Jim Harbaugh has a difficult decision to make against the Cardinals: does he play all his starters for 60 minutes, go all-out to beat Arizona and hope for a Rams victory in Seattle, or does he play the odds and rest key players and those nursing injuries so they can have the best chance possible in the Wildcard game?
I think it's a very tall-order for Seattle to lose back-to-back home games and I am pretty sure they will be going all-out to win this one as they know full-well that home-field advantage is their ticket to the Big Show in New Jersey. By the same token, Arizona will not be looking to do us any favors and we can't afford to lose any key players on Offense or Defense going into the playoffs. The only thing that gives me pause is Seattle's poor play against Arizona. If they are, in fact, going stone-cold into the playoffs, then the 9ers would look foolish indeed if Seattle lost and they spurned the opportunity to win the division by not playing at full strength on Sunday.
Like I said: not an easy decision. Do you sit players like Gore, Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Justin Smith, Iupati, Kaep (maybe play him for just the first half), Bowman, Willis, Aldon Smith, Carlos Rogers and Eric Reid, or do you play 'em and hope we win, Seattle loses and nobody gets injured?