49ers Weekly with Dexter Carter – Divisional Playoff Preview

The playoffs are here and for the first time since the 2013 season, the San Francisco 49ers will be participating in a Divisional Round matchup.

The Minnesota Vikings are coming to town and this matchup should shape up into a good one.

Join Matt Andruscavage and former 49ers running back Dexter Carter as they break down this matchup to find where each team has an advantage.

The 49ers are getting linebacker Kwon Alexander, safety Jaquiski Tartt, and defensive end Dee Ford back to their defense, making that unit even better than it was.

Minnesota, on the other hand, has players down in the secondary and Xavier Rhodes is not the same player he has been, which could mean some big gains by the 49er offense.

The game should come down to how each defense handles the opposition's running game as well as how they protect their quarterback.

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The Niners are Alive and Well!

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(UPDATE: Listen here for the 49ers Edition of The Grueling Truth Podcast with myself, former 49er Dexter Carter and special guest 49er beat writer Ryan Sakamoto)

While the media and many fans figured the San Francisco 49ers were headed for a 4-12 season, the Niners ignored everything and showed everyone that they're not going away.

The first quarter didn't go very well, despite a good opening drive. The blocked field goal and the Jarryd Hayne fumble definitely gave fans the feeling like maybe all the media predictions were going to end up to be true.

Nobody told Navorro Bowman and the defense. All they did was go out and completely shut Minnesota down in every way. Adrian Peterson was held to 31 yards on 10 carries. Teddy Bridgewater was under pressure much of the day and only converted one 3rd down conversion. It would be the defense that set the tone and gave the offense time to adjust and settle down.

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