San Francisco 49ers
Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break their playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.
The fact that both teams could be without a key defensive player this Sunday when the 49ers and Packers play is not good. While Green Bay already knows their fate, San Francisco is hoping and waiting that they will not be without Carlos Rogers.
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
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.
“This gives us an opportunity to take some of our fans on the road and make some new fans and do so on an international stage,” Lewand said.
The NFL came back in a big way on opening day, with long plays highlighting games from coast to coast.
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his fellow coaches went back to school after the team’s ugly loss to San Francisco in the playoffs last season.
Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.
The 49ers made a key offseason move when they traded for Anquan Boldin. The star wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens haunted 49er fans everywhere during the Super Bowl, now he is their best receiving bet on the field.