The first game of the divisional round in the 2011-12 season’s playoffs is a match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, January 14th at 4:30pm on FOX.
The 49ers have had a tremendous comeback season. With first year head coach Jim Harbaugh leading them to the NFC West division crown. Alex Smith has really emerged as the quarterback everyone thought he would be when he was drafted number one overall back in 2005. Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree headline their receiving corps and Frank Gore steam rolls players. The Saints season is a tale of two acts. In the beginning of the season, they were struggling. Especially when they lost to the 2-14 St. Louis Rams. During the latter part of the regualr season, who-dat nation was spectacular. Their high-powered offense was breaking multiple records which was headlined by Drew Brees passing for over 5,000 yards in a season. This team is hot coming in to this game after that fantastic finish to their regular season and scoring over 40 points.
Bottom line: The 49ers defense has been superb all season but, I feel that Drew Brees and co. will be too much for them to handle. Looks for the Saints to put up big numbers as they typically do. The niners will try to stay with them in the beginning but, won’t have the fire-power to win the race.