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Do the 49ers have to run the table to get homefield advantage and win the NFC West?

Do the 49ers have to run the table to get homefield advantage and win the NFC West?

One thing I noticed about Seattle is their d-line rotation. They have some heavies up the middle on first and second down and on third they bring out Avril and with Clemons and Bennett rushing the passer you almost have no time to throw down field and the pressure they bring, even with our o-line, its difficult to defend.

Add to that a secondary that does not allow wideouts to get open, and I get scared.

Now if we get homeboy Gordon, they won't be able to stack the box or double on any of our other weapons which opens them up for a run, pass or a QB scramble, just like how they play, and that will make our offense very difficult to defend.

Basically, yes, I believe we're gonna have to run the table to have a chance at the division.
Originally posted by mayo49:
Even if we do qualify as a wildcard, we should be at full strength and will dominate all the way to a Superbowl championship.

This is my belief. We are playing the right way now and we are figuring out more about ourselves as we go. We have battled adversity and have come out on top. With guys coming back and being added to this roster, the way we are emphasizing the run, Kap running, the defensive secondary balling out and the return of offensive playmakers, we will be a tough out on any field
Originally posted by dankmeistr:
I hope it doesn't come down to a tie breaker. The 49ers need to win out, which I believe they can do, and Seattle needs to lose at least two more games, which I believe can happen. Being a not-so-good road team, I believe they will lose in Atlanta. They almost lost to Houston on the road, and we destroyed the Texans on our home field. I also think the Giants game could be a loss for them because, having gotten that first victory, they may be hungry for more, and they may try to prove a point by beating Seattle.

I also believe that the Saints will come in and give Seattle a good run for the money, and possibly steal a win from them. Rob Ryan has turned around the Saints defense, and they are no longer the slouches they were last year. That being said, we need to be razor sharp when we play the Saints in New Orleans. I am very confident that we can beat them.

Getting Crabtree and Manningham back will inject some life into the offense. Kaepernick just needs to work a little more on his accuracy, and our passing game should be good. Having the first half of the season to develop chemistry with Boldin, and fine tune the connection with Vernon will help us finish the season strong. It is nice to see Harbaugh go back to the offensive formula that has worked the past couple years. I think he and Roman got a little too cutesy with the play calling early on in the season, and that cost us those losses. Both the Seattle and Indianapolis games were close at halftime, and very winnable on our part. I just hope Harbaugh learned his lesson.

Dan
49ers Fan in NC
Your confident the 9ers can beat the saints on the road but think they have what it takes to beat sea. On the road great insight from another homer!
I just know the 49ers HAS TO BEAT the Seahawks at home.
Originally posted by Melvin:
Your confident the 9ers can beat the saints on the road but think they have what it takes to beat sea. On the road great insight from another homer!

He's entitled to his opinion, Melvin. There is the fact that the Niners with Kaepernick DID actually beat the Saints in New Orleans the last time they played them there. And the Saints DID give the Seahawks a real scare the last time they played them up in Seattle. So, maybe you should be a little more careful before you start throwing "homer" around. And anyway, what's wrong with being a homer? What? Are we fans or are we in the media? Are we calling games?

And Melvin, you might consider coming with an opinion yourself instead of deriding a fan who's keeping it optimistic.
Originally posted by ninersoul:
I just know the 49ers HAS TO BEAT the Seahawks at home.

Right. For starters, that's GOT to happen.
Originally posted by GNielsen:
Originally posted by ninersoul:
I just know the 49ers HAS TO BEAT the Seahawks at home.

Right. For starters, that's GOT to happen.

gots to
There are 4 teams that will be vying for home field advantage:

Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Green Bay

Talent-wise, SEA is probably the best and has the most to gain by getting HFA. SEA has games remaining with SF and NO. SF may have the easiest road to HFA,
albeit @NO isn't easy, but Kaep has already won there and I think NO may be a little over-rated. It wouldn't surprise me if they lost to both SEA and SF. And lastly, GB is kind of a sleeper at this point, but they have a nice schedule to end the year. The problem is they've lost the tie-breaker with SF.
[ Edited by NinerBuff on Oct 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM ]
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
There are 4 teams that will be vying for home field advantage:

Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Green Bay

Talent-wise, SEA is probably the best and has the most to gain by getting HFA. SEA has games remaining with SF and NO. SF may have the easiest road to HFA,
albeit @NO isn't easy, but Kaep has already won there and I think NO may be a little over-rated. It wouldn't surprise me if they lost to both SEA and SF. And lastly, GB is kind of a sleeper at this point, but they have a nice schedule to end the year. The problem is they've lost the tie-breaker with SF.

These are the 4 best teams in the NFC hands down and any of them can advance to the Super Bowl
I think we have to run the table, definitely have to beat Seattle at home.. 13-3 may get it done, but wouldn't count on it.

Hard to see Seattle losing any games at home, their toughest opponent is NO... Actually hard to see Seattle losing to anyone but us... they have a pretty easy schedule. ATL is the closest thing to a tough road game and they are pretty mediocre this season.
Currently, the only potential tough games for Seattle are against NO and 49ers. One of those games is at home, and not sure if the 49ers will have any WR help at full strength by Dec.
So, they could easily go 15-1 or 14-2.

If Seattle wins the West, the 49ers have to win in three diff venues just to get to the SB. One of those venues is Seattle. Crabtree and Manningham better be at 100% for the 49ers to have any chance of going deep in the playoffs.
Of course it's only Oct, and anything can happen.
I don't think we will need to win out, but loosing more than 1 more game would be very bad. Our best hope for another Seattle loss (assuming we beat them at home) is Sea @ Atlanta ans Sea @ NYG.

Both the Falcons and the Giants are better than their records imply. They have talented rosters that are underperforming. Both teams could potentially beat a Seahawks team that is nowhere near as good on the road as they are at home.


Also, if we don't win the division the season is not lost! If we have all of our WRs back, we can win in Seattle.
If a tie - does it go to who scored the most cumulative points?
It would be virtually impossible to beat Seattle in the playoffs if they played at home. It is such an unfair advantage to be able to drown out the opposition's offensive communication. I really wish the NFL competition committee would look into this. I don' t have a problem with crowds enthusiastically cheering for their home team, but not when it causes a significant competitive disadvantage to the visitors(especially if they are pumping in artificial crowd noise as well). Player safety also becomes an issue as players have difficulty hearing the whistle.
Personally I wish the NFL sets a field decibel level, above which the home team is penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The only way this may happen is if Manning or Brady gets injured in Seattle from a late hit or after an aborted play because the defensive linemen "couldn't hear the whistle".
Originally posted by BIGTHUNDER111:
It would be virtually impossible to beat Seattle in the playoffs if they played at home. It is such an unfair advantage to be able to drown out the opposition's offensive communication. I really wish the NFL competition committee would look into this. I don' t have a problem with crowds enthusiastically cheering for their home team, but not when it causes a significant competitive disadvantage to the visitors(especially if they are pumping in artificial crowd noise as well). Player safety also becomes an issue as players have difficulty hearing the whistle.
Personally I wish the NFL sets a field decibel level, above which the home team is penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The only way this may happen is if Manning or Brady gets injured in Seattle from a late hit or after an aborted play because the defensive linemen "couldn't hear the whistle".

But then your taking away the reason why you play home games, the home crowd advantage. IMHO, whoever designed their stadium is brilliant. Only wish they designed Levis Stadium that way.