Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! After ten straight thumpings, the 49ers finally rose up and smote down the Seattle effing Seahawks. I’m still pinching myself, Shirley.
Sunday’s victory was the biggest win of the Kyle Shanahan era and the biggest win for the franchise since it self-destructed after the 2013 season.
Nick Mullens proved the 400 yards he laid on the Seahawks two weeks ago was no fluke, as he outplayed and out-clutched Russell Wilson, and the Niner defense outplayed the Seattle defense. If Shanahan tells us this week that Mullens and CJ Beathard are tied in the backup QB race, it will be evidence that Kyle is a bald faced liar or a blithering idiot – take your pick. In fact, the real question now is whether Mullens is tied with Jimmy Garoppolo.
The game began in the usual fashion, with the Niners going three-and-out and the Seahawks then marching crisply to a touchdown. Here we go again. But Sebastian Janikowski missed the extra point and Richie James ran the kickoff 97 yards for a TD and XP and the Niners never trailed from that point on.
It looked like Seattle swaggered into town counting on the Niners to beat themselves, like they have done all season. But that did not happen this time. Jeff Wilson did fumble away an early drive, luring the Seahawks into their expected delusion, and that was it. Not another turnover the entire game!
Instead, it was the Seahawks who started beating themselves, racking up 14 penalties, and generally falling apart like they assumed the Niners would do.
Poor old CJ Beathard. For the second straight year, an injury to the starter has thrust him into the lineup only to see himself also get injured and then watch his replacement completely outplay him. The Niners should look into renting him out around the league to teams looking to find a starting QB and they’re too dumb to realize their starter is already there, sitting on the bench waiting to get in the game.
And for the second straight year, the Niners look to be on a meaningless late season roll that drops them down the draft board while inflaming the hopes of the faithful for the following season. Those hopes didn’t pan out this year, it might be noted. But that doesn’t mean they won’t next year. After all, the Niners just beat the Seahawks, which definitely proves that shit happens!