By Carley Bennecke |Staff Writer|
The 2014 AFC and NFC champions are the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, the final NFC and AFC games took place.
The New England Patriots played at the Denver Bronco’s Sports Authority field in Mile High Denver, Colorado. The sun was shining very brightly and Bronco fans were dressed in high spirits.
The first quarter was a very low scoring one. The only points accumulated was the field goal scored by the Broncos.
Broncos scored one touchdown and one field goal in the second quarter. The Patriots scored a field goal. At halftime, the score is 13-3, Broncos in the lead.
In the beginning of the third quarter, Broncos score another touchdown. They lead again, with more extension, 20-3.
Fourth quarter rolls around and the Broncos score two more field goals. The Patriots scored a touchdown, went for two points, and failed. The game ended with a final score of 26-16.
The San Francisco 49ers played at the Seattle Seahawk’s CenturyLink field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawk fans embraced the cold weather and cheered their hearts out, reaching high decibel levels yet again.
The game began with the Seahawks having possession, only for quarterback Russell Wilson to fumble it away.
The 49ers were the first to score with a field goal in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the 49ers were the first to score a touchdown. The touchdown was scored by Dixon. The PAT (Point After Touchdown) was good, leading the 49ers 10-0.
After the 49er’s touchdown, a field goal was scored by Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka. The second quarter ended, leaving a halftime score of 10-3.
The beginning of the second half kicked off with a touchdown for the Seahawks. It was an epic run made by Marshawn Lynch, bringing the game to a tie at 10.
Not far after, the 49ers responded with a touchdown of their own, giving them the lead at 17-10.
At the end of the third quarter, Hauschka kicks a 40-yard field goal bringing up their score 17-13.
A little over a minute into the fourth quarter, Seattle decided to go for fourth down instead of a 52-yard field goal attempt. Wilson completed a 35 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.
This brought the Seahawks’ to a lead with 20-17. Seahawk’s coach Pete Carroll is extremely thrilled and had only a wide smile to display.
In attempt to strike back with a touchdown, 49er’s player Kearse caught a pass at the 1-yard line. He fumbled the ball, and 49ers linebacker Navarro Bowman came out of the pile with it, yet Seattle keeps the ball. Bowman was carted off the field with a damaging knee injury.
Seattle used this ruling to their benefit and scored a 47-yard field goal kicked by Hauschka. This extended Seahawk’s lead to 23-17.
With 38 seconds left on the clock, the 49ers are at the 18-yard line. San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw the ball into the endzone.
Michael Crabtree from the 49ers was going to catch the ball and the 49ers would have gone to Super Bowl XLVIII, if it weren’t for Seattle’s Richard Sherman. Sherman tipped the ball, and it landed in Seattle’s Malcolm Smith’s hands.
The final scoring was 23-17.
Seattle Seahawks will be playing against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The weather is expected to be below freezing and a possible precipitation and snow.