Defensive dominance. These two words are what's going to lead us to a big W on national TV. Everybody saw what we did to the 49er offense today. Our front 7 completely disrupted anything their offense tried to do and finished the day with 6 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Not to mention holding one of the league's best offenses over the last 5 weeks to only 151 yards, no touchdowns, and a 2nd half shutout.
Now it's time to take a look at how New England's offense matches up to San Fran. For starters, NE has allowed almost twice as many sacks as SF (26 vs 15). They have also allowed 46 QB hits. SF has only allowed 31.
A quote directly from PFF stats which has the SF offensive line ranked 1st in the league, "The 49ers’ offensive line has a run blocking score over three times greater than the next highest. They have four men on our NFC Pro Bowl squad after seven weeks. They are, for want of a better word, awesome." I'd say we exposed their protection schemes and did a good job holding Gore to mediocre gains. They were definitely far short of an "awesome" performance today.
New England has the bulk of their carries off the center and guards at 42%, which is normal. When not running up the middle 40% of their carries are off the left side of the formation, versus only 18% to the right. This plays right into our strengths with Hardy right there to contain the edge. NE has almost as many holes on the o-line as we do. The numbers show that our defense should be able to make their offensive attack look extremely pedestrian. Coming home to Charlotte I fully expect our D to keep Brady on his back all night and carry us to another victory. Cam has a much better performance and we take this game 27-16.