Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has been ruled out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, coach Pete Carroll announced Friday. Harvin, who missed most of the regular-season with a hip injury, suffered a concussion in Seattle's divisional win last Saturday over New Orleans.
"It's super-disappointing for Percy," Carroll said. "He wants to play. You could see it. He played his tail off when he had his chance. Just unfortunate circumstances, you know. He'll be back practicing next week. He'll be ready to go and get back on the field, and we'll be thrilled to have him back.
"But we have functioned the way we function because we don't let things like that get to us and disturb us, and how we're thinking, and how we're preparing and all that. We would love to have him, but not this time."
The Seahawks will face off against the 49ers for the third time this season (they split their two regular-season matchups), and the winner will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
In addition to the decided homefield advantage the CenturyLink Field crowd offers, the Seahawks also feature one of the league's best defenses, one of the toughest running backs in Marshawn Lynch, and a bright young star in quarterback Russell Wilson. And while having Harvin healthy and active would make Seattle's offense even more dynamic, the team's record (13-3, 7-1 at home) suggests that it knows how to win without him.