49ers 23, Packers 20

The San Francisco 49ers survived a nail-biter at Lambeau Sunday night, beating the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on a game ending field goal by ex-Browns kicker Phil Dawson, the exact same score of the previous game against Arizona.

The mighty men survived the brutal cold, the heroic effort of the outmanned Packers, and yet another horseshit effort by the zebras who swung eleven points the Packers way by ignoring a blatant PI on Michael Crabtree in the end zone and another near-death strangling on Ray McDonald that freed Aaron Rodgers to make his miraculous 4th down conversion that led to a 4th quarter TD that gave the Pack a temporary lead in the game.

They also had a little luck on their side, when a Packers’ DB dropped a sure interception on the Niners game ending FG drive.

This was the fourth game out of the past five that the team went down to the final moments with defeat looking more probable than victory before squeezing out a win. They burned the last six minutes off the clock against Seattle, turned defeat into victory with Nate Bowman’s interception against Atlanta, used 26 out of 28 seconds to drive into FG range against Arizona, and yesterday ground the last five minutes off the clock against the Pack.

It makes for great theater. But personally, these are hard games to enjoy. 59 minutes and 58 seconds of pure angst.

The game started off as expected, with the 49ers roaring downfield on three straight opening drives, with Crabtree looking like his old terrific pre-injury self (8 recs, 125 yds). But, partly because of the above mentioned zebras, they only came away with six mere points. You knew then what would come next and how the game was going to play out. Sure enough, one Packer drive to a TD and the entire dominant first quarter was washed away.

The Niners took a narrow 13-10 lead into half time, with the defense looking very wobbly against Rodgers. Both defenses stiffened in the third quarter, or the guys were all freezing to death by then — take your pick. Then came the fourth quarter. The Packers took the lead, the Niners took the lead, the Packers tied it, and Colin Kaepernick took over the game and willed the team to victory, with three critical third down conversions on the final drive.

Kaepernick is looking more and more each week like a guy who refuses to lose a game. Gone is the confused guy with no WRs and no clue from the early part of the season. Whatever it takes, he’s going to get it done. Sunday, his gutty, sleeveless performance stood in stark contrast to the woeful and gutless effort put forth by Andy Dalton of the Bengals, who was chosen just before Kaepernick in the 2011 draft.

Getting out of Green Bay with a win, combined with the Saints victory over the Eagles, set the team up for the best case scenario (at least to us fans) of going to Carolina next week for the Divisional Round, while New Orleans takes on Seattle. And it keeps alive the possibility, however remote, of the NFC Championship game being played at The Dump, Candlestick Park.

And so, while the first four playoff teams pack their bags for the offseason, we get to saunter up to the entertainment bar and utter the classic words, “One more round, please.”

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The coaches need to talk to LMJ about batting the ball out of the endzone. When it happened I was wondering about it because it’s a live ball until you secure it. Almost a bonehead play by LMJ. The Niners dodged a bullet.

  2. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Did I hear that this was the first playoff loss in Green Bay for the Pack? If so, that’s some icing on the cake for a great win no matter how close. There were a lot of clutch plays on that last drive. Go niners!

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When LMJ batted that ball out of the end zone I was expecting something negative. I even asked if that is a safety. I hope he doesn’t do that again.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    WOW! Was that GB’s first play-off loss at home? That would be great!

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman is still frustrating to watch call plays but I think he had an epiphany after the Carolina game. He is getting much better. I think it was good he started his philosophy the week before getting Manningham back because you could actually the difference it makes in steps. First the better play calling, ten getting Manningham back, then getting Crabtree back. It all made a difference.

    On the interception I told Reno Jim that “I hate this formation and smell a disaster if they try to pass”, then it happened.

    During a post game show one of the ex coaches diagnosed the problem with that play as Boldin not running hard to sell his route which allowed the CB come off of him early and jump the other route.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the first time the 49ers have won at Lambeau in the playoffs, but the Lambeau playoff perfection was erased at least by the 2002 Falcons, 2004 Vikings, Giants in 2007 and again in 2011.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco on Harbaugh’s comments on Crabtree
    “Michael Grab-tree: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree helped get the 49ers going on Sunday with four catches for 70 yards on the first drive of the game. And on the final drive, Crabtree came up with a 17-yard catch on a third-and-10 play.

    Harbaugh, who in May of 2012 said he believed Crabtree has the best hands he has ever seen, reiterated that remark after the game.

    “The greatest catcher of all time, Michael Crabtree catches everything,” Harbaugh said. “It’s unbelievable. In the northern snow lands, down the tropics sunny scenes, he’s catching the football. Wherever they throw a football, he’ll be catching it.

    “If my life depended on it, and somebody had to catch a ball, I’d enlist Michael Crabtree to do it.”
    Snow lands and tropics sunny scenes? Random ramblings?
    Then you realize that Harbaugh was taking from the second verse of the Marine Corps Hymn

    “Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
    From dawn to setting sun;
    We have fought in every clime and place
    Where we could take a gun;
    In the snow of far-off Northern lands
    And in sunny tropic scenes;
    You will find us always on the job–
    The United States Marines.”

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Roman is on the short list for both the Vikings and Redskins head coaching spot.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    With the loss yesterday, the Pack is 4-5 at Lambeau since 2002.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman was also a finalist for the Penn St job a few years ago. If he would just limit the jumbo package to a few times a game I would stop the hating. I don’t even think it is the Jumbo package but more the jumbo formations. I understand the packages to try to get the desired match-ups. What I don’t understand is the formations that allow the defense to dictate the match-ups. Or better said, some of the old fashioned coaches who do not understand this philosophy.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t miss him. Unless he hires David Shaw . . .

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    ‘him’ being Roman and ‘he’ being HarBaalke.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oh shit! If Roman left and Shaw replaced him I would literally be pining for the Greg Roman days immediately!

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I was having a nice dream the other day where I heard Roman was hired by the Browns. It quickly turned to a nightmare when Harbaugh annoounced David Shaw was taking over the play calling duties.


  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers vs. Packers was the most-watched Wild Card game ever, averaged 47.1 million viewers.”

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There are some creative Niner fans out there.
    Never thought about it until I saw this picture.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Have any cousins that are Cheeseheads in Wisconsin?

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Auburn is pulling a shocker so far at half time.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In our previous meeting with Carolina our play calling hit the nadir. We weren’t running well, then we started to get a little run game going, so what do we do, pass. We got up 9-0 and called plays like we were up 30-0. Worse, I don’t remember one hot read, maybe one crossing route and most routes too slow to develop to stop Kap from being sacked. The good news is the play calling was so bad in that game the next week vs NO it improved greatly. It had to. Nowhere to go but up. It was like Harbaugh went to Roman and told him “we need to talk about you use of formations and play calling.” Who knows but them.

    The next week vs NO we saw more spacing in the formations more often. We also started to see more crossing routes and a few slants. Still no hot routes, that came the next week with Manningham back. Only one step at a time for Robaugh. The play calling has evolved enough since the Carolina game I am not hating Roman as much. I’d like to stop hating on him completely but he still has too much love for the jumbo formation on 3rd and 1.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our WR options in the first matchup were pitiful too Berger.
    The way to beat Carolina is to get over the top of their Secondary.
    OLine has to give Kaep time to do that.

    For me, this game will depend mightily on us stopping their pass rush.
    Carolina’s front 7 is miles better than what we faced in GB.

    Be nice to get Vernon down the seam and maybe QPat on some of those crossing routes.
    Crabtree was also a non factor in the November matchup.
    Gonna need him to shine in order to free up Boldin too.

    This game is all about execution in the passing game IMO.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I see Tinsley has a new release scheduled for January 13 –
    Midnight Blue

    I’ll be hunting it down when it comes out.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- No question we were lacking many weapons in the Carolina game. Vernon was out with a concussion and no Crabtree. Does that mean the play calling goes fetal position in response?

    Except the opening game vs GB, that was our play calling all year. It worked for the weaker defenses but we were exposed in the Carolina, Indy and Seadderal games. IMO the Panthers did us a favor by making Robaugh open their eyes to notice the league was on to their game plans. Even Frank Gore made a comment about how well opposing teams defensed us.

    Crabtree and Davis or not, we would still be in trouble with or without those two if the play calling doesn’t evolve. It is just much better with those two in the game. We now have crossing routes, slants, hot reads and audibles. To me, that makes more of a difference than having the weapons back, but having the weapons back does make a big difference. I think Carolina will find we are not the offense they saw back in November.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “I’ve been able to understand over the course of the last four or five months what it means to have mechanics, what it means to have footwork, what it means to be able to control your body,” Tim Tebow says.

    Hmmm. Is this what they call a “duh” moment?

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The ‘duh’ mmoment is Tebow’s working with Trent Dilfer . . .

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Except for his sidearm throwing motion, Dilfer’s mechanics were fairly sound. Unfortunately for him, his sidearm throwing motion took away a large percentage of the necessary throws to have a complete game.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The new Texan’s coach said he wants the QB to be a partner in the offense. I couldn’t have said it better.

    Don’t be a play caller who calls plays and expects every call to work because of said play callers genius. That is so prevalent in football today and rarely works in the long run. Call plays that give the QB the option to adjust on the fly. That is the biggest difference with Kap between the Carolina game and now. Kap has been given the freedom to take more control. It is even noticeable in his eyes when he is on the field. Maybe Roman stopped reading his press clippings and decided to trust his QB more. Thank you Carolina for exposing that.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Carolina coach just came out and said Kap is a different QB since we played them. IMO, what he should have said is he has more weapons now and Roman is a different play caller making him a more confident QB.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the horses, Berg.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I’ll agree that was a large part of the problem. Bad play calling was the other. David Shaw showed us how the jumbo fails in big games.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    16 Texans asst. coaches got fired today! That’s called cleaning house.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we agree to a point about the state of our Offensive plays.
    It’s a young QB learning the Roman system, the Pro Defenses he faces and, dealing with pieces that have been missing from the passing attack.

    IMO, they rely heavily on what works. The running game. Old Faithful.

    As Kaep evolves, things get added.
    I accept what you’re saying believe me, I just don’t dislike it as much as you do.
    Kaep has to get the mental piece of the game cemented between his ears.
    We know he can run and throw with the best of them.

    What works works.
    What doesn’t, gets improved over time.

    As Skeebs said, the horses matter in the race.

    I’m expecting more and more contributions from QPat and VMcD as we go forward.
    No doubt in my mind that Roman has the ‘Secret Playbook’ somewhere.
    Those plays that are not yet perfected don’t get exposed to film for other DCs to prepare for.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we don’t pass in Carolina successfully we’re toast.
    They did not see anything competent from us in November because the only things we had were Boldin and VD, who went down early with the concussion.

    It’s not so much what Carolina did to change things, as much as it was, what the receiving options we fielded, didn’t do.
    They won’t take Boldin away this weekend with Crabtree and VD being available.

    Add QPat and VMcD along with Celek and maybe Kendall.
    Great way to stuff a stout DLine/Pass rush is to work the edges and try to separate the DBs from the LBs in the middle.

    Play sideline to sideline and wear them down.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping that Cam’s first Playoff game goes the same way Foles’ first game went.
    Indecision and hesitation.
    That comes down to Fangio giving him a wrinkle or 2 he hasn’t seen.

    Add Aldon to that piece of the puzzle too.
    Another ingredient they didn’t taste in November.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Former QB Shawn King is on Comcast Bay Area right now. He was just asked the difference between Kap now and the 1st Carolina game. His answer was “the play calling.”

    Obviously the horses matter. Show me where I’ve disagreed with that. In fact, I keep saying that too. If one can’t see the difference in play calling then since the first Carolina game then one just can’t see the importance of play calling. That is OK, I believe most people don’t see this as one of the finer points in the game. Either you can see this or you can’t. Most can’t. It can be argued the play calling got better because the horses came back or it can be argued there was an epiphany at some point. I noticed the play calling getting better before the horses came back. That was step one. Getting the horses back was step two.

    Andrew Luck struggled when Wayne went down but he is doing just fine with TY Hilton these days. It is my opinion that you don’t curl up in the fetal position and stop calling good plays because Crabtree was hurt. That would mean if he goes down we are done. The one thing Crabs does, which is big, he takes the double teams off of Boldin. But then we weren’t calling plays for other receivers back then either. Nobody was as good as Crabs but we didn’t even run WR friendly formations for the longest time. All of Kaps reads were down the field with formations that allowed a lot of opposing pass rush. Like Shawn King said, the biggest difference has been better play calling, for whatever reason one believes it happened.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- You forgot about Patton. We didn’t have him vs Carolina either. I’m not arguing about the horses angle. Any idiot can see that. What I am pointing out is how much better the play calling is these days. That can’t be debated. What can be debated is why. I argue it is because of an epiphany and then better talent.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching the 49ers offense being taken apart by Carolina right now on Comacast. Three jumbo plays, three plays that lost yards. One play with 3 wide, we gained 5 or 6 yards. Things that make one go hmmmm!

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    50/50, OC/QB and Chicken vs Egg for me.
    It evolves over the course of the Season.

    We started to work Kendall and some screen looks in as VMcD got more proficient with his blocking assignments too.

    All things considered, we’re picking up momentum as we go.
    They rely heavily on the basics in the meantime.

    Solid running, solid Defense.
    That recipe wins Championships IMO.

    Tried and True.

    Believe me, I’m a patient guy.
    I just happen to believe that this game takes a marathon effort, not a sprinters approach.

    Kaep has learned quickly. He threw a couple of near disaster passes in GB on Sunday too.
    When he relies on his legs, he’s comfortable.
    A good LB like Kuechly won’t give him the room that GB did.

    IMO, we beat Carolina on the edges or, over the top.
    Their Secondary is the weak link.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, I watch PFT everyday.
    Shaun King is actually a very good analyst.

    Kaep has been through a few Playoff games and a SB.

    Not even wet behind the ears in that discussion.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger it’s all a brick-by-brick approach IMO.
    I think Harbaugh is the X-Factor in Kaeps’ development process.
    Each Defense he faces adds another brick to the foundation.

    I’m not debating the process or the results yet.
    It’s ongoing and, so far, we’re winning more than we’re losing.

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    QPat and VMcD are newbies getting up to speed with the Pro game.
    As with any Rookie, it’s best to bring them in slowly and get them used to the routines and rigors of the Pro life.

    I’m hoping the Carolina DTs have hit that ‘Rookie Wall’.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It was a combination of things that hindered the team, and its a combination of things that are improving the team. Weapons are a big part of it. But

    I go back to Eric Davis saying after the Carolina game that NONE of the WRs were getting clear off the line or clear on their routes. You can’t throw to guys who are covered. The passing game wasn’t being honored. Which means the line is packed so the runs don’t go. Schemes are screwed if you can’t run or pass.

    With the guys back, pass plays start working. Which opens up the run game. Which means the playbook can be opened even more.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing I can absolutely guarantee, if the play calling were the same now as when we first played Carolina we would not have a six game winning streak. Horses or no horses.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Think of it this way.
    All the failed plays we’ve seen were tried in game action.

    I have to believe that more work took place afterwards, to get it right, before it’s tried again.

    Practice. Practice. Practice.

    When all the DCs we face expect the ‘Same Old Stuff’, we look to those plays to hit them in the nootz.

    Guys like Kendall and LMJ are OVERDUE to be instrumental in that piece of my analogy too.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly my point Chuck.
    No more KWilliams because of it.

    We have plenty of horses.
    We didn’t have them all together until now.

    Even a glue horse looks normal when he’s grazing with the others.
    When it’s Show Time, the Thoroughbreds have to come through.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Some of the experts were saying that one of the reasons the WRs weren’t getting open was because they weren’t running full speed and the reason for that is they knew the ball wasn’t coming their way. IOW, if the play was not designed for them to get the ball they were not going to get the ball. The play would only go where Roman and his press clippings say it goes. Since then the QB has been allowed some freedom to actually make decisions; ergo, plays.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lets not forget one John Baldwin either.
    He’s behind the scenes somewhere, (hopefully) learning his assignments in that ‘Secret Playbook’.

    We got a glimpse of Kasim Osgood in a cameo appearance on Offense too.
    Mad scientists tinker Berger.
    You unleash the Beast when it’s ready to EAT.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger any WR not running his route for that reason belongs on another Team.
    Lame excuse.
    Everyone has a job to do.

    I just happen to think Roman is taking things at the pace these horses allow him to.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If you aren’t open, you won’t get the ball.
    If you don’t get the ball, be ready to help the guy that does.

    Total Bullsh!t reason to have any Pro WR making that argument.
    Go play elsewhere.
    Don’t need that garbage.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In that context, the WR seems to suggest the OC or QB isn’t giving him the chance.
    What OC or QB in his right mind would suggest that?

    A WR is on the field to provide an option to the QB to make a play successful.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And to finish this rant.
    Screw the Press Clippings theory.

    Roman earns his pay with winning game strategies.
    So far he’s done enough to warrant consideration for HC level employment via the results his Offense has generated.

    Beware the ‘Secret Playbook’.

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I agree there is no excuse for the WRs to not run the routes at full speed but I’m just saying what some experts on TV and radio were saying. Bad play calling affects teams more than one can imagine. It really hurts the pep in the step. Just like a bad manager in an office. Most of us have experienced that.

    I think Roman is learning on the job. I have to believe Harbaugh is the reason the play calling has improved. He has probably given more input for the game plans after the Carolina debacle. Something provoked an improvement in the play calling. Anybody can guess why, I’m just saying it did happen. I agree with what Shawn King said, it is the biggest difference in Kap’s play.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    These guys are being paid to win games Berger.
    No one, Staff, or players, can accept mediocre results.
    Learning on the job is the same as saying you try different things as it relates to the opponents you’re facing.

    One size doesn’t fit all in this business.
    Good Coaches work for the other teams also.
    If a player isn’t ready to leave his soul on the field to win, he usually won’t.

    Good players make good Coaches and vice versa.

    I’d rather hear from a guy like Shaun King than someone that never played the game.
    Mel Kiper became a Draft Expert because no one else did it before him.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is hard to believe a top WR would want to go to Stanford after seeing David Shaw’s play calling. Roman was barely a better play caller than Shaw through the Carolina game. No hot reads, no audibles, rarely a slant or crossing route. Plays designed to one side of the field, and deep so the QB can’t get the ball out quick, with the safety valves on the other side of the field, which makes it harder for the QB to find under duress. And those plays from formations that allowed defenses to load the box so they could disguise their blitzes and coverages much easier. It just was not QB friendly. If it isn’t QB friendly it is not a good offense for today’s game. Like the Texans coach said, the QB needs to be a partner in the offense. The reason I think Harbaugh got more involved is he is a former QB and saw the need to help his QB from Roman’s run first and throw deep philosophy.

    The philosophy of the game of football is fundamentally the same now as it has been since the 70’s, and probably before that. Get the defense up and then throw over the top. Roman does it the way they did it in the 80’s. Defenses know how to stop that anymore. Now it is done with a lot more sophistication instead of a jumbo running game. Bill Walsh started this trend of bringing the defense up with wider formations and using more short passes. Since then defenses learned to stop that. Which has caused formations to get wider and QBs to get wiser. Play callers and QBs need a oneness more today than ever. Plays must be called to give QBs more options and if a QB can’t handle that a team should get a different QB. If a play caller doesn’t understand that then the team should get a different play caller.

    I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall trying to explain the importance of play calling to people who can’t even see it progress or choose not to pay attention. The QBs making comments to fortify my opinion are Jawarsky, Dilfer and King. Some former head coaches made comments too.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On the Fox post game show Sunday I heard a former head coach explain the reason for Kap’s interception this week. He said Boldin didn’t run his route at full speed which didn’t sell his route to the corner well enough, allowing him to come off his coverage early and jump the route. Should we cut Boldin because he didn’t run full speed?

    I saw the jumbo formation on that play and told Renojim this looks like a disaster if we try to pass. What happened? We pass and throw and int.

    IMO, Roman relies too much on the element of surprise too often. I’d rather see more trust in his QB and good solid match-up football.

    I got my philosophy by reading and listening to Bill Walsh. People say the WCO offense is a short passing attack. That is not true at all. Walsh said it is a system of getting the ball into playmakers hands in space. To do that these days it requires more spacing in the formations than the traditional WCO. The traditional WCO is now the SCO. Jumbo is off the charts away from Walsh’s philosophy.

    Passing from the Jumbo is predicated on selling the run and using the element of surprise. It works sometimes but we have worn that ploy out. The way defenses stop that is to load the box and run blitz. If it is a pass the run blitz turns into a pass blitz. There aren’t hot reads out of jumbo unless the one WR, if there is one, gets loose coverage. That rarely happens. Usually it is press with a safety racing back to help. If the play is designed to beat press coverage and the WR doesn’t get open the play results in a sack. I’d rather get 3 WRs in the formation and let my QB look for a favorable match up. This also gets the traffic jam out of the box so blitzes are easier to read by the blockers. Football is easy when broken down to fundamentals of the Bill Walsh philosophy.

    Watch Brady and Manning to see how the Walsh philosophy has evolved. When Brady lost most of his horses this year did he go fetal like Roman did? No, he just got one of our rejects, Austin Collie for a game or two, developed some rookies and called good quality plays. A good play caller will call plays to get many players involved so to keep a pep in their step.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whether it’s Harbaugh or Roman, it’s evolving Berger.

    Kaep isn’t a pocket passer by definition, since he came from a Pistol-based program in NV.
    I believe much of the progression to date is predicated on calling plays that utilize his available weapons and his ability to dissect his oppositions Defensive schemes etc.
    Multi-dimensional game that it is.

    Every guy on that field at any given time learns the System as it’s designed to operate.
    Each QB has strengths and weaknesses.
    Kaep is young in terms of experience.
    You don’t need to explain anything.
    We all see it.
    It’s opinions we’re sharing here.

    Not one of us has the answer. Just more opinions.
    It’s all good when we win.

    Sure we’d rather cruise easily to victory every week but, we know that isn’t going to happen in reality.

    We’re a tight and well balanced team. Nothing wrong with that.

    Whatever theories we espouse here are simply individual opinions, as interpreted through our own eyes.

    End result?
    We’re all 9er fans. Full of opinions. Full of sh!t too.

    We’re winning in spite of the SCO too.
    I’m hoping to see the ‘Secret Playbook’ when the time is right.
    I don’t believe Roman is one-dimensional.
    He’s tinkering as he goes.

    So far, so good.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And let’s also remember Brady has a lot more smarts in his head too Berger.
    Kaep will get there.
    Brady hasn’t won or lost because of his OC.
    He’s a very intelligent QB.

    Kaep will be too.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If memory serves, did’t Roman beat Belichick?
    Or did Kaep beat Brady?

    Team game Buddy.
    Everyone has a job to do.

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some Pre-Game genius says Boldin didn’t run his route at full speed?
    Do you question whether Boldin would take a play off in a Playoff game?
    Maybe the CB saw it coming and jumped it too.

    Maybe Kaep made a bad decision there?
    He sure made a poor throw didn’t he?

    It’s football.
    Nothing comes easy.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pre game shows are all about selling advertising.
    Baldinger, Jimmy Johnson, Eric Allen, Shaun King are guys that often make sense.
    They’ve played or coached.

    Once again, their opinions weigh a little more than ours but, they’re still opinions.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is a good pocket passer. He is young in his development as a pro pocket passer but the pistol offense does use a lot of pocket passing so he had plenty of experience in college.

    Roman had so much success running his sophisticated jumbo running attack before Fisher showed everybody how to stop it that he wasn’t going to change until his weaponless attack got stopped in Carolina. At that point he had to change if he wanted the press clippings to continue. I’m assuming he does want to be a head coach some day. He is young in his development of play calling at the pro level too. He seems to be coming along but IMO he needs to learn to simplify and trust his QB more.

    The reason his offense struggles in the red zone is the field gets smaller which makes it harder to sell his “element of surprise offense.” He’d be better off using more spacing and calling plays which rely more on pre snap reads and his QBs ability to make decisions on the fly.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Deion and Michael Irvin played.
    Both of them put together can’t complete an intelligent sentence either.
    But hey, they get to spew their Pre Game/Post Game knowledge on all of us huh?

    I often feel dumber for having listened to them when I hear what comes from their collective mouths.

    Warren Sapp makes more sense than either of those 2 idiots do.

    Deion and Michael are all about suits and ties and fashion commentary, while trying to learn an adult vocabulary.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It was a former head coach on a POST game show, right after our game Sunday. I can’t remember which coach but he was on Fox. I’m just telling you what the ‘genius’ said. I would have never picked it up. After he pointed it out it was noticeable. You’d have to ask Boldin what he was thinking.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Carolina plays a lot of zone defense. Don’t expect Kap to be running loose like in the Green Bay game, especially if we are running the jumbo.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger we’ll be fine.
    The Beast is being refined.
    I have no doubt that this will all continue to improve as Kaep develops the mental aspect of the game.
    Seeing things faster and reacting properly when it matters.

    The Kid is amazing.
    Tough, smart, fast and dedicated.

    Tattoos, headphones and whatever don’t bother me in the least.
    He’s a gamer.
    He’s also young.

    Nowhere to go but up.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep destroyed the Zone when GB tried it in game 1 this year too.
    As I mentioned, Carolina’s Secondary is the weak link.
    Their Front 7 makes up for it. We need a BIG game from the OLine.

    He’ll also have to contend with Kuechly spying him most likely.

    Our personnel is better than Carolinas.
    Doesn’t matter unless they make the plays that matter.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He’ll also improve more as Roman improves. Roman is Kap’s biggest restrictor plate.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I happen to think Harbaugh has more control on Kaep than Roman does Berger.
    Which for me is fine.

    Harbaugh knows the position, which makes him keenly aware of what Kaep needs to do to improve.

    Many ingredients make the meal.

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If we go jumbo that front seven will eat us up. Gore might hit a couple of 10 or 15 yard runs but nothing sustainable. If you want to neutralize Kuechly make him cover somebody so Gore will have room to run. That would require 3 and 4 WR sets. Has Roman evolved enough from his days working at Stanford with David Shaw?

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh is the reason Roman has evolved. As far as developing a QB I’m very happy with Harbaugh. Kap is lucky to have him as a coach. I’m not sure if you have picked this up but I have my doubts about Greg Roman’s play calling, especially in the red zone.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Surely you gest Berger?

    I hadn’t noticed 🙂

    I think Roman and Fangio will have a good plan going into Carolina.
    See how it goes on Sunday.

    They ain’t in it to fail.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jest of course.

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll see. One thing we all seem to agree on is getting Crabtree back has helped as much as anything. In fact, I want to draft another impact WR in this draft.

    Good night my friend.

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Later Berger.
    Good blog serve and volley tonight.

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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
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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