The Signature Win

The San Francisco 49ers are back!

Sunday’s dramatic come back win over the Philadelphia Eagles was no fluke, ladies and gentlemen. This was a win by a team that suddenly came of age. A team that believed in itself finally providing the long sought evidence to back up their belief.

We’ve all heard the phrase “getting over the hump” used almost wistfully the past few years. That magical moment where a team surpasses the sum of its parts and arrives as a forceful NFL entity. We have seen that moment and it was beautiful. The end of the moral victories era marked by just barely losing, time after time.

It is on the road that NFL teams define their worthiness. Good teams win road games. Bad teams don’t. If you can’t win on the road, you can never be much more than an 8-8 team. The 49ers just won back to back road games on the east coast and that is not an accident. They won both games by fourth quarter comebacks where both the offense and the defense rose to the challenge. These guys are good.

And they are going to get better. We are only at the 4th game of the Jim Harbaugh era and already the results are coming in. Sunday’s second half offensive explosion was the kind of dynamic offense that fans have been only dreaming about these past six desultory years. And leading the way were two guys that people have tried to run out of town for the past two years: Alex Smith and Frank Gore. “Alex Smith and I came in together,” running back Frank Gore said. “He just needed a coach to believe in him and this coach does. This was a big game for him and for all of us because we know we can win.”

The highly touted offensive line, the one Joe Staley proclaimed (to much derision) didn’t “suck” didn’t suck indeed. They provided Smith with rare protection and destroyed the Eagles front seven in the second half. Rookie first round draft pick Aldon Smith had 1.5 sacks and would have had another if Ahmad Brooks hadn’t jumped offsides. The secondary was torched by the long ball, but was clutch in the red zone, forcing the Eagles to attempt three field goals, two of which failed. The linebacker duo of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman is fast becoming a wonder to behold — the best pair of inside LBs in the league. The Eagles league leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, gained a mere 18 yards. And Justin Smith’s incredible game-saving run down and strip of Jeremy Maclin showed why this guy is a true warrior.

This wasn’t a game where the stars aligned and everything went right, either. The Niners had to overcome a Smith fumble, several dropped passes, a missed field goal, and a blocked field goal. They had to overcome 400+ passing yards and 70+ rushing yards from Michael Vick. In the end, they did what previous teams have not been able to do — they ran out the clock with five straight rushing plays and two first downs that ate up the final two minutes.

The 49ers now lead the NFC West by two full games and are single-handedly giving relevance to this disrespected division. There are two tough games coming up — a home game against Tampa Bay and a road game against the 4-0 Detroit Lions who beat the Cowboys in Dallas Sunday. The team will not be favored in either game. But which of you fans are going to count them out before the kickoff? Not many. Not any more.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I give a decent chance to beat the Bucs and no chance to beat the Lions. I would actually think we could be favored vs the Expensive Corn. (Buck An Ear)

  2. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Great game!! And the fact that they had to overcome so much to win makes it that much more…if the Niners had jumped out to a 20 point lead and held on for the win would have been great too…but having to come back like they did IN Philly…that was fantastic….like you said Skeebs… the 49ers are BACK!!

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    At least the schedulers did us a favor. The Bucs are playing tonight and will have a very short week and they will have to fly cross country.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I’m sorry for making you feel bad by calling you a black Democrat. I would feel bad if somebody called me a Democrat! There was no disrespect meant. I don’t care what color you are. I consider you a blog friend. You would always be welcome at my home. Sometimes I do mess with my friends, especially when I drink. Consider yourself “messed with”. I did like your butt lift comeback comment, but that is what brought on the black Democrat rant!
    .
    Anyway, you are correct about the Bucs. Problem is we just came off of our biggest win in years. This is when let downs are common.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt – re the Avent non-penalty on the field goal… Official Zebra number 70 was staring right at the guy when he did it. Musta had money on the iggles, lol.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see a let down coming. This is a young team, but a veteran one, too. They have tried hard to be good for too long. I don’t see them resting on their laurels now, but pushing even harder to excel.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    skeebers- I agree but history is a bitch.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now this is too funny and ranks up there with Barkley kissing the donkey’s ass on National TV cuz he lost on a bad bet.

    “Howard Eskin is a very non-bashul sports media personality in Philadelphia, and he believed very strongly in the Eagles ability to beat the 49ers on Sunday. He expressed this confidence by telling KNBR in San Francisco that if the 49ers did beat the Eagles, he’d ride a bike from Philly to San Francisco.

    And you know by now that, despite trailing 20-3 at the half, the 49ers rallied to a shocking comeback victory over the Eagles .

    So Eskin, 60, provided that he doesn’t back out, has a nice little bike ride ahead of him. Call it the Tour de Dream Team.

    You can listen to Eskin’s vow here . The relevant portion starts at about the 10:30 mark. If you can’t listen, here’s the transcript of the guarantee:

    Eskin: “I will tell you right now, there is no chance the 49ers win. Zero. This is a stone cold mortal lock.”

    San Francisco Radio Guys: “What will you do if the Niners beat the Eagles? Would you walk from Philly to San Francisco? We gotta come up with something for you to do, Howard.”

    Eskin: “I’ll take a bike. I’ll take a bike from Philadelphia to San Francisco.”

    San Francisco Radio Guys: “If the Niners beat the Eagles.”

    Eskin: “Yes, if the Niners beat the Eagles.”

    San Francisco Radio Guys: “You’re that confident?”

    Eskin: “Yes. There’s no way the Eagles go 1-3. None. Absolutely none.”

    We haven’t heard anything about Eskin’s plans since the Eagles collapsed, but I don’t think there’s any shame in it if the guy backs out. He’s 60 years old and has a job as a sideline reporter on Eagles broadcasts. He doesn’t need this. Make a donation to charity, send a fruit basket to San Francisco and call it a day. We’ll let it slide.

    Updates are forthcoming if Eskin addresses it.”

    Wonder how Howard is feeling this morning? Berger can ask him to stop by Reno, but he’s got to get going before the passes are closed due to snow.

    Stuff like this makes winning even sweeter. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
    Don’t think Howard will be making any more stone cold mortal lock predictions against the Niners anytime soon.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    You didn’t make me feel bad.
    Just felt a little blindsided by the question.
    No harm no foul

  10. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    that statement by Eskin was hilarious I heard it first hand when he was talking to Gary Radnich.
    this was a big win for the team, the fan base is buzzing and there’s even been a little pub given on ESPN by Boomer and Jackson,not allot but baby steps in the right direction the team needs to earn it and so far there starting to.
    I was so pumped to watch the game unfold what a win,on the road no less, this was a building block victory for sure,next is Tampa tonight will be a good chance to suss out the competition for next week

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s hilarious, Bullit.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eskin didn’t say “bicycle”, just “bike.” So he could get on a Harley and make it out here in time to see us beat the Bucs next Sunday.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eskin is the same guy that said the team in the NFC West that signed Kevin Kolb was guaranteed to win the division.
    I believed him at that time and was hoping they would trade for Kolb (it would be the #2 we spent on Kaepernick) but now realize he works for the Eagles.

  14. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, I’m borrowing that postgame speech for my blog . . .

    Thanks. That’s cool.

    I like when Harbugh said “Don’t think you are good. Keep working.”

    I think this was an issue with Nolan AND Singletary. They’d lose a close game against a good team and say things like we WERE good enough to win but didn’t. now that Carolina’s coming to town, we’ll beat ’em bad. The inevitable crash back to reality would then take place.

  15. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit…yea i was listening to KNBR at work when that clown was shooting off his mouth….i hope Gary Radnich remembers….even he said the best chance for a bay area team win would be the Traiders against New England…BTW…Harbaugh mentioned that the niners dont get much national media coverage…well i hope he’s been watching espn and nfl network…its all about how the eagles lost to the lowly 49ers…the team with the worst offense in the league….still no respect…

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    I enjoy sharing things everyone will enjoy just in case you might have missed it. Glad you liked it enough to post it.
    They are posting locker room post game. That’s where you see the emotion of the team and the core essence of the squad.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They are talking about Eskin on KNBR. He’s supposed to be on at 11:30am. I think Eskin will fly to San Francisco with his bike to get out of the bet.

    Larry Kruger also brought up a good point. Harbaugh’s best job of coaching is convincing Frank Gore to share the ball. He didn’t start him but when Gore first came in and ran for 40 yds I thought that might be it for Hunter but Harbaugh stuck with the game plan.
    Gore learning to share carries is best for the team. Maybe lessons learned will be they are better with Snyder at RG instead of Rachal and Miller is a huge upgrade over Norris at FB.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rachal did have an impact on the game albeit negatively according to Kevin Lynch

    3rd quarter
    -On the blocked field goal after the first drive, Chilo Rachal was late off the ball and King Dunlop squeezed through to block David Akers’ 45-yard attempt.

  19. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That’s our Chilo. Thank you again, McClueless.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Buklkitt, I’m gonna steal the Ruskin story as well.

    Yer on fire today . . .

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, nice review. It sure is a better place when everyone is happy, happy, happy. Justin Smith is a monster, what a great football player, a throwback to better times. Looks like the team is forming a great chemistry and attitude. That will take us far. What a great win against philly, a team with a very delusional and irritating fan base.

  22. robNo Gravatar says:

    gawdammit guys ! since i predicted we would come from behind to beat the eagles 23-20 , i might as well go all in !

    i say we beat BOTH tampa bay AND detroit !

    you ?

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    and yes , we WILL win the division !

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa’s defintiely the more winnable one. If we go to Deeetroit with a 5-1 record, it’ll be battle of the upstarts.
    .
    F-u-r-k, you’d think the NIners lost by 20 looking at the shit going on on my bog.

  25. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck — what is up with that dude? Someone needs an anger management class.
     
    Anyway — great game, any way you slice it. I have been uber harsh of AS for years but he deserves credit for Sunday. It WAS a team win but Alex, playing the most important position, gets a lion’s share of credit for bringing em back.
     
    I’m still savoring the 2nd half, but I do recognize it’s only one game. They gotta do it again next week. I feel much better about our offense — even though there are still many kinks. Just seeing them mix up formations and the playcalling is such a breath of fresh air after SingleMonotony. I also REALLY hope they mix Frank and Hunter like they did. That keeps them both fresher, hungrier, and the D has different styles to defend.
     
    TB looks easier than Detroit, but that is mainly because of Freaking Calvin Johnson. Holy mother of god I want that dude on our team.
     

  26. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Do I bring this shit upon myself? All I said was despite the fumble, Smith had his best game as a Niner.
    .
    Now I have NoFear in full whine mode.
    .
    And, to answer your question, NoFear, since you get notified whenever I post, I changed the thread so many times because I want Twin to shut the furk up. I didn’t want everyone else to have to read through the bullshit he was posting.
    .
    Your goddamn welcome.

  27. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No shit barley. Megatron was pretty incredible yesterday. 3 guys on him and he still goes up and gets it.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Got to love the schedulers. TB gets a monday night game, short week, and a 3-time-zone west coast game.
    .
    Almost as bad as the Niners playing vs Pittsburgh on Monday night followed by a Saturday game in Seattle.
    .
    Boseephus is in hot water? ESPN won;t play Hank Williams Jr’s opening theme tonight.

  29. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Are you ready for some quaaludes?

    http://tinyurl.com/5shchk4

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    If they ain’t playing Hank, I ain’t watching. I’ll hurt ’em the best way you can, by not buying their product.
     
    So my answer tonight will be, “No!” I’m not ready for some football. Commie bastards.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cullen Jenkins is speaking out on what’s wrong in Philly.
    Wrong guy to do it since this is
    his first year there and he’s from Green Bay. No Eagle wants to hear how they did it right in Green Bay.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis is a rowdy friend.

  33. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis, you recently went on record saying you’d rather see Obama in office rather than Alex Smith at QB.

  34. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So you make your stand at Boseephus? A guy who got lost counting to 3? The barley talented spawn of someone who WAS talented? The guy who owes whatever fame he enjoys to MNF?

  35. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Barley . . .

    barely talented

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, like espn is vying for sainthood. chuck, Hank Jr. has some of the best timing a person could have. I wish I was so lucky. Stay thirsty.

  37. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN=Disney. The mouse that roars cannot have anyone even remotely connected to the brand bandying about Hitler slurs.
    .
    It sounds like Boseephus gets a one week suspension, after his soon-to-be-coming mea culpa. “I was tired. Jet-lagged. I was still high on horse tranquilizers.” He’ll miss a royalty check. Never has one song done so much for one guy.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Things we know after Week 4.

    Rex Ryan is going to have a very steep path to keep his promise of guaranteeing Jets in this year’s Super Bowl

    Philadelphia the Dream Team
    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! You can have 3 shutdown corners but you still need safeties and Linebackers that can tackle.

    They should’ve gotten Bradford more good receivers. He couldn’t
    find any receivers open and was sacked 7 times. Kiss of death to be the NFC West favorite.

    Romo is Steve DeBerg reincanated.
    Maybe the Cowboys should take him out in 4th quarter with a lead.

    Mcnabb might be done. We dodged a bullet by taking a pass on him.

    Miami needs Andrew Luck the most
    now and is among teams without wins along with Colts, Vikings
    and Rams. If Vikings and Rams end up with the pick would they deal it since they both have first round QBs? If Luck goes to Rams who would he throw to?

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Remember he’s JUNIOR.
    His dad Hank Williams was the superstar and legend.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    Never mind, just saw you already posted that his dad was the talent

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve seen Hank Jr live twice. Took a limo once. I have most of his CDs. Anybody who says he had one song is talking out their ass, or just showing they don’t like him. He was entertainer of the year for many years in a row.

    http://youtu.be/I4s0nzsU1Wg

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger
    I must say i don’t know crap about Hank Williams Jr except for that one song.
    I was thinking he was like Frank Sinatra Jr or Dean Martin Jr.
    Now Sammy Davis Jr was a Jr that eclipsed his dad.
    Perhaps Hank doesn’t have enough soul?

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hank Jr was the bad boy of country for 2 decades. He really rocks. Here is a Country classic.
    http://youtu.be/RzU1DV6LtWE

  44. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    OK, I don’t like him. I don;t like country all that much in general. The Outlaws? Sure Willie Nelson has his moments. His shit is more blues than country. Even Brad Paisley. He’s OK. I can take some in small doses but for the most part, naaaah.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is one of my favorites. It has a very New Orleans sound. Plus, who doesn’t love to have women they never had?
    http://youtu.be/rgJ9AOEVK40

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Just to show you how he rocks. This is actually very good blues.
    http://youtu.be/zO5LAQeMV80

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Last one. Here is La Grange, a ZZ Top cover. “Hank Live” is one of the most Rockin’ Rock albums ever.
    http://youtu.be/VDPpdoGConI

  48. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Got to love the schedulers. TB gets a monday night game, short week, and a 3-time-zone west coast game.”
     
    Yeah — and not to mention that we get TWO games in a row against opponents coming off MNF games. Though I have to admit that I have Megatron Trepidation.
     
    First things first — leg tackle Blount, pressure Freeman, out coach, outplay, TB. One game at a time.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Saw what Hank Williams said on Fox. He spoke his mind and that’s
    cool but he went over the line. Being a public figure you have to bear the consequences as those comments inflammatory.
    They have made a joke that certain brands are Chuck Norris approved (Norris said some outrageous things a while back) so if there is a dollar to be made Hank Jr will capitalize.
    In this current culture it’s all about getting your name on the news. This should give his music sales a boost.
    Yesterday they found Amanda Knox not guilty of murder. Now she’s going to get rich off this.
    She’s going to write a book about sex games gone wrong and make millions. Something is very wrong with this picture.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Oct 11 is Steve Young’s Birthday.
    His wife organized a flash mob to give him birthday wishes.

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Steve-Youngs-Wife-Organizes-Flash-Mob-for-His-Birthday-131052723.html

    Fun times. Happy Birthday Steve!

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