Christmas is quickly approaching, and the 49ers have been good this year. Literally and figuratively. Niner Noise makes San Francisco a list to give to Saint Nick.
The jerseys were all hung in the lockers with care, in hopes the San Francisco 49ers soon would be there.
Other NFL players and fans were tucked in their beds, with dreams of Christian McCaffrey running wild in their heads.
“Now Brock, now Deebo, now Kittle and Aiyuk. On Bosa, on Young, on Ji’yer, too,” proclaimed head coach Kyle Shanahan, as the Niners went on a run before playoffs began.
It’s felt like a jolly time at Levi’s Stadium as San Francisco has locked in a playoff berth. However, there is still lots of season to be played and home-field advantage is the gift the 49ers are rushing to open.
Over the last season and a bit, general manager John Lynch has acted like Old Saint Nick, unless you’re a fan of another team, he could be the Grinch. He’s stolen (traded) for players like McCaffery, Trent Williams and Chase Young. He’s checked his list twice and plucked Brock Purdy from everyone.
Now, this 49ers team is looking like a true contender. All three phases are the came are on and bright like lights on a tree. It’s just a matter of making sure none of them go out.
San Francisco is in the final stretch of the bird gauntlet. They’ve taken out the Seattle Seahawks twice and just recently the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals, too. Next are the Baltimore Ravens, who many are pinning as a potential Super Bowl match-up.
Obviously, the 49ers cannot look too far into the future. The Eagles and Cowboys are both hot on the heels of the Niners in the NFC playoff picture, and despite owning the tiebreaker on each, any fault could result in losing the top seed and a coveted bye week. Even the Detroit Lions are sneaking peaks at the big present for the first time in ages.
As the holidays draw near, let’s take a look at three things the 49ers are asking for this Christmas. Beginning with the obvious: health.