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Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl-bound after defense comes through in the clutch

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks are bringing their game-changing defense — and the 12th Man — to the Super Bowl.

Seattle’s top-ranked defense forced three fourth-quarter turnovers, and Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down for the winning points in a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

Seattle will meet Denver (15-3) for the NFL title in two weeks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 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 this year, the first time the top seeds have gotten to the Super Bowl since the 2010 game.

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