Why the 49ers will win the Superbowl
The Niners are a team of destiny. It may have taken an overtime win to guarantee the sixth seed in the NFC. But now they are set up to challenge at the deep end of the NFC. It won’t be easy. They have to travel to Dallas this weekend. And would then likely be playing the Packers at Lambeau Field in the Divisional round.
The Niners aren’t averse to a big win this season. They swept the division champion Rams and beat the Bengals on the road. They even came very close to beating the Packers. Albeit that game was in California, not Wisconsin.
The 49ers have the players
Elijah Mitchell has been back for 2 weeks, a crucial addition given he had 963 yards in 11 games, 87.5 yards a game. Add in Deebo Samuel, who was an admirable deputy with 365 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. As a team, San Francisco had 2,166 yards on the ground, 7th most in the league – not surprising for a Kyle Shanahan team.
The big threat of San Francisco is the defence. They are top 10 across the board. Seventh against the run, sixth against the pass. Averaged out, they are the third best defence by yards in the league. The caveat though is that they slip to tenth in points allowed. That isn’t helped by being middle of the pack on 3rd down, allowing 40% completions, but they are sixth on 4th down.
We all know what Jimmy Garappolo is as a QB. A trailer rather than a truck for the 49ers. Solid but unspectacular. He had 3,810 yards, 20 TDs and 12 INTs. You can win with him but not because of him. The crucial thing for Garoppolo will be ball security. And then there is the threat of Trey Lance, who had 771 all purpose yards from 6 games. You can bet that there will be a package for him in the playoffs.
Between Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Little and recent breakout star Jauan Jennings, the Niners have a lot of threats to target the Cowboys secondary up first. While San Francisco will avoid throwing at Trevon Diggs, his struggles with tackling mean the Niners will surely run at him in bulk. Deebo Samuel and a creative game seem the perfect matchup to exploit this.
A real wildcard
The Niners are a wildcard in all senses of the word. Despite being third in division, they are built to beat the best, as the Rams found out. They are the most exciting team in the playoffs and can beat teams on defence, on the ground or by trickery in the backfield.
San Francisco are built to go all the way.
Banner image: Key component Deebo Samuel. Image from dknation