49ers 24, Steelers 20

You won’t win many games in the NFL when you turn the ball over five times. But the 49er defense made their five turnovers hurt less than the two Pittsburgh had. The Steelers got six points and the Niners got fourteen.

The game should not have been close. The Niners outgained Pittsburgh by nearly 200 yards, with a TOP edge of 13 minutes. Yet there they were inside the ten yard line with less than two minutes to go needing a TD to win and a FG to tie.

They had already fumbled three times inside the ten, so what were they going to do now? One last disastrous goof-up? End zone interception? FG doinking off the uprights? It was a deservedly cringe-worthy moment.

When Jimmy Garoppolo threw a laser to Dante Pettis through the tiniest window you’ll ever see, it was more relief than joy. Wow. They didn’t kick the game away. What do you know.

Why they were throwing to Pettis is a mystery. The guy has fashioned a career being unreliable or invisible. Yet there he was, surrounded by three Steeler guys, catching the game winner.

Jeff Wilson has quietly become the 49ers’ short yardage, goal line RB. He plowed in twice yesterday, bowling over a linebacker for one of them. That’s four TDs in three games. I don’t know if the team had ANY running back TDs last year. It couldn’t have been many.

Justin Skule filled in pretty well for the injured Joe Staley yesterday. Until the fourth quarter, that is. He made three costly penalties during crunch time. Still, not a bad effort for a rookie sixth round draft pick.

The Steelers are not a good football team this year and Sunday they should have been blown off the field. But they have a champion’s reputation and heart, so any win over them has got to be big for the young Niners. Sometimes you gain more out of a tense, last minute win than you do from a walk over blow out.

At least it’s convenient to think so. At any rate, the team has arrived in the big arena now. Let’s see how they handle their new found respect from here on out.

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13 comments on “49ers 24, Steelers 20
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have been very critical of Armstead but he has turned it around and is playing like the first rounder they drafted and is easily one of the most improved along with Witherspoon.

    It also seems like the additions of Ford and Bosa have made the pass rush formidable which has helped the secondary and the two changes at LB Alexander and Greenlaw have added much greater speed to the defense.

    So far the defense has been a major factor in their success and the difference from last year.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pettis’ value just peaked.
    Bye week coming.
    See what he’s worth to a WR-needy team perhaps?
    Deebo looking like a keeper thus far.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    When everyone is healthy it’s going to Bourne who will be the most expendable.
    Good luck in getting a 2nd rd pick for Pettis which is wishful thinking. A point of reference is Jarvis Landry was traded for a 4th and a 7th round pick. You just can’t get any value in trades
    because you’re trying to dump a player.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The last time I had to leave the room so many times as yesterday was in 1978. I was convinced we were gonna give the game away but these guy just don’t have quit in em. Love a good defense.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not sold on the value aspect Bullit, that’s up to the trade partner.
    I’m speculating about the level of appreciation Shanny might have to retain him overall.
    Doghouse factor….
    Would he be a factor in a deal, for example, Jalen?
    Pettis is on a rookie deal.
    Highly doubt he’s worth his original price to anyone but us.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Short stay here:

    “49ers long-snapper Jon Condo was placed on the reserve/retired list.”

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Witherspoon out one month with a sprained foot. Moseley has the inside track over the thoroughly burnt remains of Verrett to start in his place.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Witherspoon’s replacement might be on the current roster.
    Talk of trading for Ramsey will cost them draft capital and the guy is not happy earning $13mil plus a year so I would pass because of the salary cap effect.

    Jimmy Ward can come back after the bye with his broken finger and start at corner. That would be the direction I would go in.

  9. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Moseley did fine replacing Witherspoon. At least he wasn’t crispified.

    The jags are floating 2 #1 picks for Ramsey. Not gonna happen.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Pettis in the doghouse was all a ruse per Shanahan as the coach revealed he’s been fighting an injury since training camp.
    Shanahan is channeling Belichick in not revealing injuries.


    Based on that they are not getting rid of Pettis any time soon as he’s not in the doghouse and has a lot of upside.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope so Bullit –
    I get the ‘motivational’ aspects of Coaching.
    Some guys need it more than others. That’s the beauty of competition too.
    The next guy that wants your job can take it, if you’re not determined to keep it for yourself.
    Winning is contagious of course, can’t get there without effort.

    Watch Kittle in the blocking game. He’s a beast.
    If everyone plays with his determination and passion, the sky’s the limit.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Kittle is a good example of how guys can bloom in years 2 and 3.
    Pretty ordinary rookie season and then he exploded in year 2.

    I just don’t like giving up on players until the 3rd year because those rookie contracts are so salary cap friendly.

    Pettis could develop into a starter and has above average receiving skills.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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
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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