Keys to Kaepernick versus Wilson

Which quarterback will have the edge in Sunday's NFC Championship Game?

Updated: January 17, 2014, 2:06 PM ET
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider

Kaepernick-WilsonGetty ImagesColin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will be the focus of Sunday's tilt in Seattle.

On Sunday, fans of the National Football League are in for a treat. Not only will the NFC Championship Game feature the two strongest teams in the conference this season, but it will showcase two of the sport's most talented young quarterbacks -- the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

What's interesting about the matchup is that both quarterbacks have trended in opposite directions as the season has progressed. Kaepernick scuffled out of the gate, while Wilson came out strong. But as the regular season waned, the tables seem to have turned. Now it's Kaepernick who appears to be peaking at the right time, while Wilson has struggled.

Will those recent trends continue when it matters most on Sunday? I broke down the film to see what's going on with both QBs in recent games and what sort of impact that will have on the game plans for Sunday.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.