A lot of buzz going around in the football world, not because the ACF/NFC championship is right around the corner. It’s because there’s a team that’s never been to a champion game making their appearance this Sunday. If your team is eliminated from the playoffs you will probably agree with this, America’s team (at least this week) is the Detroit Lions. They are one of the hottest teams coming into the playoffs with a very solid regular season ending with an 11-5 record. Detroit has all the momentum they need for their preparation going into San Francisco after not only making their first two home playoff games in 30 years but winning their first playoff game in 60 years. It’s all short and sweet until it’s not but they have a huge block in their path to the Super Bowl.
They face the top seed in the NFC which is the San Fransisco 49ers. After barely passing by the Packers in a one-score game with a minute left, the Niners have a chip on their shoulder going into this week. This is a game I would call a scary game for the 49ers. It’s already hard enough to win an NFC championship game, but it’s even harder when you are a team with everything to lose going against a team with nothing to lose in the Detroit Lions. I could see the game starting slow for the Niners like they did last week against the Packers. If you have watched Detroit’s offense, you know that they like to play their cards at any time in the game. If that means going for it on 4th down in their territory or attempting a two-point conversion to win the game.
If Detroit gets the ball first, I can see them coming out swinging and getting the early lead. As the game goes on, the Niners will eventually catch on and I think it will come down to who gets the ball last in the 4th quarter. I could see it being a 30-27 game either way because of how explosive each offense is. It will be interesting but because they are experienced in big games like this and they are home I’m gonna roll with the 49ers. More people should be talking about how big this game is for Kyle Shannahan. In the past he has had problems with being unable to win the big games is 1-2 in NFC championship games. It will be a big test for him to overcome as well.