paid to be angry and callous. But then, moments afterward, America was offended when one of those players spewed anger and callousness? The national vilifying of the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman for his taunting televised postgame remarks Sunday after the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game cuts to the heart of sports hypocrisy.
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January 19, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
For the first time since the 2009 season, two No. 1 seeds are meeting in the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos both won two home games to punch their ticket to New York, just as the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints did four years ago. This guarantees that a top seed will hoist the Lombardi Trophy for just the third time since NFL realignment in 2002. The Broncos and Seahawks used to be AFC West rivals, but they have faced each other only three times since Seattle switched conferences.
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January 19, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Seattle's Richard Sherman thinks he's the best cornerback in the NFL. Earlier this week, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree said he didn't think Sherman was the league's best cornerback. So it only makes sense that the man who brought "U mad, bro?" into the sports-insult lexicon would try to crown himself king of postgame rants after the Seahawks defeated the 49ers, 23-17, in the NFC championship game on Sunday. After deflecting a pass intended for Crabtree in the end zone that led to a Seattle interception and clinched the win, Sherman gave a brief, but memorable, interview to Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews immediately after the game: "Well, I'm the best corner in the game.
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January 19, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks are heading to their second Super Bowl - and they have their smothering defense to thank. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman made a huge play Sunday evening to preserve a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game, setting up a Super Bowl XLVIII showdown with the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. With 30 seconds to play and his team at the Seattle 18-yard...
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January 19, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The 49ers and Seahawks have never met in the postseason, but they have developed quite a rivalry in the NFC West. Their all-time series record is 15-15, and San Francisco has won five of the last seven meetings. However, Seattle has won four of the last five at home, outscoring the 49ers, 139-58, in those games. Road warriors Much of the talk surrounding this game will be about San Francisco's recent struggles in Seattle. But 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh is comforted by the way his team has played away from home lately, winning three consecutive road games, including against Green Bay and Carolina.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile this week announced it would hold a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, just one week after the company's chief executive was thrown out of the hip-hop duo's concert in Las Vegas that was put on by AT&T. The two wireless carriers have been at each others' throats the last few weeks, and T-Mobile's upcoming concert seems to be the latest shot in its fight with AT&T. The concert will be held Jan. 23 in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theatre. T-mobile and AT&T recently escalated their rivalry by announcing new strategies to poach customers from each other.
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January 17, 2014 | Sam Farmer
  SEATTLE - Strangers in a strange land, Torrey O'Brien and girlfriend Allie Richard window shopped in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Friday, turning the heads of everyone they passed. "Everyone here is pretty nice," said O'Brien, visiting from Los Angeles. "But we're getting a lot of who-the-heck-are-you looks. It's like we're aliens. " Theirs was a faux pas of fandom. O'Brien had the temerity to wear a San Francisco 49ers sweatshirt. Richard wore a 49ers wool cap. This is unmistakably Seattle Seahawks country, and the 49ers - who play here Sunday in the NFC championship game - are the despised enemy.
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January 13, 2014 | Sam Farmer
DENVER - After nearly five months of NFL games, it has come down to this: Four teams. Four possible matchups for Super Bowl XLVIII. For Denver, New England, Seattle and San Francisco, looking that far ahead could spell doom. But the options have been so whittled down, the permutations are simple. The big game will be Seahawks-Broncos, Seahawks-Patriots, 49ers-Patriots or 49ers-Broncos. No matter what happens, this much is guaranteed: It will be a new-age quarterback from the NFC, either Seattle's Russell Wilson or San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick, against a future first-ballot Hall of Famer from the AFC, Denver's Peyton Manning or New England's Tom Brady.
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January 12, 2014 | By Brad Biggs
  CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his second season as a starter, Colin Kaepernick improved to 3-0 in road playoff games, but it will take a successful journey to the most hostile environment in the NFL for the 49ers to repeat as NFC champions. The 49ers toppled the host Carolina Panthers, 23-10, Sunday, taking over the game on two Kaepernick touchdowns, one a throw and one a run, sandwiched around halftime. San Francisco advanced to the NFC championship game Sunday in Seattle, where the 49ers have been blown out the last two seasons.
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January 10, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Seahawks face the challenge of avoiding overconfidence in light of their 34-7 demolition of New Orleans in Seattle five weeks ago. "The first thing I addressed with the team when we came back together was, 'What happened in the past doesn't tell the story of what's going to happen in the future,'¿" Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said. "So you have to have the discipline to do that. " Something that won't change: CenturyLink Field will be loud. Seahawks fans - nicknamed the 12th Man - set a Guinness Book World Record for crowd noise earlier this season, lost the title to Kansas City around midseason, and reclaimed it during with the victory over the Saints.
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