It’s bad enough waiting for the Super Bowl in any given season, but when it is your team, the wait is even tougher. This first week saw little to nothing to talk about, other than the background noise that the NFL in general thinks KC is gonna win.
However, both teams pack up and head to South Beach today, and the NFL hype machine accelerates its’ way into hyperdrive. As has been noted, this looks a bit like 1984 when young hot shot Dan Marino stormed the league and threw the Dolphins into the Super Bowl. Joe Montana wasn’t exactly a stiff, but all the talk was celebrating Marino and his myriad weapons.
We all know how that turned out. Given a clean game by both sides, I think we have the advantage defensively. Mistakes and penalties always play their part, but the 49ers in recent games have been very good at minimizing both. Except or the one pick (and nearly 2) by Howie Kendrick, Jimmy G has been much better at stopping the turnovers he was making at an alarming rate. At the halfway point he himself was responsible for 11 picks and 4 lost fumbles. He had more turnovers than 9 teams. After 10 games the team had 17 turnovers. The last 8 including the playoffs we have 8.
Same with the penalties. In the first 3 games the Niners had 25 penalties for 240 yards. In the last 3 games, 12 for 76 yards. A vast improvement.
Beyond that, we have all the past heroes reconnecting with the team on how to handle this Super Bowl frenzy. Here’s a great article that Irish Kevin sent me.