SEATTLE -- For the second time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.
It was anything but easy. It's was anything but clean. It was anything less than heart-stopping.
The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to send the team to Super Bowl XLVIII. The game was decided on a last-minute interception, as a pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree was tipped in the endzone by Richard Sherman and intercepted by Malcom Smith. Smith downed the ball in the endzone to effectively end the game.
After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll seemed elated.
"It's been unbelievable," Carroll said. "We always believed in ourselves."
Quarterback Russell Wilson shared his enthusiasm following the game.
"There is no place I'd rather be than right here," Wilson said to Terry Bradshaw after the game.
It took 60 minutes, multiple turnovers and a few heart-wrenching stops for the Seahawks to cement their ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII, where they'll face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
The game started off painfully slow for the Hawks, who fell behind 10-0 early and struggled to get together any sort of offense. The Hawks went into the locker room down 10-3, with a lone 32-yard field goal putting the Hawks on the board.
The offense got going early in the third quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run from Marshawn Lynch, but the 49ers quickly answered on a 26-yard touchdown pass fom Colin Kaepernick to Anquan Boldin. The Seahawks answered with a field goal, to put the Hawks within four.
But it was the fourth quarter, the fourth quarter that makes football games legendary. The passing game finally got going in the fourth quarter, with Wilson connecting to University of Washington alumni Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown on a fourth down and 7. The Seahawks held strong on defense when they needed to, despite multiple missed opportunities, and the game ended on the last second interception.
Both the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos led their respective divisions with the best record all year. Now the teams will meet Feb. 2 in the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
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Here's Macklemore's performance during Halftime --
Live Updates from the NFC Championship Game --
-- A 17-yard completion on fourth down, keeps the 49ers alive.
-- This looks to be the final drive of the game. No urgency yet from the 49ers. This is four down territory! Two minutes left, lets go defense.
-- Hauschka and the Hawks have to try and settle for a field goal. A 47 -yard try goes right through the uprights to put the Hawks up 23-17 with 3:37 left in the game.
-- The Hawks have 2nd and eight at the 49ers 33. There is so much going on in this game, it's unbelievable.
-- Kam Chancellor with a huge interception near the 40. The Hawks need to score here. That's his 5th interception against Seattle.
-- The Seahawks fumble and it's still a three point game still. The San Francisco 49ers will take over at the ball their own 14. The 49ers defense holds the Hawks again. Seattle is 0-for-3 in the redzone.
-- On 2nd and goal, the pass is too high. 3rd and goal, the Hawks have to pass. Maintain possession after a bit of a scrum... Who knows what's going on here? Bowman takes a horrible injury. The cart is coming out.
-- Delay of game on the 49ers, puts them back six yards... and then fumble on Kaepernick! Puts the Seahawks in the Red Zone! Lynch has a 104 yards on the game.
-- On 2nd and 8, the 49ers get out of bounds and are short on third down. Kaepernick has his rushing totals up to 126.
-- Are 3rd and 5, the 49ers get a first down. They're 2-for-8 on third down today.
-- The Seahawks have their first lead of the game, up 20-17 with 13:37 left to go. San Francisco gets their ball deep in their territory, what a turn of event as Hauschka was out on the field, but they let him run off. Now, Seahawks are up.
-- On a BIG fourth and 7, Wilson goes deep to Kearse for a 35-yard pass to put the Hawks up 20-17 with 13:44 left to go in the fourth quarter.
-- Wilson comes back on the field for a 4th in 7.
4th Down -- Wilson goes 15 yards, and Hauschka has a 53 yarder coming up. That's a long one for Hauschka.
-- Marshawn Lynch gets 5 yards for the first down, put the Hawks out near the 50. Long pass to Kearse is incomplete on hard hits by the San Francisco defense.
-- A five yard roughing the kicker penalty, Seattle gets away with a bit of a penalty there. The Hawks have good field position.
-- It takes aw while for the heart to start going, doens't it Hawks. Couldn't ask for a better game.
-- Max Unger flinches just a little bit and they get a false start penalty. On Third and 12, Wilson has to throw it away. Hauschka has to settle for a 40-yard field goal try, puts the Hawks within 4. With 3:55 left to go in the third, it's 17-13 49ers.
-- 69 yard return by Doug Baldwin the season long. Puts the Hawks in excellent position.
-- Baldwin takes a big return of 69 yards after the touchdown. Gets to the 49ers 34. Golden Tate takes it to the 20 for a first down.
-- Another loose ball end up in the hands of the 49ers. And then Antoin Boldin gets a touchdown on the drive to put the 49ers up 17-10 with 6:29 to go in the first half.
-- The game is starting to get a little chippy as Kaepernick takes the ball to Crabtree and out to the 50.
-- Marshawn Lynch ran 60 yards on in four carries on that drive. Not bad, Beast Mode!
-- Baldwin gets out to the 40. And then a 40 yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch takes the Seahawks to a 10-10 tie! Great run by Lynch. Tied up here.
-- The Seahawks get the ball on the 40 yard line following the rough matchup. Now, Lynch gets 11 yards on the gain, and his longest run of the game. He takes the Hawks out to midfield.
-- Crabtree looks a little beat up. Walter Thurmond comes in for Maxwell. Frank Gore almost puts it on the ground and the 49ers have to punt. Here we go, 12s!
-- So far 98 of the 49ers yards 111 yards have come from Kaepernick. They get a first down on the first drive of the half.
49ers lead the Seahawks 10-3 at the end of the first half
-- A dead ball foul gives the 49ers the ball back on the shove. 49ers take over the ball and down it to end the half.
-- Wilson takes a sack for a loss of 1. Wilson maybe should have let the ball go on that one. A little pitch from Wilson leaves the Hawks short of first down. Do they go for it????
-- False star on Jermaine Kearse puts the Hawks back, but then a completion to Doug Baldwin gets the Hawks the first down. Keeps the drive going. Out of bounds with a minute 15 left in the first half.
-- Lynch is starting to see more and more rushes. On a gain of eight on second down, it takes the Seahawks to the two minute warning.
-- Lynch has 8 runs for 16 yards. The Hawks should score before the half to put them in good position. He then backs it up with a first down. Both teams have all three of their timeouts.
-- Doug Baldwin is out of the locker room just as the 49ers go down on third line. 49ers are forced to punt, Seahawks will have good field position.
-- Beats by dray commercial with Kaepernick now? Really.
-- 49ers stop Wilson after the 51-yard pass. Seattle has to settle for a field goal attempt, and knocks it through to put the Hawks within 7. 49ers lead 10-3 with 5:47 left to go in the first half.
-- Blitz takes Wilson down to put the Hawks on the SF 16 with 2nd and 10.
-- 51 yard pass to Baldwin to put the Hawks on the 49ers 11-yardline. Nice catch by Baldwin and good football smarts to go down the field. Baldwin struggles to get up.
-- A little quick pass out to Baldwin on the first pass of the game. Wilson has to throw it out of the pocket on 2nd and three. "This 49er defense is absolutely rolling," Joe Buck says.
-- Doug Baldwin is back for the kick. Takes it out to the 24. Wilson will take over. Lets see if the Hawks can't get their rush together.
-- The ruling on the field was a touchdown, so it was not a touchdown. The 49ers are going for it on fourth and goal and make it, the 49ers go up 10-0 with 10:03 left in the first half.
-- Frank Gore gets to third and goal on the on, and then the 49ers punch it in on the one...
-- Kaepernick has carried the ball five times for 43 yards, gets another first down. He runs 58 yards for a scramble and a chance to save a touchdown. "Kaepernick is just gliding through this defense, the announcers say. Kolin Kaepernick is already over 100 yards on the day.
-- A hold on Richard Sherman takes the 49ers to a first down. But Clinton McDonald comes through and makes the stop for no gain.
-- Kaepernick goes to Boldin for an incomplete pass on first down. Did you see that hit Lane took on the sidelines during the punt? That was uncalled for. Third and 10.
-- 49ers punt returner drops the ball, but the 49ers recover. That was almost a lucky bounce for the Hawks.
-- Four penalties on San Francisco. One on Seattle. The Penalty backs them up to 2nd and 18. Turbin goes nine for Third down and nine. Wilson takes a sack and the Seahawks are forced to punt. A loss of 11 with a sack on Russell Wilson.
-- On Third down, Wilson goes to Baldwin for a long first down. Goes for 22 yards to bring the Hawks down. A flag is thrown to put the Hawks on the 49ers 45.
-- Jermaine Kearse can't make a catch on 1st and 10. That deep ball would have been damaging. Marshawn Lynch goes four yards on second down.
-- Aldin Smith jumps offsides and the Seahawks see second and three. The team is yet to get a first down yet. Why isn't Michael Bowie in again? Paul McQuistan is in at left guard. First down???
-- 49ers go for it on fourth down and seem to go for it, but then they have a false start. The Niners end up punting and pin the 49ers back on the 1. The Seahawks have their work cut out for them.
-- Colin Kaepernick gets a 17-yard run early on. The 49ers are driving a bit. Gore gets stuffed up the middle. out of the shotgun, Kaepernick runs for 8 yards.
-- San Francisco has 2nd and 9 on the 19 after a penalty on the punt, but then kicks it out for a first down on a 13-yard gain.
-- Wilson throws and completes to Luke Willson on the first drive. Lynch is stuffed on the second down and a third down sees Lynch stopped short. The Hawks are forced to punt and go 3-and-out. Kaepernick will take over on the 28.
-- Those are the first opening drive points the Seahawks have given up all season.
-- Lets see if the Seahawks can't do a little better that that on their second drive. Bobby Wagner really stepped up with two huge tackles in that drive.
-- Third down and six from the short field. Kaepernick gets hit hard is short of the first down. Great stop by the Seahawks defense in short field after the fumble. Have to settle for a field goal, put the 49ers up 3-0 with 12:55 to go in the first quarter.
-- Not...the way... you want to start the game. Russell Wilson fumbles the ball on the opening drive. Alden Smith gets the fumble, gives the 49ers offense short field.
KICKOFF!-- Here comes the kickoff. Paul Allen raises the flag again. Doug Baldwin Jr. is back to recieve the kickoff here we go. It's kicked out of the back of the endzone and the Hawks will takeover on their own 20.
-- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend Ann Wilson sings the National Anthem. She's a Seattle legend. Barracuda! She rocked it.
-- Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are having trouble talking over the 12s. That's a good sign.
-- Terry Bradshaw says Colin Kaepernick was composed and focused last night, the day before the big Championship game. We bet Russell Wilson was the same, too.
-- Will Vernon Davis feel the Legion of Boom? We hope so. There's a lot of red in the stands today. Lets hope they stay quiet.
-- Is this game the future of the NFL? If the Manning and Brady AFC Championship game was the game of historic quarterbacks, this game could be the game of the future.
-- With Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos headed to the Superbowl, the only game left on Championship Sunday is the NFC Championship game. Are you ready, 12s?
-- The Broncos are running out the clock as they lead by two scores with two minutes left to go. Looks like they are the first team to punch their ticket to SuperBowl XLVIII.
-- The Pats don't get the two point conversion and are down 9. That might ring the death bell for them.
-- New England Patriots still holding on. They're down 16 with 3:30 left to go in the game.
-- This guy's face says it all. Let the game start, already.
-- Think Tom Brady has a comeback in him? Brady just brought the Patriots within 14. They're down 23-10 with about 9 minutes left to go on the game.
-- Peyton Manning went 11-for-16 against the Seahawks this preseason, but the Seahawks won that game easily. Would like to see that match-up again...
-- Did you know this is the first ever playoff game between the Seahawks and the 49ers? Great chance to start 1-0.
-- Can the Peyton Manning and his Broncos put their playoff demons behind them and hold on in this game? The New England Patriots are driving now.
-- Broncos continue to roll at Mile High Stadium. They lead the New England Patrios 20-3 with 7:52 left in the third quarter.
-- Gov. Inslee calls Russell Wilson 'Chief Executive of CenturyLink Field'
-- Burgers, hotdogs, fries and everything else. Do you think you can tackle a burger that big?
[1:20] -- Don't worry, this place doesn't have a ceiling, Macklemore says.
-- Reporter Kate Yeager rides the ferry with a bunch of other 12s. Great video from Kate.
[1:10] -- About 50 degrees and gray for the Seahawks game today. No rain in sight. And the New England Patriots have scored their first points, putting them behind 7 with a little left in the 2nd quarter.
-- Did you see Sports reporter Michelle Ludtka try to east that Beast Mode burger? Do you think you could do better?
-- Denver leads 10-0 with 6:12 left in the 2nd Quarter. Who would you rather face in the Super Bowl?
-- The ferry over from Bremerton is in a Hawks frenzy right now. Is their anything more quintessential than riding the ferry before getting to a Seahawks game? Maybe hitting a latte? We'll have the video soon.
-- Have you seen the new Richard Sherman Beats by Dre commercial? A lot of Seahawks fans still think it paints the Hawks in a negative light, adding salt to the wound after the Colin Kaepernick commercial.