I wrote it in the headline, and you watched it yesterday. Not sure everyone still believes it, however.
As was always pointed out by readers of this blog: had it all the way. The Seahawks will face the Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Let's start with a number. Total yards: Seahawks 308, 49ers 308.
As much animosity as there is between the teams and their fan bases, I'll open today by acknowledging what a ferocious, classic football game that was.
Richard Sherman's tip to Malcolm Smith to seal the game is now one of the great moment in Seattle sports history. Sherman's tip sent home Jim Harbaugh, whom Sherman played for and didn't see eye-to-eye with in college, when it landed in the hands of Smith, one of Pete Carroll's USC guys.
Up next is Peyton Manning. What a challenge for Seattle's exceptional secondary. We have two weeks to dissect it. We'll chat later today at 2 p.m. So, for now, onto the links:
> Here's my game story covering an epic game on an epic night, starting with the fact Michael Robinson told guys to look around in New Jersey during the Giants game, because as he said then, "We're coming back."
> Dave Boling says the Seahawks drew strength from earlier struggles.
> John McGrath says the Seahawks' miracle run has no sign of stopping.
> The Seahawks had a hard time with it, but finally found a way to control Colin Kaepernick.
> Doug Baldwin played through a hip injury and had his best day of the year.
> In one of the few negatives of the game, standout 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman had his leg mangled.
> Alvin Bailey played a big role in the Seahawks' jumbo packages.
> Our photo gallery.
> The Everett Herald writes about the Seahawks preparing for "Omaha!" and Peyton Manning. (Sidenote: Breno Giacomini was walking around the lockerroom yelling, "Omaha!" postgame.)
> The Herald also calls the game an instant classic.
> The Herald also looks at Richard Sherman's postgame ranting.
> Game story from the excellent Sam Farmer of the LA Times.
> Don Banks from SI says with the top seeds facing off, the Super Bowl doesn't need extra hype.
> SI's take on the game.
> A look from SI at what to expect in the Super Bowl.
> ESPN writes stay away from Richard Sherman.
> ESPN also says the Seahawks' defense jumped on lapses from the 49ers.
> Jim Moore on the Seahawks' maligned receivers coming up big.
> Danny O'Neil says the win was validation for Pete Carroll's approach.
> A nice photo gallery at Seahawks.com.
> Bruce Feldman at CBS writes it's a super moment for Pete Carroll.
> Yahoo! on Sherman.
> The San Francisco Chronicle writes how the season ended yet again with a throw toward Michael Crabtree.
> Ann Killion writes that Kaepernick missed a chance to be "mythical." Postgame, Kaepernick didn't duck his culpability in the loss, heaping it almost exclusively on himself.