NFC championship open thread

Submitted by michgoblue on January 19th, 2014 at 6:35 PM
Title says it all. First game was kind of slow until the 4th. I expect this game to provide a bit more excitement.

Also, this thread can serve double duty as a Sunday night (of a three day weekend for many) drinking thread.



January 19th, 2014 at 6:37 PM ^

It's what you have probably come to expect from the winless Indianapolis Colts this season: Angry at barbs thrown at him by broadcaster and former Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly, quarterback Jim Harbaugh threw a punch--and instead of popping him in the nose, he missed.

Instead, Kelly's head intercepted the blow.

And as a result, Harbaugh fractured his throwing hand, and will be sidelined without pay.

"I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned," said Harbaugh, who reportedly smacked Kelly in the head. "I regret that I have a crack in one of my bones in my hand."



January 19th, 2014 at 6:45 PM ^

How was Aldon Smith not suspended this year?  Of all the thing the NFL suspends players for you would think a DUI and illegal possession of an assault weapon would do it.


January 19th, 2014 at 6:52 PM ^

I understand that maybe for the DUI that might have played apart.  But considering the Aaron Hernandez disaster an NFL player charged with illegal possesion of an assault rifle should be high up on the list of suspendable offenses.  I expect he'll be suspended when he goes to trial, but it does not look good at all for the NFL having him on the field.  

If the 49ers win this game I expect the media will catch on to the story.


January 19th, 2014 at 6:59 PM ^

I have no doubt that they want Aldon Smith long-term.  He's a very talented player and they have a lot invested in him.  

I can't help but wonder if their motives weren't a little self-serving, though.  Doesn't rehab prevent what was a certain suspension?  

Good luck to him.  Reading some of the charges and the story about that party is pretty frightening stuff.  I hope he stays on the straight & narrow.  


January 19th, 2014 at 6:49 PM ^

For the amusement of the board perhaps, that exchange of "drives", if you can call them this, resulted in a mere 3 net yards of offense combined. I found that somewhat interesting, and yes, credit the Seattle defense for keeping that to an FG. 


January 19th, 2014 at 6:50 PM ^

As a Browns fan I'm pulling for Phil Dawson to do well and make the Super Bowl.  He is such a class act and I'm glad (for him) he ended up with the 49ers after his 15 year stint in Hell....I mean Cleveland.


January 19th, 2014 at 6:51 PM ^

I still hold onto this fantasy that if Harbaugh wins a Super Bowl, maybe he'll be satisfied with his time in the NFL and come back to coach Michigan.  Go 49ers.


January 19th, 2014 at 7:04 PM ^

I want none of the remaining teams to win the Super Bowl. Don't wanna see Peyton or Sherman win and I also have an irrational hatred of all sports teams from NYC and SF. 


January 19th, 2014 at 7:08 PM ^

here comes one of those new NFL "you hit him too hard" penalties.  They cant hit high....they can't hit low...where exactly are the defenders suppose to hit?

Maybe we just go to flag football.  This is crazy.


January 19th, 2014 at 7:17 PM ^

Now I am rooting for: sacks, penalties, fumbles, botched snaps, as many mental errors as possible. Ugly sloppy football.

Also acceptable: A players' strike that kills the season.