Prove It Or Lose It

The last time the 49ers were in an NFC Title Game was 1998, against the Atlanta Falcons. The previous week, the team had finally beaten their nemesis, Brett Farve and the Packers, and hopes were high that another SB title would soon be won. Alas, Garrison Hearst broke his ankle on the first series of the game and the Niners went on to lose 20-18.

Nobody knew it at the time, but that game marked the end of 18 years of dominant 49er football. The following year, in the first game, Steve Young was clubbed into retirement and the team went south for the year.

Many comparisons have been made between last Saturday’s final second win and the 1998 win over the Packers. But that 1998 team was a team and a franchise on the decline. This 2011 team and franchise are on the rise.

Somewhat overlooked in last Saturday’s heroic double comeback performance by the 49ers is the fact that the Saints came back twice in the fourth quarter, too. Both of their efforts were simple toss the ball deep and watch the 49er safeties fall all over themselves while forgetting to tackle the guy with the ball.

This continues a disturbing season long trend and could be fatal against the Giants. It happened against the Cowboys, the Giants, the Cardinals, and the Rams. Two nail-biter wins and two losses. On the plus side, these semi Hail Mary heaves aren’t usually attempted unless the 49ers have a late lead, which is normally preferable to having a late game deficit.

I’m hoping the team isn’t feeling like I’m feeling, because I’m not nearly as pumped up for Sunday’s game as I was for last week’s game. The win last week validated the season and the team. A stubbed toe in that game would have taken a lot of luster off the season and left the fans still wondering if the 49ers could compete with the big boys. That doubt has been exorcised with a vengeance. This team is for real. Anything that happens now is just frosting on the cake. The franchise turning moment has already occurred.

Normally, it’s hard to duplicate the adrenalin after a big time emotional win. But this is the playoffs and every game is a big time deal with season ending consequences. I’m trusting the 49ers have no intention of ending their season Sunday. They are having too damn much fun.

The Giants seem to have a kind of arrogance that they can dick around all year and just turn it on for December and January. Like they found some magic formula back in 2007 when they tiptoed in as a wild card and won it all. But 2008, 2009, and 2010 all rolled by with them packing their bags early. Helmet catches do not tend to replicate. Most years, you need to be the best team, not the luckiest.

The 49ers feel they have to earn this game with hard work. The Giants feel they are the better, more experienced team and that will show itself once the game starts. The Packers tried that same smug formula last week and are now home wringing their hands over a wasted season. Let’s hope the Giants head home next week also, wringing their hands not over a wasted season, but because they WERE NOT THE BEST TEAM.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Leaving no stone unturned the assigned referee has been revealed
    for Sunday.

    “Ed (“Gun Show”) Hochuli — one of the NFL’s best known and highly regarded officials — will referee Sunday’s NFC Championship. The assignment was first reported by footballzebras.com and confirmed by The Post.”

    Now you know.

  2. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Best known? Yes. Most highly regarded? No.
    .
    Last week’s games were a huge contrast in officiating. For the most part, the Niners game was left to the players. Very few calls, and the players played. I men. Whitner could very well have been call for his hit on Thomas. It would have completely changed the game. The refs didn’t call it.
    .
    The GB/NY game was much different. Blown calls and over-officiating by the truckload. I hate it when the refs feel like they need to introject themselves into the games. Hochuli seems to be very high up on the look-at-me scale.

  3. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Frankly, I think this game will be easier than the Saints game. The Giants are good (and, holy crap, can ESPN be more giddy about the Giants?) and they are ‘hot’ but that wears off real fast when you fall behind.
    .
    Coughlin will be stubborn to start the game. he WANTS to force the run. He will force the run. If the Niners can stop them like they know they should, then the Niners can get an early lead.
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    Funny that Rice called Jacobs soft. Lots of people feel that way.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    RIP Etta James. Heaven has another angel in the choir.

    We won’t likely beat the Giants by more than a TD or so – our team is built to grind it out in close games, and will only start scoring quickly if it has to, or if the Giants absolutely come out and trip on their dicks – but we should win. We’re at home, and we have a better team. I’ll take 27-20 in the pool.

  5. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Saw her at the I-Beam around 1987. Incredible show in such a small place.
    .
    The aggravating thing to me, is when the Niners DO get a lead, THEY are the ones to trip on their proverbial dicks. Crabs’s drops last week are a case in point. Those catches would have extended drives. Or Ginn’s handoff pick in the earlier Giants game. It seems like they don’t WANT to get too far ahead.
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    I think the TB game was the only one where they just kept rolling.

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This is a big game for Crabs. Great players need to come up big in big games. VD and Alex both made major positive contributions to their reputations around the league last week, by coming up big in the biggest game of their career. Crabs came up lame. If he wants to be taken seriously as a top tier NFL receiver, he has to make those big catches in the big games.

  7. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    This game will be a well coached low turnover game. Coughlin is a good war time consigliere. Both teams won’t make mistakes. Notice in the Green Bay game, Green Bay tried the Brad Seeley, David Akers onside kick against the Giants but this time the Giants were ready. I think this is a field position, field goal game. I don’t think the 49ers D will intimidate Bradshaw. I also don’t think the field will be that bad.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt the field will be an issue – at least, more than the soft turf at the Stick always is. It hasn’t rained hard and long enough to saturate the ground, and the tarps will keep it mostly off anyway. Now that grass is always a little soft and wet from seepage from underneath, but I don’t see it as worse than any other game there.

  9. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Coughlin is stubborn. You can’t run on us. I worry more about the passing. Eli doesn’t take as many chances as Brees. We have to rattle him and get pressure.
     
    On O, our OL has to truly bring it. With Davis doubled, Alex needs time to find the right matchup. They HAVE to do a good job in pass protection.
     
    Crabtree has a tough matchup — Webster is pretty good. He has to step up indeed. I also really think Williams and Hunter have to get the ball in space in the middle against a mediocre LB corps.
     
    We should win. My biggest concern is an emotional let down. For health reasons I can’t allow myself to get as stressed as I was last Sunday. But the players have to be even more pumped, focused. You are either getting better, or getting worse.
     
    Niners, 27-17.

  10. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I had two aneurysms, a hangover, the clap and a stroke by the second quarter.

  11. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    The way things have played out for the 49ers this year have been amazing. Winning the second seed, only to see the first seed get knocked off was a really, really big benefit to the 49ers. In addition, the AFC is weak. I definitely don’t believe in the Patriots, and I even though I respect the Ravens, and they beat us pretty handily during the regular season, I really see this as Alex Smith’s best shot at winning a Super Bowl. Everything has fallen the 49ers’ way – Second seed, Saints give us five turnovers, NFC divisional opponent who we’ve already played – on our home turf with a weak AFC opponent no matter who it is? That sixth trophy is ready to come home to momma. Harbaugh and his boys have created this opportunity, but now we must seize the rest of it. That’s what winners do.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty

    In order to have aneurysms and strokes you need a brain and a heart. You have neither.
    Thanks for coming Pinata Boy. 24/7

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    95.7 has just reported that Hakeem Nicks rolled his ankle at practice today. He is listed as probable.

    Steelers just signed Troy Smith
    per PFT.

  14. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    David Baas is now Eli Manning sick. Sick that he left his beloved 49ers for greener pastures only to see there’s no place like home, and he ain’t no longer welcome.

  15. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Barley, Eli takes a LOT more chances than Brees. Brees had 49 TDs and 14 picks. Eli? 29-16. Brees threw 80 more passes than Eli.
    .
    That is the hope. Stuff the run, Eli starts flinging the ball around, and the Niners take advantage.
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    Sorta telling that of the top 5 QBs in the reg season, only Brady is still playing. QB play is very important, but so is a run game and a defense. NE had the unmitigated luck to face Denver after they had upset Pitts. Their luck runs out. Unless Flacco flails again. GB? Well, they had a tragedy derail their year.

  16. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    12:28 That’s funny

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Eddie D as honorary captain it puts him center stage on a national broadcast in his quest to
    make the Hall of Fame.
    The Faithful will go ape sheet when he’s introduced. I can just hear the chants of Eddie! Eddie!
    Eddie!…
    It will be a great nostalgic moment.

    The NY Giant TE Jake Ballard had some kind of surgery and is now questionable. That means more Niner nickle as Gnats go 3 wide.

  18. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    This January Eli has thrown 9 touchdowns to 1 interception. 9 to 1 in January.
    .
    The year Eli won the Super Bowl he went on a similar run January run. A dude that gets streaky in the playoffs and has already won a Super Bowls is dangerous.

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You said that about the last guy, dipshit.

  20. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s the problem, Phil.

    1 out of 1,000 is worth reading.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty/Pinata Boy

    Last five games Manning 10 Tds
    and 5 Ints

    In January Alex Smith has 4 TDs and no picks in 2 games. In fact Smith hasn’t thrown a pick since Thanksgiving.

    Stop building up Eli fanboy.

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You guaranteeing this one, Spitty?

    I hope so. Dennis was the flip picker all year. Good to see you filling his clown shoes well . . .

  23. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca – you handing out free cyanide on your blog yet? I’d rather watch paint dry, then get a second coat…
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    ~I’d rather listen to golf on the radio – Sandy Alderson~

  24. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Two Texas men were caught and sentenced today for crimes beyond belief against humanity – crimes too heinous to speak of. One man was a 49er fan, the other a Cowboy fan. At the sentencing, the judge gave both men an option – life in prison or two posts a day on Unca Chuck’s blog. The 49er fan, naturally being the wiser of the two, took life. The Cowboy fan, unbeknownst to the terror around the corner, selected Chuck’s blog – thus Del Mar Dennis was born. Del was seen recently at the track with authorities in hot pursuit. His new blog name, “On the Lam, Dennis” was quoted as saying, “A man can only take so much pain. Catch me if you can. GO ROMO! GO!”

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fins hire Joe Philbin (OC Green Bay) as their HC.
    Matt McCoy thought he had the job.
    Shocker!!!

    Meanwhile Raiders are interviewing every conceivable candidate in the NFL.

  26. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    God knows this is all you got left, spitty. Don’t blow this one. I mean your FB page is on FIRE with 0 friends and 0 hits. Much like your blog. The dusty cobweb filled corner of the internet.
    .
    At least I pay off my bets. You can’t even apologize when you were proven wrong on one of your many baseless grandious piles of steaming blather. Gawd what a pathetic tool.

  27. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck,
    Don’t shoot the messenger. I was just forwarding an AP story. Guess I should have provided a link the first time. Here you go, Chuck – http://www.amishrakefight.org/gfy/

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just clicked Spit’s link. I was the 2,943,107th one to go f**k themselves since 3/22/97.
     
    I just have one question: where’s my goddamn bottle!?!?!?

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m wearing a red 49er sweatshirt over a white 49er t-shirt, but something is missing. I know! Time to bust out my blue #9 Tony Romo jersey. What time does he play Sunday?

  30. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Had to go and kill my good time, didn’t you? What bottle?

    This is NFC Championship weekend. Can’t we all get along?

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’m watching the Go Nuts video for the 7th time:
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwOPqwROIBQ&feature=player_embedded

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I just watched it again too. Maybe 10th time. I feel so lucky to be a 49er fan. We have so many top moments. We need more!

  33. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “That’s the problem, Phil.” @2:37 pm. Zing. Yes I do speed read a lot of it but everah now and then ya do get a funny.
    This is all to the good- fans bantering- The Giants may have the teamwide runs but I’m catching a case of the pre-game jitters. So this rapping helps. Guess the weather is continuing to rain over there? Jeeze I’m thinking about Manning torching us with the long bomb like Brees almost did. Same point Skeebers made above.

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad the Dolphins hired Philbin today. Our DC Fangio was one of the ones rumored for that job.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now that I’m off work for the week-end I’m getting giddy. I’m going to need a Tylonol PM to sleep tonight.

  36. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Unca Chuck is a few Bradys short of a bunch. He couldn’t poor water out of a boot with instructions on the heel. His elevator goes right to the tool shed.
    .
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERS!!!!!!!!

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty/Pinata Boy

    Still ducking your prediction from last week that you a Niner loss was GUARANTEED.
    Perhaps we should break out your new name, Chicken of the Sea. It suits your hater cowardly loser troll lifestyle.

  38. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not surprised to see Philbin get out of Wisconsin.

  39. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    20 weeks into the season, and stinky’s on board.
    .
    Better late than never, dipshit.

  40. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    test

  41. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    test II

  42. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    This is one kills me…

  43. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Schefter is suggesting the Dolphins hired Regis Philbin to help recruit Matt Flynn. “Well that would just about break my heart, Woodrow.”

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    AllDon all the time!

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon all done!

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alldone Smith!

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    31 hrs to kickoff!

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NFC Playbook is on the NFL Network at 9:00 AM.

  49. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve hashed it all up. We know all the angles. We’ve played all the games, seen all the videos, read all the articles. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of it all, I tell you. All I want to do now is drink coffee, play AC/DC and walk around in my house in my Hue Hefner bathrobe doin’ karate chop kicks to AC/ DC. Don’t tell me what’s gonna happen anymore. Nobody knows. I want some people dead tomorrow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a3FCugMNZE

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Paralysis through analysis.
    Kickoff can’t come soon enough.
    Gore has been living for this day.
    Looking for Frank to do something special.
    Wonder if parking lots at the Stick will be flooded.

    They need to break ground and start building the new stadium if they have the funding.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Schottenheimer is the new Ram’s OC. Bradford 3 OCs in 3 years.
    Let’s see hoe Bradford does.

  52. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Ok, I lied. Karate chop kicks are exhausting.
    .
    Two new points – The Giants lost to the Patriots in the regular season, then beat them in the Super Bowl three years ago. This year, the Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers in the regular season, then clobbered them last weekend in the playoffs. The Giants also lost to the 49ers this year in the regular season…. Will the 49ers stop the streak?
    .
    I think Gregg Williams was fired. I don’t buy all this talk that Williams and Fisher are buddies. I think Sean Payton was seriously wondering how in the world Williams went single coverage on Vernon Davis all 4th quarter when the 49ers don’t have any other big play weapons. Gregg – “You’re Fired.” Just so happens, Spags was on the market. What a coincidence.
    .
    And while we’re talkin’ about the Saints, remember the preseason blitzing? I thought it was hilarious 49er fans were crying about the tactic used by Williams and Payton. Harbaugh before last weekend’s game said, “We ask no quarter, give no quarter.” Perfect. Harbaugh pushes his Niners all season long to stay out ahead of the Saints for the second seed, then won it, then beat the Saints and now the same dude who was blitzing the Christmas out of us in preseason is now coaching for the second worst team in football. I can’t wait to see Alex Smith throw interception after interception to Gregg Williams’ Rams’ defense. Oh wait. Sorry. Force of habit. I can’t wait to see Alex Smith set up the 49ers for field goal after field goal on Williams’ D twice a year. Damn, still can’t get it right. It just doesn’t come natural. One more time… I can’t wait to see Alex Smith throw for 4 touchdowns and 300 yards on Gregg Williams’ D twice a year. (That’s gonna take some practice).
    .
    No coach goes from a serious Super Bowl contender – a team 13-3, to a four or even five year rebuilding project willingly – I don’t care how much the press tries to sell you Gregg Williams and Jeff Fisher are buddies. Six months ago Williams was blitzing a young Niner team. Now he’s fired. You don’t F with Harbaugh.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Schottenheimer is barely a step in front of Jimmy Raye, just barely behind Cam Cameron. Great hire, for the 49ers! Now if Seattle would go get Cam Cameron and Arizona gets Jimmy Raye, can you say YES!
    .
    Cam Cameron might end up in the Super Bowl because he goes against New England’s defense tomorrow.

  54. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Marge Schottenheimer died at a KKK rally in Idaho. No? Marge coached Sanchez, and Cam coaches Flacco. Both those quarterbacks are lemons. And speaking of Rams’ OCs… anyone see the history of Josh McDaniels’ draft choices in Denver? Not too shabby.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Quote of the week. Harbaugh was aked about how good Crabtree’s season was. He said he was 14-3 good! I love that answer.

  56. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Should we hold a wake for NoFear when the season is over?

  57. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m good for a minute of silence

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of NoFear, do you think Alex Smith is killing Harbaugh’s coaching career? I think those coaches killed their own careers. It’s a shame NoFear can’t enjoy a good season just because he wants the QB to lose.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    You are on record. Except as usual you have grossly twisted my words. I did not say I don’t know if Alex is good or not two weeks ago. I have said that in the past in reference to the terrible coaching he has been subjected to. But I haven’t said it recently. As of about two months ago I have declared Alex a good QB. I never did say he was a bad QB. I said there was no way to tell if he was a good QB with Nolan and Singletary as coach. I still stand by that remark. I think in the back of my mind I always thought he could be good because of the flashes of brilliance we would see through the bad coaching.
    .
    I also still say when it comes to picking a QB for next year, I will go with what Harbaugh says.
    .
    I’ve learned from the past this will not help clarify things with you. You will stick with your propaganda, but at least I try.
    .
    Having said all of that, it is nice to have you on board for the play-offs!

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One more thing, you said “If I thought you knew the difference between a good and a bad coach or player, I might take some of your lame-ass attempts at insulting me more seriously. Since you don’t, I won’t.”
    .
    I do know Alex Smith is a good QB and Mike Nolan is a bad head coach. Do you disagree?

  61. robNo Gravatar says:

    hey , there’s no fear !

    well , i think i know a good team from a bad one guys !

    guess who has a good team !

    us !!!

    GO 9ERS !

  62. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    GAME DAY!!! ROOOOOOOOOAR! WOOF! BRRRRIPPPPTTTT! YEEEAAAAAAHHH! GO NINERS!!!!!

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Game day. If Niners achieve the magic number of 8 (combined Gnat punts and turnovers) then they win
    26-20.
    Go NINERS!!! 60 minutes from a Super Bowl!!!

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith has six 4th quarter comebacks this year. NoFear thinks he had just one good game. I’m not sure what he sees when he watches the 49ers play. He obviously dismisses anything Alex does.

  65. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Well guys, this is it….go niners

  66. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    One good game? Lord. We’re 14-3. Last week’s game was one of the greatest QB games in 49er history. A whole lot more than just good – or just one.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    After reading my 2:46 comment, I think it was more like 3 months ago when I got off the fence and said I thought Alex is a good QB. It is not important enough for me to look up. But, exposing NoFear propaganda is a gas.

  68. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And not just 49er history. NFL history.

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Statistically, from one aspect, it was the greatest comeback in NFL play-off history. No QB had ever led two come from behind TDs with less than 3 minutes to go in the history of NFL play-offs. One could say it wasn’t one good game, it could be said it was absolutely epic, and definitely historical. and it was done by a 49er QB.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I woulds think the Alex Smith haters must hate this blog. LOL!

  71. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Most people who didn’t like Smith are more than happy he has succeeded because we’re winning. That’s all they ever wanted. Then there’s NoFear.

  72. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Comedy Ch. is airing “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” opposite the NFC Championship Game. Dilemma. Should I watch the Niner game or a movie about Rob? 😆

  73. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ll be rooting like hell for Tom Brady and his Pats in the AFC Championship. I like Brady even more than Tony Romo. Hard to fathom, but it’s true. And I don’t care much for the Ravens either. How the hell is Ray Lewis, a murderer, [allegedly] still playing in this league? If the NFL is going to allow killers to play linebacker. I want them on my team or not at all.

  74. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    What an amazing year it’s been. From Singletary goat to a Harbaugh, “Pride of a our nation” kinda team. From Troy Smith yelling at the coach on the sidelines, to Harbaugh defending his players no matter what. Execution, creativity, heart, passion – all because of an excellent coaching staff essembled by Harbaugh that treats its players with respect. We’ve been lucky this year. This team, that everyone of us loves with all their heart, is special. This defense will be one we look back on with pride and reverence, the same way we look back on other Niner teams and players with fond memories. And now we’re on the precipice – the threshold – the doorstep to glory. Let’s just hope number eleven doesn’t screw it all up.

  75. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey outsiders, gameday, and what a game it should be. Don’t like the fact of a seriously wet game but it is what it is. I still have a good feeling about it. Time to go crazy. Seeya.

  76. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    A wet game may emphasize running, run defense and hitting. 49ers can’t feel too bad if it does. That’s our kind of game. It also increases the turnover dimension, which has been our ally throughout the season. The giants are a very good team, but I think we’re a smidge better.
     
    Also curious how Pats-Ravens plays out. Tom Brady is still Brady, but we beat Brees, and the Pats have no defense. Ravens / Harbaugh Bowl would be a bloodbath – two seriously good defenses. I think the Pats are an easier matchup, but a rematch with the Ravens would allow us to erase our one really painful loss of the season. If you want to be a champion, you want to beat the best.

  77. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Brady or Flacco? Case closed. 34-24 Golden Boy.

  78. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Win or lose later this afternoon the weather will NOT be an excuse. First one to cite the conditions gets Secretariat’s hind hoof up their ass. Play ball!

  79. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Delanie is active. Good news.

  80. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Flacco stinks.

  81. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    What does John Harbaugh do? His qb is terrible, his running game is grinding out five yards a carry, but the Patriots are getting big stops when necessary. Field goal, run the ball, punt – it won’t beat Tom Brady. Flacco needs to throw the ball into the endzone, but if I’m Harbaugh, I don’t let him. Slow death for John Harbaugh. They need to change their qb if John wants to hoist ole’ Lombardi.

  82. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Delanie active is good news. I believe he had 6 catches in our first matchup w/ the G-Men earlier this year…
    Ravens? Nice call on 4th down….NOT!!!

  83. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    That was a terrible 4th down call by Cam Cameron… awful situational routes.

  84. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ed Reed with a big PD. Flacco gets one last chance to redeem himself.
    So far our game manager is way better than Baltimore’s.

  85. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’m bet my eye teeth Flacco screws this up by getting sacked… holding the ball too long. 1:44 left. We’ll see.

  86. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I’d*

  87. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    3rd and 1 … I’d go play action deep to Torrey Smith… for the win.

  88. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Flacco hit that dude right between the numbers. Evans has GOT to catch that ball…. sheez.

  89. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Nice kick, Cundiff…. lol. Nice job. LMAO

  90. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    10-7 at the half. Cruz is playing like a All-Pro. Crabs is invisible. Alex has been okay, but Eli has been better. The difference is on the scoreboard. Our passing game needs to step up in the second half. Crabtree is particular needs to do something other than consume oxygen.

  91. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Piss.

  92. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Proud of ya, Niners. Proud as hell of ya….

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- You remind me of Kyle Williams. Worthless. I told you I said that. What is your point. Thank you for proving me right.

  94. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ditto, Albert. Hellava year.

  95. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Heartbreaker. We played them tough, but Kyle made two mistakes, Eli and the Giants didn’t. Game over. Not quite Preston Riley bitter, but tough.
     
    We need two WRs. Crabs is the tinman: no heart.

  96. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our receivers could not get open all game and Kyle Williams was one of those receivers.

  97. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Ginn injury was the difference. That, and our WR never getting open.
    .
    I thought we should’ve just run the ball in OT with the perfomance of our WRs. I even said it aloud during the OT coin flip. That was as poor of a performance I have ever seen by a WR group. I would’ve been tempted to try Colin Jones at WR.

  98. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Losing Ted Ginn AS A RECEIVER was huge. Ginn clears out the safeties and makes the underneath routes that much more open. It had a huge impact on this game. I’m not even talkin’ special teams.

  99. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fans cheer team as it leaves field. Good. They deserved it.

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    All in all, a good year. Frustrating when one guy blows up a great team effort one step from the Super Bowl.

  101. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Stinkblood- Excellent point.

  102. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    All in all, we learned a lot about the character of this football team, and the ability of big players to step up. I don’t want to trade Vernon Davis anymore…. lol. He’s a keeper. Lol.

  103. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t be too hard on Kyle. Shit happens. This was a fracking dogfight between two great teams; someone had to lose. It was a near-run thing. Niner fans can hold their heads high after this year. Let’s draft some receivers and kick their asses next year!

  104. SkeebetteNo Gravatar says:

    Wow… what a great game… I know … I know… our boys didn’t win… but… until last week (Saints vrs. My Boys) I have never in my whole entire life ever wanted to… ever needed to… ever would accept money to watch more than 5 minutes of a football game. Now… you all better be careful what you write, because I already think the record for the Niners shows that they are on their way. What a Great introduction into Football!

  105. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think Alex threw the ball away a dozen times or more today because of nobody to throw to. All week that is what every expert was saying on every radio show I listened to, how bad our receivers are. Unfortunately, it bit us today. The Ginn injury magnified the problem.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    At least NoFear should be happy Alex had a bad statistical day and lost.

  107. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Braylon Edwards. Donnie Avery. Delanie Walker’s busted jaw. Brett Swain. Ginn out. The 49ers haven’t invested much in their wide receiver position in the draft. I’m hoping they draft a boat load of ’em. Suna, Jeffery….

  108. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Sanu…

  109. robNo Gravatar says:

    thanks 9ers and harbuagh for a great season !

    too bad for kyle williams , but he’s the goat of the game

  110. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Him and the rest of our WRs who did nothing. KWs screw ups were on special teams, ouch. Need depth!

    At beginning of year anybody had said “Yer gonna win yer division, go 14-4 and lose the NFC Championship game this year” my reply woulda been “Fantastic!”

  111. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    I’m crushed. I know I’ll get over it, and see the positive, but I have to go through the five stages of grief, or whatever it’s called.
     
    Their D outplayed our O, our D outplayed their D. It is easy to blame Williams, but going in I saw that we had a significant flaw, and that flaw bit us in the butt. We’ve harped on our WR corps. It needs to improve.
     
    I am really, really proud of the character of this team. The pain hurts. I thought we were going to pull it out. Really did. You never know when you’ll get that close. But I also have to tip my hat, painfully as it is to do so, to the NYG. They are a very, very good team. They put some serious pressure on AS, and I’m not going to be a whiner and complain about a crappy non-fumble call or a KW’s gaffes. Nope. It hurts, but we got beat today by a better team…today. We played our hearts out and barely, barely lost.
     
    The ups and downs of being a true fan are part of an epic emotional roller coaster. I know every one of you has been, and is there. I appreciate being able to share it.
     
    The 49ers fracking rock.

  112. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Kyle Williams is okay by me. What’s the one ultimate lesson Jim Harbaugh taught us all this year? It’s the power of support. Before Harbaugh got here, coaches threw players under the bus, and there was even a rat in the house, leaking information. The Rat was no doubt because the coaches’ treated the players like crap – due to the coaches’ own shortcomings. Jim got here, supported everyone – never said a bad word or negative thing about any member of his team, and the support feed off itself – momentum built – all the way to OT in the NFC Championship game. Now Kyle Williams is down, and the season is over. But that doesn’t mean Kyle’s the goat. It just means he needs to make a lot more great plays next year to erase this memory.
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    This year, for me, was all about seeing what guys had. That’s what I do. I try to look at the character of a player and judge whether or not he has what it takes to be a champion. I was wrong about Vernon Davis. He obviously has what it takes, and he stepped-up huge in these playoffs. He can trap the ball against his chest all he wants for the rest of his career in SF, and and that’s okay by me.
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    But I think Kyle Williams has the kind of character and emotional fortitude to not only overcome obstacles, but to also be a champion. You’ll never hear me blame this game on Kyle Williams.
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    We lost this game because we’re still missing a few offensive pieces. Plain and simple.

  113. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
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
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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