49ers 23, Cardinals 20

The Arizona Cardinals bragged their way to an 11-5 record during the week and labeled themselves the best team in the NFC, but limped off the field Sunday sporting a 10-6 tag and a ticket home for the offseason as the San Francisco 49ers whipped their butts yet again, 23-20.

The Niners roared out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, mostly on the heroics of Anquan Boldin (9 catches for 149 yards), and AZ spent the entire game trying to catch up. They finally tied it with 38 seconds left in regulation, only to see a big kickoff return by LaMichael James, then two quick passes — one to Boldin for 18 yards and Quinton Patton’s sensational one-handed grab for 29 yards, that set the Niners up for Phil Dawson’s game winning FG as time expired.

And thus endeth the 2013 NFL regular season. The 49ers finished with a 12-4 record and the fifth seed in the playoffs, closing things out with a six game winning streak. They’ll now have to win four more in a row to hoist the Lombardi in February. Not impossible, but a bit daunting. Especially with a defense that is experiencing another late season melt down. The pass rush has disappeared and the secondary is getting torched. The offense is amazing one quarter and non-existent the next. Not usually a recipe for postseason success.

Their first opponent will once again be the Packers, this time up in Green Bay on the Sunday afternoon late game. The Niners have beaten the Pack three straight times. Can they make it four? If they do, it will probably be off to Seattle the following week for a rematch with the Seahawks in a game that FOX and America is drooling to see.

It was a fun day around the league. The first team to gag away their postseason hopes was Miami, who managed to lose to Buffalo and the Jets, after beating the Patriots. Next up were the Ravens, who were routed by Cincinnati. That left San Diego a chance to seize the last wild card spot in the AFC by simply beating the second stringers of KC. They did — barely, in overtime, complete with some horrific officiating blunders that kept them alive.

In the NFC, the Bears wheezed out against the Packers, no surprise. But the fun game was Sunday night with Philadelphia at Dallas for the NFC East title. This one went down the the wire with Kyle Orton appropriately channeling Tony Romo by throwing a killer game ending interception with less than two minutes to go in a 24-22 game.

That wasn’t the fun part, though. It was the camera shot of Dallas owner Jerry Jones up in his suite reacting to the interception by turning his back to the cameras and engaging in the familiar head bobbing F-bomb exclamatory sequence. I counted three bob thrusts before the cameras politely pointed elsewhere. The third one had some emphatic shoulder heave to it, with a slight body turn that hurled that F-bomb straight into the floor with maximum gusto. Quite entertaining. And yet another patented, lose on the final weekend, 8-8 season for the Cowboys.

And so, another excellent, yet somehow frustrating 49er season comes to an end. Twelve teams are now 0-0 and the fun begins anew. One of these entities is going to win three or four straight games and go home a winner. Everyone else will be walking off the field doing the head bob F-bomb dance.

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43 comments on “49ers 23, Cardinals 20
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Black Monday begins:

    “Vikings announced Leslie Frazier will not return.”

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And a head scratcher:

    “Falcons extend Mike Nolan’s contract.”

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Redskins fire Mike Shanahan.”

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The secondary always gets torched when the pass rush is lacking.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Is it just me, or does Aldon look lethargic and lifeless out there?

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    2014 Niner opponents home/away
    Another trip to the Superdome

    2014 regular season schedule San Francisco 49ers-

    Home- Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, NFC North- Chicago Bears

    Away- Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, NFC South- New Orleans Saints

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon looks bigger and stronger but not as quick. One of the problems might be that we are asking him to read situations more. Personally, I would tell him to just go get the QB. You can see he is taking on more coverage responsibilities and it seems to make him play less instinctively for now while he is taking it all in.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m starting to think it is a curse for some coaches to have a star running back. Too many coaches will design their offense for that RB and take the decision making away from the QB, who is supposed to be their field general.

    I had already been thinking this when I told Del that Peterson and Gerhart going down for the Vikings would have a positive outcome for the QB and that the Vikings would win. It didn’t seem likely since they were playing the Eagles but they won the game in a blow out. The next week Peterson and Gerhart were back and the Vikings lost while the offense and the QB played poorly. In theory, the problem is the play calling by the coaching staff. The sample is too small to be definitive but I keep saying plays should be run for the QB and not the RB and calling the Vikings outcome before it happened just gives the theory more fuel.

    That is not to say a team shouldn’t rely on a good RB. It is more saying that formations that limit the ability to make decisions on the fly are too easily defensed and some offensive coordinators and head coaches are just too 1980’s to run a good offense in today’s game. The 49ers use of the Jumbo package on 3rd and 1 is a good example of allowing a defense to load the box to take away something that we are otherwise good at.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The remaining lower seed between the 2 WCs plays Seattle. Which would more than likely be NO. They would go to Seattle while we go to Carolina.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Although NO in Philly could easily go to Philly. Which would put us in Seattle.

    Yeah, Bergs, I’ve been arguing with NoFear about that very thing. The Niners are atrocious on 3rd and short. Mainly because we dictate the defensivce scheme to stop the very thing we are trying to do. I did see one 3rd and 1 situation where we put 4 WRs in the game. Can’t remember if we got it though.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And the hits just keep on coming:

    “Buccanneers fired HC Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik.”

    “Lions let go of Jim Schwartz.”

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would expect the 2 names for the Penn St job, should it open up, are Schiano and Roman.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nixon assured us he was not a crook. The Browns have assured us they are not run by the Three Stooges.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Since Nixon did in fact turn out to be a crook, will we soon be hearing gales of laughter from the Factory of Sadness?

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the 9ers have re-signed Perrish Cox.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey ROB!!!!!!!!!!!

    COX is back with his friends VD and CRABS!!!!

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This was inevitable:

    “Tim Tebow signs for three years with ESPN.”

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


    How can we miss him if he won’t go away?

    So, the guy they ridiculed for 5 years takes a job there?


  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday’s game started out awesome. WR sweep for 12 (Boldin), WR reverse to Patton for 25. Some nice unexpected plays to throw AZ’s defense off balance. 15 yard pass to Joe Staley. It worked for the most part as the Niners quickly scored 17 points in the 1st quarter. Unfortunately the last good drive in the 1st half ended with the Richard Dawson miss.

    Not sure what hat he was wearing, or if he had his headphones on, but Kappy had this to say about the game yesterday:

    “Hopefully, we’re putting things on film that people are a little worried about.”

    More encouraging to me is Kappy is checking out of plays from the bench more and more. I saw him audible out of a few plays early on.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Pisser to me is they could have had Allen as their 2nd 2nd round pick. I had him going in thr 3rd round, and he did, but our late 2nd could have been used there. McDonald’s a good blocker, but as a TE he’s not showing much. They could have picked up a TE with the 4th round pick they used on Patton. I know, hindsight and all that, but Allen was a strong 1st round candidate (in their own damn back yard for God’s sake) before he got hurt, and they could have easily taken a chance on him.

    Crabs, Boldin, and Allen would be a nice set of WRs heading into the playoffs.

    Hopefully Patton pans out. Nice game for him yesterday.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers co-OL coach Tim Drevno moving on at season’s end to become USC OL coach.”

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Clay Matthews has been ruled out for Sunday’s game, as per PFT.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Andy Lee did shank one but his punting last Sunday can’t be overlooked.
    Lee dropped 4 punts inside the 20 and allowed Peterson to return one punt for 2 yards. Lee took Peterson one of the league’s most dangerous punt returners and made him a non factor.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Payton Manning might lose his passing yardage record. He broke the all time season record by one yard. Elias is going to review the last pass which could have been a lateral, which would make it a running play, thus negating the record.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Looked like a lateral to me.

    Who was the RB for the Falcons that that happened to? I think it was ’73 or ’74 (when getting 1,000 yards rushing was a big deal [14 game season and all]) and he reached 1,002 late in the 4th quarter. On the last play of the game he got thrown for a 4 yard loss and thus ended up with 998.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t know if you mentioned him, NJ but Sammy Watkins sounds like a good guy to keep an eye on Friday night. If he comes out as a junior, and if he lasts.

    6’1″ 205. Good size and he ran a 4.3 40. Great route runner.

    All that being said, it looks like this guy’s a top 15.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    His QB Taj Boyd could be a mid-round steal as well.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sorry to report that Niner Nation lost one of our best fans this morning. He was also one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Don Brown was a wonderful human being who employed many at his company in NY and loved his 49ers as much as any of us. He is the reason I say “AllDon all the time” for Aldon Smith. God rest your sole Don.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Notice the guy in the bottom left corner. Your basic New Year’s Eve shopper.


  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Happy New Year, guys. Another fine year of screwing up our lives awaits!

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Caught a couple of nice prospects last night from the Duke A&M game.
    WR Jamison Crowder and CB Ross Cockrell played very well for Duke.

    Crowder is a little guy.
    Reminded me alot of DeSean Jackson. Great hands, elusive and caught everything that came his way.
    Only listed as a Jr. so I’m not sure whether he intends to declare.

    CB Cockrell did an excellent job on A&M WR Mike Evans all night too.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lovie Smith hired by the Bucs to replace Schiano.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Lovie can get something from the Goldson and Revis signings Skeebs.
    Schiano sure didn’t improve things that much did he?

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    There’ll be a 180% change in the locker room mood for the better I would think.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I believe Skeebers meant to say that there’ll be a 180º change in the locker room. Speaking of degrees…let’s ask Del Griffith what the temperature will be Sunday in Green Bay…

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Forecast = Fargin’ Cold Del.
    The witches tit might actually consider it balmy.

    Game Plan-
    Run, Run and…. Run some more.
    Rodgers won’t hurt us if he’s standing on the sideline trying to keep his wing warm.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Vince Lombardi was laid to rest not far from where I live.
    Vince is interred in Middletown NJ.
    The SB is being played in NJ of course.
    We have to derail his Packers on Sunday and make our way to the big game in February.

    The frozen tundra has not been kind to us over the years.

    Time to atone.
    The journey starts Sunday.

    Our running game would make him proud.
    Man up 9ers.
    It’s our time to shine.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RUN to Daylight 9ers.

  39. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, recent history is 3-0 including opening day last year.

    Before that? Not so (1-13) good.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    That’s my point Chuck.
    Too many Playoff games lost on the frozen tundra over the years.
    Time to get that monkey off our backs.

    Ball control.
    Win TOP and grind them into the frozen tundra.

    Not a good spot to have a shoot-out with Rodgers.

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  42. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Testing for gravatar and gravitas…

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17