The 49ers pulled another game out of their rear ends Sunday afternoon, stunning the disinterested Santa Clara minglers by scoring their first fourth quarter TD of the year! and oozing out a late victory.
After falling behind 13-10, old guy Anquan Boldin almost personally led the team down the field and into the end zone to re-take the lead. Then old guy Justin Smith closed it out with a strip sack of Robert Griffin.
The hero for Washington was undoubtedly their punter Tress Way, who kept dropping the ball inside the ten on the Niners all day long. Five times he pinned them against their own goal and the 49ers couldn’t get a single long drive going from the opening drive TD to the final drive in the fourth. Fumbles by Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde didn’t help much either.
TE Vernon Davis finally appeared in the offense. His contribution for the day was running third down pass routes that were one yard short of the first down.
Aldon Smith picked up a couple of sacks, along with Aaron Lynch and Ray McDonald. Disgruntled OLB Ahmad Brooks didn’t get any, but he was there to catch the ball at the end when Justin flattened Griffin.
It would be hard to say this was an entertaining game, because basically it was a hair-pulling, shoe throwing, screaming piece of horseshit. A Niner specialty this year. Just when you think you’ve seen offense at its awfulest, along comes another game and you see some more!
It seems ridiculous to point out the team is very much alive in the wild card race, since most of the time they seem very much dead just about every way possible in every game, except for the extra three or four points they manage to produce on the scoreboard than their opponent produces. It’s a miracle! The team has become the 2013 Arizona Cardinals!
The win completed a 4-0 sweep of the NFC East this year. That’s always sweet, even if that division sucks.
Still, it was a milestone game, with that first fourth quarter TD of the year. Could the flood gates open now? Ha ha ha.