Daily Madden: Saints Face Tough Test In SeattleThe Seahawks had no problem with the New Orleans Saints during the regular season, winning 34-7 in Seattle.John Madden said he expects a closer game in Saturday's NFC playoff match-up.
Daily Madden: 49ers-Panthers Is Old-Fashioned FootballJohn Madden is expecting a low-scoring, physical game when the San Francisco 49ers meet the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte Sunday.
Daily Madden: Luck Earning A Reputation For Being ClutchWith his team trailing 28 points at half-time, quarterback Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a 45-44 playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday.
Daily Madden: Kaepernick Runs Away With Victory
Daily Madden: John's First Round Playoff PicksThey'll be playing away from home on Lambeau Field's frozen tundra, but John Madden likes the 49ers in Sunday's first round NFC playoff game against the Packers.
Daily Madden: 49ers Need To Focus On Playbook, Not WeatherIt's expected to be one of the coldest weather games in NFL history when the 49ers meet the Packers in Green Bay Sunday. "At some point, you just have to go play," John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.
49ers Lean On Experience In NFC PlayoffsLast 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.
With Some Help, 49ers Can Punch Their Playoff Ticket This WeekendWith 3 weeks left in the season, San Francisco could possibly clinch a playoff spot this Sunday. They will need to beat Tampa Bay first, and after that will be rooting for the Titans, Vikings and Packers.
numberFire Has It Wrong: 49ers Still Have Playoffs In Their CrosshairsWhile a lot can happen before now and the end of the season, the playoffs are still very much in reach for the 49ers. Those who question San Francisco's post-season chances are hanging their hat on the recent report from numberFire, giving them a 36.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. What is surprising is how anyone can agree with that.
Falcons Start Fast, But 49ers Rally Late To Advance To Super BowlIn a game where the momentum switched hands several times, the 49ers were able to make one more play than the Falcons and will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. San Francisco bounced back from a slow start, and in the end, outplayed the home team. The 49ers have earned themselves a trip to New Orleans, where they will look to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Harbaugh Will Rely On Akers For Remainder of Post SeasonWhen Billy Cundiff was released this week, the 49ers made it clear that they have confidence in David Akers to makes kicks for the rest of the playoffs. Or it could be that they have less confidence in Cundiff. Either way, the team did the right thing by letting go of Cundiff prior to the team's flight to Atlanta, letting Akers relax and focus on the game and not about being replaced.
Monkey Not Off Falcons' Back YetWhen the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, they earned the first playoff win for both Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. The entire franchise was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but will need to re-focus with San Francisco up next. With the winner heading to the Super Bowl, Atlanta must be careful to not suffer an emotional let down, and will face even more pressure as the stakes have been raised.