Tuesday, January 7, 2014
49ers Division Round Playoff History
1949 - NY Yankees @ SF, Won 17-7 (AAFC)
1957 - Detroit @ SF, Lost 31-27
1970 - SF @ Minnesota, Won 17-14
1971 - Washington @ SF, Won 24-20
1972 - Dallas @ SF, Lost 30-28
1981 - NY Giants @ SF, Won 38-24
1983 - Detroit @ SF, Won 24-23
1984 - NY Giants @ SF, Won 21-10
1986 - SF @ NY Giants, Lost 49-3
1987 - Minnesota @ SF, Lost 36-24
1988 - Minnesota @ SF, Won 34-9
1989 - Minnesota @ SF, Won 41-13
1990 - Washington @ SF, Won 28-10
1992 - Washington @ SF, Won 20-13
1993 - NY Giants @ SF, Won 44-3
1994 - Chicago @ SF, Won 44-15
1995 - Green Bay @ SF, Lost 27-17
1996 - SF @ Green Bay, Lost 35-14
1997 - Minnesota @ SF, Won 38-22
1998 - SF @ Atlanta, Lost 20-18
2002 - SF @ Tampa Bay, Lost 31-6
2011 - New Orleans @ SF, Won 36-32
2012 - Green Bay @ SF, Won 45-31
2013 - SF @ Carolina
- 49ers have played in 22 divisional playoff games and have a 14-8 record. Their 1949 AAFC playoff game is not counted here.
- They played the Vikings 5 times (4-1), Giants 4 times (3-1), Redskins 3 times (3-0), Packers 3 times (1-2), Lions twice (1-1), Bears once (W), Saints once (W), Falcons once (L), Buccaneers once (L) and Dallas surprisingly only once (L)
- 17 of the Divisional playoff games were played at home. They went 13-4.
- On the road, the 49ers were 1-4. That doesn't bode well for us vs Panthers.
- In the 17 years stretch from 1981-1998, the 49ers played in an unbelievable 15 divisional round playoff games.
- In the 31 years preceding 1981 ('50-'81), they only reached this round 4 times.
- In the 16 years since 1998, the 49ers reached this round another 4 times, including this year.
- Harbaugh has reached this round in all 3 years of his NFL coaching career.
Facing the Carolina Panthers
The 49ers have never faced the Panthers in the playoffs and are actually 7-11 against them all-time. SF is winless in the last 4 games against them, including the 10-9 ugly loss earlier this season at Candlestick. In that game, Vernon Davis was lost to concussion and Crabtree had not yet returned. The Panthers basically doubled Boldin and stacked the box to stop our run. Now in the playoffs, Kaepernick is clearly allowed to tuck and run whenever he wants, adding a 3rd dimension to the attack, which turned out to be the x-factor vs the Packers.
Among the issues the 49ers need to address, is the ridiculous use of timeouts, especially early in the 2nd half. Does Kaepernick not understand that losing 5 yards on 1st down in the 3rd quarter is worth saving a timeout for? Not having our timeouts cost us in the Superbowl, and I'm afraid we still haven't learned our lesson. Speaking of Kaep, I'd also like to see him tuck the ball when he's running.
Our redzone offense can be a bit frustrating as well. Against the Pack, we could have been up 21-0, and against our defense, the game would have been over. Settling for field goals won't cut it against the Seattle Seagulls. Prediction: 24-16, 49ers win.