A lot has changed since the 49ers were last in the NFC West and the Seahawks are not.
Now they’re on the verge of winning their first Super Bowl since 2002.
This time, the stakes are higher, too.
The Seahawks are a legitimate threat to win their first championship in five years.
But that’s no guarantee of success.
The 49ers are a perennial Super Bowl contender.
The NFL’s most-watched game this season was in New England, but the Patriots lost by four points.
The most exciting matchup in the division?
The Seahawks-49ers showdown in the Meadowlands.
The game is set for Sunday at 7:25 p.m.
Here’s what to know.
Who is the winner and what is the best-of-seven NFC East playoff series?
The best-on-best NFC East series features the Seattle Seahawks (8-4), the San Francisco 49ers (9-4) and the New York Giants (8.5-5).
The division title is a tiebreaker, and the winner will face the winner of the NFC North or the winner from the NFC South.
In the NFC East, the loser will face both the NFC Central champion and the NFC Wild Card team from the previous year.
What’s the playoff schedule?
Seattle will face two games in the first round, including the division title game.
The Giants are the only team left with an opening-round bye, so Seattle can’t lose to the Patriots.
But the Seahawks will face New Orleans and the Giants will play Atlanta in the opening round.
What will happen in the wild-card round?
In the divisional round, the 49er-Seahawks rematch will be played in the Superdome.
The winner of that game will face San Francisco in the second round.
The Saints beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVII in the regular season and are coming off an 8-4 season.
The San Francisco defense was a combined 10-1 in the playoffs last season.