Posted: 12/24/2011 5:27:15 AM
Originally Posted by echelon1
SF has alot to play for here. 1st round bye in the balance. Saints could jump them with a loss. Saints play after this game so 49ers have to assume they still need the win by kickoff. Saints are hot, get rival Atl at home in meaningful division game, and then have a very beatable Carolina team at home.
So no way Harbaugh can rest on hoping Saints take a dive one game. 49ers have the tie-breaker if they both win out. Getting a bye and then home game is huge in playoffs. Having a great year like SF only to fall at the end and play in wildcard round is a mini failure. They certainly don't want to have travel to NO in the 2nd round, and then go to GB. That would change their chances dramatically.
Yes, Seattle has playoff motivation, but it's miniscule. The better team is SF and both are playing this game with meaning. Gotta take 49ers here to punctuate the season and keep the #2 seed intact. Not to mention, GB takes a dive with all their injuries and the #1 seed is not out of question, Packers have Detroit last game and Lions may need that game.
Point is, all these teams have alot to play for...select the winner of who you think is better and should win, not who you believe is playing it safe, as they aren't. And Harbaugh would never rest until there is no more chance to gain something.
On a side note, if 49ers win here, the Packers will win the game head-up (not sure ATS) against Bears. If 49ers lose, different ballgame, as one seed is locked up and they can rest everyone.
really respect the way you analyze these game man . always on the $$$