The San Francisco 49ers are firing on all cylinders right now. The offense is rolling. The defense is dominating by rushing the passer and blanketing guys downfield. They are showing an impressive ability to dominate on both offense and defense.
Right now, they are the hottest team in football, period. They are winners of eight straight, dating back to the regular season, and we all know January is their time of month. Third-year head coach Jim Harbaugh is the first coach in the history of the sport to take his team to the NFC Championship three times in his first three seasons as head coach.
Impressive is an understatement for the fiery Harbaugh. Many aren’t giving the Niners a shot going into the asylum that is CenturyLink Field and pulling out a win. If that’s the case, then consider me the minority.
The Niners are loaded on offense with the likes of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, not to mention they can pound the rock with Frank Gore. The Seattle Seahawks? Not so much. Seattle’s run game is impressive. As far as the rest of their offense? It pales in comparison to what the Niners feature.
Russell Wilson may have to play hero ball and get a lot of it done on offense himself. That would play right into the Niners’ hands. They have a fierce pass rush with the likes of Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks. They also feature perhaps the best inside linebacking crew in football led by Navarro Bowman and Patrick Willis. These guys are no slouches on defense.
In fact, they are nearly as good a unit as Seattle. I simply trust the Niners more at the moment despite having to play on the road. They have been there and done that, unlike the Seahawks who are new to getting this far. They also have the weapons it takes to win in a high-scoring affair.
This game billed as a defensive struggle. I think people will be surprised with the points scored, however. The Niners’ variety of dangerous weapons will prove to be too much in the end.
Final Prediction: San Francisco 31 — Seattle 24 .