It’s the dueling chokers.
The 49ers and the Raiders. They will face off Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium to determine which team will choke the least.
Both teams typically play bravely for three quarters, then lose heart. Each has blown three fourth-quarter leads already this season. The Raiders blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead to the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, while the 49ers blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to the Arizona Cardinals.
Even if the 49ers have a 10-point lead late Thursday night, they should feel nervous, because they’re chokers. If they trail by 10 points late in the game, they should feel optimistic, because the Raiders are chokers, too.
The team less mentally fragile will win.
Here’s how the 49ers can increase their odds of victory.