NFC Championship Game preview
The NFC Divisional games both saw upsets as the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers were both eliminated. Instead, the number 4 seed New York Giants advance to face the number 2 seed San Francisco 49ers. Both teams will be looking to win this game to advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
The Giants are coming off a huge upset over the number 1 seed Green Bay Packers. The Giants beat the Packers 37-20 at Lambeau Field and sent Giants fans everywhere dreaming of another Super Bowl title. Comparisons have already been made between the current 11/12 team and the team who won Super Bowl XLII in 07/08.
The Giants offense was highly impressive for the second consecutive week. After a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in which the Giants had over 400 yards of total offense, they then followed that up with another 400 yards of total offense and 37 points against the opportunistic Packers defense. Quarterback Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes for the second consecutive game and looks to have finally become an elite quarterback in the NFL. Manning is helped by his impressive group of offense weapons including wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
The Giants Defense line will be critical to this game as they look to put pressure on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. The Giants have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL with Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck all playing lights out in the Playoffs. If they can get pressure on Alex Smith, the 49ers offense will become one-dimensional with running back Frank Gore.
The 49ers are coming off one of the most dramatic games in recent NFL history with a 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Tight End Vernon Davis caught the winning touchdown with just nine seconds left on the clock. Just what it meant to Davis was on show for everyone to see as the emotional tight end left the endzone crying after what has since been called ‘The Catch III’. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3TO-9CmGLQ
The 49ers will have to recover quickly from that incredible victory if they are to reach their first Super Bowl since 1994. Their defense will be looking to stop the Giants rushing attack and force Eli Manning throw the ball on their impressive group of defensive backs. The 49ers defense held the Saints to just 37 yards on the ground and will look to do the same against Giants running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Look for middle linebacker Patrick Willis to take care of stopping the run while outside linebacker Aldon Smith will look to get pressure on Eli Manning.
Can the Giants set up a rematch of Super Bowl XLII? Can Alex Smith throw another game-winning touchdown pass? Let’s get to the prediction.
4. New York Giants at 2. San Francisco 49ers
Venue: Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
Players to watch out for: Giants- QB Eli Manning, WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Players to watch out for: 49ers- TE Vernon Davis, MLB Patrick Willis, OLB Aldon Smith
Day, time and channel: Sunday 11:15pm Sky Sports 2
Prediction: The Giants defensive line dominates the game as the Giants get another road victory. Giants 26 49ers 20
This would mean the Giants would advance to Super Bowl XLVI to face the Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.
So those are the previews for both games. Thanks for reading.