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Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch tries to run past San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP)

Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse catches a touch-down pass in front of San Francisco 49ers' Carlos Rogers during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (AP)

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald (89) dives over Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) after a 14 yard gain in the first quarter during the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. Smith recovered the ball. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.) MAGS OUT; TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40) MANDATORY CREDIT (AP)
Seahawks rally, beat 49ers 23-17 for NFC title

Posted on Jan. 19, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

SEATTLE — Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle’s top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship Sunday.

Seattle will meet Denver for the NFL title in two weeks in the New Jersey Meadowlands. It’s 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 gotten to the Super Bowl since 2009.

San Francisco (14-5) led 17-13 when Wilson, given a free play as Aldon Smith jumped offside, hurled the ball to Jermaine Kearse, who made a leaping catch in the end zone.

Steven Hauschka then kicked his third field goal, and Seattle intercepted in the end zone on the 49ers’ final possession.