Mark has a lot of respect for this opponent, especially their coach, Jim Harbaugh:
This is one of the toughest teams we’ll play all year, defensively, offensively, special teams-wise. They are, in all three phases one of the best teams. They’re sharp. They know their assignments. It’s clear they play with a purpose. They have to practice really well. It just shows on film that they’re rarely out of position and they play tough, they play physical. I have a lot of respect for both Harbaugh coaches (Jim & John), so we have one coming to town and we have to play our best.
Finally, Rex Ryan talked about matching the physical style of the 49ers:
It definitely is a physical challenge and things. But (they’re) smart, they give you a lot of different things, a lot of different formations, personnel groups, so you have to be on top of it. Mentally, you have to be sharp and then physically, a physical challenge, going up against that kind of talent over there, obviously, is going to be a tough match up as well.
Playing against a team that does similar things to what you do is always difficult. When a team plays a contrasting style, it’s easier to figure out what to attack, as you can see where your teams differ, and what elements of your game will fair better against the opponent. When you play a team that is a mirror of yourself, it’s difficult to handicap the game. Similar styles lend towards an evenly matched game. It should certainly be a good one, that’s for sure.