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January 19, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Gameday links: Just a lot of stuff on the big game

It’s almost here. Feels like it’s taken forever — so just imagine the anticipation of the Super Bowl! But hey, that would be a small price for Seahawks fans to pay, no doubt.

First, though, beating the 49ers and getting there.

And until the 3:40 p.m. kickoff, here’s a whole lot to read, both from our paper and a few other sources. …

— Times columnist Jerry Brewers writes about the Seattle-SF rivalry and how it got to this point;

Larry Stone writes about the Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh history;

— Really good stuff from Brier Dudley on how Paul Allen runs the Seahawks;

Jayson Jenks on SF’s speedy linebackers;

— Here’s my story on Seattle’s approach to the game;

— A look at some of the fan interaction Saturday;

Mike Holmgren and Jim Zorn offer calming words for the 12th Man;

— I also rated the 10 greatest Seahawk playoff performers;

— Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch;

— Seahawks.com with a preview of the game;

— SI.com’s Peter King wonders if the game means a new era of QBs is on the horizon;

— Interesting stuff from SI.com on what the new marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado might mean for the NFL;

— Good insight from Greg Cosell on Russell Wilson’s slump;

— The Washington Post says the two teams put defense on display;

— The New York Daily News says the two teams are set for the Bully Bowl;

— The New York Daily News also has this preview;

— The LA Times offers a preview;

— The San Francisco Chronicle says Seahawk fever is raging in the streets of Seattle;

— The Chronicle also writes that the 49ers think they have improved enough to finally win in Seattle;

Scott Ostler says the 49ers have to find a way to tune out the fans;

— The San Jose Mercury News says the toughest task for the 49ers today is dealing with the Seattle crowd;

— Does the trash talk favor the 49ers?;

Tim Kawakami with more on why he thinks the 49ers will win;

— A look at how important the ground game usually in this series;

Ailene Voisin says losing to Carroll would be worse for Harbaugh than losing to his brother;

Mark Purdy writes that the game will be violence unleashed;

— USA Today says Carroll could do a lot for his legacy with a win Sunday;

— Facebook looks at who is rooting for each team;

— Former Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier, who faced each team this season, with some thoughts on the game;

— The Sporting News wonders if the betting line will drop any;

— Is the No. 1 matchup NaVorro Bowman vs. Marshawn Lynch?;

— The New York Daily News says Richard Sherman backs up his talk;

— Here’s another pick of the Seahawks.

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