Here we go, again. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the New York Giants for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The rematch between these two teams is the most anticipated championship game this weekend. No disrespect to the New England Patriots or the Baltimore Ravens, but the game will be easily won by the Pats. I do not like the Ravens going into Foxboro and beating QB Tom Brady and that outstanding offense. Obviously I could be wrong not many expected the Niners to beat the New Orleans Saints and their high powered offense; we all know how that turned out. But enough about the Patriots and Ravens, let’s talk about our game! It is going to be a physical game, which the Niners do not mind at all. It going to be old school football; there’s going to be mud, rain, bruises, blood, and tears. It is going to be one hell of a game between two great franchises. Here are the keys to this championship game.
The New York Giants Vs The Stick
Once again the Niners will have the home field advantage; and it will indeed be an advantage. Last week the Saints had to play away from the dome and like in previous games they had their troubles on the grass. The grass will not be a problem for the Giants, but the forecast does call for a chance of rain. The rain will favor the Niners.
The elements will make it difficult to pass the ball with the proper efficiency, making QB Alex Smith and QB Eli Manning possibly non factors. The rain will force the teams to run the ball. The Niners are great rushing the ball, while the Giants finished dead last in the NFL. Do not forget the Niners have the best rushing defense in the league. Simply, rain equals bad for the Giants.
RB Frank Gore
With the conditions, the Niners will assumingly run the ball frequently. Meaning Frank should get many carries during the course of the game. What cannot occur is the performance Frank had the last time we played the Giants where he rushed for a grand total of 0 yards. Ouch!
If you can remember the Niners went into that game passing the ball early and often. I believe they knew the Giants would load the box, prompting the Niners to favor the pass. Could be the case again, but Frank will need to produce more if the Niners want to win. The Giants have an excellent front four and will put constant pressure on Alex if they do not get the running game going. Setting up play action is going to be a key, something the Green Bay Packers could not accomplish.
WR Michael Crabtree and WR Kyle Williams
TE Vernon Davis set a NFL record with the most receiving yards by a tight end in a single playoff game. You better believe that the Giants defensive backfield will be locked on Davis throughout the game. This leaves Crabtree and Williams to step up for the Niner offense. The Giants will not need to blitz often, leaving seven players in coverage in passing situations. Guarantees double coverage on Davis.
Crabtree and Williams both had a rough game this past Saturday. They had their share of dropped balls which some lead to failed third down coversions. On Sunday both should face plenty of man coverage, meaning they will have their opportunities to make big plays if they can beat the coverage. Crabtree is going to have to play a big role in this game. After Davis he is the next best receiver we have. It is time for Crabtree to live up to his potential and play the game of his life.
Last week my hands could not stop shaking in the fourth quarter and my heart was up to my throat. I expect the same this Sunday. I really believe we can win this game. Eli Manning has been playing phenomenal, but in his history, when he struggles he tends to make mistakes one after another. History does tend to repeat itself and the Niner defense will make sure it does. I really believe the Niners will be ready to defend their home field and punch their ticket to the Super Bowl. Final score will be 20-17. Niner fans this is it. For the ones going to see the game live, make sure you bring the noise. For the rest of us, keep up the faith. This is our time. GO NINERS!!!!!!