Pittsburgh Aluminums Foiled

20,000+ Steeler fans made a very poor investment of their time and money Monday night. Har har hardy har har! Eat it, you towel wavers. The only thing terrible at Candlestick was your team!

Well, there was the missing electricity, also. But that was a calculated Jim Harbaugh strategy to ache Ben Roethlisberger’s ankle. And it worked, to the tune of 3 picks and a fumble.

Meanwhile, Alex Smith played another mistake free, efficient game, taking control in the 3rd quarter like he has done all year, with two quick scoring drives that finally broke the Red Zone drought. Perfect timing for this trend to reverse itself and go in the 49ers favor. They should be unstoppable down there from here on out.

The 49ers finally freed Vernon Davis from his blocking chores and the results were superb. The big funny lug was a devastating force in the second half. Kyle Williams continued his ascent up the depth chart by cracking into the starting lineup after Braylon Edwards was deactivated and Ted Ginn went out with an ankle injury, making several critical catches.

This was a big time win for the 49ers, on a national stage, against one of the bona fide elite teams in the league. The secondary and the O-line both turned in sterling performances, after some less than stellar play recently. The luster that had dulled in losing two of their past three games regained its sparkle.

The Steelers had a lot on the line in this game, more than the Niners did, and they were soundly beaten. Their road to the Super Bowl just got a whole lot harder. Instead of two home games in the playoffs, they’ll have to negotiate three road games if they want a crack at SB trophy number 7.

Aldon Smith introduced himself to America in a big way, getting two and a half sacks and lots of second half pressure. He now has 13 sacks on the year, one better than Charles Haley’s 49er rookie record of 12. He may have leap frogged the Rookie of the Year favorite — Von Miller — in the process. Folks, we have a winner with this kid.

The game was as close to a playoff caliber atmosphere as the team has faced since 2002, and they came through magnificently. The guys in New Orleans cannot have liked what they saw. Beating the Niners at Candlestick is going to be a tough ticket for any team that winds up there. If the Niners win out, that’s where the Saints will have to come.

Did I mention we stomped these guys? It was the worst whipping of the year for the Steelers.

If the 49ers hope to secure that number two seed in the playoffs, they’ll have to beat their nemesis in Seattle this Saturday. That will not be an easy game. The Seahawks have rebounded from their woeful start and actually have a shot at a wild card heading into the last two games. This would be a very fine time to put the dagger in their heart at season’s end, like they have done to the Niners two or three years running.

Today, however, we’ll just savor a big win and see if anybody wants 20,000 yellow towels soaked with tears.

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33 comments on “Pittsburgh Aluminums Foiled
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A defining victory against a terrific team. Should erase all doubts to how legit this team is
    as it’s been proven in battle.
    Important thing is not to letdown
    and play flat on the Seagawks.

    http://www.49ers.com/media-gallery/videos/Press-Pass-Pittsburgh-Postgame/7425967f-7f6c-49a7-a9f1-9676c4d2d0d1#?id=0a343877-adb1-42a1-8596-9edbf6782207

    Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY!!! GO NINERS!!!

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    the analysts on espn are all saying they just watched the best defense in the league …

    and patrick willis wasn’t even in the game !

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chris Berman is definitely a Niner Faithful. On the ESPN pregame he picked the Niners to win.
    He said his reasons were personal.
    Berman said the Niners were like an old college friend that you hadn’t seen for awhile.Where have you been the last 7 years? It’s good to see you because we’ve all really missed you. Welcome back old friend.
    Yes the Niners are back!!!

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Great game…great win against a quality team….just fabulous…and Aldon Smith…wow…if he stays healthy that kids gonna be something…well boys, looks like we’ve got a team. Oh,and as for Harbaugh killing the lights to make things uncomfortable for Rapistburger…he just took a page from Bill Walsh…Walsh used to have the grounds keepers wet the fields….

  5. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit…yes, Berman has always been fond of the Niners..

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    No letdown. Niners are suprisingly a 3 point favorite at Seattle.
    If you staop Marshawn Lynch you stop the Seagawks. He’s one third of their offense and stopping the run is the strength of the Niner D.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We need Willis back for sure, but Larry Grant has really played well the past two weeks. Another Baalke gem.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say the 49ers came out of this game more lucent than before the game. Did anybody notice AllDon All the Time?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is the theme song they should’ve opened MNF with last night but Joe Montana was also a good choice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6NHCwHVHdY&feature=related

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking od Chris Berman I cam across his rememberance on “The Catch” with footage I’ve never seen so I thought I’d share.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TEDnG4FCHk

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So, what’s up with NoFear?

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are winning with Alex Smith at QB. IMO, he’s gone until we get another QB or start losing. Who knows, this Alex winning thing might have done him in for blogs. Remember, he made some remarks about Harbaugh that seemed as though he didn’t care much for that hire either. It’s too bad, he was great to blog with.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic. It was just revealed why Lamar Odom was traded from the Lakers It turns out that Khloe Kardashian was told by husband Lamar that Kobe was cheating and she blabbed it to Vanessa Bryant. Lamar had to ask for a trade because he could no longer be on the same team as Kobe. Funny that’s waht happened with Shaq and Kobe too. The Lakers are a reality show or at least a good soap.
    Now back to our regular scheduled program…

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed York is doing things right connecting with all the old Niners. Roger Craig was at the game and Steve Young was throwing passes to Jerry Rice before the game and thrilling the crowd.
    Another note on ysterday’s game. How good has Andy Lee become?
    He’s kicking it far with hand time and is neutralizing the great punt returners and flipping the field position.

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The 62 yard punt (and 10 yard penalty) to start the 3rd quarter was huge. Pitts had stopped the Niners on their 12. Pitts started their drive ferom their 16. A lousy punt, or a decent return, and most teams are at their 40.
    .
    The fact that Lee’s doing his stuff as the Stick is triply impressive. Any dome punter can put up big numbers. I think I read, Lee’s net punting yards were higher than his gross yards. That’s unheard of.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh says Alex Smith is the long term answer for the 49ers at quarterback.
     
    So long, NoFear.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    R.I.P.: Skippy vs Donkey, 2007 – 2011.

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You’d think that post alone would drive NoFear out of hiding . . .

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    R.I.P.: FlyingV vs the English Language, 2006 – 2011.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Greg Papa melting down on 95.7 FM just now.
    He says the Raiduhs have no MLB in Rolando McLain. He says it’s not fair that the Niners have 3
    in Willis, Bowman and Grant.
    He also thinks Aldon Smitth is better than Von Miller and should be ROY over Miller.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I always had that sneaking suspicion, Skeebs . . .

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pro Football Focus claims Goldson is the worst player on the Niner defense. Second worst is Reggie Smith. Anyone surprised?

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is always looking for the big hit, which leaves him open to being suckered by play action. But he has the talent if he can get his head around the mental aspects of safety in the NFL. I think you could make cases for Haralson, who is steady but limited, or for Tarell Brown. But honestly, a lot of NFL starters are worse than any of those three. You cannot have all-pros everywhere. If I worry about 49er starters, its more likely to be Ginn or Snyder on the offense than anyone on the defense.

  24. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Haralson ges my vote. Goldson can get crazy hot in stretches. Haralson? Rarely.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I liked Haralson in White Men Can’t Jump!

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Haralson is history once A;son Smith gets his confidence to be a 4 down player.
    If Grant proves to be solid as an ILB I’d consider packaging him along with a #1 and a #2 pick and taking a run at Andrew Luck because now Minnesota is in the picture if Indy decides to win another game.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually I menat to say package Bowman and have Grant replace him as I would think Bowman is equal to a #1 pick now.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Good chance we will lose ABrooks to FA. I wouldn’t part with Bowman.
     
    I’d look to add OLB Courtney Brown to the fold if he lingers at the bottom of Rd 1.
     
    As for Goldson, I don’t like the angles he takes the majority of the time. Seems like he lacks the ability to gauge speed?
    He’s serviceable at the right price but, I’d still look for another DB early in the Draft that can play FS.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The sideline reporter for Monday night’s game sounded more like a soccer analyst with his English brogue.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seagawks last 3 games. Their Defense has scored 3 TDs. Special Teams 1 TD on a blocked punt and Lynch scoring on 4 TD runs. 2 TD passes thrown in.
    Formula for success, stop Lynch’s running which is a team strength, limit your turnovers (best in NFL) and make Tavaris Jackson beat you.
    OL must play with focus and discipline because it will be noisy and they need to watch the false starts which just kill drives.

  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He may not beforming too well but my opinion of Braylon Edwards is real very good right now.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Braylon-Edwards-gave-79-students-10-000-for-col?urn=nfl-wp14415

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee: W 25-23
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville: W 44-33
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams: W 34-13
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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