Nobody really thought that once the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson the starting quarterback that they had a shot at making the playoffs this year, let alone winning the division. But with only four games left in the season they are right in the hunt, and have the attention of the 49ers, who have come out this week and made it clear that they plan to finish the regular season strong.
The San Francisco 49ers defense has been the face of the team, and most of the attention has gone to the front seven. However, the secondary is a key reason they have the top-rated defense in the league.
The match up to watch on Sunday will be Carlos Rogers vs. Victor Cruz. As with San Francisco and New York both are very talented and have developed a bit of a rivalry since Rogers mocked Cruz’s touchdown celebration. This will mark the 3rd time the two have faced each other with both winning a previous meeting. Whichever player gets the better of their opponent Sunday will give their team a great chance at winning the game.
Carlos Rogers is eager to be around his San Francisco teammates this week as the NFC West champions prepare for what they hope is another run at a Super Bowl after it was right within reach last season.
The 49ers released the cornerback Thursday after he spent eight seasons with the team. The 30-year-old Spencer started every game in 2009 and 2010 but appeared in only nine games with no starts for coach Jim Harbaugh and the NFC West champions last season.
The 49ers and Patriots each placed eight players on the 2012 Pro Bowl rosters, followed by the Ravens and Packers, who had eight players selected.
Carlos Rogers sat alone on the ground eating a pre-practice turkey burger, facing San Francisco’s empty practice field and soaking in the California sunshine on a spectacular fall day.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told me today that the team would look into re-signing players before the season ends. This season is unusual because of the work stoppage which forced free agents to sign last-minute deals, most for one year.
Both sides of the ball and special teams have carried the division-leading 49ers to a surprising 4-1 start.
My plan was to take in some Blues in the French Quarter after our broadcast of the 49ers game. As it turned out, I didn’t have to wait that long. The blues started at kickoff and lasted until the final gun.