SEATTLE – Richard Sherman deflected Colin Kaepernick’s late pass into the arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith, who grabbed it for an interception to seal a 23-17 win for the Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.
Seattle earned its second Super Bowl trip in franchise history and will now take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Seahawks had trailed throughout much of the game, but took the lead for the first time early in the fourth quarter as Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse on a fourth-down play for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
Seattle had a chance to pad the lead, but fumbled on fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line, giving the 49ers one last chance to reach a second consecutive Super Bowl.
Kevin Kugler and James Lofton called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Russell Wilson fumbles the ball on the first play of the game)
(Leading 3-0 early, Colin Kaepernick breaks off a long run)
(Anthony Dixon plunges into the end zone for a 10-0 lead)
(Marshawn Lynch’s long TD run ties the game)
(It’s 17-10 as Kaepernick connects with Anquan Boldin)
(Seattle takes the lead 20-17 on Wilson’s TD pass to Jermaine Kearse)
(Lynch fumbles with a chance to pad the lead)
(Malcolm Smith picks off Kaepernick to seal a Seattle win)
(The final call as Seattle advances to the Super Bowl)
(Kam Chancellor’s postgame interview with WestwoodOne sideline reporter Mark Malone)
(Pete Carroll’s postgame interview with WestwoodOne sideline reporter Mark Malone)
(Postgame recap from Kevin Kugler and James Lofton)
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