Bang Bang Niner Gang


Joe Gitti Di Vita, Sports Writer

After a 2020 season plagued with injuries, the 49ers have returned to full strength on the field in 2021.

With previous notable absences from star players Nick Bosa, George Kittle, and Deebo Samuel, fans have expressed their excitement for their reinstatement. Sophomore Andrew Bonfigili stated that “[he] believes the reason we’re doing so well this season is that we have our best players back.” 

After going 6-10 and placing fourth in the NFC West last season, the Niners have picked up the pace, going 10-7 while clinching a Wild Card playoff spot. Tate Baker is “happy to see them succeed” and “hoping to watch them play in Super Bowl LVI.” 

Following their playoff clinch, the 49ers went on to defeat the much favored Dallas Cowboys in a heart-wrenching 23-17 victory this Sunday (1/16). Junior Wally Marchus said that he was “on the edge of his seat, biting his nails the whole time.” 

The Niners, who flexed their might as legitimate Super Bowl contenders against the Cowboys then went on to face the No. 1 seeded Green Bay Packers away at Lambeau Field. Once again seen as severe underdogs, the 49ers were able to pull off an upset against the Cheeseheads in a nerve-racking win thanks to spectacular plays by the special teams unit.

By blocking a punt late in the fourth quarter and returning it for a touchdown, the Niners tied the game up at 10 points apiece. From there, an aggressive attack headed by quarterback Jimmy Garapollo put the team in range for a game-winning field goal off the foot of Robbie Gould.

Following their 13-10 win over the Packers, the Niners now head down south to face their division rivals, the Los Angeles Rams, in a winner-take-all NFC Championship Game. Once again underdogs, a win over the Rams would send the 49ers to Superbowl LVI to face either Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs or ‘Joe Shiesty’ and the Cincinnati Bengals.