@TSFSports Championship Sunday recap and commentary: Richard Sherman talks and walks a big game

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Seattle’s Richard Sherman’s tipped pass resulted in an interception and ended the 49’ers season.

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman’s timely tip resulted in an interception which killed the San Francisco 49’ers potential game-winning drive in the NFC Championship. The Seahawks rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat the 49’ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle will face the Denver Broncos — who outlasted the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship.

Denver Broncos 26, New England Patriots 16 – Peyton Manning passed for 400 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos punched their first ticket to the Super Bowl in 15 seasons. The Broncos led 20-3 before the Patriots rallied to score 13 points in the fourth quarter. A questionable decision by Bill Belichick to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal hurt the Patriots. The Broncos had two scoring drives which were in excess of seven minutes. Peyton Manning improved his record against Tom Brady to 2-1 in AFC title games.

The Patriots struggled in their run game and Tom Brady wasn’t as sharp as he’s been in recent weeks. Two overthrown balls by Brady which would’ve resulted in huge gains were symbolic of New England’s day.w

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Brady 24 38 277 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
S. Vereen 4 34 8.5 0
S. Ridley 5 17 3.4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Edelman 10 89 8.9 1
S. Vereen 5 59 11.8 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Manning 32 43 400 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Moreno 14 59 4.2 0
M. Ball 12 43 3.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Thomas 7 134 19.1 1
J. Thomas 8 85 10.6 0


Seattle Seahawks 23, San Francisco 49’ers 17 – The Seahawks defense forced three fourth quarter turnovers in a great defensive battle which had all the feel of a Super Bowl. The 49’ers opened up a 10-3 lead but were unable to score in the final quarter. Colin Kaepernick threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, but rushed for a game-high 130 yards on 11 carries. Anquan Boldin caught five balls for 53 yards and a touchdown on a dynamic pass from Kaepernick.

Russell Wilson bounced back from a lost fumble on the game’s first play to pass for 215 yards and a touchdown. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was beyond effective against San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers, catching six balls for 106 yards. Seattle’s defense accounted for two sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Richard Sherman’s tipped pass was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith to ice the win for the Seahawks.

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Kaepernick 14 24 153 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Kaepernick 11 130 11.8 0
K. Hunter 3 16 5.3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Boldin 5 53 10.6 1
M. Crabtree 4 52 13 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Wilson 16 25 215 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Lynch 22 109 5 1
R. Turbin 2 6 3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Baldwin 6 106 17.7 0
J. Kearse 2 44 22 1


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