These less-known 49ers are primed for massive contributions in NFL playoffs

You know the big names on the Niners roster, but look for these three underrated players to show up big this postseason.
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25)
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) / G Fiume/GettyImages
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The 49ers are laden with well-known talent on both sides of the ball, but look for these three players to show up and ball out during the NFL playoffs this year.

It's been an enjoyable season for those whose favorite teams made it into the postseason, and even those who fell short, hopefully, fans still came away with some excitement from the regular season.

Then there were the San Francisco 49ers, who finished the year 12-5 and secured the top seed within the NFC. That means they automatically advance beyond the Wild Card round of the postseason and into the divisional round.

Only three games to win a Super Bowl. Not four, which is the case for the rest of the conference.

With postseason action right around the corner, let's take a look at three Niners who may not get as much love as the other well-known names but are nevertheless primed for huge contributions during the playoff run.

RB Elijah Mitchell

The 49ers may have the most underrated and yet dangerous backfield entering postseason play. Never mind the fact that third-year running back Elijah Mitchell has only appeared in 10 games this season while carrying the ball on 61 attempts for a measly 229 yards.

Mitchell still can rack up monster numbers as he demonstrated in the final two games of the regular season.

At this time of the year, it's clear how invaluable Christian McCaffrey has become to this team, but especially to the running back group.

However, if Mitchell can get anywhere near the per-game level of production he achieved in 2021 when he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a rookie, that will certainly lessen the load on McCaffrey and open up so much more for the rest of San Francisco's offense.