Why the 49ers will win the Superbowl
the Niners are a team of destiny. It may have taken an overtime win to secure the NFC’s sixth seed. But now they’re ready to challenge the depths of the NFC. It won’t be easy. They are due to travel to Dallas this weekend. And would then likely play the Packers at Lambeau Field in the Divisional Round.
The Niners aren’t opposed to a big win this season. They swept the division-champion Rams and beat the Bengals on the road. They even came very close to beating the Packers. Although this game took place in California, not Wisconsin.
The 49ers have the players
Elijah Mitchell has been back for 2 weeks, a crucial addition considering he’s had 963 yards in 11 games, 87.5 yards per game. Add to that Deebo Samuel, who was an admirable assistant with 365 yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. As a team, San Francisco had 2,166 rushing yards, the 7th-most in the league — not surprisingly for a Kyle Shanahan team.
San Francisco’s big threat is defense. They are in the top 10 at all levels. Seventh against the run, sixth against the pass. On average, they are the third-best defense by yards in the league. The caveat though is that they slip to tenth in points allowed. It doesn’t help being in the middle of the field on the 3rd try, allowing 40% success, but they are sixth on the 4th try.
We all know what Jimmy Garappolo is as a QB. A trailer rather than a truck for the 49ers. Solid but unspectacular. He had 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. You can win with him but not because of him. The crucial thing for Garoppolo will be ball security. And then there’s the threat of Trey Lance, who had 771 all-purpose yards in 6 games. You can bet there will be a forfeit for him in the playoffs.
Between Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Little and recent breakout star Jauan Jennings, the Niners have plenty of threats to target the Cowboys first. While San Francisco will avoid throwing at Trevon Diggs, his tackle difficulties mean the Niners will surely be running at him in droves. Deebo Samuel and creative play seem like the perfect combination to harness this.
A real joker
The Niners are a wildcard in every sense of the word. Although they’re Division No. 3, they’re built to beat the best, as the Rams have found out. They are the most exciting team in the playoffs and can beat teams on defense, on the ground or by trickery in the backfield.
San Francisco is built to go all the way.
This is part of the Ninety-Nine Yards “Why X Will Win the Super Bowl Series”. You can also find past articles on the Cardinals, Bengals, Rams, Eagles, Raiders, Packers, and Cowboys.
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