I’ll start with a quick programming note that our Take Two blog will have daily posts rounding up what the national media is saying about the Seahawks. I will make sure to link that every day in this spot, as well.
But that means the links here will focus a little more on news involving the two teams, and maybe some more specialty football sites.
And we’ll start the links with a few of the stories from our paper:
— First is my story on the importance for Seattle Sunday of stopping Frank Gore. It’s obviously more complicated than just one player, but the last few years, how Gore does indicates which team is going to win, simple as that;
— Jayson Jenks looks at whether fewer penalties are really called in the playoffs and how that might impact the Seahawks;
— Sports columnist Jerry Brewer says the playoffs prove that the West is the Best in the NFL;
— And news columnist Danny Westneat says Seattle has a complex about San Francisco.
In other news. …
— Seattle remains favored by 3 to 3.5 points;
— Seahawks.com previews the 49ers;
— Seahawks.com also has a mailbag;
— Here’s a 49ers injury update courtesy of ESPN.com;
— More on the injury situation, and specifically that Carlos Rogers plans to play;
— Jim Harbaugh had no issue with Seattle’s ticket tactics;
— Harbaugh also said the 49ers are ready for CenturyLink Field;
— The San Francisco Chronicle looks at how Arizona was able to come in to the CLink and beat the Seahawks last month;
— ESPN.com with a good breakdown of how Seattle has had success against Colin Kaepernick rushing just four defenders;
— ESPN on whether the Seattle offense can do enough to win;
— Pro Football Focus rates Seattle’s offensive line 26th and the 49ers 11th;
— PFF also rates Michael Bennett the No. 7 edge pass rusher this season;
— PFF also offers a free agency tracker;
— 49ers.com says the 49ers feel prepared;
— The Sacramento Bee says Kaepernick needs to play the game of his life;
— ESPN’s Gregg Easterbook with some intriguing stuff on the defenses in the west;
— The Sporting News reveals how having cheap, talented QBs have helped Seattle and the 49ers build their teams;
— The Sacramento Bee on the longtime evolution of the rivalry;
— Really good stuff from NOLA.com on how the Seahawks shut down Jimmy Graham. Main takeaway? It’s always more of a team effort than is commonly portrayed;
— CBSSports.com with a preview of Sunday’s game.