49ers 23, Panthers 10

The Carolina Panthers came out in the first half geeked up on adrenalin and tried to bully the San Francisco 49ers off the field. Despite all their huffing and puffing, the Niners used an opening drive and a closing drive to take a 13-10 lead into the halftime break, then came out in the second half, took control of both the offensive and defensive lines, and shoved the Panthers off the field, shutting them out and heading home with a 23-10 victory. Their 3rd straight 23 point game — all victories.

Sorry, Carolina, you ain’t ready for the tough guy room just yet.

Against Green Bay, it was Michael Crabtree providing the big performance. Against Carolina, it was Anquan Boldin. You can stop one of these guys, but not both. Vernon Davis had only one catch for one yard, but it was a big one, a TD right before the half. Not known as a twinkle toe fella, Vernon made an amazing toes–on-the-turf catch in the back right corner of the end zone that needed a Booth Review to appreciate and approve.

49er rookie WR Quinton Patton has also made some big plays down the stretch this year, as a receiver, blocker, and penalty flag lurer. He performed all three skills on Sunday, for a quiet, but significant role in the victory. A big 23 yard catch on the opening drive, a seal-off block for a Colin Kaepernick TD to open the third quarter, and a big Unsportsmanlike throw down penalty against his coverage guy to keep alive the four minute game closing fourth quarter drive that left a mere 12 seconds on the game clock, and no chance for the Panthers to win.

And what would an important 49er game be without a big Frank Gore play? He banged his head mostly for nothing much against the Panthers stout defense for three quarters, then opened the fourth with a 3rd-and-1 39 yard blast up the middle against a nine man front. It was the signature play on an eight minute FG drive than provided the final points for the victory.

We heard all week about how wonderful Panthers’ LB Luke Kuechly was — and he did have a good game, with ten tackles and one sack. But the 49ers’ have TWO LBs who did better. Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman each had eleven tackles and Bowman added a sack. Plus, neither of them let anybody roar by them for forty yards. Or let a TE sneak into the corner and grab a TD.

The entire defense played great, with two goal line stuff jobs, and only a single TD from a perfectly thrown pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith over the excellent coverage of Tarell Brown. You can get these plays once in a while, but you don’t win many games if it takes absolute perfection to succeed.

The 49ers were the only road team to win over the weekend, as Seattle, New England, and Denver all held serve on their own court. In fact, for the first time in a long, long while, the four teams left in the championship round are actually the four best teams from the regular season, too. Zounds! There’ll be no fluky, slipped in the back door Super Bowl winner this year.

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103 comments on “49ers 23, Panthers 10
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I may be shooting from the hip here but it seems Crabtree plays great against man and not as well vs zone. My theory is he is a great route runner but not great at reading defenses. I really don’t know, I’m just throwing out a thought and hoping to get some feedback. If correct, that would explain Crabs doing great last week vs GB and their man coverage and Boldin doing great this week vs Carolina’s zone.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We didn’t waste time outs yesterday until the 4th quarter. Much better!

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Even though we lost 29-3 when we played in Seadderall earlier this year, the score at the half was 5-0. It was 12-3 after 3 quarters. The game was much closer than the final score indicates.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Key to yesterday was the Niner Oline figuring out the Panther pass rush by film study and preparation for their tendencies.
    Panthers had only one sack by Kuechely on a delayed blitz. The DEs Hardy/Johnson who had 26 sacks between them during the regular season got goose egged.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There will be a lot of trash talked before next Sunday’s game.
    Seahags started early on Jimmy Graham and got in his head where he was limited to one catch in the entire game and was a total non factor.
    No use talking trash, just let your play and the scoreboard do the talking.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    How funny is that the resident troll keeps talking about hats and tats. Everyone else has moved on except this troll still looking the pointless argument.

  7. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, skippy, I’m referring to the fact that you think the Niners won despite Colin Kaepernik.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not going to get baited by the troll.
    Just know that you’re the only one to still talks about tats and the cap endlessly looking for a pissing match. Pathetic.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Your hypocrisy know no bounds.
    One only needs to read your blog to see how much confidence
    you had in Kap.
    You really are full of it.
    You are nothing but a big bag of fart air.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that has bothered me since Nolan took over as coach is the lack of rotation with the D-line. Singletary and Harbaugh did the same thing. Very little rotation. This year has been different and yesterday it was noticeable how well our D played down the stretch with a little rest during the game. Maiooco even wrote a piece on it. Kudos to Fangio/Harbaugh for making this adjustment!

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners only attempted 5 passes in the second half.
    Kap completed his only 4 throws to Boldin.
    Andy Lee threw a duck on 4th down.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Apparently Crabtree hurt his shoulder when he was slammed to the turf by Munnerlyn early in the game.
    Crabtree played through it and says he’s ok for this Sunday.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Same can be said for Steve Smith. He was owning the Niners and they couldn’t cover him.
    He hurt his knee again and was a non factor after that and that’s when the Panther passing offense stalled and came to a halt.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to Harbaugh’s Noon presser, Fangio went to a 5-3 defense with Brooks being the 5th Dlineman and that confounded
    the Panthers who didn’t have a blocking scheme for it.
    The Carolina RBs totaled 33 yards for the day.
    Newton was their running threat with 54 yds on keepers.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Seahag 12th Man PR machine is working overtime to disparage Kap in comparison to Russell Wilson. Here Yahoo Shutdown Corner evens the playing field.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    For you Roman haters, interesting read from Kevin Lynch. Shows how valuable Vernon is to the offense, too.


  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier I said that Kap was less than accurate and was called a hater by the troll.
    The article affirms what I said.
    “-Colin Kaepernick had 13 incompletions in the first half, often he doesn’t even make 13 attempts in one half. He overthrew his receivers six times. He also had a throw away, a miscommunication, threw behind once, was late with another throw and had two passes defended and threw low to Vernon Davis in the end zone. He also had Michael Crabtree bail him out by catching a high pass over the middle.
    But as previously mentioned, he did find a rhythm on that crucial drive before the half. But it’s amazing a quarterback can score 13 points when the misfires 13 times.”

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Whisenhut is the new HC of the Titans.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    To say Vernon doesn’t make a difference would be folly. Josh McDaniel lost Aaron Hernandez and The Gronk, played with rookie WRs and cast offs. They even used our cast off Austin Collie. Need anymore proof the value of a play caller?

    Give me a D-line, a QB and a good play caller and I’ll win. I’d need to fill in around to be in contention for a title. At the beginning of this year Roman was a terrible play caller. He has progressed to the point where he is getting much better. Evidenced by the article Skeebers provided.

    Just like the argument for Alex Smith, wins are the #1 stat. We are in the NFC Championship game, so good for Roman. The Alex haters didn’t like me using that stat then but they are sure rolling it out for Roman. Funny how that works.

    BTW, The Panthers went with Greg Roman play calling at the goal line and it cost them the game. Even Greg Roman is starting to get away from Greg Roman play calling!

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Whisenhunt could have had the Detroit job, too. Bad choice or they waved the big money at him.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- At the beginning of the game the plays being called were not getting the receivers open. Kap looked uncomfortable. A couple receivers did get open and he even missed those. Once the play calling found a rhythm, Kap found one too. His passes even were much more accurate. I’d say Roman finding his rhythm is what changed the offense in the 2nd quarter.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I don’t think the Titans are too far from being a good team. If they get a good QB they could be in contention.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a big if, Berg. I’d have run with Stafford & Megatron. Plus, Tennessee will be dealing with Luck for the next 12 years.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Still photos don’t lie. Stop action sequence of Vernon’s TD catch.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Hardy Panther’s DE aka the “Kracken” humbled by the Niners

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs the concensus theory with Whizz, beyond the Titans’ Contract terms/money is, he’s a Vandy guy.
    Perhaps it’s a return to familiar surroundings for him?

    Berger let’s say this together….Roman is getting the job done.

    Can we bury the Alex/Roman Haters dialogue? Please?

    Our 9ers have moved on from Alex.
    They’ve turned the Ship of Misery into Playoff football relevancy once again.

    I credit Baalke and the Front Office for making all the right moves to get them where they are right now.
    Football constantly evolves. Our Roster is young, talented and, energized.
    We’ve paid our dues as both Winners, and Losers, over the past 20+ years.
    I, for one, am just happy to be enjoying meaningful football in SF once again.

    Should we lose Roman, or any others from this Staff in the coming weeks, it could disrupt our momentum for the worse.

    It’s the price of success in the NFL.

    With all the potential Contract extensions awaiting this Front Office in the coming months, this Team could be on the threshold of a major overhaul in some important positions.

    Let’s enjoy this run and, pray to all facets of good fortune, from the football Gods and beyond, for their success in Seattle on Sunday.

    I just hope Grandpa Joe took his 9er Cap to Heaven with him.

    I’d LOVE nothing more than to see our Boys hoisting the Lombardi in NJ in a few weeks.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm! I think I struck a nerve! I thought you weren’t a hater?

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not.
    I just happen to think Roman is quietly getting things done for us.
    Nothing wrong with the results we’ve enjoyed to date is there?

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hated losing a whole lot more than what we’ve seen from Roman since he’s arrived.
    A solid running game and excellent Defense is making us relevant.
    Nothing wrong with that.
    Kaep will improve his accuracy from the pocket sooner than later too.
    We’re in good hands from a Coaching perspective.
    Hope we can retain continuity.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree or disagree?
    1) QPat is a younger version of Mario?
    2) VMcD could be another Brent Jones, with better speed?

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On Qpat I hope he doesn’t become a young Mario simply because
    Mario is injury prone. I’d prefer he have a career path similar to the other #82 John Taylor. That is setting the bar quite high
    but JT was a 3rd rd pick.
    Brent Jones was very productive. McDonald might have a similar career trajectory as Wesley Walls who didn’t do much for the Niners and then his career took off with the Aints. I’m hoping the light bulb goes on next year for more targets and catches.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit QPat appears to be a rough and tumble hands catcher, similar to Mario IMO.
    That sideline snatch-catch he hauled in in Carolina was pretty impressive, as was his block to get Kaep around the corner and into the End Zone.
    What I see from VMcD is an ability to block as well as get his head around and make positive yards with the ball in his hands.
    Somewhat Brent-like, though he hasn’t held onto many receptions to date.
    He was more prolific at Rice in that regard.
    Hoping he’ll get there for us, as a Receiver.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This video is from a few years ago. It’s the Jim Tomsula story
    and will open your eyes that he did not have an easy time but persevered. I admired Tomsula before and appreciate him even more
    after seeing this. I am hoping the Niners can keep him.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Same here Bullit.
    Tomsula is a super motivator and an excellent teacher.

    To be honest, he’s as important to me as both Fangio and Roman.
    Olympian/DE in training Lawrence Okoye came to SF in large part because Tomsula was an NFLE Head Coach.
    Love Jim.

    Hope he sticks it out with SF, along with the others.
    Roman seems to be the hotter commodity in terms of interviews.

    I’m hoping Jim Caldwell lands one of the vacancies real soon.
    Takes one off the table for Roman.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve never been a Mario fan. I’m already a Patton fan. I’m also a fan of the 270lb slot receiver. He’s not much of a receiver but he sure is a heck of a blocker.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Marios’ best years were in NY.
    He was worth the investment as a FA.
    Just didn’t deliver for us in SF.

    QPat looks like the gamer Mario once was to me.
    Hope he continues to make a difference for us.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday Harbaugh talked about the Niner being “road warriors”
    and started singing some Johnny Cash.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham looked great when he came back as Kappy did well hitting him on slants. After the first couple games, he just faded away and got banged up andf that was it.

    I’d love to see Patton on some straight go routes.

    Getting the Hawks to bite on sluggo routes is more difficult than just going straight ‘go’.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- the reason Bullit played “I’ve Been Everywhere” is because Harbaugh mentioned it. I always liked this one best:


  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That song is definitely one of Kristofferson’s best. Great lyrics.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kristofferson wrote it and he and Ray Stevens recorded it. Stevens version went to #55. Then Johnny Cash did this version that went to #1. I’m glad you like it, sounds like you are already familiar with it! Kristofferson said this was the song that allowed him to quit working.

  42. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Streak Ray Stevens?

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When I hear Ray Stevens, I think Allan Sherman


    Thank God for Dr. Demento . . .

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now for some football! How about Allie Sherman? He was coach of the NY Giants in the 60s. He ran a camp every summer!

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Theme for the NFCC Game in Seattle –
    Get the Monkey off our back in their bldg –

    Rolling Stones.
    Let It Bleed.
    Monkey Man!

    Doom to The Legion of Goons!

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Titans paid $1 mil more than the Lions for Whisenhut.
    Lions settle on Caldwell. Two more jobs open.

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    More like The Who, Bergs.

    Won’t get fooled again.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope MN grabs Zim, Bullit.
    Don’t think anyone wants the Cleveland job.

    After the revolving door that Alex went through early on,I’d prefer to keep the Staff intact if possible.

    Chuck, the Seattle advantage is heavily weighted by the noise factor.
    We have to get our plays off properly.
    Once they get the snap advantage, everything we attempt to do gets out of sync.
    Seattle counts on it.

    Take them out of the comfort of noise induced advantages and we can take it to them.

    Nothing would be better than to hear nothing from them when the game ends.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The referee assigned to the NFC Championship is Gene Steratore. He will have a mixed crew of highly graded officials.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, I saw that Bullit.
    Not sure how that will play out until Sunday.
    Also read that the SB Officials all worked last weeks’ games.
    Yet to be decided as to who will have the honors for the final assignments.

    All that matters now is winning in Seattle.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Totally off topic but funny as hell and video went viral


  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Barrows he says he has not seen Manningham since he was put on IR not at the facility or travelling with the team. If this is the case Mario is done as a Niner. Barrows also doesn’t feel that Baldwin is in the Niner plans for next year.
    Barrows thinks Eric Wright made Fangio’s doghouse and his future
    with the Niners is also in doubt because he’s a free agent nest year. Wright not happy they brought Cox back and he jumped him on the depth chart as the slot cover guy.

  53. BergrerNo Gravatar says:

    That baby had just watched a Greg Roman called game in the first half of our season. It reminded him of the two Rams games from last year when had many weapons to use. I don’t blame him for being so upset.

  54. BergrerNo Gravatar says:

    Roman’s play calling is getting to the point where I’m almost OK with it. How could he do this to me? I’m trying to be a hater but he’s making it more difficult these days! At least I can say I’m still not 100% convinced. I still doubt he could design plays to get ordinary WRs open like they do in Indy and NE.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I see you’ve morphed into “Bergrer”. Is that French?

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have to win the turnover battle to win the game. If they take care of the ball they will be in the game.
    Much has been made that they need to score early, in fact on the first possession. In theory that’s ideal but they are by no means defeated if they punt.
    If this is the defensive battle that’s anticipated it’s all about field position.
    The Legion of Goons like to jump routes and if the Oline gives him time Kap can hit some plays on double moves.
    It’s been a while since we’ve seen the wheel route or Vernon Davis going across the formation through traffic for the big play.

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And then there was one head coach vacancy.
    Vikes just hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach.
    So the Bungles lose both of their coordinators who get head coaching jobs. Go figure.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I have to sign in each day. Shit happens. At least it isn’t as bad as Unca’s where I have to sign in on each post.

    Speaking of morphing, that is nothing like the improvement in our play calling. At some point RoBaugh has seen the light and is morphing from Bo Schembechler to this century. The transition isn’t complete. I still don’t think we would have a passing game without all star type of WRs, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This was the key move of the offseason by Baalke.
    Can’t imagine where we’d be without Anquan.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Of the final 4 teams in the NFC 3 (Niners, Seahags and Panthers)
    rely on a ball control running game.
    The final 2 this Sunday think this is the winning formula.
    It works and you might whine about the methodology but the results 36 wins (12 wins per season) are indisputable as are 3 straight appearances in the NFC Championship Game.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ideally the playcalling should keep the defense off balance and confused.
    When your offense becomes predictable is when the 3 and outs happen and the offense goes stagnant.
    You want the opposing D to be back on their heels and reeling.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I think you read but don’t pay very good attention. I am all for ball control. Where have I ever complained about ball control. In fact, I want a ball control offense. What I don’t like is a game plan that allows the opponent to load the box to stop all options for ball control. It sounds like you are advocating that?

    A huge constant in most sports is spacing. RoBaugh have been so Schembechler they have been too myopic to see that. They had been going jumbo power football. The Rams exposed that last year and the rest of the league watxched film and jumped on that wagon this year. It’s not like I would take that out of the play book, it just wouldn’t be my game plan, like ours was. Our game plan had been relying on the element of surprise. Mine would be more of a give my playmakers some space to make plays type of game plan. Basically, the Walsh philosophy. I would not try to run through a loaded box, I would space the formations and teach my QB to see the field, hunt for favorable match-ups and exploit them. I’m actually seeing some of that these days. In fact, more each week. Play design could still use some work as you need to an all star type of WR to succeed in this offense, but spacing and looking for match-ups has improved considerably.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, Inre to my above post, a favorable match-up often means running the ball.

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, like I said on my site, click the little W under the comment box and log in there, instead of logging in the usual way. It should log you in, at least for the remainder of when you are on my site. I had problems like that somewhere else, but it went away once I did that a few times.

    Funny thing is, I’ve been having the same argument with NoFear. I said oh, for 3 months now, how the Niners should throw out of the bunched formation on the goal line, since ALL we showed on the goal line was the jumbo. Come the GB game, we show 4 WR sets on those first 2 drives, and we THROW out of them. Duh. Same lousy result to to a different solution. But it WASN’T different. It again was dictating what you are doing by the formation. Jumbo=run, 4 WRs=pass. Elemetary. My point was throw out of the jumbo. Run out of the 3-4 WR sets (your spacing deal). They finally did it in the Carolina game. Kappy ran out of the 3 WR formation for the TD, and they threw out of the jumbo on the TD to VD.

    He then says I never specifically stated that. Huh?

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I watched Kap throw for over 10,00 yards and run for over 3 or 4 thousand at Nevada. Cut the kid loose, like they are starting to do, and he’ll reward us. If we don’t regularly use those formations how does one expect him to be proficient at it when it is necessary? IE, Bo Schembechler who had zero championships.

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I watched Colt McCoy throw for 13000 yds and 112 TDs at Texas.
    It doesn’t mean jack because it’s not the NFL.
    College stats are good for talking about the good old days, nothing more. Ask Mark Ingram and his Heisman or Hot Tub Matt Leinart and his Heisman.

    Frank Gore pops his big runs against 8 and 9 in the box.

    In fact most of his big runs have been out of tight formations with 8 or more in the box. The key is either he gets a wham block or else he makes one guy miss or breaks that tackle and thn he’s off to the races.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It does mean jack because Kappy has already been successful in the NFL in his short time as a starter. And weren’t you very recently touting Patton for his college exploits?

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Frank might pop one now and then against 8,9,10 and even 11 in the box. Do you want to count on that to win. I was at a game when he went 79 and 80 yards vs Seaderall in about 2009. It means nothing. That is not ball control. I would rather see Frank get 4 to 8 yards each carry instead of 2, -2, 0, etc for a game and a half or two and then a 40 yard run. That is not ball control. Ball control is staying ahead of the chains. Jumbo brings 3 and out too often in the hopes of a big play. It works OK against weaker defensive front sevens, but you don’t see that much in the play-offs.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    McCoy also threw out of a classic college spread. Kap threw from the Pistol which is very much like a pro offense. So much so that almost every team uses it now. McCoy also does not have the requisite arm strength to be a starting QB in the NFL. The classic college spread does not need a big arm, it just needs good pre snap reads and accuracy.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Apropos of nothing, this is just too good not to share.


  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    As usual get your facts right. Patton improved his draft position by performing well at the All Star Game practices.
    Those are the facts. I pointed that out and as usual you dismissed it in your troll like manner.
    Now I see you’re on the Patton bandwagon, just a little late.
    Flip flop?

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap still needs to improve in his accuracy. The offense will be a lot better when he takes this next step.
    “So why is Kaepernick ranked fourth out of the final four? Accuracy. According to Pro Football Focus, Kaepernick’s accuracy percentage (69.3) ranked 23rd in the league among QBs who took 50 percent of their team’s snaps. And his accuracy percentage when pressured was just 55.1—tied with Matt Schaub for lowest in the NFL. Kaepernick’s completion percentage (58.4) also ranked near the bottom of the league.”

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A lot of Kap’s accuracy issues should be directly applied to poor play calling. With better play calling receivers are more open making them easier targets. On top of that add that he didn’t have Crabtree, or even Manningham and Patton, for most of the season. Having said that he does need to improve his throws under pressure. I have no doubt that will happen.

  74. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Looking at this objectively without prejudice or bias as I believe it is a direct link to the Niner’s success it’s not the play calling.
    I see a lot of short hops to open receivers as well as high balls. This is mechanics and footwork and I will put the responsibility on whoever is the QB to throw a catchable ball.
    Kap is very capable of doing this as he has thrown some amazing
    passes. Lousy Footwork and bad mechanics makes him inconsistent and he needs to work with a Tom House to improve this aspect of his game.

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I won’t disagree with the assessment of his mechanics. I am a bit taken aback that you can’t see how bad our play calling was up to the Carolina game. It does affect the completion percentage. Maybe you just don’t pay much attention to the play calling or the importance of that aspect of the game? Obviously you think it is all on Kap and Roman is blameless, so we’ll just leave it at that. You and I are not going to agree on this one.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We will agree to disagree again on this.

    I do not think Roman/Harbaugh intentionally call plays that fail.
    Just like Payton called that onside kick in the Super Bowl for the Aints. He’s a genius because it worked. If it backfired and they lost he would never hear the end of it. That is the nature of calling plays and at the end of the game it’s what on the scoreboard that counts.
    36 times Roman has been on the winning side while losing 11.
    That .766 winning percentage is pretty damn good IMHO.

  77. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Buwwitt, you never learn. Point to where anyone says that Roman/Harbaugh intenionally call plays that fail. Just your usual spin to make your point seem valid.

    You bemaon Berger’s assertion that Kappy’s game translates well to the NFL given a system that could take better advantage of it by mocking Colt for putting up big college numbers, as Kappy did.

    You earlier had praised QPatton for his college numbers. Even you can see the 180º flip, can’t you? Numbers only apply to WRs, not to QBs?

    And for the 1,000,000th time, me saying Patton (or Crabs, or VD, or whoever the f*** you have a hard-on for on a given day) has been doing better isn’t a flip-flop. It’s a plain fact. I never said he was a bust, just that he hadn’t shown very much until recently. Yes, he was hurt. But he’s been active for a total of 8 games and has an astounding 4 catches for 57 yards. Better send in the film for ROY.

    How much does Skeebers pay you to generate traffic?

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Back to your troll lifestyle I see.

    FYI Patton has been hurt for most of the season with a broken foot. That’s why he wasn’t in the lineup. Sound familiar?
    Same malady that Crabtree had and you raked him over the coals for faking his injury about 3 years ago.

    It seems you like to ignore obvious injuries and unduly criticize players for not being in the lineup.

    Face it Chuck, the troll in you keeps begging for attention.

  79. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Under the heading ‘Brilliant Deduction”, this quote is being entered: “I do not think Roman/Harbaugh intentionally call plays that fail.” You think!

    RoBaugh came to the league running power football with power formations and using the element of surprise instead of spacing and match-ups. It worked through last year except against the Rams. When the league copied the Rams defensive game plan they were very slow to adjust. Roman still can’t get an average receiver open in space. What he has done is get better spacing and get Crabtree back. He puts Kap in a situation where he has to make more plays than Brady and Manning. We need to stock up on playmaking WRs so Roman won’t be exposed again when Boldin, Davis or Crabtree go down. Look how McDaniels had a dearth of receivers this year for the Patriots and how he still got his receivers open. Do you really think Roman could do that?

    One more thing, if Roman’s play calling didn’t improve after the Carolina game we would not be in the play-offs, Crabtree or no Crabtree. We had Crabtree for the two Rams games last year and couldn’t move the offense. What would have been different this year? We were 12-4 this year but 6-3 before the play calling started to improve and 6-4 the next week.
    We were 0-1-1 with Crabtree in the line up last year vs the Rams. He would still have made us better but we would have still been out of the play-offs.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One area Kap does need to improve is the dump off. I think timing is the issue here. He waits too long to go to his dump off. Often he is already under too much pressure and gets off an inaccurate throw. As he plays more this will come to him. The fact he waits too long to check down, the anti Smith crowd should like this attribute since they called him Check Down Charlie.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    In the 2 Rams games in 2012 Crabtree had 5 catches 70 yds 1 TD
    and 7 catches 101 yds in the second game.
    The difference is no Bolden. Moss, Manningham and Kyle Williams
    didn’t contribute. The Rams chose to double V Davis and they neutralized him.
    Crabtree did his part in those Rams games so I am not sure why you’re singling him out.

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Why are you cherry picking the Rams games of 2012 and not talking about this year’s Rams games where we went 2-0 and
    basically cleaned their clocks.
    Maybe I’ll rephrase. Roman/Harbaugh call plays with the intention
    for every play to succeed and score a TD. Does that make you feel better?

  83. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Because having him in did not get us a win, despite the numbers. We tried the element of surprise after very conservative play calling and fumbled the pitch down by the goal line. What kind of play calling was that? My point is it was the play calling that lost those games.

  84. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you were paying attention you would know why I am using the Rams. I’ve already said why many times. The Rams loaded the box to stop the Schembechler play calling. That was the blue print the rest of the league was using on us this year. We even had games where we were running the ball well and started passing. My only explanation is we were using the element of surprise formula? I can’t say for sure what RoBaugh was thinking. Remember we were 6-4 earlier in the year. The play-offs were slipping away. We had to stop teams from loading the box to stop us. Using better spacing in the formations is what we started to do in the NO game. We also started to call more short primary reads. We even started using some hot reads which I didn’t remember seeing before the Redskins game. In one game, I don’t remember which one, Kap changed the play call from the bench twice, we scored on both. Gore scored once and Kap on the other play. With all due reaspect, to say the play calling hasn’t improved tells me you don’t know what you are watching.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Play calling is always predicated on desired matchups Berger.

    The reason we have optional calls in the huddle is, it’s part of teaching Kaep what to look for.
    He’s light years away from being Peyton, in terms of dissecting a Defensive pre-snap look.

    It’s all a well defined Chess match.
    IMO, if you give a Defense the same look all the time, the element of surprise becomes easier to disguise.

    I don’t think it matters whether you line up in 4 wide looks or not.
    Having a Defense in tight might bother you, that’s fine.

    Our TEs are interchangeable in this format.
    Someone may block, others leak out.
    Keeps a Defense guessing as to whom they need to identify.

    Roman is winning, Kaep is learning.
    We aren’t the Niners of old anymore.

    I’ll take Playoff appearances and Playoff success anytime.

  86. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Are you saying you haven’t noticed the difference in play calling since the Carolina game? This is a yes nor no question.

  87. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    My problem with the 2 plays in the huddle is it is very limiting. Alex Smith said as much and he was using it for a long time. Its not like Smith had anything to learn from running it and they gave him more control. And yeah, I get the deal that Kappy is still learning, and things have gotten more diverse recently, but I hope Kappy gets more control of this offense and they can get to the point where they can get a LOT faster getting plays off. Whether Roman and Harbaugh allow this with Kappy remains to be seen.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I see wrinkles in our plan Berger, yes.

    It’s part of keeping things under wraps until you need it IMO.
    If you want to surprise someone, don’t put it on game film until it’s perfected.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve imagined a Secret Playbook scenario in my mind for sometime.

    Practice time is off limits to media for a reason.

    Have plays you know you’re comfortable with in practice, that you can turn to in a game, when you need to use them.

    I’m still waiting for Roman to go off on someone.
    Seattle would be a great place to start.

    I want to run often to Shermans’ side of the field too.
    TE Screens to his side and Anthony Davis or a TE smacking him in the face.

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    And, as is painfully obvious, they have problems getting the plays off in time in the best of circumstances. Not a good thing in the wall of sound. I wish they[d alter things well enough to get plays off much quicker. They are hard-pressed to change things at the line anyway with all the noise.

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I don’t see it as Roman changing anything necessarily.
    I think he’s adjusting to the specific matchups he’s encountering or anticipating.

    I happen to think he’s a pretty strategic thinker.
    He operates from a solid core package and tinkers with his motions and options from there with the various personnel packages he employs.

  92. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree Chuck.

    I’ve been on that topic for quite awhile.
    No Huddle, hand signals or, some sort of placard system perhaps?

    I’m sure they know what has been failing up there.
    The million dollar question is, what have they devised to correct it?

    Seattle plays too.
    It’s a game of Chess.
    Nothing is easy.

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wrinkles? Whatever.

    We are using 3,4 and even 5 WR sets like we never have before. Very few short patterns the first half of the season and no slants until we ran one vs the Panthers. I didn’t see an audible or a hot read until the 2nd half of the season.

    I give up. If you yahoos can’t see the difference then just be bliss and enjoy the games. I will say one thing is for absolutely certain, without the change in play calling we are not in the play-offs. Period end of story.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger our WR options weren’t at full strength until the latter part of the Season.
    My point exactly.

    Roman plays the matchups game.
    Give him credit for varying the looks according to the matchups.

    Some games call for heavy run, some not.
    We’re balanced.

    At least I’ve managed to shed the Hater label with you.
    If I’m a yahoo, so be it.
    Carry on.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our passing game didn’t exist early on due to personnel issues.
    In the meantime, Roman utilized the guys he had at his disposal.

    Crabtree’s return has opened the Playbook.
    It’s not like Roman doesn’t know what to do, as you would seem to suggest.

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    We played the Aints after Carolina. 196 yds total offense and only 12 first downs. Kap had 127 yds passing and Gore ran for 48 yds total with 13 carries.
    Yeah we really opened up the offense.
    Frustrating loss.

  97. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  98. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    To futher Berger’s cause here, I agree with a lot of what he says. Even the Carolina game we saw a lot more underneath outlet plays than the norm. Too many times there wasn’t an underneath outlet, whether it be Gore, the hurt Miller, or even V McD for 2/3 of the season. This has become much more of a priority recently. I think the Niners out-thought themselves in this regard. As in, with no underneath guy, the running lanes would be clearer and Kappy would have a chance for yards, but the flipside is if he can’t break contain, he’s toast and they lose yards with no one to throw to.

    Some of this was matchups, some of it was lack of tools, but a big part of the problem WAS the play calling.

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