Originally Posted on 1/20/13 @ 7:01 P.M.
Well, I came about 12 yards short and a 4th and 4 away from hitting the score of this game right on the head. If you read my preview of the NFC Championship, I had the Falcons winning on a last second TD(31-24). So close but oh so far. The Falcons put forth a great effort, and I want to congratulate them on a wonderful season. First, I must ask, why in the world would you put Matt Ryan on the move for one of the most important plays of the game? 3rd and 4 when it’s touchdown or bust is not the time to try something new with a straight forward, very good, pocket passer. Anyway, if you had watched this football game without looking at the score, you would have thought the Falcons won by 2 touchdowns. However in the end, the 49ers defense and running attack along with some untimely Falcons mistakes was too much for Atlanta to handle in the 2nd half. Kaepernick did not make the mistakes I foresaw him making, on the other hand it was Matt Ryan making 2 very poor mistakes in the 2nd half that cost them the game. His interception was just a flat out poor decision. And the fumble was simple, he decided to look at the 49ers defense, that was coming for his head, half a second too early. The falcons really need to look into a game plan for stopping Tight Ends and Wide Receivers from getting into the middle of the field on crossing patterns next year. That is their teams biggest problem. At the same time, I must give credit to the 49ers defense who shut down the Falcons in the 2nd half, and to the running game of Frank Gore and Lamichael James. James is going to be something special next year , remember I said that. This was a hard fought game, and the 49ers should make the SuperBowl a well contested game no matter who they play. As for the Falcons, it’s better luck next year. I think they are here to stay with the combination of Julio Jones and Roddy White catching balls from Matt Ryan. And, it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to have Tony Gonzalez over for a nice dinner this offseason and try to entice him to stick around one more year. I personally think he should give it 1 more year to try to add a SuperBowl to his already stellar hall of fame career. With that said, lets watch Tom Brady do what Tom Brady does best. Win. Enjoy game 2 of this relaxing football Sunday!
Originally Posted on : 1/19/13 @ 9:52 A.M.
Are you ready for some football? Personally, I can’t wait for kickoff on Sunday! I expect these games to be just as exciting as the games we had the privilege to watch last weekend. I think both of these games are going to come down to the final drives and could be decided by a field goal or last second touchdown. Everyone out there as you know pretty much has the same 2 picks: New England and San Francisco. At the same time, I know some are trying to kinda sorda jump on the Ravens/Ray Lewis/Destiny bandwagon and say they have a shot, but I think the other game is going to be the nailbiter. On the heels of this Michael Crabtree distraction I think that there is just going to be just too much pressure on Mr. Kaepernick. Crabtree has turned into a nice little receiver and clearly is the 49ers best option no matter where he is on the field. I have always been a Randy Moss fan, but let’s be real, he’s 35 going on 75, and he looks like he’s jogging through his routes and breaks. But with Crabtree’s mind preoccupied with his newly found investigation, I think Kaepernick will have to keep this game on the ground. Yes, I know everyone who is reading this is saying hey buddy Kaepernick only broke a rushing record last week for a qb, why can’t he do it again? And yes, the 49ers do have a great running game even without Kaepernick running wild, but I just like the home team to at least carry a lead into the 4th quarter. The combination of Julio Jones and Roddy White is going to be too much even for this stellar 49ers’ defense. My only reservation is that their defense might fade down the strech like last week. I foresee Kaepernick finally looking like a quarterback in his first year and throwing not 1 but 2 untimely picks. I think the Falcons will employ a well designed game plan and bend but not break when it comes to Kaepernick running. Now, I don’t mean any disrespect to Colin Kaepernick because he does have mountains of potential and clearly has the arm strength to be a pocket passer in the NFL. I mean heck he could have been making millions in the MLB years ago. I digress. I just see him looking like a “rookie” this weekend at inoppurtune times. Final score in Atlanta: 31-28 (Atlanta). Check back later on today for my New England vs. Baltimore prediction. Enjoy the games on Sunday!