Don’t get me wrong, this is not Steelers vs. Ravens.
It’s not Lakers vs. Celtics.
And it’s nowhere near Yankees vs. Red Sox.
At this point in the season, the San Francisco-Arizona rivalry is more like brothers fighting for the last slice of pizza. There will be some yelling, shoving and maybe a couple punches thrown.
That’s exactly what happened in their last meeting, a 23-7 win for the 49ers. Early holiday gifts were exchanged in the form of punches and dirty plays, resulting in a total of $60,000 in fines handed out to the participants.
San Francisco has already wrapped up the division with a pretty little bow, but don’t expect the Cardinals to just roll over, and they definitely won’t roll out the red carpet for their division foes.
These teams have created a tame rivalry over the years. They know each other, they dislike each other and they both want to emerge triumphant.
Arizona, playing at home, will put up a much better fight this time around. Their starting quarterback is finally healthy and will be looking to throw in the direction of star receiver Larry Fitzgerald all afternoon.
It will be a battle, but the 49ers will ultimately get that last slice of pizza.