I was just doing some research about the 49ers roster/depth chart, and one thing just jumped out at me off the page. I don't have any bonafide statistical evidence to back this up, but it is my impression after searching a bit, that this team could be setting a record for the team in the history of the NFL to enter the playoffs with the least amount of playoff experience under its belt.
No, this doesn't men a victory is guaranteed by us. No, far from it. Just an interesting characteristic and I would have thought that with all the media coverage , one analyst would have brought this to our attention. They are a very young team, very talented, and many of them have played for several years together- some on only this one team-careers ranging from 1 to 2 to 3 years or 5-8 years or more. Ironically, one of the few players that seems to have abundant experience, having played on at least 3 teams and has played in playoffs, is our ex- center Jon Goodwin.
I am sure Payton is aware of the lack of playoff experience and will try to find a way to take advantage of it if possible.
It could be an achilles heel for them, or it may not be. They really have nothing to lose. Whether they win or lose Saturday, no one is expecting them to win the Super Bowl. It would be great if our Saints could make itbe an achilles heel. But, again, they are a good team and it is unlikely they will just fold. The best we can hope for is they make a few "rookie-type" mistakes and we don't. I liked our chances before I knew this aspect and this just reinforces it a little bit. Anyway, I just thought that was very interesting.