Got to say it has been a very successful run for the Bay Area teams. The Giants win 3 in 5, and Warriors win 3 in 5 for a total of 6 championships in 9 years. Throw in a 3 year playoff (and one unsuccessful Super Bowl) run by the Niners and you have a very solid claim as the sports mecca of champions in the 2010s. Boston is right there with three Super Bowls, two World Series wins, and one Stanley Cup in 2011, but fuck hockey. We win.
Speaking of Super Bowls, the 49ers could very well end the decade with a Super Bowl win of their own. A nice cap to solid decade of Bay Area dominance. Just don’t ask the Raiders or the A’s.
Anyhow, the upcoming wildcard weekend is especially gratifying, as we don’t have to play a down. But there are some great games on tap as this field of playoff teams is one of the strongest in a while. The upcoming games this weekend feature the AFC on Saturday:
No. 5 Bills at No. 4 Texans, 1:35 p.m. PT (ESPN/ABC/WatchESPN)
No. 6 Titans at No. 3 Patriots, 5:15 p.m. PT (CBS stream on CBS All Access here)
And the NFC is:
Shockingly, the Patriots fell out of the bye week with a desultory loss to the resurgent (hah!) Miami Dolphins to close the season out on a dour note. They are decent, but not the offensive juggernaut they appeared to be at the start of the season. They handed the week off to the KC Chiefs. The Titans are a hot and cold mess, but with NE playing at home they likely eke this one out. NE wins 26-20
Bills at Texans? This should be fun, if only to get a glimpse of Frank Gore. He hasn’t gotten a ton of touches lately, but he’s still playing well. 600 yards this year in a backup role. Buffalo wins 20-13
Saturday of course will be the game that affects our next opponent. More than likely the Seahawks. Seattle plays well on the road, and Philly has had a season ravaged by injuries but they have been playing well down the stretch as they were do-or-die most these last 4 wins in a row. Hawks 28-24
Vikings-Saint? Just as the Saints fans about their playoff game 2 years ago. Ooops. The Saints have been fucked out of advancing to the Super Bowl 2 years in a row, and I’d be hard-pressed to see them lose at home. Should be a barn-burner. Something like our game with them. NO wins 42-33.