Green Room

NFL FINAL FOUR ~ Who’s Going to the Superbowl? Update: Bumped ~ Injury Report Added

posted at 8:30 am on January 21, 2012 by

While I’m sure Ed will have a thread up on the main page on Sunday, why not start the conversation.  There’s certainly plenty to talk about after last weekend where two teams that were expected to win, didn’t, leaving two top ranked quarterbacks in the NFL sitting at home on Sunday.

The NFC

The battle at Candlestick between the Saints and Niners was one for the ages pitting the Saints #1 ranked offense against one of the best defenses.  Yet few predicted that Alex Smith and the Niners would put 36 points on the board, and as it turned out they needed almost every point.  Drew Brees did not disappoint with his aerial show going 40/63 with 435 yards in the air.  But the Niners defense and special teams proved to be the difference in the end picking up five turnovers by the Saints.  The Niners also completely shut down the Saints ground game with 14 carries and only 37 yards, basically making the Saints a one dimensional team.  But it would take a 14 yard strike from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left on the clock for the Niners to pull out the victory.  The 49ers will face the New York Giants at home this Sunday in the late game, (3:30 pm Pacific—6:30 pm ET), on FOX.  Both teams are coming off tremendous emotional highs by defeating their favored foes last weekend.

Arguably, the hottest team in the NFL took down Aaron Rogers and the vaunted Packers with relative ease on Sunday 37-20.  Rusty, and emotionally drained were the words I heard the most about the Packer’s poor play, and counting the starters that were rested in their last game against Detroit, sports pundits thought the Packers had lost some momentum in an otherwise stellar 15-1 season.  But the 49ers, Ravens, and Patriots all won their division games with a similar length of rest.  All that said, it is this football fan’s opinion that the Giants just flat out took the Packers to the woodshed while exposing the worst rated defense in the NFL giving up an average of  411.6 yds per game and 299 average thru the air.  Eli Manning went 21/33 for 330 yards and three TD’s while throwing just one INT.  Sporting a 27th ranked defense themselves, the Giants played relentless recovering three fumbles while forcing Rogers to scramble often away from his comfort zone.  If the Giants play anywhere near this level on Sunday, they will have a legitimate shot at playing in the Superbowl.

The AFC

Over in the AFC, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were anything but rusty as the Pats put up 35 points in the first half against Tim Tebow and the Broncos before coasting to a 45-10 victory.  Brady’s offense looked like a well oiled machine in each of their drives while Denver could find nothing to stop them.  Brady went 26/34 for 363 yards and playoff record six TD’s.  The Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game at 1:00 pm Pacific, (3:00 pm ET), on CBS.

In the Sunday morning game the Baltimore Ravens held off a stubborn Houston Texan’s team 20-13 setting the stage for another classic between the Ravens and the Patriots.  The Ravens intercepted T.J. Yates three times and the Texans’ lost a fumble setting the tone for a sloppy game.  I looked like Yates was forcing the ball into tight coverage several times instead of finding his check down receivers.  Both teams played decent defense, yet the Ravens gave up 132 yards to Arian Foster, but the turnovers were just too much for the Texans to overcome.  I’m thinking this Houston team will be back in the playoffs and a force in the AFC South for many years to come.

So, who’s going the BIG SHOW?  Some one said the NFL was already printing Patriots-Giants tee shirts.  While I’m not sure how the AFC Championship game will turn out, I think the Niners defense will shut down Eli and the Giants enough to put the “Gold-Diggers” back into another Superbowl after a long drought.

Of course, most of you should know by now I’m a lifelong 49er “Faithful”.

Update:  Injury Report Added

Complete injury report here at the NFL SITE  (Note: the Patriot’s injury report is longer than the other three teams combined—wonder how much of this damage came from the Texans???

Giants Injury Report  (provided by the BleacherReport)

Questionable

TE Jake Ballard (knee)

Probable

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot)

QB Eli Manning (illness)

C David Bass (illness)

LB Mark Herzlich (ankle)

CB Corey Webster (hamstring)

DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)

DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle)

WR Hakeem Nicks (ankle)

49ers Injury Report

Questionable

CB Tarell Brown (thigh)

WR Ted Ginn (knee)

C Jonathan Goodwin (calf)

LB Patrick Willis (knee)

S Dashon Goldson (ankle)

TE Delanie Walker (jaw)

The Ravens Injury Report is only listing safety Ed Reed (ankle) as probable.  As I’ve mentioned above, the Pat’s IR reads like a laundry list of “owies” and you can see it at this same Ravens link.

Recently in the Green Room:

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

I’m just glad Ed doesn’t get to force feed us posts about the Steelers, as if we’re all fans of that stupid team.

My pick is an all-harbaugh super-bowl

jephthah on January 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I’d like to see Patriots/49ers.

Abby Adams on January 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

49′ers will make it, no doubt about that. I would like the ravens to make to see another battle between the two coaches so we can some revenge for week 12

wakey74 on January 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Rematch: Patriots/Giants with the same outcome.

dillydally on January 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I think Biden already answered this:

SF Giants!

My opinion is Niners / Pats.

Jack

Jack Slade on January 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Week 12 Groundhog Day: ravens over the niners.

affenhauer on January 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I don’t think the 49ers O line will be able to keep Tuck, Osi U., et. al. at bay. The Packers sure couldn’t. I also don’t think the Giants will spot them 17 pts. like the Aints did last week.

In both cases, I’ll take the better QBs: Giants/Pats rematch.

Stu Gotts on January 19, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I don’t like the Giants, no matter how well they are playing. Same is to be said for the Patriots. That narrows it down to the Niner’s and Ravens. Only consolodation for me is, 1) I love watching Ray Lewis and 2) I like the chance of having a historical brother verses brother at the head coach level Superbowl.

ArkCon on January 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I am looking forward to a Patriots vs. Niners Superbowl. I have no desire to see the Giants there. Though I am a die-hard Patriots fan, if they lose and Ravens get I, I respect them enough to enjoy a Ravens – Niners with the Niners then winning it.

PuritanD71 on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Hopefully the 49ers but I am sure the Giants will show up. Should be a good game.

lexhamfox on January 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Rematch: Patriots/Giants with the same outcome.

I’d like to see a Giants/Ravens rematch so the Giants can have a chance to bury that loss.

clancy_wiggum on January 20, 2012 at 3:27 AM

If this game were in NY, I’d have to put my money on the Giants; however since the game is in SF I’m going with the 49ers. New England and SF in the Super Bowl, and I can’t wait!

Keemo on January 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM

As a Ravens fan. I would like to see a Harbough Super Bowl. We kicked their a$$e$ during the regular season too.

RUReadingthis on January 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

As a Ravens fan. I would like to see a Harbough Super Bowl. We kicked their a$$e$ during the regular season too.

RUReadingthis on January 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Yeah right. The Forty Niner’s defense held the Ravens to six points for three quarters and they lost by 10 points IN BALTIMORE. I’d hardly call that “kickin a$$”

Rovin on January 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM

49ers- Giants will be a classic- giving the edge to the Giants. Going to Green Bay and manhandling the Packers is not an easy task.It will be a Giants-Pats rematch.

jeffinsjvca on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Belichick always lists every player with so much as a hangnail. He got fined a few years ago for not listing some players who were hurt.

Stu Gotts on January 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Jints & Pats.

Fuquay Steve on January 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Ugly Ravens over Pretty Pats. Please!

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on January 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM