Last time on Rivalry relay I told you how I mark four games on my calendar, two being against the Seahawks, well the other two are when the Rams play the 49ers. Nothing is quite like a classic NFC West battle between the Rams and 49ers. This rivalry will be even better than before, as both teams are legitimate contenders in 2013. On Rivalry Relay we have saved the best for last, the San Francisco 49ers.
This is a rivalry that seems to have been reborn. The 49ers may have won seven of the past ten meetings, but they did go winless against the Rams last season, tying the first meeting and losing the second. Both games last season did go to overtime last season, and were classic games. This season should provide much the same. In week 4 the teams will play on Thursday Night Football on primetime. This will be a big game for the Rams as it could prove that they are legit contenders for a playoff spot and in the division. The NFC West isnt just about the Seahawks and 49ers. I will give the edge to the Rams here just because they will be at home and the dome should be crazy. The teams will meet again week 13 in San Francisco at Candlestick Park. This game will also be a close one, but I have to give the 49erz the very slight advantage at home. Both of these games could be instant classics that fans will remember for a long time, because you never know whats going to happen in games like these. Who knows you might just see a couple fake punts?
The 49ers were already a good team, but they somehow got better in the offseason by adding Anquan Boldin and having a fantstic draft. The loss of Michael Crabtree could hurt them as a lot will be expected of the other guys that will be asked to step up. Colin Kaepernick will have a year of experience under his belt and will look to improve more in 2013. This will be one good division series to watch thats for sure.
These games are going to be a dogfight and will go down to the wire. Its exciting to see so many good teams in one division, the NFC West is no longer the NFC West of old, its noe the best division in football. Two or three teams could come out of the division and make the playoffs rather than just one. The NFC West will be one to watch in 2013, and the first game will be opening Sunday when the Rams face the Cardinals in St. Louis.