Welcome to a special playoff edition of Hamm’s Pigskins of the Week! In honor of the 49ers first playoff game since 2002. I’m making 2 debuts today on Niner Noise, I’m sure you noticed my new snazzy graphic up top (currently dusting my shoulders off). And this week I’m making some predictions in an expanded edition of Hamm’s Pigskins of the Week!
Hamm’s Offensive Pigskin of the Week Prediction: Who else? Frank Gore baby! Gore goes off against the Saints, popping off three big runs of 20 or more yards on his way to 147 yards and 3 scores. Gore helps the 49ers control the football all day long with a 6.7 yard per carry avg. Gore’s five catches on the day give him a total of 177 yards of offense.
Hamm’s Defensive Pigskin of the Week Prediction: Justin Smith in a very close battle with Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith. It’s all about the front seven as the 49ers control the line of scrimmage and shut down the NO running game. Drew Brees has to deal with pressure in his face all day is sacked 6 times. J.Smith accounts for 3 sacks, 2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 2 passes deflected and the game winning fumble recovery. I was in attendance in Philadelphia and I don’t you tell me that magic won’t strike again!
My Moment of the game Pigskin prediction and what I’m looking forward to the most AFTER the 49ers win after the break
Moment of the Game: Nothing tops Justin Smiths sack, strip and fumble recovery at the 50 yard line with the 49ers up seven late in the fourth quarter. Maybe just a good though is a 47 yard TD run by Gore that reminds everyone of Steve Youngs long OT run so many years ago where he was stumbling the final 5 yards but somehow, someway made it in!
My favorite moment, will be listening to all the national media clowns back peddling trying to figure out who’s going to win the 49ers-Packers NFC Title game.
Don’t forget to check back with us at halftime for our half time reactions. And follow us on twitter during the game @SFNinerNoise.