San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to face off with the Carolina Panthers for the second time this season, but there is a lot more on the line this time.
Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break their playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.
The fact that both teams could be without a key defensive player this Sunday when the 49ers and Packers play is not good. While Green Bay already knows their fate, San Francisco is hoping and waiting that they will not be without Carlos Rogers.
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
Two of the NFL’s most decorated franchises will meet this Sunday when the Packers and 49ers meet in a NFC Wild Card matchup. The winner will move on in the playoffs, while the loser will face a disappointing end to a season that started with much higher aspirations.
NFL teams talk about the season being in four quarters. The league begins that final quarter this week. The Minnesota Vikings travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in their Week 13 game. The Ravens are led on offense by quarterback Joe Flacco, but wide receiver Torrey Smith is the player to watch. The defense is led by veteran nose tackle Haloti Ngata.
The Minnesota Vikings travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks for the second consecutive season. The Seahawks have an 9-1 record and are poised to make a Super Bowl run. They are expecting to have wide receiver Percy Harvin for the first time this season.
The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority completed a portion of the terms that could lead to the team’s new stadium. The most important part of the two documents for fans is the Stadium Builder’s License. There has been strong opposition to the use of them, but they have become a part of professional sports.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the only Minnesota Vikings to miss practice Thursday. Safety Harrison Smith and McLeod Bethel-Thompson were the only players to have their practice status change from Wednesday to Thursday. Three players were full participants both days despite injuries and five were limited both days.
After a slow start, Colin Kaepernick completed six straight passes in his third series of the game and connected on a 5-yard-touchdown toss to Quinton Patton, and Lavelle Hawkins returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score late in the second quarter in San Francisco’s 34-14 preseason victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.
Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.
The 49ers made a key offseason move when they traded for Anquan Boldin. The star wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens haunted 49er fans everywhere during the Super Bowl, now he is their best receiving bet on the field.
Super Bowl Sunday is big business at the WinCraft. President John Killen says the company just had a strong sales year.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers grew up in California and San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick grew up a Packers fan.