Kurtenbach: Here’s why it’s nothing but good vibes around the 49ers as they head into the playoffs

Jimmy Garoppolo says he has a good feeling about the 49ers team as they head into the playoffs.

You know what? I do too.

The Niners have their flaws, no doubt, and Garoppolo doesn’t crack the top-10 of playoff quarterbacks this season, but San Francisco has multiple reasons to believe in themselves and their chances in the tournament.

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For starters, this team is as healthy as could be expected at this juncture in the season, especially with left tackle Trent Williams (missed Week 18), safety Jaquiski Tartt (left Week 18), top running back Elijah Mitchell (battling knee injury), and a full complement of linebackers practicing on Wednesday.

The Niners should even have their concussed punter, Mitch Wishnowsky back for their Wild Card playoff game vs. the Cowboys Sunday.

This Niners’ season has been a roller coaster and a huge part of that is the constant rotation of players. Credit to the Niners’ front office and head coach Kyle Shanahan for building a deep team, but San Francisco will be close to the best version of themselves going into the playoffs, and that team entered the season with legitimate Super Bowl hopes.

House money
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We can be honest about this: the 49ers don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

Not after the way they started their Week 18 win-or-go-home game with the Rams. Not after Garoppolo’s fourth-quarter interception.

That win over Los Angeles was the most statistically improbable in recent NFL history, per the league. Yes, more improbable than Super Bowl LI, where the Patriots, Garoppolo in tow, beat Kyle Shanahan’s Falcons, despite being down 28-3 late in the third quarter.

How can this team not feel good about itself and what it can do? They came back from the dead. They’re playing with house money.

This season is already a success for the Niners. Shanahan’s steadfast belief in Garoppolo to win games and for Lance to stay on the bench and learn was justified by this team’s playoff berth. San Francisco carries itself like a winning organization, but it can justly call itself a winning team once again.

A loss to the Cowboys on Sunday …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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