Panthers, 49ers match up well
Posted January 6
I enjoy watching a game like the one in Green Bay on Sunday. You see the breath of the players, you see the crowd bundled up.
Those NFL players are amazing creatures. It's four degrees for crying out loud! They are true pros, so single-minded of purpose in the way they go about their business, which is playing football. They are paid a lot of money to go out and win those games, and they feel the pressure – players and coaches alike – of win or go home.
But I've coached in games like that and it's no fun. When I was on the staff at Tampa Bay, we played against the Baltimore Ravens in a game that was 8 degrees at kickoff. I looked like the Michelin tire man! I couldn't even bend my arms, I had so many layers of clothing on.
San Francisco's win sets up a re-match between the Panthers and 49ers this coming Sunday at 1 o'clock.
These two teams are built exactly the same. They've got great defenses; they've got great quarterbacks. Look for a low-scoring football game – 17-14, 14-10. I wouldn't have to pick a winner there, but that game is going to be fun to watch!
In college football, it's all come down to Auburn and Florida State in the BCS National Championship Monday night. The Seminoles defense has pretty much not been tested all year long. If anybody can test them, it's going to be the Auburn offense.
On the flip side of things, Auburn's defense has been subject to getting burned all year long, and Florida State certainly has the offense to do it. Look for a lot of points in this football game.