The San Francisco 49ers will spend the week eating fast food, sleeping in, partying and possibly watching football from a comfy armchair this coming weekend. OK, they likely won't do much of the first or third, but expect them to get a good deal of rest and expect them to pay close attention to who wins this weekend.
As it will determine their divisional round opponents. If the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings, then the 49ers will take on the Packers at Candlestick Park. If the Vikings win, they'll travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, and the 49ers will instead take on the winner of the matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins.
We'll have previews of those games and in-depth looks at what team matches up the best and all of that delicious analysis you guys like to ignore in favor of Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick rants, but in the meantime, how about a simple question ...
Who do you want to face?
Personally, I have some hangups with the seemingly "easier" matchups. On one hand, Robert Griffin III is just the kind of wildcard who could make big, big things happen in the playoffs. I have been a little out of the loop of late so I don't know how insane his hype is right now, but I'm assuming it is meteoric.
Griffin wouldn't scare me in the regular season, and the Redskins as a whole certainly do not, but I don't want any part of him in the playoffs.
As far as the Seahawks are concerned, as a fan, I want the 49ers to play them to get revenge. I do not fear the Seahawks, I do not think they are a better team, and I think Jim Harbaugh is a much better coach than Pete Carroll. That being said, I'm nervous about that, and I'm no sure why.
I'm less worried about the Seahawks and more worried about the 49ers going out there and laying an egg. I feel like the 49ers will beat themselves (again) before the Seahawks beat them.
So that brings us to the other potential opponent ... the Green Bay Packers.
A middling defense that Colin Kaepernick can take advantage of and an offense that that's the best in the NFL on its best day and lethargic on others. They're the kind of offense that falls apart when they don't make things happen early, and personally, I'd much rather take them on than the Redskins or the Seahawks.
Is that weird? I'm not sure, but I would like to know how everyone else feels on the matter. Sound off in the comments and tell me why I'm wrong.