Will San Francisco football fans pick up playoff fever the same way baseball fans did in 2010 with the Giants run to the World Series? It appears that way as tickets for the 49ers first home playoff game since 2003 have sold out.
The team clinched the number two seed in the NFC with a 34-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, thus earning a first round bye in the playoffs. The Niners will host the first game in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Candlestick Park.
An opponent is still not known at this time but they will face the highest seed remaining in the NFC. If the New Orleans Saints defeat Detroit on Saturday, the Niners will host the Saints. If the Lions win on Saturday, San Francisco will either host the New York Giants or Atlanta Falcons. The team could host another playoff game as well if they win in the Divisional Round and the Green Bay Packers are upset.
General public tickets went on sale Tuesday morning via Ticketmaster but were quickly snapped up.
I have probably been at the head of the line of naysayers for the San Francisco 49ers success this season. I will be honest, I still don’t completely trust the team on being able to have success in the postseason. But as I have watched them more and more, I truly believe they have as good a chance as any. They have the best defense by far in the NFC. They also have the best special teams, which can play a huge role in turning the tide in a playoff game. And they are used to playing close games, which is usually the case in the playoffs. All I know is it will be an interesting run for the Niners in January.
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