A stark contrast of styles kicks of the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs later this afternoon when Drew Brees and the high-octane Saints travel to the Bay Area to face Jim Harbaugh’s physical, feisty 49ers.
The early discourse on this game seemed to favor the Saints, but as the week has gone on more and more of the highly-paid and exposed mainstream media types have been coming around on Patrick Willis and the Niners.
Here is all the basic info you need to know, what MSF’s writers have said about the game this week, and a poll so you can take your pick.
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers Game Info
- Saints-49ers Date, Time, and TV: Saturday, January 14th at 4:30 ET on FOX
- Saints-49ers Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
- Saints-49ers Point Spread: Saints -3.5
- Saints-49ers Over-Under: 47.5
Jerod’s Saints-49ers Spread Pick
I wrote about this game yesterday after listening to the ESPN talking heads discuss the Saints as if their ticket to the NFC Title Game has already been punched. It hasn’t.
They have to play away from their precious dome against a team that is 7-1 in their home park and features the best defense in the league. This game is anything but a sure thing, and the spread – the closest of all four games – is indicative of that.
Last year, the Saints won 25-22 in San Francisco on a last second field goal. A lot of the players have changed, of course, but I think this game will be similar. It will be a close, competitive matchup that someone will win by a field goal. Give me San Fran with the home field advantage and the points.
- 49ers-Saints spread pick: 49ers +3.5
Suley’s Saints-49ers Prediction
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The Saints are 0-4 all-time in road playoff games and with a loss will match the Cincinnati Bengals for the worst road playoff record in NFL history. The 49ers are 18-8 in home playoff games in franchise history. With a win they will match the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders for the second-most home playoff victories.
The 49ers defense is one of the best in the world and of a class the Saints have not come across this season. The Saints will have more success than most teams against San Francisco, but it won’t be enough.
A healthy Frank Gore and a stingy defense will be the difference maker as the 49ers play their way to the NFC Championship.
- 49ers-Saints Prediction: San Francisco 27 | New Orleans 20
Who do you think will win?
Who do you think will win today's Divisional Round playoff game between New Orleans and San Francisco? Total Voters: 86
Who do you think will win today's Divisional Round playoff game between New Orleans and San Francisco?
Total Voters: 86
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