Well, here we go. The 49ers kick things off at 3:30pm PT on FOX with the chance to head to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. I'm not really sure what else needs to be said.
We know that the pass rush on both teams will be a key factor in this game. If Eli gets all day he could pick apart the 49ers. If Alex Smith can get some time, he could do some good things on offense. I actually think the pass rush and how each offensive line handles said pass rush will really be the difference-maker today.
We know the 49ers have some filthy receivers and we know somebody among the 49ers skill position players will need to step up if Vernon Davis finds himself double and triple covered. Will Michael Crabtree bounce back from his serious struggles against the Saints? He had the touchdown, but he had some issues with alligator arms. The 49ers could need a big day from Crabtree to take care of business today.
There is plenty to discuss, but at this point, all that's left is playing the game. The winner goes to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, the loser heads home for the offseason. We do NOT want to head home for the offseason quite yet. I'd love a couple more wins before that happens.
We'll have a Patriots-Ravens game thread closer to noon, 49ers-Giants inactives at around 2:00pm and then the first of several 49ers-Giants threads at 3:15. In the meantime, consider this a chance to get fired up and ready to go. This morning could be interminable, but game time is just around the corner!