Up until early yesterday, this was going to be a 49ers game thread. Mother Nature had other plans and the 49ers game has been moved back to 1:15pm pacific time. I have to say that even though it's been rather chilly here in San Francisco the last couple weeks, it certainly can't compare to the dumping they're receiving back east.
Since the 49ers now have the morning off, those of us in the Bay Area get to watch the Cardinals and the Lions in the 10am time slot. I'm not holding my breath, but maybe the Lions can pull off what would be a sizable upset. The Lions are at home and the Cardinals have generally played well on the road. Throw in the fact that Detroit just isn't good and this game could end rather poorly. But I can live with the "any given Sunday" mantra, and that'll carry me for at least a little bit of the Cardinals game. Maybe the Cowboys upset last night gives me a bit more hope....or not.
The snow forced 49ers-Eagles and Ravens-Bears to move back to 1:15 pacific starts, but that doesn't mean we don't have any other intriguing matchups. We get the Dolphins at 7-6 heading into Tennessee who is 6-7. Right now, 7-6 would get one of the two AFC wildcard spots, so this is a rather huge game for both teams. In fact, a Tennessee loss would effectively end the Titans playoff chances.
We also get another 7-6/6-7 matchup between the Jets and Atlanta. Atlanta is in a similar situation to the 49ers in terms of the wildcard and badly need a win. The Jets are in the thick of the AFC playoff race, so it should be a fairly intense game.
We'll be back with the 49ers game thread around 12:30 or 12:45.