NFC Championship advantage No. 3: 49ers have the weaker offensive line
One of the major obstacles Brock Purdy and the 49ers needed to overcome in the divisional win over Dallas was just how much the Cowboys were able to overwhelm the Niners offensive line.
Philadelphia will likely bring even more heat in the NFC Championship game (more on that in a second), but it does illustrate the possibility of San Francisco’s O-line being something of a liability this Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Eagles boast arguably a better O-line themselves.
At least according to Pro Football Focus, which ranked Philly’s front blockers No. 1 in the entire NFL after the regular season concluded. While PFF admitted that penalties have been a problem for Philadelphia here, those can be offset by the 49ers being out of the top five and into the No. 7 spot here.
Not bad, no. But it’s a disadvantage nevertheless.