Seahawks win the NFC championship

The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to join the Denver Broncos in next month's Super Bowl.

    Seahawks win the NFC championship
    Seattle's Malcolm Smith intercepted a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone [Reuters]

    The Seattle Seahawks have beaten the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to win the National Football League's NFC Championship and join the Denver Broncos in next month's Super Bowl.

    The Seahawks advanced to the NFL's title game on Sunday for the only the second time in the franchise's history after the Broncos sealed their place with a 26-16 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.

    Seattle battled back from a 17-10 deficit midway through the third quarter with 13 unanswered points as the National Football League's top-rated defense registered three turnovers in the fourth quarter.

    Seattle's Malcolm Smith intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass in the end zone  with 22 seconds remaining to halt a potential game-winning drive for the 49ers  and send the Seahawks to the National Football League's February 2 championship spectacle in suburban New York.

    It is the first trip to the big game for the Seahawks (15-3) since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season.

    The conference champs had the best records in the league, the first time the top seeds have got to the Super Bowl since 2009.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.