SEATTLE — The 12th Man is in Seventh Heaven.
The NFL rivalry of this decade gave Seahawks fans a game for the ages Sunday.
Seattle earned its second NFC championship with a 23-17 win over San Francisco. The Seahawks advance to face Denver in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at The Meadowlands.
“They say when you enjoy the journey, the destination will take care of itself,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “The destination is New York, and I’m glad we’re there.”
But it wasn’t an easy road. San Francisco drove down the field in the final minutes, advancing to the Seattle 18-yard line with 30 seconds left.
But the NFL’s top defense stood tall when it had to. Richard Sherman tipped Colin Kaepernick’s pass to Malcolm Smith for an interception in the end zone.
That set off a wild celebration for a CenturyLink Field crowd that once again registered a small earthquake on Seattle seismic monitors.
Now the Seahawks will try to further shake up the Northwest sports scene with their first Super Bowl title.
“We kept battling and believing in ourselves,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “It doesn’t get any better.”