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NFC Championship: Niners-Seahawks rivalry takes center stage

The rivalry between Seattle’s Pete Carroll (left) and the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh dates to their days as college coaches.
The rivalry between Seattle’s Pete Carroll (left) and the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh dates to their days as college coaches.Elaine Thompson AND Ben Margot/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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RENTON, Wash. — Packers-Bears. Steelers-Browns. Cowboys vs. anybody in the NFC East.

Those are long-standing NFL rivalries.

Add to them 49ers-Seahawks, with a history of nastiness emanating from the college ranks for their coaches, and a hefty animosity built up in annual doubleheaders in their division. Now they meet for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Are those hard feelings for real?

‘‘I think so, but it’ll always be that way when you have two good teams in the same division,’’ 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin said. ‘‘ . . . You respect each other as foes, but there is really a dislike.’’

One of these teams will emerge Sunday from ear-splitting CenturyLink Field in Seattle headed for New Jersey to play for the sport’s biggest prize.

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