Originally posted by DocH10TexasNiner:
Lets just worry about the Giants .... one game at a time... we have to be 8-1 before we are 9-2 . One win at a time. Who gots it better than us
Agreed. The game against the Giants may determine the 1st round bye and/or home field in the playoffs. 49ers probably cannot afford to overlook a conference game with playoff implications. Packers are likely assured a bye with the Saints and Giants the 49ers' main competition, at this junction for the other slot. This game may provide the highest stakes thus far. Winning would drastically increase the 49ers' chances of a bye. Also, remaining within striking distance for 1st seed in the playoffs would restrict the Packers from resting their starters during the latter weeks, possibly leading to fatigue when they enter the playoffs. This could give some advantages to the 49er style of play in a potential match-up.