Best of the West
Along with the undefeated Green Bay Packers, The San Francisco 49ers clinched their division and cemented their place in the 2011 Playoffs. At 10-2 the 49ers continue to fight for home-field advantage throughout, but are going to need a little help from the NFL best Pack-show. On a day where Frank Gore became all-time leading rusher in franchise history the 49ers demolished the St. Louis Rams on both sides of the field finishing the game with a 26-0 shutout.
As they continue to show their dominance on the field, Alex Smith is having a career best season. Since Harbaugh came on board to begin the season, the usually struggling Smith has found the light while enjoying the 10-2 record. They have secured at least one home game in the playoffs and are looking for more. A 1st round bye is very probable for them but must continue to play solid team football to win out. With 3 of the 4 remaining games left against their 3 division rivals, the toughest match up will be when the Steelers come to town 2 weeks from tonight in a huge Monday Night Football match up.
If the defense can put goose eggs across the board as they did on Sunday against a struggling Rams team they will have no problems. Led by Linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman, the 49er defense leads the league in rush defense and went on a mid season streak where they did not give up a touchdown in multiple games in a row.