- Jan 13, 2012
I think you mean Bradshaw and he's been nursing foot injuries for the last few seasons. (he also missed the first meeting btw)Alpe d'Huez said:Well, if it's a muddy mess and wet and windy, it will definitely help SF, big time.
On offense the Giants were 32nd in the league running the ball this year, and Jacobs is nursing a foot injury. The 49ers were 1st in the league on defense against the run and gave up only one rushing TD all season. You can do the math on that one.
On defense the Giants were 19th at stopping the run, while the 49ers were 8th in rushing, while Gore spent part of the middle of the season hurt (including the first game between these teams).
Having pointed that out, I see no indications that the weather or field will be a big factor, at least as of now.
I also expect Eli to attempt to throw on nearly every down, and the 49ers to play them to pass on nearly every single down. Who executes better wins the game.
I wanted to come back to this idea. Even if it's just a muddy mess, that should favor SF. But to make the ground game work, the team that makes it work will do it between the tackles, running more north-south so the running backs don't need to do as much cutting (and losing footing) to get upfield for yards. And to get it done that way will require the OL to dominate the DL. Forget the perimeter. Besides that, the Giants defense has pretty good speed to cover the perimeter. So if the field is a mess, I would expect SF to try and get most of their rushing yards between the tackles. The same should go for the NYG rushing offense, but the problem for the NYG OL is the SF defensive line is pretty stinking good. So, yeah, in the rushing game... advantage SF.Alpe d'Huez said:Well, if it's a muddy mess and wet and windy, it will definitely help SF, big time.
I think it´s not, never was. Sorry.on3m@n@rmy said:If weather is bad in SF though, playing surface might be an important factor. The Giants play on FieldTurf at MetLife stadium, but the Niners Candlestick Park is grass.
That´s what i say since years: running the ball is irrelevant. Live and die in the passing battle.Alpe d'Huez said:On offense the Giants were 32nd in the league running the ball this year, and Jacobs is nursing a foot injury. The 49ers were 1st in the league on defense against the run and gave up only one rushing TD all season. You can do the math on that one.
That is (next to Eli´s talent) my biggest concern w/the NYG. Coughlin is too "Norvish", meaning running too much in the wall, wasting downs, thus leading to too many 3rd and longs.SirLes said:The Giants rushing has been uncharacteristicly poor this season so the the burden has fallen on Eli to a greater extent but they still run a pretty balanced offence in terms of attempts. It's just that Eli's been left with far too many third and longs. The ground game has picked up in the latter half of the season which has helped
Doubt that. I think all players play on high level. They know what´s on stake. Their is no soft/finesse vs. smash mouth football, that´s mainstream media talk only. It´s all intense violent football battles at it´s highest level of force. Just the talent level and approach is different.Alpe d'Huez said:The 49ers are also are more physical than the Packers.
About Eli. I couldn´t have said it better. That´s exactly the way i see it. Every single word.Alpe d'Huez said:I'm not as sold on Eli as everyone else. I think he's rather fortunate to play for a team with such a great OL and solid defense, good receivers. He's seemed to have won a few games on luck even. I find him erratic. At times great, others poor with bad decisions. I question his arm strength and accuracy on the move and under pressure. He was coveted because of his name as much as anything and has many apologist fans. On a team like Buffalo or Arizona, he'd be no better than Ryan Fitzpatrick or Kevin Kolb.
They may be able to walk away with 50 yards total rushing and Eli passing on nearly every down and still win.
Finally, I'm going to change my score, but not my pick. I think the 49ers will play good, but the Giants will move the ball a little more and win 20-19.
Maybe they'll prove me wrong tomorrow with Eli in fire, but I don't think the Giants are that good. The Saints couldn't do that to the 49ers and they were hot. The Steelers couldn't do it, the Ravens couldn't, the Lions couldn't, the Eagles couldn't. Maybe if the Giants had Drew Brees they'd do better than the Saints and score more than last week and put 37 points up, but I doubt it (removing the turnovers).FoxxyBrown1111 said:As i said, if Manning wasn´t under center and a more explosive play calling, i´d have no doubt NYG "destroying" the 49ers like 37-13.
They gave up three (two in the final game vs. the Rams), but who’s counting?The 49ers were 1st in the league on defense against the run and gave up only one rushing TD all season.
Thanks for the links. What does Accuscore say about tomorrow?Alpe d'Huez said:Here are the ESPN expert picks. All of them except one pick NE over Balt. It's 6-4 picking NY over SF. During the regular season the Accuscore computer beat every expert.
Here is the USA Today staff picks. I believe Davis had the best picks all year, but he still wasn't better than Accuscore.
Word has it that "Dr Boudreau" has been hanging around the Giants hotel looking for players to talk to....the key word is "hanging", and that cat has black mailed some of the greatest players in sports history....oh, yall dont know who he is?....mabe if you google his name you can get an idea what I"m talkin bout.....If anyone ever catches this fool, he's history
Good catch. Beat me with my own supplied link! That last game though was a throwaway for SF. Several guys didn't play. They won anyway.Merckx index said:They gave up three (two in the final game vs. the Rams), but who’s counting?
Agree with all you say there.For the Giants, I think their fortunes are closely tied to Eli. NO came into the game last week I think no. 6 in rushing in the NFL, and only gained I believe fifteen yards on the ground. Fifteen yards! That must be some kind of record...The run to set up the pass philosophy seems obsolete these days.
Okay. But for psychological reasons, I think the fans like the coin toss.Why not eliminate the coin toss entirely in that situation, and let team A receive both halves?
Because it's completely artificial. That's why. And as you say, there is no way, no possible way, it will happen. Changing playoff structures, direction/end zone choice to the home team, maybe even opening and half kickoffs, those could change. The first two I list I think should be implemented next year and fans would go for it. Players too.Given that, what is wrong with giving a team an actual three or whatever point advantage? What’s the difference?
NE and SF. Good link here. It shows a 63% chance of NE winning, and a 52-48% SF over NYGAmsterhammer said:Thanks for the links. What does Accuscore say about tomorrow?
Is that the same guy that supposedly convinced Don Shula and the then Colts management to throw Superbowl III to the Jets? The bad play calls, playing Earl Morrall instead of Unitas until it was too late, even though Unitas was healthy, etc. Schula telling Bubba Smith to shut up and questioning or changing plays, etc.Amsterhammer said:I wonder if one of you well plugged in gents here can explain this for me?
Oh, him!Alpe d'Huez said:Yeah, he's probably the same guy that got the ref to count too slow on the Dempsey-Tunney long count fight too.
http://www.thedenimkit.com/2012/01/15/v … t-ham-fan/Vernon Davis capped one of the most remarkable quarters of NFL playoff football Saturday with the winning touchdown and a stream of tears. His 14-yard TD catch gave the 49ers a dramatic 36-32 victory over the Saints and his tears made him the most popular NFL player among female fans.
Soccer fans should also have a soft spot for the 49ers’ tight end; he likes our sport. Prior to the Niners 2010 game in London, Davis revealed his interest in the beautiful game and West Ham United. Here’s what he told the Metro:
Aside from the tennis, are you into any other British sports?
I’m into soccer.
Who’s your team?
West Ham United.
Really? How come?
I don’t know, I was just browsing the net and checking out all the teams and flipping through the tube watching some of the games and I thought: “I like the colour, I like the team, they’re pretty good”. So it’s West Ham baby, I just love them, they’re awesome.
Have a Stout for me too.FoxxyBrown1111 said:Cheers to everybody. It will be another long drunken night here in germany. Enjoy the games. Hope it goes fair. Then NYG and NE easily should advance for the 2007-Rematch ...