Eddie Debartolo thinks the 49ers should beat Green Bay Saturday night because they have a better team. Short, simple, and basic. Best team wins.
This formula proved perfect in last weekend’s wild card games. Best team won in all four games. The only game this weekend that does not have a clear best team is the Seattle vs Atlanta game. Atlanta should have a better team … but nobody trusts them to show it. They’ve been the best team in three previous playoff games and lost them all. Another loss Sunday would put Atlanta head coach Mike Smith on a clear path to the Marty Schottenheimer Hall of Lame. And Atlanta QB Matt Ryan would have to book a permanent room at Tony Romo’s Choke Palace.
Reputations are made or squashed in the playoffs. This weekend, 49er fans will get their first glimpse at how Colin Kaepernick will perform at this level. Will we see the birth of a legend? The admirable play of a winner? The heroic efforts of a loser? The ugly spectacle of a melt down? Everything is in play come 5pm Saturday night.
Kaepernick has played fewer games than any QB still in the playoffs. To take the team to the Super Bowl, with a mere eight games under his belt, would be a spectacular accomplishment. To get that far and win the Lombardi Trophy would be a cosmic, franchise altering, earth moving, ROB OMG!!!ing event.
On a lesser scale, Kyle Williams is probably quite disheartened he will not have a chance to redeem himself in this year’s playoffs for his double gaff fourth quarter last year that kept the team out of the big one. Personally, I’m glad he won’t have that chance, both for his sake and ours. Better to have a new goat this year than the same one again as last year. And his redemption would probably never be as fabulous as his life as a suicide hotline lurker would be desolate should he gaff again.
In the wild card weekend, there weren’t any big heroes and no big losers. Kind of disappointing. Joe Webb was notably awful for Minnesota, but that wasn’t far off expectations for a second string QB to a first stringer who wasn’t very good himself all year long.
It would be charming to see Frank Gore have a big playoff run. The hourglass is running out of sand for this fine, old warrior. Candlestick would shake if Frank burst through the line and thundered downfield on one of his patented 80 70 60 50 40 yard runs. A new generation of heroes will be moving to the front next year and they may get an early start in these playoffs. Are you listening AJ Jenkins and LaMichael James?
I’m getting goosebumps thinking about it. Go Niners! Make us happy or piss us off. The choice is yours, guys!