2013 NFC Championship among playoff games between young QBs in NFL history

The Niners had gone 12-4 with Colin Kaepernick continuing to thwart teams with his legs and arm, and were looking for their second straight Super Bowl appearance after losing to the Ravens the previous year. After going 11-5 and losing in the Divisional Round in 2012, the Seahawks were a hungry team in 2013, going 13-3 behind the continued emergence of Wilson, a near-prime Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. and a historically great defense titled by the Legion of Boom.

“Two teams, lots of hate, lots of hitting and two young quarterbacks who lit up the league in their own way that season,” Schrager said. “Kaepernick was electric, firing lasers at Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, and rushing 130 yards into the league’s most feared defense.

“But Wilson, when it mattered most, was better.”

The Seahawks had come back from a 10-0 deficit and took a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter on a Wilson touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse on what Schrager called “one of the great plays of the season.” Seahawks history. Kicker Stephen Hauschka would add a basket late in the quarter, and Richard Sherman’s signature spike on Kaepernick’s pass to Crabtree in the end zone sealed a 23-17 win for the Seahawks.

“Two great young quarterbacks, two great, hard-hitting teams that loved playing physical football, and the game was delivered.”

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