Toward the end to last year’s NFL postseason, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to see Green Bay in the NFC title game.
It never happened.
Instead, New York took care of the Packers, came west to play the Niners and barely escaped with the overtime win thanks to several costly turnovers by the hosts. The Giants then went on to win the Super Bowl.
Green Bay was supposed to get past New York and present a real test for San Francisco. The two did finally meet — two weeks ago in the season opener — and the 49ers handled the Packers at Lambeau.
Now we know?
While hindsight is 20/20 it doesn’t apply. San Francisco was playing well but could they have unseated the Packers in the Wisconsin cold had they met?
The 49ers almost made last year’s Super Bowl. Some consider them the best team in the NFL right now. They could be right.
Now a look at Oakland … what the heck are they doing?
It’s been a decade since the words “Raiders” and “playoffs” were uttered in the same sentence and after just two weeks you can add another year.
Can anyone in the Silver and Black make a tackle or defend a pass? Make a play?
No bounce from the passing of owner Al Davis whose outdated philosophy set the organization back 20 years. A never-ending coaching carousal that continues.
Last year’s coach, Hue Jackson, was likeable but told Raider Nation week-after-week he’d “fix the problems” and never did.
Now Dennis Allen. Who?
Is Carson Palmer the answer at quarterback in Oakland? Before Jason Campbell went down last season, it sure felt like the Raiders had a real leader on the field guiding them. Palmer did help position the team for the playoffs and in control of their destiny but shameful, back-to-back home losses derailed those hopes.
The Niners should be there at the end, Oakland won’t come close.