49ers 27, Saints 24

A funny thing happened while packing my offseason bags for the long trip to Miseryville, Siberia. That goofy little ball actually bounced out of Drew Brees’ hand and wobbled around until 49ers’ all-Rocky rookie ILB Chris Borland appropriately scooped it up. One ugly looking Phil Dawson chip shot FG later, and the Niners somehow walked off the field in New Orleans with a most desperately needed victory.

And how eerie to see Brees, whom I envied watching all game long with his superb pocket composure and awareness, compared to Colin Kaepernick’s almost complete lack thereof, and yet it was Brees who committed the game ending fumble. Caused by the year long invisible man — Ahmad Brooks.

It was also fitting — and probably necessary — that the defense provided the win. They played an outstanding game. The offense, as has been usual all year, stopped performing with about five minutes left in the second quarter and produced their usual NADA from there on out. Except for one game ending 4th and ten fifty-one yard fairy tale bomb from Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree that allowed Dawson to kick a FG and send the game to overtime.

The defense also set up the Niners’ first TD of the game, when Antoine Bethea intercepted Brees, giving our boys a first down at the 13. Three straight Frank Gore runs did the rest.

Of course, the offensive second half futility isn’t helped much by a group of WRs who take turns dropping passes at a ridiculous rate. This game, it was the usually reliable Anquan Boldin with the butter fingers. Boldin managed a trifecta of drops on the final drive that preceded the 4th and ten miracle to Crabtree. Even that catch was dicey, as Crabtree floundered around under the pass and barely made the grab.

With the win, the 49ers stayed alive in the playoff race, and confounded a nation of experts that gave them no chance to beat New Orleans. Even this humble scribner said it would be near miraculous to come out with a victory. And lo and behold, a near miracle did indeed unfold.

Still, if the team is going to the postseason, it’s going to be with one ugly ass win after another paving the way. Ugly is better than dead, no doubt about it. But it doesn’t make for relaxed Sunday afternoon viewing.

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  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    This game is proof that anything happens all the time
    I guess

  2. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    The Cardinals, Seahawks, Lions and how bout dem Cowboys!, also won their respective games today. And when the Pack beat da Bears momentarily here on SNF, and when the Eagles with the Butt Fumble at QB dispatch of the Panthers tomorrow on MNF, do you know what that means?

    It means we gained absolutely zero ground on the teams that are also vying for the playoffs. In fact. We’re actually going to lose ground in our playoff aspirations because we now have one less week on the schedule to do so. When is an OT win in The Big Easy really a loss?

    The Prophet Debbie Downer has spoken.

  3. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    21-0 Pack > Chicago. HTF did we lose to da Bears?

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Have you always been such a whiny fan, Dennis?

    ROB!!!!!! You were right.

  5. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    I spoke a moment too soon. It’s now 28-0.
    HTF did we lose at HOME to those sorry sacks of shit?
    I’ll tell you this: If you’re chewing gum at the moment, throw it at the next person you see. Preferably a mirror is close by.

  6. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Chuck, have you always been wrong with your opinions regarding the Niner QB situation? Just another FIVE TD performance for Peyton Manning today.

    But I’m sure glad Alex Smith remained our QB.
    We were better off for it.

  7. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Now that’s how you run a screen play. Is it within reason to think that Harbaugh and Co. could watch tape of the Pack and their perfection of that play and somehow work that into our game plan?

    Wish in one hand…

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just got back from LA from attending my friends funeral. On the radio I was able to listen to the first half and then I was out of range for the 2nd half. Sounded like we were running well and that allowed us to pass too. Tim Ryun said we were running heavy packages and NO was not loading the box. Like I always say, there is a time and a place for everything. If the other team is not going to load the box, go heavy package and run. I can only guess that they must have loaded the box in the 2nd half because we stopped scoring? I’ll DVR the NFL replay of the game and watch for myself.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My game ball today, goes to VMcD.
    Kid was blocking his A$$ off early on.
    Bruce Miller too.
    Made our Red Zone whoas look non existent, at least in the 1st half.

    Drops, Kaep’s fumble and our inability to put them away are still very real concerns in terms of our continued issues with half time non-adjustments.

    Defense came to play today and how.

    Heckuva game, though I could have done without all the drama of 4th and 10 and OT.

    NYG cannot stop the run.
    Gotta keep this road show going on the ground next week.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, Bergs, NO went in and out of loading the box at various times during the game. Late we had some nice runs, but we didn’t adjust when they loaded the box, and it stalled out a late drive. Ask NoFear if we ran in the red zone. He can’t seem to tell when we line up with recievers wide and then run the ball.

    The 2nd half drought was concerning, but Boldin dropped a TD pass, and had 4 other drops. Crabs had a few drops. VD his customary drop. These guys are supposed to be [ass catchers, but they give Kappy no help out there.


    How many rings for Peyton in Denver, Dennis? He has as many as Kaepernick.

    And Kapernick did fold not up like a wet sack of shit in the Super Bowl. Unlike Peyton, who lost the game on the 1st play. At least Kappy lost it on the last one.

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I loved the first two TDs. Frank’s was 3 wide misdirection. Nice call, no one touched him. Hyde’s was a toss sweep. One play I love out of the Sardine Can is the toss sweep. We rarely run it but we did today!

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One guy that might’ve gone unnoticed on the 4th and 10 game changer was Boone.

    He stayed alert and alive, to give Kaep another tic to get that throw away, with some muscle behind it.
    Had he not, that throw dies in flight.

    Tank, Dial, Ward and Borland all got a good taste of what a Playoff game feels like today too.


    Total team effort. Very happy to see that.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One thing Kaep and Roman need to master is the type of blitz buster toss we see AZ making with regularity.

    Get the ball away to a spot and have someone there to field it when the Defense sends the house.

    Bling, Ellington or Patton would probably be our best options for that.
    Assuming of course that Ellington’s ankle isn’t too severe to prevent his return.

    Kaep still hasn’t shown the touch to throw to a spot like that and, I think it’s high time he finds it.
    He’s getting better at the back shoulder throws however so, I’ll take that as a good sign of progress being made.
    For now.

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    The most satisfying thing about today’s win other than the shot in the arm to our playoff hopes of course Is that the heroes today were crabtree, brooks and kap. All three came upbig just when we needed them most. Biggest most satisfying win so far

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    The trouble spots for me are still telegraphing run with our formations and running up the gut and falling apart when teams run all out blitzes. The worst part is even when everybodyknows it’s coming we have no clue

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rob something I’ve noticed over the past several weeks has been, Kaep not utilizing the short middle of the field.

    He tried it several times today with some success.
    He’s almost always working the hashes out.

    If they can get him to see this area more readily, things could open up more often.

    Also pissed me off that we didn’t run, (or throw more) at injured CB Keenan Lewis in the 2nd half.
    He was clearly hobbled and playing with a great amount discomfort.

    Can’t figure out why we come out after the half on Offense and sputter as we do.

    Mind boggling to say the least.

    Defenses adjust, we stay status quo.
    Nothing new to break tendencies that Defenses obviously tweak at the half.

    Good road win nonetheless.
    Have to stay focused in NJ next week.
    Can’t lose sight of the prize.
    WC slots are going to be hard to come by this year.

  17. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Sense of urgency today to make plays, finish blocks, stay alert, guys looked a lot more interested, focused. Drops, fumbles a worry tho. Glad to see the run game, OL effective finally.

    The shit storm of peasants with pitchforks this week calling for Romans head had it’s effect = woke ’em up inside the building. It’s a positive when the fans let ’em know “Enough is enough”. Sort of like an election don’t you think? The hole they dug with losses to Chicago, Rams will obviously affect our margin of error all year making each game like a playoff.

    (Steps off soapbox, puts pitchfork back on rack)

  18. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    It’s a great answer “How many SBs has Manning won in Denver?”. Same as Kap who will be playing long after PM hangs ’em up. I’d like nothing better than to get another shot at Broncos with a healthy Niner team. Before then why bother to answer?

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denny Downer didn’t mention this but Carson Palmer tore his ACL in the 4th quarter yesterday. They will have to go with Drew Stanton and the Cards will come back to the pack in the NFC West.
    With Foles and Palmer hurt the wild card picture is also wide open.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You need to get over Manning.
    Peyton chose Denver and life goes on.
    It was Peyton’s choice so why do you continually dwell on what
    was never destined to happen?
    Do you enjoy acting like a donkey?

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy Graham doesn’t think he pushed off which is laughable.
    Why make a fool of yourself when video evidence shows you gave Cox a two handed shove before going up for the ball?

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “WR Michael Crabtree played 44 of 69 snaps Sunday. Other WRs: Anquan Boldin (62), Brandon Lloyd (21), Stevie Johnson (18).”

    Can’t understand why Johnson is so under-utilized.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    On the radio they mentioned Lloyd was hobbled. They didn’t say what it was.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As good a game as the WRs had, both Boldin and Crabs were all set to wear the goat horns in this one. 5 drops for Boldin? That’s inexcusable. Especially when you drop a sure TD pass. Crabs 3rd down drop late in the game could have very well lost it. When 3 passes in a row are dropped, it looks awful.

    I mean I expect one drop a game at least from Crabs and VD.

    For once I agree with you, Bullit, Stevie Wonder should be over Crabs on the WR depth chart. And my son said he saw Lloyd out there early, but I don’t recall that. I know he’s slowed by injury, and he was a game-time decision, but I don’t remember seeing him out there. Both these guys should be getting reps over Crabs.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lloyd has a hammy issue, Bergs.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I guess it was Skeebs that said that about Stevie.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Stanton’s 3-1 so far this year, so it’s not like there’s a big drop-off with him in there. Based on the fact that AZ wins with defense, it may not be as easy as you think.

    Yeah, Seattle could actually help us out by beating them a couple times, and if we can take them, the West gets very clogged up, as we still have 2 with Seattle.

    First things first though as we need to take care of the Giants and the ‘Skins.

    BTW, the charges were dropped in the RayMac case. Insufficient evidence . . . shocking.

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    DA office: “Both parties state (she) struck Ray McDonald first and evidence shows injuries consistent with restraint…rather than an attack.”

  29. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    I’m buying a Borland jersey.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Willis & Bowman better get well in a hurry or one of them might be out of a job.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Short term it’s Wilhoite that’s going to the bench. Whoever comes back between Bowman or Willis, Borland will be the guy next to him.

  32. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ain’t it amazing how bloggers can make themselves relevant by pretending they woke up the coaches (who apparently were just mailing it in and over their heads until now) to put together a better game plan and call better plays because, dammit, they’ve just had enough!

    Why aren’t we raging against Harbaugh and his receivers coach today? Did any other team have as many drops? Damn these coaches! Fire the lot of them!

    As much as I hate to take the bloggers out of the equation and suggest some execution was better and some worse, I will.

  33. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, looks like marks from holding off an attacker (and of, course, testimony supports that). Good thing Harbaugh/Baalke/Jed stood on principle and refused to punish a player and the team instead of giving in to the hysteria from the more hysterical among us. Yes, the same one who can’t count to four and gets hysterical over finding that out “2-3” ain’t 4.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought the O-line execution was much better. I didn’t see enough of the 2nd half to comment completely but on the radio they kept talking about the drops.

    I saw Seattle ran for 350 yards by spreading the formations and running right at them. It’s exactly what I’ve been asking for us to do. We play the same opponent next week. It’ll be interesting to see if we learn anything by watching how Seattle ran over the NYG.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s not forget Chuck’s comments on Sept 18th calling everyone who disagreed with him children and proclaiming that Chuck had “inside info” on Ray McDonald and now it’s proven untrue to be Chuck’s usual BS. Wrong again??? The tin foil dunce cap just gets taller and taller.

    Omelets for everyone and extra crow for the hanging posse.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This from Maiocco today:

    For most of the game, Crabtree was a complete non-factor. And, yes, he did come through with a sprawling 51-yard reception that set up the game-tying field goal late in regulation. But in a joyous locker room, Crabtree’s postgame comments indicated he was not exactly putting the team first.

    “I mean, I’m like the third option,” Crabtree told reporters. “So I come in and do my job. . . . Fourth down, I guess when they need me. I guess that’s when I play. When you count stats, look that up.”

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Crabs is a piece of work who’s act won’t be re-upped here. Good riddance to bad shit. He and Deion can bitch about life in the game while Crabs gets a shitty deal in Tennessee.

    It’s even funnier how fast you guys are so quick to pounce on me (sorry, I know you want to literally) regarding my opinions. Marks from holding off an attacker? Yeah, they look different from being on the attack. That’s like women who can ‘shut the whole thing down’ when raped and thus not get pregnant. You guys are so cute when you are dense.

    Actually what I said proved to be right, Bullitt. They didn’t press charges, did they? Jesus, how dumb are you? To refresh your pea brain, I said that she was the aggressor and the charges would thus be dropped. Duh. Too bad, so sad. Go back to dredging up old posts to carp about. You and NoFear can go back to praying for 5 passes per game, and handing the ball to Gore 50 times up the middle. We’ll break one yet.

    Hey NoFear, how about providing some analysis instead of your toadying to management and ridiculing opinions? Once a yes-man, always a yes-man. It’s easy to talk shit about others when you don’t actually SAY anything yourself. And I’ll be sure to watch my language around your sensitive sensibilities. “My gosh! Aaaam getting the vapors from such randy talk!”

    You guys need to get some new hobbies. Your unrequited love is lost on me.

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. That was a truck load of complete horseshit, Chuck. Congrats! You really out did yourself.

  39. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Geez, check out the darts Sanchez is throwing.

    What specifically, skeebs? Mullitt misrepresenting everything I say?

    Or NoFear’s usual whine and dash?

  40. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s not forget Mullet saying Vance McDonald would catch 40 passes for 600 yards his rookie year. Or that crabs is not a cancer.

    Whee! Isn’t this fun, skeebs?

  41. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    V McD should reach those numbers by season 10 at this rate.

  42. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Never able to just STFU when the opportunity presents itself, the attention whore’s insecurity drives him always to seek the spotlight. Whether the hero or the villian, the spotlight is the primary goal.

    There is a long-winded technical term for the addiction but it is AKA simply Chuck.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It’s always entertaining to watch your brain pinball through the blogosphere like a ball of flubber, Chuck. Grisly, perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.

  44. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I do think fans have an influence on the players, coaches and management. You see it on-field with the refs all the time. You see it in the media with the team defenders saying in chorus: “Play calling? What play calling? It’s the players execution”. Then next game a much better played and called game after the crescendo of howls. Even pigheaded practitioners of professional football do not operate in a vacuum. They hear, they listen, they adapt if “even” to just the fans screaming in chorus. These guys (players, coaches) know they are not perfect and they can always do their jobs better especially when the same old same old results in failure. They are no different than any of us. Smarter ones will ask themselves “Is there any truth in what we are hearing?” And adapt to what intelligent/perceptive outside observers see as obvious. Or not and continue their losing ways.

    The thought fans do not at times influence the game as above flies in the face of what we experience every day in our lives: sometimes our environment influences us. That’s reality and the same goes on in our precious world of sports. Pigskin prognosticators, players and coaches are not gods on pedestals removed from criticism. Well maybe for you. The smart ones will “self-coach” and adapt. The others not so much.

  45. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Same thing with social issues like the Ray Mac fiasco: a lot has been learned about rushing to judgment, depriving citizens of their rights and liberty before the facts are established. The “environment” (the facts) must be weighed before judgement can be made. In this care ‘froot loops’ attacked her partner and HE should be punished? Being forced to sit out half a season as an innocent man is punishment for the player and the team. Taking reality (the facts) into account is always a fine idea.

  46. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Berger should be pleased with the improved balance we showed on O with run/pass ratio closer to even. We’re getting there (thanks to some coaching from the fans, lol) and would sure like to see GRo’s born again commitment to run/balance continue against the G men this coming Sunday.

    That’s the old time religion Brah!

  47. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    In the sense that the teams want to please the fans in their quest for entertainment, I agree with you, Phil. In the sense of the professionals practicing their craft for a lifetime being reduced to taking advice from masses of casual and knee-jerk fans, I disagree.

    In the RayMac case, do you really think Chuck, for example, learned anything from that? If so, I have to vehemently disagree. He and all the others saying the same will say the same tomorrow. Unless and until it affects them personally. Then the shrieks over social injustice will be deafening.

  48. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We are not in disagreement about teams learning something about ‘how’ they go about their jobs after hearing from fans. Sure the pros are going to have a more sophisticated, technically precise way of seeing and applying what they are getting from their public. This does not discount the validity of many of the fans points about the way the OC, the OL for examples, goes about his job = poorly in (our) opinion. Letting the pros off after half a season of mediocre play is sure not in anyone’s interest. I don’t agree that fans are, if not always ignorant, then knee jerk and causal all the time with nothing of value to contribute to their team’s functioning. There’s a lot of intelligence in fan base that can help teams. The idea that there is not is part of the problem that can result in 4-4 and a poor O. So good that the teams hear their paying customers complaints and do a much better job. Many many valid points have been raised on how we can improve and that’s a plus. Nice to see the 9ers respond with better play on O in 1st half in NOLA. Nice to see Kaepernick win the game in the middle of a great team effort at the end.

    I want to see us fans continue to “coach” the pros to do a better job each week. Loud and clear and no mistake in the intent = “give it your best Niners”. Not this mediocre half assed line play, pass dropping, fumbling product we are paying for. And keep it up.

    I think we are approaching the problems we have from different angles and with the same goal = winning every game with maximum intelligence and effort.

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck wants rape victims to be jailed and lose their jobs ipso facto because rapists have marks on their face or body.

    Chuck hates women.

    Napoleonic, Nixonian justice.

  50. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    How ’bout that Mr. Butt Fumble?!!!

  51. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- As we all know, a good team needs good players and good coaches. Players have to execute and coaches need to have good plays to execute. It all goes hand in hand.

    I appreciate that our coaches are trying to become better at play calling. They are struggling with the change. Thing is, the performance of the O-line is the cause much of the struggle. So is the O-line performance because of “dumb schemes” or just bad player performances? Probably some of both? I wish I knew. I’ll just be glad when the they start gelling.

    Now about the receivers dropping passes, I especially do not know what to think about that one. I’m a bit in disbelief over that phenomenon. That is not on the coaches. When a catchable ball comes by, catch it. I see so many great catches each week, it makes me cringe every time somebody here says a throw at the knees is a tough catch. I wonder how much Crabtree’s pouting has to do with the problem? I would think that Roman’s lack of a good flow in the play calling has something to do with. Bottom line is they get paid good money to catch the ball so just catch the ball.

  52. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, ever coached a local Pop Warner or other kids team sport? Did you listen to the big mouth Moms and Dads about who to play and how to coach them?

    Rufus, “we all KNOW what happened” when we see marks. Only “defenders of wife beaters” and the like would go so far as to ask questions. But Nixon did not hate women.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger that’s where that term ‘catchable ball’ comes from.
    The throw to Vernon yesterday was lower than it needed to be IMO.

    Judging by the reaction and facial expressions he presented, he wasn’t too happy with it’s placement either.

    Like the throw to Crabtree last week at the goal line, a better placed throw makes his controversial catch an easy walk in for 6.

    Lead a Receiver, keep him in balance and on stride and many of those catch and fall receptions turn into YAC opportunities.

    Favre had the same sort of issues during his years in GB.
    As Holmgren infamously touted, ‘stop with the rocket balls’.

    Kaep throws missiles at times when he could stand to throw darts.
    Lead a receiver and allow him to RAC.
    That’s how Jerry made his living back in the day.
    Taking a 6yd slant to the house.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Phil- I think the coaches don’t listen to fans except in extreme situations, like an entire stadium chanting, “We want Carr”. When ticket sales go down is when the listening might be a little more acute.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er, I lived and breathed baseball as a kid myself.
    Played from LL thru HS.
    When I became a parent, and my boys wanted me to Coach them in LL, I passed.

    Not because I lost my love for baseball, rather, I had no patience for the parents that always ‘knew better’.

  56. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    True ’nuff, NF, but Nixon HATED pot smokers because they were 99% anti-Nixon. Bring in the new DEA, car searches, no-knock warrantless house searches based on no evidence but neighbor’s word, etc.

    Same principle at work. Guilty until proven innocent.

  57. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    As you know well NF I’m no defender of the summary ‘justice’ mob and I don’t listen to or agree with that ‘fascist/hater’ mentality. So not excusing the lynch mob here. Nor expecting anyone to change as a result of proven facts = no charges for Ray Mac = he’s innocent under the law. This will be rationalized by many, I get it.

    Meanwhile an innocent man continues free to earn a living unmolested in his job contributing to our team’s success. The San Francisco Forty Niners are to be highly commended for taking a principled stand for JUSTICE in the face of a howling mob here and nationwide to condemn Ray Mac a priori “because he is a big tough man and obviously guilty”. Niners Jed and the whole org get a huge thumbs up for standing firm. Ray Mac is no Ray Rice. Never forget!!!

    In the US there is a loud minority in places like Bay Area where many do not give a shit about justice, fairness, decency, rule of law or simple facts. Never forget the evil attempt to destroy one man based on bigotry and hate. Ray Mac is the poster child of a victim unsuccessfully blamed for being A MAN.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I agree on developing finesse in Kap’s passes.

    One good example yesterday was Kap’s throw to Gore on a swing pass in the second half. Gore was open in the left flat and his throw was slightly behind and on Gore’s right hip. Gore caught the ball but had to slow down to gather it. Gore was short of the first down by 2 yards. If Kap leads Gore and he catches the ball in stride he easily gets the first down.
    Ball placement does matter and is the next step in improving and becoming better.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another thing I don’t understand is, why are we so challenged to function Offensively in the 2nd half of games?

    Defenses obviously adjust to us yet, we never seem to have any new wrinkles to add that might counter said adjustments.

    I’m still waiting for Roman and Kaep to beat a blitz too.
    Kaep is a target thrower.
    Hoping he can develop the ability to throw to a spot and have success.
    AZ WR John Brown has been money for them.
    Palmer/Stanton have a great weapon with that kid.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you on that point Bullit.

    Many of the throws Kaep makes are similar to that one to Gore too.
    A good screen game requires touch and accuracy in order to be effective.

    He had Vernon yesterday on a crosser.
    Ball came in low and behind.
    Vernon’s hands are like feet much of the time to begin with and, we know the results. CLANK.

  61. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    On the catchable balls from Kap: yes he needs to learn to throw better, more catchable balls. Yes the half hearted receivers like VD need to make a much better effort. I have faith Kap continues to progress in all areas and certainly here. I have far less faith VD can be salvaged. Not sure about Crabtree, doubt it. Both have had previous issues of “me first” and I think we are seeing this again. You think Carrier misses some of those passes? Boldin will come around I believe.

    Better OL play sure helps. NJ pointed out Boone’s hustle to follow his man down the line when Kap was needing an additional 1 second to launch the bomb that saved our bacon. Boone lumbered over there 15 yards and did just enough to obstruct the would be tackler to allow Kap to be a hero. And he was certainly that. Boone was great and was playing with a lot more heart than recent weeks. All the OL was. Our team ‘got the message’ and responded professionally. Keep it up gentlemen.

  62. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    It’s all about the O-line right now. Our O-line can’t block for spit in a passing offense. Establish any kind of run game and they’re fine. Pass only and they look like Carolina.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing that hasn’t been discussed is the improvement of only 2 penalties for 15 yards called yesterday.
    The 10 yard penalty was the questionable offensive PI on Boldin.
    Cleaning up the penalties definitely helps keeping them out of self destruct mode.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    John Brown made an incredible catch yesterday for a long TD. Our receivers would have dropped it and it would have been the QBs fault. Meanwhile Kap throws a perfect pass to Boldin that should have been a TD but it was dropped. I got it, fans see what they want to seed and disregard the rest.

    You guys convince yourselves our QB sucks while I go to bed. What you need is a new QB and when he sucks you’ll have a little more to complain about. I know, you just call it as you see it. I see other receivers making great catches and ours dropping them. I just call it as I see it. The main thing they talked about on the post game show yesterday was drops and how it has to stop. We had another game this year with 5 drops. Those must be the QBs fault according to the I’m reading here.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Show me a QB that throws every ball perfect and I’ll show a QB who does not exist. People here seem to expect otherwise.

  66. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Yes we need to mix in the passes after the run is established. THat’s us and it is why I said tongue in cheek “Gimme that old time religion” = Run to set up pass. So OL blocking for the run is our strength. Use it. But no the fans have nothing to say to the OC. Obviously. Let’s go 5 wide from now on.

    Bullit- Yes the boneheaded penalties declined on D right away and now the penalties on O are way down. That make a huge difference.

  67. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Fans have a huge say in what goes on with the team. Remember one Mike Singletary? After a sustained run of failure the fans as well as the players gave up on him and fans started screaming for his head. How long did it take Jed (too long) to heed our voices before a line was drawn and Singletron was canned?

    A quiet complacent fan base sitting back listening to pundits and coaches explaining failure would have allowed MS to play out the string to at least end of year. Instead he was fired.
    This dynamic is in play today except Jimi Hendrix is no Mike Singletary and far far smarter. Player called out as loafers, me firsters or poor performers don’t get the message from the fans through the media? Unlikely. Suddenly they start playing hella better. Coincidence? Sure. Home field advantage, what’s that? The refs worried about the hotdog vendors opinion? Right.

    It is about results on the field as JH knows. After 2 shabby losses on top of 2 earlier losses of equal quality = piss poor offense, penalties on D and O, it was time to win or suffer the consequences of angry fans and empty seats. Or Skeebers tuning out.

    Fans may not be football geniuses like some of you but they are not “casual knee jerk ignoramuses” either. Keep the pitchforks ready and sharpened gentlemen. Because your opinion and voices make a huge difference to athletes who still have some pride.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here you go again Berger.
    Did anyone say he sucked?
    This is where the Alex Haters sh!t started.

    Constructive criticism is the foundation of improvement.
    No, no QB is perfect all the time.
    Simply pointing out room for improvement.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s not forget that bogus call on Ward for hand to the face too.
    I didn’t see it.

  70. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    And listening to disgusted, disgruntled fans complaining of inept on field play affects not only players but also coaches as well = to motivate their players to give their best. And to do a better job themselves of game planning and play calling obviously.

    Remember this: Fans just like voters get exactly the leaders they demanded. I do not subscribe to the ‘top down model’ of leadership where great experts show the masses how to be successful. Rather in my view, a common one, the masses (here fans) demand that certain results are required = wins not bumbling losses for example. In this view = “bottom up leadership” the public insists on the standard of acceptable performance, the ‘office holders’ (coaches) deliver or not to their peril or reward.

    So I call baloney on the idea that we the fans have no power over what happens on the field. I’m not talking about loud mouthed moms and pops lobbying for their spastic drooling morons (I mean Children, lol) to be starters. WE set the standard of what is acceptable play in the aggregate of our collective voices. Smart leadership already knows this and makes it happen before the shit storm erupts. Sometimes coaches need a little motivating too. Believe me they know who is buttering their bread even if unpaid football pundits don’t.

    Keep ’em ready gentlemen

  71. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are a 4 point road favorite against NY.
    Early forecast is 50% chance of rain with a temp high of 45 degrees.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear49er – Thank you for your Service.
    To all who have Served – Happy Veterans Day

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m going to do something I haven’t done in about 15 years.
    This will be the 1st 9er game in NJ that I will not attend.

    Got 2 tickets via a friend who’s a NYG Season ticket holder.
    Giving them to my Daughter and her BF.
    He’s a suffering NYJ fan so I figured he might enjoy seeing a REAL football team with a REAL 9er Fan 😀

    I will be hosting a Giant/9er gathering instead.

  74. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds good NJ. Hope you get a nice 9er victory to celebrate. Heck it’s another playoff game for us.

    My only concern is if there will be a shortage of eggs on the East Coast. We run the ball with Frank in the first half and Carlos Hyde 2nd half and mix in some caught passes we’ll be okay.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Same here Phil.
    After seeing what Seattle did to the NYG Defense, I think we stand a good chance of being successful, if we execute the power running attack.

    My Daughter is thrilled to be seeing her 1st 9er game live.
    She’ll be sporting her Vernon jersey so I’m hoping he shows her something worth remembering on Sunday.

    NYG are banged up but, they’re always tough at home.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like we’re gearing up for a running game stint.
    From Maiocco –

    Running back Alfonso Smith, who was among the 49ers’ final cuts of training camp, is returning to the team, according to his representation.

    The 49ers will have to clear two roster spots for Alfonso Smith and Aldon Smith before the end of the week. Aldon Smith will be reinstated from a nine-game suspension.

  77. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Woefully thin at RB so the Alfonso Smith hire makes sense. Risky having starter Hyde running back KOs even tho he demolished someone on Saints ST on one play.

    Someone else said Gore was gassed in 3rd Q. So have Frank do the majority of running in 1st half and Carlos carry the bulk in 2nd half.

    Glad we have another RB for insurance as we’ve been lucky there w/ no injuries so far.

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Phil.
    Curious to see how they open the roster spots.
    Gotta figure Ian is one spot if he’s got a fracture.

    They may have another week, maybe 2 for NaVorro.

  79. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes good point on Ian W going on IR esp. w/ Dorsey on deck. Not sure who else they may move?

  80. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW RT I made a point of looking at that play you mentioned where the Utah player dropped the ball before he crossed goal line and it was run back by Oregon 100 yards for a gigantic momentum shift. Wow talk about giving it away!

    Looked like the WR was planning his dance and not focusing on the job at hand ya think?

  81. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, NJ49er.
    RE: 11/11

    Grandson just back from A-stan, it is a happy one. Thanks to all vets and A/D military. Especially those far from the home and family.

  82. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Phil, Oregon scored two quick TDs -after- that TD. Utah was visibly stunned. Those two subsequent TDs proved to be the margin of victory/defeat.

  83. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats NF, and happy Vet’s Day. My brother made a couple trips there as a NATO tech expert.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kudos NoFear49er.

  85. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Pat, to you and your many family who’ve served.

    Will do NJ49er.

  86. robNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post on mcdonald. Raymac cleared of all charges.
    I agree 100 percent

  87. robNo Gravatar says:

    Bowman might return to practice this week

  88. robNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon’s coming back too.
    Now we start to roll!!!!

  89. robNo Gravatar says:

    Happy veterans day all

  90. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, me wanting RayMac to be suspended for the likelihood of being violent toward his girlfriend is supporting the perp, RTF? Wow. That’s some fancy pretzel logic there. What kind of candyland do you live in?

    Hmmm. 320 football player has marks on him. 95 lb GF has them as well. Gee, think something may have happened?

    Obviously the woman is the one in the wrong. She put the offensive bruises on RayMac. RayMac’s bruises an her are defensive. You guys are f(*&king hysterical.

    I’m still waiting for Mullitt to refute my original post where I said the charges would be dropped after I heard a story from a friend. Of course when I say it, it was wrong of me. Funny how Mullitt didn’t dig up THAT post.

    Sorry, NoFear, You will always be defined by your disappearance for Alex Smith’s 13-3 season. Funny how that worked out. Chickenshit poser.

    Happy Vets Day, BTW, NoFear.

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So now you straddle the fence on Ray McDonald as usual on this and try to back pedal?
    Sorry but I must have missed your flip flop.
    Sadly you are the hysterical one with a lynch mob mentality and quick to make judgement on pure hearsay and rumor.

    Everyone here already knows that when Chuck resorts to namecalling it’s desperation time for him and he’s in panic mode.

    Everyone also knows how you always try to distort the truth to make yourself look less foolish after trying to ram opinions down people’s throats.

    It is entertaining to watch the inchworm* squirm.


  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon has been officially reinstated by the NFL.
    The Niners have been given a one week roster exemption.
    Aldon can practice today and play Sunday.

  93. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Read what I said about what I heard, skippy. I said RayMac wouldn’t be charged. What happened? He wasn’t charged. I received some info that I previously didn’t have.

    Understand? Of course not. So now, every time I post something for the next 5 years, you will bring this up and beat it like you beat your meat. Let’s hear you whine about Crabs again. Dig up some old posts. You know. Fun time for you.

    Why are you guys so scared of differing opinions? NoFear ridicules me for saying we should change up our play calling in the red zone (run out of passing formations and vice versa, and when they do (and it works) he throws a hissy and starts name calling his usual obfuscation campaign.

    I guess some people would rather be right and lose. Good luck with that.

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Say what you will now.

    We all know exactly where you stand on the issue and it’s delusional now to proclaim that you had it right.
    Keep telling yourself that.
    I think you need more tinfoil for your hat.

  95. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Anyhow, looks like Chris Borland has a clear path through the regular season. Which in the end, may not be such a bad thing.

    Patrick Willis is out with season-ending toe surgery.

    Shit. Just when you think we’re getting back to full strength.

    Now if we can only get Crabs to pull his head out of his ass. . . and VD to get with the program. . .

  96. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fox Sports is reporting Patrick Willis will have season ending surgery on his toe. They are also reporting that Mebane is lost to the Seahags for the season with a torn hamstring.
    It’s a battle of attrition.

  97. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Poor little fellow can’t come up with anything original.

    He said you might not believe this, little fella
    But it’ll cure your asthma too . . .

  98. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So Alfonso Smith takes the spot that Lattimore was supposed to fill.

  99. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Cosmic Debris, St Alfonzo is our new RB?

    Lighten up assholes!


  100. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shane Skov signed to the Practice Squad

  101. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Right some things never change…and I don’t expect some (most) people to change…except maybe for the worse. For some reality is secondary to their hysterical/compulsive need to bully, dominate and attempt to control others. No wonder I’m back here. Your human rights mean shit to the left. Never forget it buddy, seriously.

    So Willis out for season, thank God we have Borland, Wilhoite, Skuta, Lynch and oh yes Ray Mac back finally…uh scratch that, lynch mob lost that assault = Ray Mac never “had to” go since Niners took a principled stand. That opens up another roster spot for Alfonso Smith assuming Ian W goes on IR and Aldon gets his spot.

    The critical issue seems to be Glenn Dorsey’s projected return soon to fill in for Ian W. I know we have Dial and he’ll do for Giants and maybe Wash but SEA and Beast we need Dorsey.

    It’s all playoffs now, every game and we need to win out. The ’89 Niners were 6-5 I think and did okay. So can we now that the wake up call has been delivered and received. Niner pride is on the line.

  102. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Ellington’s spot if he goes on IR would go to Dorsey right?

  103. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm, just saw IR may not happen for Ellington or Ian W so not sure what our roster is going to look like after return of Aldon, Dorsey. Sure the FO will make good choices as is most often the case.

  104. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ellington looks like he’ll return.
    Ian might also.

    Guessing there will be another decision or 2 related to cuts prior to the NYG game.
    Gotta figure Josh will be in play. Again.

    Fortunately Borland has taken the reigns in stride which looks to have opened the door for Patrick to get his wheels attended to.
    I’m concerned with the report that NaVorro is still having pain issues as well.
    Might not be a slam dunk for his return either.
    Time will tell over the next several weeks.

  105. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Someone said it’s a war of attrition now. SEA and Cards are having their issues too with Mebane and Carson out, Harvin dumped. Tukuafu and Dobbs are both on their 53 I believe. I know they lost some good players on their DL too. We have been particularly hard hit and it’s ongoing. Fortunately we are deep and have been lucky in areas where we are not like RB. I keep hoping Dorsey comes back as we are going to need him come Thanksgiving and beyond.

    Bowman who knows. It may take longer than we hope as that injury was horrific. Just win the next 2 and gear up a tough stretch run.

  106. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It would be nice to win out but that isn’t going to happen. Not unless this team finds a way to play a complete game. They are yet to be even close to one.

    And it’s all on the offense. For all the injuries, the injuries, the defense has played more consistently than the offense. Play calling, lousy QB play, bad situational shit, poor line play, bad coaching, no half time adjustments, red zone woes. All these things are part of the deal.

    Another strong first half was followed by a dismal second half. This team has to figure out how to score TDs late to close out games.

  107. Phil FanNo Gravatar says:

    In the 2nd half the OL continued to block well, the run game was still effective, D continued good, ST performed, so what changed?

    Drops by receivers killed the O in 2nd half. That will improve with Boldin getting back to form and Stevie getting more catches we hope. We are a lot closer with the emphasis on running, better OL blocking to set up passing. Getting closer with better run/pass mix and better play calling. More motivated players I think = howling fans, season on the brink.

    Now catch the ball. It’s taking a long time to get the O rolling I know, I know

  108. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So will we win out? Admit it will take another set of miracles like we saw in NO. Wasn’t at all confident going into NOLA but we did it somehow.

    Don’t believe in miracles? I understand that and we can ascribe the good play to fear of the season ending prematurely by players facing disappointment and humiliation. That is definitely in play as we saw with Staley’s angry comments after Rams game.

    We are close to integrating an effective passing game into our running offense so we are progressing. Admit it’s a big leap to winning out but that’s the goal if we have any pretensions to playoffs.

  109. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think it is possible that when RoBaugh sees the video of how Seattle ran for 350 yards vs the NYG it could be quite a learning curve. They spread the formations which spaced the defense and ran right through them. It’s exactly what I’ve been asking for. We’ll see what happens. I like the quality of our two RBs and would love see them with a little more room to run.

  110. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What? Us learn from other teams? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Just have to see how their defense goes after us. I think teams should be blitzing us with 8 in the box and take their chances vs. our run game since we do so much inside running. I’m very surprised NO didn’t blitz more than they did.

  111. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I mean, really. The Chiefs beat the Rams with their short game, so naturally we run 5 and 7 step passes all game. Shit, WE beat the Rams playing the short game. Minus the big pass to Lloyd at the half.

  112. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Statistic that may only interest me. This according to The Bee ‘… Aldon Smith, who has 42 sacks in 43 games since entering the league in 2011…’

    Now we can finally have the opponents’ D coordinators spend and extra hour or two at night to scheme around Aldon.

  113. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We need a game-changer on the offensive side of the ball. Hopefully Lloyd is back to full speed. Even the threat of a deep ball is going to help.

  114. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon will help going forward. Not sure how many plays he will get on 3rd down Sunday in NY/NJ. But he will help with those numbers Franchise.

    D will need to be able to get off field and keep Manning off w/ our running game as we did in first half in NO. Our DBs are going to get tested as Eli will indeed try to do Manning 2 and pick our secondary apart.

    Giants are tough at home said NJ so I expect a close game for us there. At least as difficult as last week so stick with the run as Berger mentioned ‘out of spread formations’.

    Nothing will be easy about this and we will need a good game plan and good play calling. Don’t abandon the run. Obviously OL will need to block, receivers to catch the ball!

  115. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon will get all the 3rd down plays.

  116. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    In Fred Dean’s first game as a Niner after his holdout with the Chargers ended with the trade to SF, Bill Walsh had told him he would use him sparingly until Dean played his way into game shape.

    In Fred Dean’s first series as a 49er, he sacked Danny White twice and forced a hasty incomplete on the third play with a hard hit on White. When the D left the field, Dean made sure to pass by Walsh. He asked, “Coach, did I do alright?” Even Walsh had to laugh.

    The Niners went on to win the Super Bowl. Here’s saying we’re doin’ it again. Deja vu.

  117. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    SNOOOOOOW! First one of the season…

    NJ, what’s the game forecast?

  118. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Shit, when Christine runs for 71 on your defense, you got problems. Didn’t realize that RW ran for 107….

  119. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Hope you’re right RT. I remember what a sudden shot of adrenaline
    Dean was for the Niners. Took a long time to get another like him = Aldon. Lynch is another difference maker who will put the smack on Eli and keep us in the game

  120. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Brady @ Niners Nation has the antidote for any happy talk about our improvements on OL, play calling, route running, Kaepernick. You name it, a regular bitchfest with GIFs:


  121. 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
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