Jared from Springfield, MO

Vic, I’m curious to hear what you think about the NFL’s seeding rules. How do you feel about a 12-4 non-division-winning 49ers team having to travel to Lambeau to take on an 8-7-1 division-winning Packers team? Should the team with the best record have homefield advantage?

No, and I would say the same if the situation was reversed. I firmly support the format that rewards division winners with home playoff games. The division races are integral to the December excitement. They give the NFL some of the regionalism that has always made college football popular. We need a little bit of small in a big league. Yes, it’s a little bit of an injustice for the 49ers to have to play in Lambeau Field against a team it has already defeated this season and dominated in each of two wins last year, but it’s these types of inconsistencies and twists of fate that help give the postseason its flavor.

Douglas from Binghamton, NY

Vic, is there any better possible scenario than having San Francisco come to Lambeau for a playoff game? Talk about the ball falling the Packers way. I have enjoyed the heck out of this roller coaster ride.

Yeah, it appears the cards are falling in the Packers’ favor, but the Packers still have to win the game. The 49ers are rock-ribbed. They are a hardened bunch coached by a man who spits nails. They’ll demand every ounce of effort and skill the Packers can summon. As far as I’m concerned, this one is the headliner this weekend.

Harvey from Bogota, Colombia

Vic, are the Packers ready for the read option this time?

They practiced defensing it every day in training camp, and they played against it in each of the first two games of the season. I don’t wanna hear any excuses about not being prepared to defend it this time. There’s nothing to do but to do it.

Dan from San Francisco, CA

Packers win! Best news 49ers fans heard yesterday. Here’s to your chance to root for us in the Super Bowl.

Oh, yeah, baby. I love the edge. Please make sure you return next Monday.

Brian from Duran, IL

I’d like your opinion on a disturbing call in the Carolina-Atlanta game. Cam Newton was running down the sideline with a defender approaching. Newton faked as if he was going to try to continue up field, so the defender went after him. Newton tip-toed out of bounds, the defender hit him (not even hard), Newton flopped to the ground and the defender was flagged. It’s bush league and the flag should never have been thrown. If anything, I would like to see Newton penalized. This is getting out of hand! Opinion?

The old me would’ve reacted with an embarrassing, retaliatory remark, but I’m changing my culture. This is a kinder, gentler Vic.

Mark from Stewartville, MN

Vic, what did you think about Coach McCarthy’s decision to listen to his players and go for it on fourth down on the Packers’ own 22-yard line?

Punt it to Devin Hester? Not likely. The Packers would’ve probably punted short and out of bounds, to keep it away from Hester, and that means the Bears would’ve been a first down or two away from field goal range. You might as well take your shot on fourth down right there. If you don’t get it, you’re not a lot worse off than you’d be if you punted it. Plus, even if they score a touchdown, you’re still only one score down.

Pat from Altoona, WI

Your December friend did not disappoint. Who’s coming to visit in January?

My December friend leaves tomorrow. He’s already packed and ready to go. He was very, very good to us. We’re on our own now.


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