Good morning. We're a week away from knowing if the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.
The biggest and obvious news from yesterday is that the 49ers are coming back to town. This will be a battle for every inch Sunday.
We'll get started with the links on what promises to be a busy day. On the blog today, you'll hear from Mike Holmgren, Pete Carroll and some of the Seahawks, plus have reports from San Francisco from our Don Ruiz. We'll also chat at 2:30 p.m.
> For today, I wrote about the offense doing just enough to get by of late and how that may not be enough Sunday.
> Our John McGrath says you can thank the Houston Texans for the Seahawks-49ers rivalry.
> Our Kenny Via writes that the Seahawks have, at times, had trouble closing out games with late leads.
> The Seahawks are limiting ticket sales to six states, none of which are California. This has become a "story" despite it being a common practice across sports leagues. The Denver Broncos are doing something similar.
> SI's Don Banks says the anti-climactic divisional round produced the best final four.
> A take on the 49ers game from USA Today.
> A first look at the conference title games from the ESPN talking heads:
> ESPN's Ashley Fox writes this is what the 49ers have been waiting for.
> The Seahawks open as 3.5-point favorites.