Hey whats up. Just wanted to stop by seeing as we have the NFC Championship coming up. First off, congratulations on two impressive victories against the Falcons and Packers. You guys really handled your business with guile and determination. While I'm not a Giants fan obviously, I've always respected your organization. The Giants in my opinion are usually competitive in the playoffs and play big in big games. They used to give the 49ers the most problems out of any other team during our glory years. I'm sure you guys want revenge for 2002, as we all still want revenge for 1990.
That being said, it will be an interesting rematch here at Candlestick. I live in the city here and it's been quite a spectacle this entire season and I didn't think this team would get this far, as did anyone else I'm sure. It's nice to know that these two teams are playing for the gold instead of the two teams everyone thought, namely the Packers and Saints. Those teams can take their MVP awards and go home.
What are you guys expecting out of this game? I know last time you guys didn't have Tuck and Bradshaw. Manning looked like he was off to the best game of his career and we couldn't get pressure on him for the majority of the game. Your line protected him well. I know your defense was injured early on in the year and has struggled down the stretch until these last three games for you. What changed? I remember other Giants fans calling for Perry Fewell's head.
For my team I expected some good things and bad things. We are God-awful on third downs offensively, which bothers me. Our receivers love to drop the ball too. The running game isn't what it was in the beginning of the season. Our defense is pretty good, the front seven at least and our special teams are outstanding. We get turnovers like we have the majority of the season, but last time we only had two and you guys had one. The game was pretty close. Frank Gore was shut down last time too, but Alex Smith had a decent game.
All in all I just hope my 49ers play with heart and soul. It would be nice to see guys like Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Andy Lee, and Alex Smith at least get to the big show. We'll see how it turns out.
The week should be an interesting one. Enjoy it. By the way, this is kind of random, but I just want to say I really enjoy Bob Papa's work, your play by play radio announcer. I like what NFL radio broadcasters do, and he's one of my favorites.