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.