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Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:41 am
 
So, who ya got? (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

It's the conference championships and everybody seems to be firmly on two bandwagons: the Patriots and Giants. The former isn't completely surprising -- New England has Tom Brady and Baltimore's Joe Flacco has yet to prove himself -- the latter is unexpected for two reasons.

No. 1: New York was 9-7 in the regular season. Yes, they've had convincing wins against the Falcons and the Packers in back-to-back weeks ... but this leads us to No. 2: San Francisco just stopped the thought-to-be-unstoppable force: Drew Brees and the Saints' offense.

So what gives? Do Baltimore and San Francisco have a shot to get to Indy for the Super Bowl? We talk about that, Steve Spagnuolo joining the Saints, Rob Lowe breaking NFL news and perhaps most importantly: why Joe Flacco is riding a skateboard days before the AFC Championship game.

Talking starts promptly.

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Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

I just went through the laborious process of registering, etc. to call this to your attention:

I download, listen and enjoy your Pick 6 podcast - but who was BURPING throughout the ENTIRE podcast on Friday?!
Crazy!  I can understand letting ONE slip - but really.....it was totally out of hand.  MUTE button?



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

Ravens, Niners fans. I don't know what the media will talk about for two weeks if Brady and Eli weren't to win. No friggin respect for these teams. Unbelieveable. I guess it wasn't possible for the Packers to lose either? They even made those State Farm commericials that would be run all the way through the playoffs, since they were going to win it anyway. I guess things happen sometimes.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

Do the 13-3 49ers, who already beat the Giants, have a chance to beat the 9-7 Giants at Candlestick?

Define East coast media bias...



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

I think the old addage "Any given Sunday" is applicable. With that said, here is my take: My take on why I have no doubt in my mind that Giants win. 1) Too many eerie historical similarities. Nicks helmet catch vs. Davis goal line TD catch resembling TO in 1998. Giants won it all that year, while Niners get knocked out in the next round. Also, this story of Davis planning to party is eerily similar to Niners booking SB hotel before the NFC Championship game in 1990. After all that talk about not responding to the Giants, Niners give them the ultimate insult. 2) Giants are just a better team and are healthy. Score at half before Boley is injured. Giants 13, Niners 12. Second half Niners score 2 TD's easily after Boley leaves. Ross and Bradshaw will play too, while Niners lose Ginn, which minimizes the disparity on special teams. I don't think Niners will score a TD on offense. Giants are very good with stopping the run and while Gore may break one or two big ones, I think he will get shut out on most other runs. While Giants have plenty of players who can cover Davis - Williams is fast and big and Rolle and Phillips will do a fine job. Giants tend to hold down most quality TE. I just don't see Smith torching the Giants the way he did a bad Saints D with bad D coordinator. 3) I hope I am right on this one, the element of surprise is gone for Harbaugh. Everyone knows now that he will use tricks. In fact, I will be shocked if he does not fake a FG or a Punt. Shocked. Giants did a good job of anticipating onside kick vs. Pack, so hopefully they will be ready. Also, Smith surprised them by throwing it on 1st down a lot in game 1. I think Giants now know he is dangerous, so they will play a lot more coverage instead of playing the run. 4) I think everyone knows that Niners are very susceptible to big pass play and even if Niners play the pass, I could still see Giants hitting some bombs down the side line. Manningham will play big in this one. Barring getting bad calls from the refs, should be a solid 10+ win. If they get bad calls, I can see Eli sticking it into the endzone late to win a close one.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

Thanks for listening!

Although I'm not sure I understand how Joe Flacco riding a skateboard is NOT the biggest concern.

-- Brinson    &nbs
p; 



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:05 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

4:29:00 That is the longest I could bare to listen to this drivel. Have people lost all sense when it comes to Joe Flacco? "OH EM GEE Joe Flacco rode a skateboard for 10 feet, that obviously means he doesn't work hard and he put himself in danger right before a game!!!!" That is just incredibly STUPID, I wish I could come through your moniter and smack sense into you. How do you know Joe Flacco wasn't watching film for hours before and just needed a break? Tom Brady doesn't watch film 24 hours straight, he takes breaks as well. Everybody needs a break to reenergize their mind, everybody. And riding a skateboard 10 feet in a driveway is about as dangerous as sleeping on the edge of your bed, might roll off and fall down the same distance after all. It would have been fine for any player not named Joe Flacco, but this little pencilnecked geek has a big problem with it and these are the reasons he comes up with? Screw you. And of course the other homo adds in his little shot "and Joe Flacco isn't a very good Quarterback." Excuse me? All he has done since he entered the NFL is WIN. That's the same thing the masses of Tebow apologists use to defend why he is good, 'all he does is win'. Of course I guess that doesn't apply when you are trying to make an argument against someone you don't like. Flacco is a better Quarterback than either one of you will ever be as analysists. I give both of you zero respect. You are both god awful and I do not know why either of you have jobs. Keep disrespecting my team and Quarterback. This team plays pissed off when they are disrespected. And that is the last thing Brady wants to see is a pissed off Ravens squad. GOOOOOOOOO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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