2014 NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why You Do Not Want to Play San Francisco 49ers
Why You Do Not Want to Play the San Francisco 49ers
After a successful 12-4 regular season where the San Francisco 49ers finished second in their division to the Seattle Seahawks, the team is now ready to make another playoff run. On Sunday, the 49ers took down the Green Bay Packers in a thrilling 23-20 game to advance to the Divisional round of the playoffs.
Everybody knows that San Francisco has a talented team. Last season, the 49ers made a great run to the Super Bowl before getting knocked off by the Baltimore Ravens in the final game. That same team is back for the most part, and I see no reason why they are not one of the favorites to win it all this season.
This week, San Francisco will travel across the country to take on one of the surprise teams in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers. This should be a competitive and physical game featuring two great teams.
Because they did not win their division, the 49ers will probably be on the road throughout the playoffs. Obviously, that is not ideal, but I will not count this team out just because of that. In fact, no team left in the playoffs are looking forward to playing the 49ers, and here are five reasons why.
5. Jim Harbaugh is an Incredible Coach
Jim Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL. He is an incredibly creative offensive mind, always has his team prepared for a game and understands game management as well as anybody. Most games are won by the players on the field, but Harbaugh is an advantage that the 49ers have over almost every team.
4. Great Running Game
Led by Frank Gore, the 49ers have one of the strongest running games in the league. During the regular season, the 49ers were third in the NFL averaging 137.6 yards per game. As we saw against Green Bay, the 49ers' running game is good enough for them to sit on the ball late in the game and bleed away the clock.
3. They Made a Run Last Season
This team is battle-tested. More often than not, the teams that win the Super Bowl have been there before. It is very rare that a team like Carolina comes out of nowhere and wins the Super Bowl. The 49ers know how to win in the postseason, and that is a big reason why you do not want to run into them.
2. Elite Defense
The 49ers' defense is one of the most dominant in the league. They are tough against the pass (221 passing yards per game allowed, seventh in the league) and even better against the run (95.9 rushing yards per game allowed, fourth in the league). Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Justin Smith, Donte Whitner -- the list of incredible defensive players on this team goes on and on. I do not care how good a team is offensively, they will have a tough time scoring points against this talented group.
1. Colin Kaepernick
Regardless of position, Kaepernick is one of the best pure athletes that the NFL has to offer. When he gets a crease to run, forget about it because you are not catching him unless you have a great angle. Kaepernick has shown the ability to be an elite passer as well. Quarterback is by far and away the most important position in football. Kaepernick has the ability to be one of the best, if he can continue to step up like he did against Green Bay, the sky is the limit for this team.