The New Orleans Saints put an end to the dream run of the Detroit Lions this NFL season with a stellar offensive performance in the Superdome. The Niners watched the showdown on NBC and found out about their first playoff opponent exactly a year since Jim Harbaugh was brought in as their coach. I would fancy the Niners chances against the Saints even though I was very impressed with what I saw from Drew Brees and company.
The Saints were able to come back after a 14-10 deficit going into halftime. The New Orleans offense started to click in the second half and the offensive weapons proved too much for the Lions. The third quarter started off with Brees finding Tight End Devery Henderson for a touchdown as the Saints regained the lead. The fourth quarter was really where New Orleans took over and blew out the Lions as Brees refused to take his foot of the gas pedal with his long strikes to receivers down the field.
However, San Francisco was able to sit back and study film today and that first round bye sure should come in useful before the playoff battle next Saturday. It was evident that the Niners defense needs to be ready and I think they knew in advance that they would be facing off against a great offensive team regardless of whether the Lions or the Saints moved on and this should play to San Francisco’s advantage.
There is no easy route to the Super Bowl. The 49ers should just look to enjoy themselves and do what got them here in the first place. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Saints, the Packers or anybody else that they run into. San Francisco is playing a really high level of football and its definitely a good thing that they made sure to avoid playing in the Superdome by earning the number 2 seed and keeping things at home in Candlestick Park.