Atlas Shrugged

Saturday’s epic 36-32 49er win over the Saints was the kind of game that makes a seven year old kid a fan for life. The kind of game that makes a woman become a football fan. The kind of game you put in a safety deposit box in your brain as a treasured moment in life.

Wow. Just wow.

In three stunning minutes, Alex Smith forever shed six years of doubt, scorn, and faint praise, cementing himself into 49er lore as a Big Game QB. Big time. With the season on the line — TWICE — Smith led drives of 80 yards and 85 yards, throwing the game winning bullet with 9 tiny seconds left on the clock. That is some serious big time cheese, folks. This guy is CLUTCH.

Vernon Davis’ jumped into the same hallowed room as Rice, Owens, and Clark with his huge game. With the WRs doing nothing all day, Davis stepped into the vacuum and accounted for 60 percent of the total team passing yards. Smith to VD, the Deadly Duo.

The Saints are a team that amazes you. The 49ers are a team that wins your heart. These guys just never quit, and in a league more and more centered around record breaking super star QBs, this team plays football with all twenty-two forty-five guys bringing whatever they got to the table.

It was fun to get up this Sunday morning, that’s for sure. A true zippity-doo-dah deal. Man oh man what a game.

Looking out the window before going to bed last night, I could see the Smith Haters Club closing the windows, lowering the blinds, turning out the lights, locking the front door, and slithering off into the gloom never to be heard from again. So long, fellas! Eat Shit And Die!!!

Okay. A little over the top. I feel your pain, creepy guys. AND IT FEELS GREAT!!!

Saturday’s game had an extra special wallop in my house. As I’ve mentioned, my wife Skeebette is not a football fan. She never watches games. But this one, she watched. Initially, it was to share what was obviously a super pumped moment for me. I spent part of the early goings explaing what punts were, what first downs meant, etc. You get the picture. Before the first quarter was done, however, she was glued in. Big time. By the end of the game, she had wet her pants twice and was breathless. Two hours later, she was still pumped and emotionally drained. Now. That’s. How. Great. This. Game. Was.

This will be a short post today. You guys can take it from here. Sunday afternoon, we’ll see whether next week’s game will be in Green Bay or back here at Candlestick. Who cares??!! For right now, no matter what happens next, THE 49ERS ARE BACK….AND BACK TO STAY!!!!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To have lost this game would’ve been a tough one to swallow. The haters were poised to pounce I’m sure about the Niners blowing their 17 point lead and turnover advantage. Tomorrow being MLK Day it is appropiate to quote his
    “I have a Dream” and also the spiritual “We Shall Overcome”.
    Is this a Team Of Destiny?
    One thing is true, Tebow has nothing over our 4th quarter magic.
    We did not win on a fluke play or on luck. Alex Smith drove the team 85 yards in the tradition of Montana/Young to Victory.
    The pass to VD was in the same endzone that TO caught the pass from Young. Just from diffrent sides of the formation but eerily similar that both were tagged at the goal line.
    Any way Yabbadabbadoo!!!! It’s great to be a Niner!!!!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We might be entering the era of the Tight End in the NFL. Yesterday in 2 games TEs caught 8 TD passes.
    Trending toward the Tony Gonzales
    clones in 6’5″ or taller guys like Gronkowski, Graham, Hernandez, Finley and Gates.
    I’m liking our captain Vernon Davis and am happy to have him on this team as he is clutch.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The exclamation point to the win and the season: the 49er crowd chanting, “Alex. Alex. Alex…” We’re in a Disney movie now, where the good guys win in the end.

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    What a game …what a game…im so stoked i couldn’t hardly sleep last night….all the Smiths were great but Alex….man im so happy for him….this was his coming out party..i was bummed when the niners let that 17 point lead evaporate…so seeing what Alex did in the last 2 drives left me speechless (actually…i lost my voice…the wife too)…this was just tremendous….and Justin Smith ….loved thast sack of Brees…while engaged with their lineman..that was efin great…WHOS GOT IT BETTER THAN US? NOBODY!!!

  5. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    LMAO – Skeebers – “We a Disney movie now… ” Let’s not get too carried away. I love how Harbaugh was saying, “There was ‘The Catch,’ I wonder what you guys will name this – ‘The Throw,’ or ‘The Drive.'” This was a great game, but it was only the division round. There’s more pressure on the quarterback each round. ‘The Catch’ was in the NFC Championship game, let’s see what Alex can do in the championship round. Legends aren’t made in one playoff game.
    Jamie Dukes on the NFL Network makes a good point – “To win Super Bowls, the QB has to play great for three or four games.” One hurdle jumped, with bigger ones to follow.
    .
    What I did like about this game was that Alex Smith didn’t appear rattled in the last 4 minutes.
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    What I didn’t like was when Alex Smith threw that last touchdown to Vernon, he was left outside the celebration by his teammates. Very few people enjoying the moment with Alex Smith.
    .
    Winning Super Bowls is about three things – leadership, composure and consistent accuracy over three games.
    .
    Vernon Cryor. The Crier, Vernon Davis. That was the worst part of yesterday. Vernon Davis crying…. Jesus.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    I recall the clown saying if he were wrong about Alex Smith and id the Niners won the clown would apologize to all.
    So far I have seen nothing but the usual troll bully brat hater behavior.
    I really do question this joker’s manhood. I have no patience for lying cowards.
    This last post proves what a phu*kin moron with crap for brains he is. Nothing but a bedwetting troll.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith. What can you say? He can look terrible for long stretches. Then suddenly, with his back against the wall, he’ll put together a drive or two like that. Maybe he needs the desperation time of being down in the closing minutes to chase away all the doubts and hesitations, and make him just play. Maybe we should hypnotize him to *always* believe he’s down by three with two minutes to go? LOL
     
    Hell of a game.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This game was an all time classic.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I told you guys Alex is a really good QB out of the spread. We ran a lot of spread yesterday and he had a classic game.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Falcons & Saints are competing for Mike Nolan as their next DC. Is that hilarious or what?

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nolan is a decent DC.
    He just has no clue on the offensive side of things and how to manage players to get the best out of them and run a team.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To diespel the garbage BS propogated by the lying hating coward troll. He has his capyure all I hate Niner filter on.

    http://www.49ers.com/media-gallery/videos/Thrilling-Win-Propels-49ers-to-NFC-Championship/ef6559f8-5357-4afe-a240-38607812803a

    Somebody still seems to be in big time denial.
    Just like a nine year old, the only thing he can say is so what? it wasn’t a meaningful game and no big deal. The lonely life of a hater troll.

  13. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The best part about this win yesterday is that it expedites the fans base’s expectations. Alex Smith would have been better off losing last night. Now the 49ers are in the NFC Championship game. 49er fans will get more hungry for Super Bowls, and Alex will be pushed even harder. There is no sleep for Alex Smith. Terrible qb under Singletary and Nolan who the fans booed mercilessly, now it’s Super Bowls or bust under Harbaugh. With an emphasis still on “bust” even after Smith’s best game of his career. Smith would have been better off losing the division round so he could enjoy going through the stages a little slower. Now he’s in the Super Bowl arena, front and center. Let’s see what he’s got!
    .
    Yesterday Frank Gore ran for 8 yards out of the spread – running single back. First time all year I’ve seen a run over five yards from single back, shotgun formation.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your material gets thinner with each 49er victory, Albert. And it was skeletal when you began. Two more victories and we might need a microscope to find you!

  15. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Two more victories and I’ll be an Alex Smith fan.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You’ll need somebody new to hate on then. Have you been auditioning any candidates yet?

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Personally, I’m waiting anxiously for the first Alex Smith United Way ad. Hope he’s a better actor than Aaron Rogers. That guy makes a brick seem cuddly in comparison.

  18. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Any room left on the Alex Smith bandwagon? Don’t worry, I’m not jumping on it. Not my style. But I would like to say that was one helluva performance from Alex yesterday. I’ve seen some great, clutch playoff jobs before in my life. That one ranks right up there. I’m happy, proud and humble enough to say he proved me and a lot of other doubters wrong. Bravo.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s wrong with Rodgers’ “Discount Double Check?” I tell ya what’s wrong. Marlon Brando’s rotting dead corpse could do a better acting job than that.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He looks like he’s stapled to an invisible wall.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Christ, skippy, STFU. Yesterday it was Smith will fail in the playoffs. Well, he didn’t. Now, it’s put together more than one good game? Smith would have been better off losing? Why? Because his winning kinda blows your theory out of the water.
    .
    What was 14-3, tuckfard?
    .
    As usual, you’ve missed the point entirely. This has been a completely unexpected run and these guys are way ahead of schedule. Yer down on them now because expectations have been raised? Here’s your sign.
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    Dennis may be stubborn, yer still merely a troll.
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    Why don’t you just crawl away with yer tail between yer legs, lick yer wounds, and spare us your drivel..

  22. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you can take my 1 oz. chartreuse Kastmaster trolling lure and shove it up your goddamn ass.

  23. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry about that. You were referring to Spit. I’ll take my lure back — gently.
    But yer right, I’m a stubborn sumbitch’.

  24. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    It doesn’t pay to be a Niner fan at a Georgia Applebee’s. I don’t think these two guys were “feeling good in the neighborhood.”
    http://tinyurl.com/6lpobol
     
    I just saw that Rodgers commercial again. It’s really pissing me off now.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    An observation that Roger Goodell
    has asked the zebras to let the players play. In yesterday’s Niner game the Saints were called for zero penalties and the Niners 3 times for 33 yds.
    In today’s Texans-Ravens game the Ravens are penalty free and the Texans have 3 penalties for 30 yds so far.
    The Pats-Broncos game had a total of 7 flags.
    I like it when the officials don’t decide games. 20 penalties a game is ridiculous except in a Raiduh game.
    I’ve been amazed all year that the OL has escaped the holding penalties. Where is Kwame Harris when you need him? All kidding aside it shows that Anthony Davis
    has matured and developing at RT.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Justin Smith played all 80 plays on defense and 3 on offense. Maiocco said he got a nice block at the beginning of the game to help Gore get a 5 yard gain.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the last drive again in it’s entirety. Someone was good enough to post it on SF Gate.
    Enjoy it! I can watch it over and over again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Nj7TassIg

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I should probably get me a #94 Smith jersey.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- On that TD play Vernon was the only option. It was all or nothing.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    OMFG. That made ANOTHER Rodgers “DDC” commercial. This time with B.J. Raji. That fact that both those guys have SAG cards is an insult to actors everywhere.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Raji can’t act, but he sure can play NT. Great stuff to start the game.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Peele appeared open at the 7 yd line but wouldn’t have made it to the endzone.
    These plays are always avaiable
    in the redzone if you can execute
    just like Crabtree’s TD.
    They need to stop running that pick play until they teach Ginn and Williams not to be so obvious (especially Williams who threw a block).
    That trick play with Gore throwing that duck lateral to Smith might need refinement or retirement. When they don’t work it’s third and 15.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll be playing the NY Gnats at home.
    Packers defense is horribleBut best outcome for Niners as we het another home game.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Super sweet seeing those arrogant Packers eat it.

  35. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nobody saw Niners / Giants, NFC Championship at Candlestick. Nobody. You all called the Niners beating the Saints, I called the Giants beating the Packers, but nobody called both games. Barley was just ridin’ my Giant mojo. This scenario is too good to be true! A potential Harbaugh Bowl?????

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If that happens, by the time the SB kicks off everyone in the world will be so sick of the Harbaughs they’ll just be praying for the game to end.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It very well could happen that way. Tom Terrific will throw for a lot of yards, but the Ravens don’t usually give up a lot of points, and the Pats’ defense is awful. And we already beat the Giants once. At home, we have to be the favorite.

  38. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    There’s a good chance it could happen. The Niners have beaten the Giants at home in what I feel is the best Niner game of the year (I’ve watched it about ten times already), and the Ravens will run through the Pats like crap through a goose. Niners / Giants is even money, but the Ravens will roll the Pats.

  39. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the great thing about the NFL is that it keeps all of guessing. I have to rethink all my previously held philosophies about, “The game manager being deader than Elvis,” and the idea that any given Sunday is a joke in the playoffs, but that’s what makes it all fun. Nobody saw this coming. Nobody. We can root and pull and hate, especially hate, but in the end, the game has its ebbs and flows, and right now the power side of the NFL, despite the rule changes is comin’ back ’round. Like Grump has said, “the pendulum swings….” One minutes it’s the high powered offenses, the next minute it’s the defense. I just hope one of the Harbaughs wins the Super Bowl, despite his quarterback.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The opening spread in NFC Champoionship Game is even.
    Ravens are a 6.5 point underdog in their game against Pats.

  41. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Neinstein. I picked all the winners this weekend. 1-3 WC weekend, but I naailed it the time around.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Good news! The Rams are going to hire Brian Schottenheimer for their OC.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I’ve seen the line for our game as us being 2 to 3 point favorites.

  44. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    yea Berger…my book has Niners favorite by 2 1/2

  45. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup, Pinnacle has it at 2.5.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Best game I’ve seen in 20 years.
    Fantastic finale and, how about the OLine holding up all day against constant pressure?
    Phenominal game.
    Already hearing the chest thumpers on the radio saying paybacks are a bitch for the close loss earlier this year.
    I say paybacks are a bitch for losing our last Championship Matchup with them.
    Happy to have it in our bldg following a game we weren’t supposed to win.
    A little thing called MO.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW Bullit take a look at the clip you posted and tell me Swain didn’t get his left arm grabbed on the sideline shot Alex hoisted.
    1st & 10 with about 43 ticks left.
    That was the traditonal ‘Arm-Bar’ that didn’t get called.
    Swain has some wheels, he’ll see more action against the G-men.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I just looked the line up on ESPN odds. Their source is Bovada LV
    and right now they switched it to Not Available.
    On Foxsports SBGlobal has Niners as a 3 pt favorite

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    You are correct there was an arm bar but the zebra closest was on the other side and did not have a view of the foul.
    I thought Swain should have laid out to try to make the catch.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Swain was blowing by him Bullit, should of at least caught the Zebras’ attention.
    I was fuming after that non-call.
    Thankfully we survived.
    I like our matchups again next week. Speed is on our side.
    We’ll need to contain their WRs however, our Secondary was picked on pretty successfully by Brees.
    I do think our pass rush can get to him however.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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