The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-21 in the Divisional Round and host the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium for the NFC Championship game.
San Francisco has one of the best defenses in the league. They rank 3rd in points, 8th in yards, 14th in passing, 3rd in rushing, and 9th in sacks.
San Francisco opened the practice window of their second-year defensive tackle.
The San Francisco 49ers designated their former 6th-round pick for return.
San Francisco designated Kalia Davis for return from injured reserve. This move opens a 21-day practice window before he can be elevated to the active roster. If he doesn’t practice or the team chooses not to activate him in that time frame, he will miss the remainder of the season.
He suffered an ankle injury in Week 15.
Kalia Davis exited Week 15 with an ankle injury. He suffered a high-ankle sprain and was placed on injured reserve. Davis appeared in three games this season, recording one tackle, one for a loss, one quarterback hit, and one sack in 54 defensive snaps.
Two rotational defensive tackles had their roles increased with the injury to Davis.
DT number one:
The first defensive tackle whose role increased was Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw started the last five games of the regular season because Arik Armstead was out due to a foot injury.
Kinlaw registered 25 tackles, four for a loss, six quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks, and three pass deflections in 17 games.
DT number two:
The second defensive tackle whose role increased was Kevin Givens. Givens appeared in 17 games and started one. He registered 22 tackles, three for a loss, four quarterback hits, 1,5 sacks, and one pass deflection.
Will Davis play?
Kalia Davis returned to practice this week, but it’s unclear whether he’ll play in the NFC Championship game.
They are testing his ankle in practice to determine whether he’s ready to go or needs an extra week to heel.
If he feels better, there is a possibility that he will get activated off injured reserve in the next few days.
If not, he will stay on injured reserve and go from there.
Will they make the Super Bowl?
The San Francisco 49ers face one of the best offenses in the league in the Detroit Lions. Detroit is ranked 5th in points, 3rd in total yards, 2nd in passing, 5th in rushing, and allows the 4th-least sacks.
Will San Francisco have a good game plan to stop Jared Goff and their elite offense, and who wins in the battle of the line of scrimmage: San Francisco’s defensive line or Detroit’s offensive line?