The Dolphins, this Sunday’s opponent at Candlestick, have been sporadically decent this year. Most recently, they gave New England a pretty tough game and also managed to beat the Seahawks. But both those efforts were at home, not 3,000 miles and three time zones away. The 49ers are a much better team and there is no reason on earth they should not win this game.
Not all reasons originate on earth, however. How else to explain the weird win-win-not win triplet that has repeated itself four straight times this season. If this spooky combo runs the table this year, the 49ers will win the division, get the second or third seed, win a playoff game, and trot home losers in either the NFC Divisional game or the Title game — again.
Playing the Rams twice and not getting even one win has put the team’s chances of earning the second playoff seed on life support. Green Bay should easily run the table to close out the season at 12-4. The Niners would have to run the table, too, to beat that. With upcoming games at New England and at Seattle, though, plus the triplet goofiness, it is highly unlikely the team pulls this off. Unless they start acting like the best team in the league EVERY week, and not just MOST of the time.
A loss Sunday would put the Divisional crown on life support, also, but it just doesn’t seem likely. Not for a team gearing up for a Super Bowl run.
Not that the divisional crown is all important. I’ve noticed that teams who win Super Bowls tend to win all their playoff games, no matter where they are played.
Other than who gets what seed, the NFC does not have a lot of drama left on the plate. Packers, Bears, 49ers, Seahawks, Falcons, and whoever goes 9-7 or 8-8 in the East. The AFC is equally without drama. The only spots left open are the fifth and sixth seeds, with three teams vying for those final two nuggets.
Health is also a big factor in who wins SBs, and just like last year, the 49ers have gone all season with no serious injuries only to get the owie bug late in the year. Those owies have finally pushed the top two 2012 draft choices up the depth chart and onto the game day roster. Both LaMichael James and AJ Jenkins may see playing time this Sunday.
Maybe we’ll be gushing about them come Monday. Or wondering why Trent Baalke drafted these stiffs. At least we’ll finally get to scrutinize the worth of this most recent draft, something we have been able to do from game one with previous year’s draft picks and not at all in 2012. I’m voting for a nice, tidy 21-0 half time lead and a full second half to give these two guys a good, long look see.