It’s Wednesday, which signals an end to the gloating and basking period and a return to fretting over the next game, which just happens to be the NFC Championship Game. One win away from a trip to Super Bowl number Six!
The long overdue winter rains should be arriving today and lasting through the weekend. That means we’ll be seeing some old fashioned football this Sunday. Guys with muddy jerseys and steam coming off their heads. Quarterback slides that go ten yards along the grass like a slip n slide. Divots all over the field. Long, mean cleats. NFL Films Classic, John Madden football.
Speaking of Madden, how did Troy Aikman get to be the lead color commentator for NFC games? Aikman has as much color as a silhouette. There’s any number of guys more qualified for the job than him. Aikman should be a Buckingham Palace guard or one of those security cops who pace around outside of banks.
The Giants have already won next Sunday’s game, according to them. They won the regular season game against the 49ers, also. Well, they controlled it anyway. Right up until the final score was posted. As soon as Giants coach Tom Coughlin finishes whining about the refs in last Sunday’s Green Bay game, he will explain in detail how his team will control the upcoming game with his scary and dangerous team.
The 49ers, of course, are neither scary nor dangerous. They just like to outscore other teams. One way or another.
The team goes back to work today and the key bit of news on everyone’s mind is the fate of TE Delanie Walker. Specifically his broken jaw. He said last Sunday he was ready to play and we’ll find out today whether that is true or not. A guy playing with a broken jaw on a muddy field in the rain with blood leaking out of his face is almost a lock to be the hero of the game. There’s nothing scarier than lining up across from a guy bleeding to death who doesn’t give a shit. If he was hung over and missing some teeth, too, it would be even better.
The 49er WRs killed at least three drives in the Saints game by dropping third down passes. And a few others, too. An improved showing this coming week would be most appreciated. It’s hard to believe Vernon Davis can duplicate his gargantuan game against New Orleans.
Tim Tebow bowed out of the tournament last weeked — rather ingloriously, if I may be frank. That leaves only one fairy tale story in the 2011 season that has not yet reached its conclusion: Alex Smith. Is next Sunday’s game the last chapter? Or will there be one more after that?
The last second Alex to VD pass last Saturday has been compared to The Catch (Joe Montana to Dwight Clark) and The Catch II (Steve Young to Terrell Owens). Catch number one was followed by success, but Catch number two lasted only a week. The 49ers lost in Atlanta the following Sunday. The epic 49er vs Giants playoff game of 2002 has also come into play this week, which featured an incredible 49er victory after trailing by 24 points in the second half. That victory too was short lived, as the 49ers subsequently were squashed by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Needless to say, we will be channeling Catch Number One this week. And not wincing over the ensuing results of the other two parallel moments of history. Let’s hope this Sunday will provide us with a whole new incomparable event. Or just a win. A win would suffice just fine. Even an ugly one. Lucky would be okay, too. Beautiful, ugly, weird, unfair, ridiculous, disgusting — it doesn’t matter. Us over them is all we need.