The time has finally come Who Dat Nation. The biggest game of the year. The Saints will face off against the 49ers in practically the game of the season. The winner takes sole control of the #1 seed in the NFC and at least an easy route to a first round bye. This match-up has everything you could ask for. Drew Brees against one of the top defenses in the league. Michael Thomas versus Richard Sherman. The 49ers run game against the stout Saints’ front seven. This one will be one for the history books.
Speaking of that, these two teams have a very long history together. They used to be division rivals in the old NFC West. The 49ers lead the all time series at 48-26-2. This will be the 77th game altogether. San Francisco virtually dominate the Saints as a division opponent. However, the black and gold have had the upper hand since the change. They have won 8 of the last 11 games but the 49ers won when it mattered the most. Of course I speak of the 2011 NFC Divisional Playoff game. Easily one of the greatest games in playoff history that saw the 49ers win on a last minute touchdown pass. However, it still stings for the fans to this very day because of what could have been.
Today, this game could have the same exact feel come Sunday. The Saints offense has not played their best game to this point. The 49ers have had some struggles of late in some close games, including a loss to the Ravens last week. The Saints defense has to put their run stopping abilities to the max against one of the best run teams in the league. They also need to pressure Jimmy Garoppolo, who is having an average year at best. More importantly, Brees and Payton have to find a way to get the run game going and have balance. This is a game where Taysom Hill could be unleashed after the way Lamar Jackson performed.
One thing is for sure: The Who Dat Nation WILL be loud throughout the whole game. There has been several 49ers players who have tried to downplay the crowd noise. George Kittle, in particular, said he knows how loud it can get, only because the Undertaker came out. Dude, this is not wrestling. This is the Superdome during football season and they will be in for a rude awakening. We need to be loud from start to finish, between every play and every down. We want to make sure they know where the hell they are once they leave. WHO DAT!!