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.
Despite coming off their bye, and playing at home, the 49ers suffered another heartbreaking defeat. Instead of extending their winning streak to six, San Francisco will now have to beat a good New Orleans team to avoid losing their second in a row.
The 49ers and Panthers each have several players listed on this week’s injury report, but none that will hinder their play Out of the two teams, it’s the Panthers who will have to keep an eye on a few players, but in the end, this game will not be decided by injuries.
After beating up on the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, there is not a NFL team in a better position than the San Francisco 49ers. They have won 5 straight, have a week off to rest up, continue to get better on the field, and with several players getting over lingering injures, the 49ers figure to be even better the next time they hit the field.
The only concern for the 49ers this week is overlooking their opponent. San Francisco is playing easily the worst team in the NFL, and while they will have to still play a good, clean game to win, the 49ers have no business losing this game.