Although they made a deeper playoff push a year ago, the 2013 season for the 49ers was far from a letdown. The team continued to improve each week, and heading into the off season know that they have a quarterback and defense that is going to make them contenders for years to come.
Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Paul Bessire from Prediction Machine.com joined MaD Radio to talk about the Texans chances against the Broncos and what the playoff race is shaping up to be.
Carlos Rogers understands a key piece of San Francisco’s defense is missing with the absence of Aldon Smith, yet the veteran cornerback is determined to make sure it never becomes an excuse for the team’s recent poor play.
Each team has just 16 chances to distinguish itself from the pack in order to secure a playoff spot and hopefully a bid in the Super Bowl. The question is, quite simply, will the Super Bowl champion emerge from the AFC or NFC?
Hub Arkush joins MaD Radio for his weekly hit and they break down some of the key players and strategies that will play out in the Super Bowl.
Jason Cole, of Yahoo, joins MaD Radio to talk about the two Championship games this weekend and why he believes that the Falcons have a better coach than the 49ers, which Mike vehemently disagrees with.
Ryan Leaf has taken a road that had him at the top of his game to not even having his freedom.