With two games left in the regular season, the Bolts find themselves at 8-6, with road dates left in San Francisco (7-7) and Kansas City (8-6). In essence, the Chargers must win both games and get some help along the way, i.e. Pittsburgh (9-5) and Baltimore (9-5) stumbling.
Nothing like keeping a little drama along for the ride right to the very end. With two games left in the regular season, the San Diego Chargers may be trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
The week 9 injury report is as lopsided as it could be. The 49ers have no real injuries, while the Rams have just about everyone injured. If St. Louis suffers any injuries in this game they could be in serious trouble.
When San Francisco’s regular season schedule was announced, 49er nation cringed. There is not a single game that screams ‘easy win'; which is not ideal for a team that figures it will be in a dog fight within their very own division just to get into the playoffs.
Although they made a deeper playoff push a year ago, the 2013 season for the 49ers was far from a letdown. The team continued to improve each week, and heading into the off season know that they have a quarterback and defense that is going to make them contenders for years to come.
The NFC Championship Game came down to the 49ers offense verses the Seahawk defense, and Seattle’s number one ranked defense prevailed. San Francisco got the ball down six with the chance to pull off the upset but couldn’t make one more big play against their opponent.
The 3 big names dealing with injuries heading into the NFC Championship Game could all play. The 49ers figure to have both Carlos Rogers and Will Tukuafu ready to go, while Seattle’s Percy Harvin is a big question mark and will remain so up until kickoff.
The news of the Seahawks restricting sales to this Sundays games to certain zip code has been met with mixed results. While some might not like it, it’s legal, and more importantly will not give Seattle’s any additional advantage. The only thing this move really does is add to the 49er fan base’s hatred of their division rival.
The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.
When Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that he felt the team under the most pressure this week will be San Francisco he was dead wrong. Not only is his team the one that HAS to win this game, if he really believes that the Panthers are playing with house money he is setting his team up for failure.