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January 14, 2014

Seattle not surprised to see San Francisco again

RENTON, Wash. — After beating up on each other twice earlier this season, Pete Carroll was not surprised to see San Francisco as the opponent coming to Seattle for the NFC championship game.

He believes the division foes, with one of the most heated rivalries in the NFC, meeting for a trip to the Super Bowl is validation for how good the once-mocked NFC West has become.

“This matchup is exactly what everybody is looking for and it’s an exciting one with a lot of background,” Carroll said on Monday.

“I’m grateful it’s coming from our division. I think our division really made a statement this year about how good we were and lot of losses came within the division. When you look at it this is a fantastic matchup with a great opportunity for both teams.”

Seattle (14-3) advanced to the NFC title game after knocking off New Orleans 23-15 in the divisional round on Saturday.

It’s the second NFC championship game appearance for Seattle and third overall having once played for the AFC title.

There is familiarity and contempt when it comes to San Francisco and Seattle.

They’ve played six times since San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh arrived before the 2011 season with the 49ers holding a 4-2 advantage. But of Seattle’s four losses, only one — the first — has been by more than seven points.

Seattle and San Francisco split the two games this season with each winning at home.

The Seahawks rolled to a 29-3 win in Week 2, and the 49ers kicked a late field goal for a 19-17 win in Week 14.

Perhaps it’s appropriate that the series record is tied 15-15 heading into Sunday with more at stake than ever before.

“It shows how good the NFC West has been over the past couple of years,” Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said.

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