A Star Is Born

The San Francisco 49ers unleashed their nuclear powered offense Saturday night and blew the Green Bay Packers to smithereens. NFL pundit Ron Jaworski predicted that Jim Harbaugh would unleash Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs, and yea verily it came to pass.

In a performance straight out of the comic books, Kaepernick turned in the greatest one man show ever seen in the playoffs. The 49ers began the year beating the Packers in Green Bay and have now started the playoffs by destroying them and burying once and for all the bad memories of the heartbreaks that franchise inflicted on the 1990’s 49er teams. So long, Curse of Brett Farve. Hello twenty-first century.

49er OC Greg Roman finally took to heart the thousand unmailed critical letters from our own Berger, ditched the bunched 21 offensive package, spread out the field, and let the WRs and RBs run wild. And the QB ran around a bit, too. The 49ers completely dominated the Time of Possession, leaving the Packer defense exhausted and helpless by the fourth quarter.

A major, eye-opening victory. By Sunday night, only three other teams will be in the running for the Super Bowl. As long as none of them has a box full of kryptonite, you’d have to like the 49ers’ chances. And since we’re now officially on the Disney Channel, I ran out this morning and grabbed the first star I saw. Because When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I still have issues with Goldson’s inconsistent play.
    He makes some fabulous plays, no question but in my book those are cancelled by his bonehead plays.
    On the first deep pass to Jones he was late in helping on the deep ball.
    He’s got to be smarter with the helmet to helmet hits. The zebras are looking for it especially from Goldson and something like that will be very costly when a game is on the line.
    What he did yesterday was spear the runner who was almost down.
    Both Goldson and Whitner had below average games for them.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I was telling Renojim he should hit him again if he gets a chance. Goldson is the biggest cause of alligator arms in the NFL.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Right now CK is a thrower rather than a passer. On occasion like the pass to Vernon Davis he puts the right trajectory on the ball.
    In time as he matures he’ll learn to stop throwing the 10 yard fastballs or to arc the ball over Matthews to Bruce Miller that would’ve been a walkin TD.
    His upside has a lot of growth opportunity so with experience and polish CK is going to among the best.
    CK in another year or two will have Niner fans asking Peyton who??

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Did we sign Peyton Manning yet?

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers was eurhythmic to my ears. I never thought I would see Roman/Harbaugh call a game like that. The one play call I did not like was the pick six. I saw the formation and told Renojim I hate this formation, it looks like disaster. A couple of seconds later GB had a pick six. Obviously the int was Kaep’s fault but the coach should not put the QB in a 7 step drop with only one option to throw to. Roman atoned after that with the best play calling I’ve ever seen from him.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops- I forgot a word. I meant to say the 49ers offense was eurythmic to my eyes!

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Channeling Annie
    Lennox? Sweet Dreams?

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The one guy that absolutely had a totally crap game was Delanie Walker. 5 targets and 3 drops?
    And he’s playing for a big FA contract? He’ll be lucky if Baalke renews his current pay rate with a one yaer deal.
    Delanie’s blocking is superb but he’s forgotten how to catch a ball.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaepernick looks like he did in college. Even though I have confidence in Kaep, I always wondered if he could take that show to the pro game. Looks like he has! He’s fun to watch if he is on your team!
    It would not surprise me to find out Chris Ault was in town this last week to teach the Pistol. Except for the Q formation, the play calling looked like Ault was making the calls.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Walker catching a football is like Akers making a 45 yard FG. Neither can be relied on.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tim Tebow’s brother was laughing his ass off on Twitter after Manning’s face plant.

  12. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    After the switch to Kaepernick, I kept waiting for the game that he won and Smith would have lost. Last night was the first time I really thought, “Smith would have lost this one.”

    There are still things about Kaepernick’s game that need improvement, especially his touch passes and some of his passing decision making. But, man, every Niner fan has to feel great about our long term future at the position.

    I also noticed, unlike RGIII, Kaepernick avoided taking major hits and the kind of hard shots that ruin running QBs. Good coaching, there!

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denver is faced with voiding Manning’s contract or else he’ll be guaranteed $40 mil for the next 2 years (@ $20 mil each year)
    Tick tock. Window for the Super Bowl is closing.
    Jaworski still says that Manning has lost arm strength since his injury and needs to drive throws with his legs. Before his injury he could throw off his back foot and flick passes with zip. That is no longer true.
    Manning did not choose wisely and in the Niner’s eyes, Who needs him?

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was ridiculed for saying that Crabtree was the best Niner receiver since TO.
    Bigger and better things to come
    as Crabtree has proven week after week to be clutch and still improving and developing.
    I feel vindicated because my statement has been validated with Crabtree on fire.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It seems like Jenkins was only in on a handful of plays in the 3 receiver sets.
    AJ is now splitting time with Ginn
    in that role which sez he hasn’t progressed much as a reliable receiving option.

  16. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. What a game. Some observations:
    .I’ve often said I’d rather our QB beat teams with his arm than legs. It’s from watching SY finally start doing it as well as seeing most QBs over the years fail when relying on their running. Last night, CK showed the BEST way this can happen. Most still talk about his running, and justly so, but he really can do both, and last night was a blueprint for how effective they BOTH can be, while keeping CK upright.
    .On the design runs – very, very well executed. I’ve seen comparisons to Cunningham, and I don’t buy em. CK is a much more fluid, fast instinctive runner. And even though he has room to improve, I think he’s better in the pocket than Cunningham. Eyes down field, stepping up, sideways. etc. Accuracy is good and likely to improve, as is his touch (the pass to Gore on the sideline early shows he CAN throw with touch.
    .On the scrambles — The scrambles were DECISIVE. I have to repeat that, any QB with scrambling ability needs to see the D giving them a lane and take it. Drives are sustained in this manner, the D’s back broken. CK did a GREAT job last night in this.
    .On staying healthy — equally as important, CK seems to know when to run OB/go down in order to not get hammered. The key to his running being an integral part of his game is this. He HAS to be smart enough to know that getting hammered=getting injured=missing games. Has to. Smarts has to triumph over adrenalin and I think CK has this.
    .Crabtree had a great game. He has become such a force. Everyone is talking about CK, understandably, but we don’t win last night w/o Crabtree being a stud.
    .Gore has the heart of a lion. He looked great. The OL played great. Staley (is he alright – what happened?) deserves kudos for playing so well through clear pain.
    .Defense gave up 31 points but to a team with an impressive aerial attack. Running game pretty much negated. Justin Smith apparently did NOT f*ck up his arm. That’s good. Pass rush still mediocre, but against a lesser O than GB, maybe half the points are put on the board.
    .Coaching. Roman’s been hammered by many fans, myself included. They outcoached GB. Our O is clearly more gifted than GB’s D, but the coaching has to make that advantage a win. They did.

  17. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    bullit touched on a key to the game that was a fundamental difference-maker – blocking. Absolutely text book stellar.  
    Bruce Miller gets a game ball from me.  

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Halftime and it looks like Niners
    will be going to the ATL next week unless the Seahags turn it around.
    It’s 20-zip Dirtybirds.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Adios Seattle Seasucks!

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Quite an ending though. For about 15 mins it was seesawing back and forth who we were going to play.
    The game is scheduled for Sun at 11am our time. I was wondering if that made sense if we had a home game and were on the West Coast and the AFC game was on the East Coast.
    Anyway Dirtybirds it is in ATL.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Richard Sherman having to watch us play on TV next week gives me a warm feeling! Somebody needs to waive good-bye to him like he did to Trent Williams and the Redskins last week!

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is it a good omen for us that the winning FG was for 49 yards?

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Better was Petey called a timeout to ice the ATL kicker Bryant and he went through with the kick and pushed it right.
    Bryant made an adjustment and drilled the next kick through.
    Then Carroll is on the sideline asking who called the TO when clearly he did. Enjoy your time off Petey.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Besides the personal foul for taunting and the pick six he threw at the start of the game, this is the only thing CK did wrong yesterday.
    You don’t need a signature move CK.
    Act like you’ve done it before and respect the game.

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The taunting call was ludicrous. That was one of the more stupid calls among a few. Every time GB made a 1st down, they preened and pranced. Theor DBs got in our WRs faces after every incomplete. Kappy drops the ball and that’s taunting? Utter horseshit.
    Bullit, you’ve never been there (obviously, by the 6:36 post. I’m ok with Goldson there. We aren’t going to talk our game, we are going to lay the wood), so don’t tell others how to do it. Especially an exuberant guy like Kaepernick.

    Llyod gets a unsportsmanlike call for giving the ball to the ref? What next?

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Richard Sherman is getting harrased on twitter. I’m in on the fun too! I told him to waive good-bye to Trent Willams.

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Have a nice day Petey. From Tarkington(sp) on down I have never seen a performance like that from a QB, kappy is a natural.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    For the first time in weeks we played good 49eer football. kudos to Moss who obviously has lost a step never once looked like he wasn’t giving 110%. Our O-line should all get a raise and if I was boss they would. I think we should lock up Goldson right now. We need him. We stop Atlanta’s running game we go to the SB

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    THE GOOD NEWS is that atlanta might be a bit drained emotionally after this big win !
    tony gonzalez was a mess after the game !

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey rob – I kinda wanted a rematch with the Seaturds but, in another way I am soooo glad they lost.

  31. robNo Gravatar says:


    i wasn’t too worried about the prospect of facing either seattle or atlanta !

    imho we have the edge on both !

    seattle is a little weak on the road so …


    we either go up against road weary seattle trying to win 3 in a row away or playoff patsy atlanta trying to get to the superbowl !! !

    advantage us !!!

  32. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Good call rob, hope ur right. i think we got em too.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, my good buddy, you’re a tad late on your “Atlanta might be a bit emotionally drained” comment. I was talking to Berger five minutes into the 2nd half and after he correctly predicted that SEA would end up with 28 pts., large in part to Mike Nolan and his prevent defense, I said Matt Bryant will do us a favor by kicking a late GW FG and send an emotionally drained and “Happy to just be there” Falcons team onto the NFCCG. Mission: Impossible accomplished, Peter Graves. If any of you boobs thought I was going to say Tom Cruise, you haven’t been paying attention.

  34. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The most surreal thing about last night?
    Delanie Freaking Walker fielding the onside kick as a member of the ‘hands’ team.
    Delanie on the Hands Team. Right next to Venus de Milo. And of course teams would still kick it right at Delanie.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    So I gather you are claiming you’ve done it by your comment?
    So you must be THE authority on this topic.
    hyuk har har har

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Opening Vega$ line has the Niners as a road favorite giving 3.5 pts.
    In the AFC Pats are 9.5 pt favorites at home.
    NFC Championship Game starts at 12 Noon with Pregame at 11am West Coast time.

  37. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy was sensational….like your title says….A star is born……

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody notice that we are playing Atlanta on the 20th? The last time we played them in a play-off game, #20 Garrison Hearst broke his ankle. Coincidence?

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    where we goin babaaay !!!

  40. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Our biggest opponent next week is not the Falcons. It’s our own consistent inconsistency, the dreaded 2012 W-W-L pattern. If we beat that, and show up for the game, we should beat Atlanta by a couple of TDs. Our coaching staff needs to be ready this week, and have the players ready.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anything get reported about Staley’s injured arm/shoulder?
    Haven’t seen it anywhere.
    He sure seemed to be pretty uncomfortable there from the sideline video?

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not going to spoil my buddy Berger’s use of the WOTD, but let’s just say I’ve encountered a horse or two in my lifetime that does this word proud.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Shit! What time is it? Ten after five? Time for me to go to bed. I’ll talk to you guys later this afternoon or early evening. Say goodnight Dennis. I’m too tired to even fulfill the punchline.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, Staley has a bone bruise. Good to go next week.

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