49ers' Slow Start Too Much To Overcome, Fall To Ravens In Super BowlAfter trailing in every game this post season, the 49ers magic finally ran out. It looked like they might be able to pull it off again, but ran into an opponent that was able to make one more big play than them. Super Bowl 47 was a thriller and came down to the wire, which is all fans can ask for. San Francisco will have to deal with the misery of losing so close to their goal, but this can only make the team stronger as they continue to grow and develop.
Baltimore Ravens Playing For Ring And RespectIf the 49ers are to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, it will take a team effort. The Ravens play for the guy next to them, and will be a problem not only for the talent they have on the field, but also for the bond that holds them together. It's a good thing the 49ers have played as one unit all year and will be entering the Super Bowl the better team, and clicking on both sides of the ball.
Randy Moss' Statement Not As Far Off As People ThinkIt's hard to steal all the attention during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, but Randy Moss had accomplished this feat with one statement. While it may be considered blasphemy to talk about being the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL, while wearing a San Francisco 49er jersey, Moss is not only entitled to his opinion, but based on his career and stats, he is not far from the truth.
49ers Have Just As Much To Play For As RavensSuper Bowl 47 may be the final game for Ray Lewis, but the 49ers have several players who will approach the game with the same mentality. If Baltimore thinks that Ray Lewis' dramatic return to the field will allow the Ravens to play at the level that has allowed them to get this far, they had better look to the other sideline and what the 49ers are playing for. San Francisco is the hungrier team and playing for far more than their opponent.
49ers And Ravens Will Be Well Rested By Kick OffWith a two week break between the Divisional Championship Round and the Super Bowl, both the 49ers and Ravens are able to heal up. Both teams have defensive stars recovering from an injury, and with an extra week to rest will only benefit, but San Francisco would have been better off playing this Sunday.
Ravens' Defense And Intangibles Reason For ConcernThe San Francisco 49ers will be the better team when they take on the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. Unfortunately, talent is not the only deciding factor, and the Ravens will have a few things working in their favor that could help them win it all. To make matters worse, these are things that are out of the 49ers' control, and San Francisco will have to hope that a lot of things go their way on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers Will Be The Best Team On The Field Come Super Bowl SundayFor the San Francisco 49ers to complete their quest for a 6th Lombardi Trophy, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens. After falling one game short of the Super Bowl a year ago, the 49ers find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as the last time they were in a Super Bowl was 18 years ago. As a franchise, San Francisco is undefeated on football’s biggest stage, and although this is new ground for this specific team, they have to like their chances of keeping the winning streak alive.
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.
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.
On Sunday, NaVorro Bowman And Patrick Willis Will Be Asked To Do The (Almost) ImpossibleThere are a lot of things that will be needed to slow down the Atlanta Falcons offense in the NFC Championship Game. The 49er secondary will have their hands full chasing Roddy White and Julio Jones around, but the key match-up is going to be NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis vs. Tony Gonzalez. There is no doubt that Gonzalez is the greatest ever at the tight end position, but this is a match up that San Francisco can win.
Keys To 49er Victory Are As Much Mental As PhysicalDespite having to travel on the road to play the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers are in a good position to pull out a win on Sunday. The keys to getting over the hump, that is the NFC Championship Game, will be a mix of mental and physical. Both teams are solid and equally talented, but if San Francisco can control three things, they will find themselves one win away from the Lombardi Trophy.
49ers Bringing New Dynamic Offense To Championship RoundWhen the New York Giants beat San Francisco last year in the NFC Championship Game, it was the 49ers' inability to make a big play offensively that was a big reason for the loss. The team used the off season to address this problem, and as they find themselves one win away from the Super Bowl, the offense looks nothing like the one that let them down in this very game a year ago.
49ers Like Odds Of Going Through Atlanta To Make It To Super BowlAfter dismantling the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, the 49ers find themselves back in the NFC Championship Game. With the Falcons holding serve against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco will travel to Atlanta with one win standing in the way of both teams of a trip to the Super Bowl. By playing a Falcons team who ended the season as the number 1 seed, in the Georgia Dome, the 49ers will be the underdogs, but have to like their chances of pulling off the upset and moving on to the Super Bowl.
Bye Week Has Allowed Justin Smith To Get ReadyOf all the things that resulted from the 49ers’ first round bye, none could be bigger then the week off to rest. Due to the importance of the regular season finale, San Francisco had to play to win, and could not rest their starters, but were able to get some much needed rest while the Wild Card Series were played. The 49ers as a team are as healthy as they can be, and more importantly, the news on Justin Smith is good.
Mum's The Word On Kicker For Saturday, But Billy Cundiff Is Best OptionOne of the major concerns for the 49ers as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers Saturday is the kicking game. For a team that has such a sound defense, three points can go a long way, and more times then not playoff games are decided by a last second field goal. As David Akers has regressed this season, the team signed Billy Cundiff to evaluate the teams kicking options, yet with the game less then a week away there has still been no decision made. This in camp battle doesn't figure to have a winner declared until right before the game, but with no clear favorite, the best option for the team is to deactivate Akers and go with the new guy.