James Van Etten, Detroit Lions Featured Columnist
The obvious choice is either team from the NFC East. Both the Cowboys and Giants are beatable and have shown flaws in their game throughout the year. But Carolina will have to beat Atlanta in Week 17 and Detroit must win at home and get the W at Lambeau, the combination of the two scenarios is unlikely.
It really comes down to New Orleans and San Francisco. Neither option appears desirable. But hey, it’s the playoffs; these games are supposed to be difficult to win.
In my opinion, give me the 49ers. The Saints are a seasoned Super Bowl champion with arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. The Saints are not the Aints at home, they’re ridiculously efficient, winning all their games and scoring an average of 40 points/game.
Yes, the Lions hung with the Saints earlier in the year, but this is the playoffs and it’s not Drew Brees’ first rodeo. Outside of Lambeau, The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the last place I want to see the Lions try to win a playoff game.
The 49ers have a great defense allowing NO RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS all year. Big deal, the Lions don’t run it anyway, bring it on!
Jim Harbaugh has brought the magic back to Candlestick and has his team believing they can beat anybody; they are the NFL Cinderella story of the year.
The Lions feel their slipper fits pretty nicely as well and would have a tremendous revenge factor going for them with the San Francisco loss earlier this year at Ford Field.
Plus, I want to know how much this team values their coach; I’d love to see their effort for Schwartz because you know how badly Jim would love to stick it to Harbaugh at his house.
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