49ers 34, Rams 13

The Rams laid down like dogs, to quote possibly the only memorable thing Phil Simms ever said. With 17 substitutions to their starting lineup, they were no match for the rejuvenated 49ers, who easily swamped the B squad from L.A. to close out the season on a five game winning streak.

Unless this late season surge turns out to be a mirage, or Jed York does something unspeakably stupid this offseason, it looks like 2017 will be the year power in the NFC West turned upside down. The Seahawks and Cardinals have owned the division the past four years, but neither made the playoffs this year and both look to be trending downward, while the Rams and 49ers are trending upward. Next year, we might see the natural order restored, with the Rams and Niners battling for division supremacy like they did for most of their 20th century rivalry.

The AFC playoffs look like a drab affair that will come down to the Patriots and Steelers yet again, while the other teams thrash around harmlessly in the background. The NFC is much more competitive. Five of the six entrants won at least 11 games this year, with Atlanta winning 10. And any one of them could end up in the Super Bowl.

The 49er offense finally crawled out of the sewer this year, finishing 20th in points and 12th in yardage. The defensive improvement was much more modest, finishing 25th in points allowed and 24th in yardage.

For the first time in four years, the 49ers will not be firing their head coach at season’s end. So far, not yet one day into 2018, the Lions, Colts, and Raiders have all handed out pink slips. Before the week is out, there will undoubtedly be more.

Stability has returned to Centennial Blvd. How long will it last this time around?




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34 comments on “49ers 34, Rams 13
  1. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Many reasons to be happy Skeebs.
    Happy New Year guys 😀

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bears fire John Fox.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden to the Raiders. Don’t understand the fascination with him. He took Dungy’s team to the SB, then spent 8 years ruining the roster.

  4. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    They will be in Vegas soon and you can see they are building that marquee sign already. Actually it should be a lot of fun for the whole league. I am sorry to see em go because of the history but they haven’t wanted to be here for a long time.
    As far as the Niners go I truly believe we will have the most dynamic offense since the Steve Young era. It was fun to watch em. You could tell all year even when we lost all those games by a few points and the two blowouts that this team never quits. We started the year almost looking like that Ram team we saw yesterday, I can’t ever remember a total rebuild quite like we had this year from any NFL team. It just goes to show what good management and coaching can do. This year was not a fluke.

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats NJ and Skeebs for nailing the 6-10. One of those times I’m pleased to have been wrong.

    Now to fix the O-line, and get a pass rusher and a CB.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Arians retiring. Knows when to get out.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ironic that Niners finish in a tie with the Raiduhs in record and there will be a coin flip to see who picks ninth and tenth.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Carson Palmer has retired.”

  9. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Great now they can make Blaine Gabbert the starter. I am sure they will go far.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    All the way to the basement, most likely.

  11. robNo Gravatar says:

    Oh I hear jim harbuagh wants to come back to coach the 49ers ! any takers

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    Vic fangio anyone ?

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    Gruden will be good for the raiders IMO !

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    Any body see Alex Smith’s recent ranking ? he was one of the 5 best rated QB’s in football this year ! good news is garapollo is probably even better ! Anybody want mike Nolan back?

  15. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob – What’s in that Florida water. Maybe we can dial up Ken Willard and see if he wants to come back.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What’s Alex stat-line look like beyond 15yds/pass attempt I wonder?
    Book on Alex is squat at 15 and dare him to get over your head as a Defender.
    He simply doesn’t scare anyone.
    Dink and dunk looks great on the bottom line. Low risk/High % passes most of the time.
    Get lucky with a 4yd toss that goes for 40+ and reap the benefits on your QBR.

    I’ll pass Rob….

  17. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh went 13-3 and won the division in his rookie year, IIRC.

    Singletary did better than Shanahan in their first years. In fact, Tomsula probably did better when you consider the Niners’ last two games against teams who didn’t show up.

    That darned Alex. He’s the best QB in the league if you’re a RB or TE or guy on his right sideline. Didn’t he just set a record for having zero TDs to WRs for an entire season?

    Evidently one guy has turned the team around on his own and it wasn’t a coach. Let’s talk about Garopollo in year three, when QBs make or break.

    I’m guessing Nolan or Harbaugh wouldn’t have the most guys in the league on their knees, pissing on the flag, so yeah, I’d take either one.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Raiders are giving new head coach Jon Gruden a 10-year contract, the longest coaching deal in NFL history, sources tell ESPN. The deal is likely to be worth about $100 million.”

    SMFH.

  19. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Well, the Raider circus has begun. Or just continuing however you look at it.

    nofear- Harbaugh supported both Kap and Reid for standing up for what they believe. At least that is what he said.

  20. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- I take that back Harbaugh did back Kap’s right to protest but didn’t like his method of action(on the football field).
    https://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/29/12697450/colin-kaepernick-jim-harbaugh-national-anthem

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Nice save, Winder. It coulda gotten bloody.

  22. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Lol, I don’t worry about bloody. But I did think I heard Harbaugh in one of his interviews say he backed Kap 100%. When I looked I couldn’t find it. I didn’t try very hard either.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    How much difference does a quarterback make?

    Let’s look at the numbers…

    “Here are the improvements that were made in key statistical areas on offense over the final five games of the season, coinciding with Garoppolo’s appearance in the 49ers’ starting lineup. . .”

    YARDS PER GAME
    Before Garoppolo: 321.7 (21st in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 410.0 (1st in NFL*)
    Total: 349.3 (12th in NFL)

    NET PASSING PER GAME
    Before Garoppolo: 221.8 (17th in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 297.0 (1st in NFL*)
    Total: 245.3 (9th in NFL)

    THIRD DOWNS
    Before Garoppolo: 34.1 percent (26th in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 50.0 percent (1st in NFL*)
    Total: 38.9 percent (16th in NFL)

    COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
    Before Garoppolo: 56.6 percent (31st in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 67.0 percent (3rd in NFL*)
    Total: 59.6 percent (25th in NFL)

    SACKS ALLOWED
    Before Garoppolo: 35 (tied for 6th most in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 8 (27th most in NFL*)
    Total: 43 (tied for 11th most in NFL)

    TIME OF POSSESSION
    Before Garoppolo: 27:36 (31st in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 32:54 (1st in NFL*)
    Total: 28:44 (26th in NFL)

    POINTS PER GAME
    Before Garoppolo: 17.0 (28th in NFL)
    After Garoppolo: 28.8 (2nd in NFL*)
    Total: 20.9 (20th in NFL)

    ***

    http://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/how-49ers-offense-improved-jimmy-garoppolo

  24. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    “I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” said Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers.
    He changed his tune AFTER the PC police strong-armed him.

    It’s not a 1st Amendment issue and it’s based on a false narrative. It’s a bullshit excuse to spit in the face of the public and get more camera time and press for themselves. They don’t give a shit that they are losing fans, permanently damaging the league, and making it tougher on those they pretend to care about.

    Meanwhile the stock market keeps reaching new record gains and black American unemployment has hit an historic low.

    Seems to me that is a bit more meaningful to those “systematically oppressed” black citizens than a bunch of spoiled millionaire brats spitting on the flag and repeating nonsense like “hands up, don’t shoot” as some sort of justification for their look-at-me anti-American antics.

    I don’t care who it is, if there is a coach or owner anywhere with the stones to stand up to these anti-American asshole entertainers and demand the same from them as any other employer demands from his employees I vote to have him take over for the spineless nutless ones running the Niners org now.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Browns’ fans held parade today to mark their 0-16 season.”

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    What else do Browns Fans have to get excited about Skeebs?
    I love the remark from Haslam regarding Hue’s job security, to paraphrase…
    ‘Hue hasn’t lost his magic’

    With 0-16 being magic, a poo flinging monkey could be an ancestor of Harry Houdini 😀

    2yrs, 1-31 =.031 Magic indeed.

    No. You just can’t make this sh!t up.
    Nowhere to go but UP Haslam?

    Watch them Trade for Alex Smith now, instead of taking a QB in the Draft.
    That would make more sense in the Browns’ scheme of sucktitude.

  27. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Smith. Smdh. Good, except when it counts.

  28. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I almost feel sorry for the Rams. Not.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Titans completely dominated the LOS on both sides of the ball in the second half. Chiefs couldn’t stop the run (200 yards). Not having Kelce was the key to the turn around (along with the refs and blind luck). Titans can’t cover TEs. Kelce had 66 yards in the first half. When Niners played them, Kittle and Celek combined for 115 yards. They better hope they don’t play NE, Gronk will eat them alive – unless they spear him in the head and knock him out of the game, too.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This is certainly a riveting yawner.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Can we send these two teams home before they embarrass themselves any further?

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jacksonville and Buffalo’s 13 combined points were fewest ever in an NFL wild-card game.”

  33. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Buffalo at least hit the points. I think the Niners would have beaten either one today.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27

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
 
2018 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
Grumpy: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Winder: 8-8

Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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