Elite Eight

The 49ers have leaped over the first hurdle — or maybe they just plowed through the damn little thing. But getting ousted from the playoffs in round one is embarrassing, and we’ll have none of that here. Jim Harbaugh’s first team in 2011 won one playoff game, last year they won two. This year, they’ll have to win four if they want to be champions.

Green Bay can nurse that wound all the way till next September. Maybe Aaron Rodgers is getting a clue how Steve Young felt back in the 90’s when Brett Farve’s Packers kicked his 49er rear out of the playoffs year after year. Hey, Aaron, is that a monkey on your back?

Losing in round two, three, or four isn’t much fun, either, but at least it’s not an embarrassment. If you win in round one, you were worthy of being in the postseason. You’re a big time team. An elite eighter. Twenty-four teams and 1,400+ players are sitting at home next Sunday watching you play on TV — out there in a living room or bar like an ordinary citizen.

The Eagles and Packers at least went down valiantly, beaten by end of game field goals. The Chiefs and Bengals left the arena in shame. For the Chiefs, it was the defense that needs to hide under the covers this offseason. For the Bengals, it was the offense, more specifically, the QB Andy Dalton that will be curling up in a fetal wad of agony. Cheer up, Andy, at least not a single soul on earth would like to trade places with you.

Three of the final four games will be rematches from the regular season. Broncos/Chargers split 1-1 during the season, Panthers beat the 49ers, and the Seahawks slaughtered the Saints. Only the Indy/Patriots game is a newbie.

San Diego is the only team left in the hunt that has less than 11 wins during the regular season, slipping into the tournament at 9-7, courtesy of Zebra Error. That probably assures them of winning the Super Bowl this year. The lowly 10-6 Ravens won it last year.

In the NFC, the Saints are the remaining low ranked team, with a modest 11 win season. All four finalists are from the NFC West and NFC South. The North and East have been booted to the curb.

Colin Kaepernick has begun to resemble Mariano “The Closer” Rivera down the stretch this year. Seattle gave him the ball with six minutes left and he kept it until the final half minute. Arizona gave him the ball with 28 seconds and he finished them off in 26. Last Sunday, the Packers handed it to him with five minutes remaining and, once again, he hogged it to the last second. In each case, however, he was not closing out a win, he was achieving one.

One last Saturday/Sunday double header football feast this weekend before Title Game Sunday the following week. Let’s hope the 49ers are still standing come Monday morning.




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19 comments on “Elite Eight
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you are Dalton it is not a good sign when the owner starts naming QBs he was in favor picking instead of you. Mike Brown
    said he was in favor of taking Kaepernick and Mallet over Dalton
    but got ‘talked into” taking Andy Dalton by Jay Gruden.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice vote of confidence for both of them. There’s an owner who knows who to kick when things go wrong.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Mike Brown said that? He drives a bigger bus than Mike Nolan! LOL

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That under the bus throwing should endear Mike Brown to a certain scrutinizer we used to know.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don;t know if y9ou heard this, but San Diego is winning the Super Bowl.

    Based on the fact that the last 4 teams to play Philly’s home opener went on to win the big one. Also, 6 of the last 8 played on WC weekend. A double whammy for the super chargers.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dalton should call Alex for advice. Smith spent most of his time here being the guy they picked instead of Rodgers.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Are there any 49er coaches not being interviewed for jobs elsewhere right now?

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It could be worse, the Raiders have had 8 head coaches in the last 12 years.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just another sign that we’re considered a legit contender Skeebs.
    No one picks apart the Coaching Staff in Dallas do they?

    In the case of Cincy, their moron owner Mike Brown is already giving Gruden a black eye before he interviews elsewhere.
    This coming from an owner that knows how to Draft.
    In hindsight.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their HC.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Bungles have scored 3 TDs in 3 playoff games in the last 3 years with Dalton taking the heat.
    Nothing like rewarding a mediocre OC because you like the name Gruden.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The ALL 22 film analysis from Packer game

    http://insidethefilmroom.com/?p=3702

    Second set is the Niners lining up in a 5 wide

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners will be losing Coach Paul Wullf who has bee hire to be University of South Florida’s OC.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to see the multiple receiver sets. None of those ‘All 22″ plays were out of jumbo. Watching Robaugh go from 80’s to the present could be happening right in front of our eyes!

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s been consulting with a jockey.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Problem is, he went overboard in the red zone. Putting 4 WRs in and throwing is exactly like going jumbo and running. You tell the defense what you are doing before you do it. Now, if he could play-action out of the jumbo, or run a delay out of the 4 WR set . . .

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Easy there, Chuck. We’re not here to fool anybody.

    A Singletary joke. (But I repeat myself.) Still piteously funny after all these years.

  18. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ha ha. That shit pissed me off though. 3 passes on the 4 all from 4 WR sets. Granted there were 2 PIs on Crabs that weren’t called, but you don’t depend on the refs. Not scoring TDs in the red zone pisses me off no end.

    No interest in the HOF deal tonight? Haven’t seen the list yet

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
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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