San Francisco 49ers ones to watch out for in the playoffs, says former quarterback Chris Simms | NFL News

Chris Simms: “I look at the 49ers as the NFC’s Wild Card team right now where I would say ‘watch out’ … there is no hotter team in football”; watch San Francisco (8-6) to the Tennessee Titans (9-5) on Thursday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1:20 am Friday morning

Last updated: 23/12/21 20:54


San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa vying for Comeback Player of the Year, with 15 sacks so far this season

The San Francisco 49ers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, having won five of their last six games in the Thursday Night Football matchup at the Tennessee Titans.

It’s been less than two years since the 49ers reached Super Bowl LIV in Miami and slipped a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter over the Kansas City Chiefs when they were ultimately defeated 31-20, and are back in contention. for the playoffs currently as the No 6 seed in the NFC.

But, even with five other teams – including defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers – currently sitting above them in the standings, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms believes the Niners are a threat to the rest of the conference and are better than the their 8-6 records suggests.

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“One of these teams [49ers and Titans] can go to the Super Bowl, ”Simms said Talk about professional football (Sky Sports NFL, weekdays, 7pm). “I haven’t given up on either of them.

“But the 49ers, for me, would be the team that is not division leader right now, that if we were sitting here in a month and they were attending the NFC championship game, I wouldn’t be surprised.

“They are a legitimate football team. And they have been playing as well as anyone else in the league for the past five or six weeks.

George Kittle shows extraordinary agility to take this incredible hold in the 49ers win over the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago

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George Kittle shows extraordinary agility to take this incredible hold in the 49ers win over the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago

George Kittle shows extraordinary agility to take this incredible hold in the 49ers win over the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago

“The defense is a top-10 defense, it’s dominant. The offense is healthy and coach Kyle Shanahan has the wizard hat again, the mad scientist – you don’t know where the ball is going, to George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk?

“They did it. And that’s what adds to the intrigue tonight.”

The 49ers beat the Bengals in extra time on 12 December, with Brandon Aiyuk diving spectacularly down the left sideline for the winning touchdown.

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The 49ers beat the Bengals in extra time on 12 December, with Brandon Aiyuk diving spectacularly down the left sideline for the winning touchdown.

The 49ers beat the Bengals in extra time on 12 December, with Brandon Aiyuk diving spectacularly down the left sideline for the winning touchdown.

The 49ers have come out of matches this season, losing four consecutive times at one point on their way to a 3-5 start. Similar to last year, when it missed the playoffs entirely, the team was badly hit with injuries, but with most of its directors now back, San Francisco has flown along the stretch.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel was used in many ways as he amassed 1,357 scrimmage yards and 12 TDs. He scored seven on the field – six coming in week 10 and with at least one in each of his last five releases, the longest such wideout streak since 1950!

Deebo Samuel has the potential to be one of the NFL's top five receivers, says former 49ers wideout Pierre Garcon

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Deebo Samuel has the potential to be one of the NFL’s top five receivers, says former 49ers wideout Pierre Garcon

Deebo Samuel has the potential to be one of the NFL’s top five receivers, says former 49ers wideout Pierre Garcon

George Kittle has had over 90 yards received in each of his last three games and, despite having played only 11 times this season, his 850 yards received are in third place among tight ends.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Nick Bosa has 15 sacks this year, equaling third place in the NFL, along with four forced fumbles. The third-year player is not only looking at Aldon Smith’s 19.5 sack franchise record set in 2012, but is also currently the favorite for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after he tore his ACL to his knee. left in the second game of last season.

“I look at the 49ers as the NFC’s Wild Card team right now, where I’d say ‘watch out’,” added Simms.

“At the start of the season, they were numbing their toes, messing things up. They weren’t playing well, the injury bug hit them, but in the last six or seven weeks, there isn’t a hotter team in football.

“They have weapons that can change the game. They have the three elements that we talk about that make a great attack; tonight they won’t have Eli Mitchell, but they still have the game of running, there is Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. And Shanahan brings them all together in a special way.Also, they have a good defense.

“I think they are in the conversation in terms of the elite in the NFC.”

Watch the San Francisco 49ers (8-6) to the Tennessee Titans (9-5) on Thursday Night Football, live on Sky Sports NFL from 1:20 am Friday morning.

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