SANTA CLARA -- Joe Montana likes the 49ers to advance Sunday to their second straight Super Bowl.

"It's going to be tough and a close game, but down the stretch, the experience of what they went through last year is going to pay off for them, and they're going to win it in the end," Montana said on this week's Showtime's "Inside The NFL."

The fifth-seeded 49ers (14-4) will take an eight-game winning streak into Sunday's NFC Championship game at Seattle against the top-seeded Seahawks (14-3).

Montana sees similarities in the modern-day 49ers offense as those he helped lead to four Super Bowl wins in the 1980s.

"I've seen the playbook before so I understand the plays and there's some of the terminology that's still the same," Montana said. "They're using somewhat the same scheme, but (coach Jim Harbaugh) still has a lot of that Chicago in him, where they want to pound the ball at you."

Asked how Harbaugh compares with former 49ers coach Bill Walsh, Montana said: "Personality wise, they're radical opposite. But when it comes down to the things that make the offense go, it's the detailed parts of what he does, the adjustments made by receivers. That stems back from Bill."

Later on the show, Cris Collinsworth also picked the 49ers, though he said that will only be the case if Colin Kaepernick attempts fewer than 20 passes in what should be a run-oriented, defensive struggle. Fellow analyst Phil Simms predicted the Seahawks would win, citing their home-field advantage and the 49ers' past issues with clock management.

Montana joked that if he didn't pick the 49ers, "I'd get run out of San Francisco."

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