Expectations are high for the Divisional Round this weekend, which sees the Niners face the Vikings, the Ravens host the Titans, Texans visit the Chiefs and the Seahawks head to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.
Al Pacino's famous speech in the hit football movie 'Any Given Sunday' is just about as cheesy and pulpy as you can get when it comes to football-inspired speeches. Pacino's character, coach Tony D'Amanto delivers, 'life’s this game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small -- I mean one-half a step too late, or too early, and you don’t quite make it. One-half second too slow, too fast, you don’t quite catch it.'
Entering Week Fourteen, the NFC remained in the balance. The premier conference in the NFL has proven to be a blood bath this year as the 10-2 San Francisco 49ers and the 10-2 New Orleans Saints met in the Superdome in a matchup that was sure to deliver - and deliver it did. Jimmy Garoppolo and co. clutched victory from the jaws of defeat with Robbie Gould's game-winning 30-yard field goal.
Week 14 in the NFL features yet another huge game between very strong playoff hopefuls. The 49ers, who just slipped off the top seed in the NFC after a loss at Baltimore, are visiting the Saints at the Superdome with both teams at 10-2.
Everyone expected the Niners to be better this year, especially with the return of Jimmy Garoppolo under centre. No one expected them to be amongst the league’s elite though at this point in the year.
What did the Niners’ obliteration of Aaron Rodgers’ Packers tell us?
The half term results are out for this year's rookie class. As with every year some have excelled, whilst others risk being held back.
NFC West’s status as an elite division in the NFL was disputed for some time. However, these times are long gone and the Monday Night Football thriller Seahawks 27-24 overtime win over the 49ers only further proved that.
As we draw nearer to the end of the decade, it feels fitting to look back on the great teams, games and rivalries that graced the 2010s. Among those noteworthy moments, the rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks feels like a missed opportunity.
After the events of Week Nine in the NFL, there remains only one undefeated team. The 8-0 San Francisco 49ers. Coming into the season, many predicted the Niners to be a frisky, wildcard type team despite the disappointing 4-12 2018 season.
Delving into the film that showns Nick Bosa as a serious Defensive Player of the Year candidate as well as a Rookie of the Year frontrunner.
Another hugely important deal has gone down in the NFL a week before the trade deadline. This time the Denver Broncos have traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round pick for San Francisco’s 3rd and 4th-rounders in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Confirmed by multiple sources now, A.J. Green is highly unlikely to report to the Cincinnati Bengals facility before the Oct. 29 trade deadline. In which case, Green may well have played his final snap in Cincy colours. There's a few contributing factors at play here as to why his return date is being dragged out.