Originally posted by baltien:
Originally posted by deepniner:
Yup - I absolutely agree. People are forgetting that ATL has two great receivers, a great TE, a very good QB and an alright defense. And in the last game they also showed up with a decent running game. This game is absolutely no gimme. SEA was able to get into the game in the 2nd half because ATL stopped being aggressive. But ATL owned the 1st half.
In addition to that, the niners will face the impact of crowd noise in a dome. I must say I'm a little concerned.
Seattle went east in back to back weeks and was playing hurt. Remember that Lynch didn't even practice until Friday, and they were missing their bast pass rusher (Clemons).
All that aside it still took Carroll having a brain fart for them to get the win. I've said it before, and I still stand by it:
Atlanta is overrated and Matt Ryan is basically the new Tony Romo (even he got one). I don't care how much the media wants to believe in him.
Come Sunday, everything I've said will be proven correct.
Sure hope that you're right.
I'm less concerned about over confidence than I am about bad karma . . . bad luck.
Harbaugh is right with his message about staying humble and avoiding distractions. And there are many distractions after last weekends sensational performance.
Say what one will, the game can hinge on just a couple of flukey plays . . . going either way. An errant pass, a couple of tipped passes (DW and VD are particularly susceptible to balls clanging off their hands), an untimely fumble, bad officiating, etc.
I agree that Matt Ryan does not always play at the elite level . . . but he CAN. He has the physical skills and if he flukes it by going on a hot streak (anyone can), he has the finest receivers in the game. they can beat the Niners' corners
The winds of fortune need to favor the Niners or, at least, stay neutral.