The NFC Championship Game is now set after the San Francisco 49ers (14-4) outlasted the Carolina Panthers (12-5) 23-10 on the road. A game that was both physical and chippy from both teams, the Niners slugged it out back-and-forth with a very talented Panthers team, before finally asserting themselves in the third-quarter and eventually taking over the game.
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Now with the 49ers headed to their third-consecutive NFC Championship Game against the division rival Seattle Seahawks (14-3) as the game promises to be a physical battle for both sides, the question remains how will the 49ers handle the 12th man? A task that is easier said than done considering the Seahawks have only lost one home game since 2012, it will be a game that will be very hostile and loud. And if that was not enough, it seems as if the Seahawks are doing their best to discourage Niner fans from attending the game as they restricted ticket sales to certain areas of North America.
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In a move to try to protect their home-field advantage, the Seahawks website announced that when tickets go on sale to the general public (Monday), they will limit ticket sales to the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Which means that if you don’t have a credit card billing address in any of those regions then you would have to use secondary options such as NFL Ticket Exchange or StubHub, where the cheapest tickets for next Sunday’s game are expected to be starting at $330.
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So what does this mean for the Forever Faithful wanting to make the trip up to Seattle for this epic matchup? Well it is obvious that this comedic display of marketing brilliance is an attempt to limit as many Niner fans as possible from getting into Century Link Field. A fan base that is one of the best in cheering for their team in opposing stadiums, the Forever Faithful travel very well when on the road and will have other alternatives besides the Seahawks website to purchase tickets for Sunday’s game. And there are even some Niner fans who live in those “restricted areas” who are willing to help anyone on the outside that want to make the trip to the game by using their own billing address instead, which would circumvent the Seahawks’ restrictions.
A smart move by those Forever Faithful who reside behind enemy lines. So while the Seahawks may have shut down some attempts in keeping Niner fans from invading their home, the unity of the Forever Faithful is strong enough to where they can bypass that. Whether they are in those restricted areas or outside them, expect this to be a “rally call” for Niner fans everywhere and look for a respectable turnout for the Red and Gold this coming Sunday. Go Niners!
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