[The Portland Tribune]
The winning team advances to the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at East Rutherford, N.J., to face the AFC champion, either New England or Denver.
Lynch is a bit younger than Gore, and has had slightly better results overall this season.
The Seahawks held Gore to 16 yards rushing — and Lynch scored three touchdowns, two on the ground — as they won 29-3 early in the regular season at Seattle.
But Gore’s 110 yards in the late-season rematch at Candlestick Park helped the 49ers prevail 19-17. His 51-yard burst in the fourth quarter set up the winning field goal by Phil Dawson.
Since 2009, Gore and the 49ers are 5-4 against the Seahawks — and Gore has run for 590 yards in the five wins but only 107 yards in the four losses (missing one game with an injury).