The offensive and defensive lines? Look no further than the All-pro team, or the Pro Bowl roster. The San Francisco lineman fill both lists, and rightfully so. The two lines have a perfect mixture of size and speed. The youth of the players is only surprising because of how much experience each shows on the field.
The secondary has been lights out. The 49ers have very strong cornerbacks, and outstanding safeties to take care of anything over the top.
The receivers are equally ridiculous. Michael Crabtree had a break-out season, grabbing his first 1,000 yard receiving year. He also caught nine touchdowns in the regular season.
Then of course there is the ever-dangerous Randy Moss. Vernon Davis attracts a great deal of attention in the tight-end position as well. Even Delanie Walker scares defensive coordinators. It’s a cause for the question: So which ones do we cover?
It’s been asked before, and I’m not so sure there’s an answer. Each can give defenses fits in any area of the field.
I haven’t forgotten the one who makes it all happen. Colin Kaepernick.
The second-year quarterback out of Nevada navigated the 49ers to the No. 2 seed in the NFC with his precision and consistency. Indeed, many though his debut against the Chicago Bears was a fluke. Except for the fact that he kept repeating those numbers as he finished the season at quarterback.
I’m sure Head Coach Jim Harbaugh had to be pretty happy when Kaepernick broke the all-time record for a quarterback rushing performance with 181 yards last Saturday. Him among many in the city of San Fran.
That’s not to mention his two long touchdown runs right through the middle of the entire Packers defense.
Green Bay couldn’t stop him. Will Atlanta be able to?
I doubt it.
The reason is that Kaepernick can beat you in too many ways. His passing is accurate, and his poise is equally admirable. Starting off the game with a pic-six couldn’t have been easy to recover from. The fact that he did just makes the performance he gave that much more spectacular.
He can pass on zone defenses, and he can run on man coverage.
So unless the Falcons’ defense is planning on having four quarterback spies, playing man-coverage on his receivers, and defending with two deep safeties, I don’t think they can stop the 49ers offense. Especially since doing all that leaves just a two-man defensive line.
Frank Gore would certainly like that. So would Lamichael James. And Kendall Hunter.
Yes, I believe I’ll go with San Francisco in this game.
That being said, I don’t think the Ravens or Patriots can beat them either. San Francisco is the best team in the league right now, and I don’t see Tom Brady ruining their Super Bowl this season.
It’s just a good year to be a 49ers fan.