Seattle and San Francisco have each won their home game against each other. With the rubber match taking place at CenturyLink Field, which game will be played? The blowout 29-3 Seattle win in Week 2 or the 19-17 gritty win by the 49ers in Week 14?
The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to face off with the Carolina Panthers for the second time this season, but there is a lot more on the line this time.
Two of the NFL’s most decorated franchises will meet this Sunday when the Packers and 49ers meet in a NFC Wild Card matchup. The winner will move on in the playoffs, while the loser will face a disappointing end to a season that started with much higher aspirations.
In their final game of the regular season, the 49ers beat a Cardinal team that was playing for their playoff lives. In a game that they had to win, Arizona put up a valiant effort, but could not beat a San Francisco team that enter the playoffs on a 6 game winning streak.
While the rematch from last year’s NFC Championship Game will not quite live up to the hype that was expected when the season started, it’s still a very interesting match-up. Both teams have plenty to play for and will do everything they can to leave the field Monday with win.
It was obvious after each team’s opening drives that the best team on the field in Tampa Bay was the visitor. While it was a one possession game late, San Francisco dominated their opponent from start to finish, getting a little something from everyone on the way to their 10th win of the season.
In a game that they had to win, San Francisco responded. They beat the best team in the NFC, (record-wise) and remain in control of their playoff destiny.
The 49ers swept their season series against the Rams due to the play of the defense. While all phases of the team chipped in, it was the San Francisco defense that ensured that they maintain control of their playoff destiny as the 49ers won their second straight game.
Despite the long list of names on the 49ers injury report, the fact remains that they are getting healthier. The Rams, on the other hand have a few players getting over concussions that may not be available Sunday.
If San Francisco hopes to avoid their 5th loss this season, they are going to have to beat a St. Louis team that has improved its level of play since their week 4 match-up. While this is far from an easy win, the 49ers are at home, seem to have their offense on the right track, and should sweep the season series against their division rival.
For the second time in two weeks the 49ers lost a game in which they have to feel that they should have won. While they played admirably, the bottom line is that San Francisco needs to get back to their winning ways if they hope to make it back to the playoffs.
Both New Orleans and San Francisco are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and will have to play their best game of the season to pull out a victory in this one. The winner will not only keep alive their hopes of a favorable playoff path, but will also send a loud message to the rest of the NFC.