Home Stretch

The number one seed in the playoffs went bye-bye this past weekend. At least for now. But it brings back into focus the only goal that seemed reasonable when the season started – making the playoffs at all.

The 49ers are practically a shoo in to accomplish that. One more win and one more loss by the Rams and the Niners are in. You could throw some “tie” scenarios in there, but that seems too corny to waste time on. As does bringing up how the Bears might factor in.

Since the Rams play the Seahawks this coming Sunday, the Niners can’t help but be helped, one way or the other. Unless the 49ers lose and the Seahawks lose, making the following week the same scenario as this week. Basically, if either the Seahawks or 49ers win their final four games, that team wins the NFC West.

At any rate, here we are with only four games left to the 2019 season and the 49ers currently have as good a chance as any team in the NFC of going to the Super Bowl, from a top seed position or a wild card one. Quite a turn around from a 4-12 season last year.

Next up is New Orleans, the last leg of playing three straight games against division leaders. The Saints have looked a bit wobbly of late, so beating them is a good possibility. If not this Sunday, then they might get another crack in the playoffs. The way things look in the NFC right now, the Niners will have to play teams in the playoffs they’ve just finished playing already in the last month of the season – Seattle, Green Bay, and/or the Saints.

And when it’s all said and done, we’ll most likely be bitching and moaning all winter long about what could have been if … The price of having a contender – four months of fun, followed by six months of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Just in time for a new season!

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39 comments on “Home Stretch
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It is true that if we don’t get the trophy I will be disappointed. But, that will be it. So far the Niners have shown they can play with anyone. Our two losses have come by last minute/overtime field goals in games that we could have possibly won. It has been a cinderella year to me and what a surprise and fun it’s been. If we lose all the marbles it will probably be because of turnovers/penalties which we seem to have many. Jimmy is an exciting QB but ball control is not one of his strong suits. But, I think in that he is not totally to blame since he is getting hammered quite a lot and it is a team effort so the whole team needs to clean it up some especially from here on out.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “It is true that if we don’t get the trophy I will be disappointed. But, that will be it.”

    Stage 1: Denial.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- We will just have to see. If we get beat on our own I think what i said is true. If we lose because turnovers/penalties/f-up coaching decisions then yeah I will vent some.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Stage 2: Anger

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Stage 0: Tequila.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Am still confused.

    Tequila as a numbing fluid. Or tequila as a pre Mardi Gras celebration.

  7. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Works either way…

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker
    – Ogden Nash

    Nothin could be finer than to be a Forty-niner

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Barrows the Aints are hurting especially at LB

    “From the Saints … starting linebackers Kiko Alonso (thigh) and A.J. Klein (knee) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
    So have: RB Zach Line (knee), G Andrus Peat (forearm) and TE Jason Vander Laan (head)”

    Wonder how this impacts Shanahan’s game plan?

    For Niners Taart and Julian Taylor has been ruled out but Staley, Breida and Ford will be available. Shanahan says Sherman is on track to play.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Inactives for game

    WR Marquise Goodwin
    QB C.J. Beathard
    S Jaquiski Tartt
    WR Dante Pettis
    RB Jeff Wilson
    DT Jullian Taylor
    TE Levine Toilolo

    Niners are going with 8 OL and only 4 WRs and 3 RBs

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Down 20-7 start of 2nd quarter.

    Niner D missing Taart as replacement Marcel Harris is getting torched helped by kick returns.

    Uphill battle.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy just throws 75 yard bomb to Sanders. Now 20-14. Yowza!!!

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the defense ever shows up today, they might win.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Forty Phuckin Niners!!!!


  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    That was must see entertainment!!!

    What a game!!! Jimmy to Kittle at the end.

  16. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Game of the year

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shanny schooled Payton

  18. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Amazing. What an emotional rollercoaster.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One down note is that Richburg might be hurt for an extended period.
    Garland filled in admirably and both Person and Brunskill can also play center.

  20. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Penalty for Cook hit was worthit

  21. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    IOL will be high on the Draft list next year

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Need to see Rams beat Seahags tonight

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    You got your wish Bullit.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Top seed again. Control own destiny if they win out.

    That was one of the most egregious face mask penalties that I’ve seen because the offender didn’t let go for 15 yards and ended up trying to pull Kittle down by the face mask. Seems like a big fine is also in order say $25K.

    Don’t overlook the dirty birds next week.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Post game emotion in the locker room.


  26. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nice to have a real team once again. 49er football is back.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m starting to wonder if there’s any buyers’ remorse relative to Dee Ford.
    Guy hasn’t been very productive in terms of games played.
    Personally…I thought a 2nd was way too high.
    Let’s hope he finds some time to turn in some productive contributions down the stretch.
    Sherman is hurting, Tartt as well.
    Bosa has been getting cut quite a bit of late.
    One bad play is all it takes.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yes NJ, good observation. Hopefully offseason rest will get Dee back to 100%. No Gurley man needed. AA and Hospital Ward got healthy for us.

    Phenomenal game, just saw it on gamepass. Thanks for the memories Bullit, only missing clip where Donte Whitner stuck the tackle on their RB at the 2 yard line that set a great tempo for the game.

    Seems Bosa has outshined others on DL now. Still worry about all the hits Jimmy is taking. #1 seed is ours, just ATL, LAR, and SEA.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    One thing learned this season is a healthy WR unit needed to offset the OL. Hope Richburg gets back so C depth is not another test for us.

    Disappointed in TMoore tho. Woods needs to keep him from turning out like another Colbert.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I’ve seen the suggestion that if this is a lost season for Ford that Lynch would consider releasing him and using that money for a contract for Armstead. That talk is for the offseason and there will plenty of time to speculate.
    Let’s hope that they give Ford a couple of weeks off and he’ll be a force in the playoffs.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The guy who replaced Taart is Marcel Harris and he was the guy that got torched by Cook for the first TD and possibly the second because of the angles he took.
    Taart should be back for last game against Seahags.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit it’s become pretty apparent that AA will be a priority retention target or, a 5-star Comp pick consolation.
    Being the Draft weenie I am, I hate dealing Picks and not getting production. Our Draft capital for next year is damn near gone.

    Of course, it’s never over until it’s over so….Let’s see what happens.
    These final few weeks are going to be a roller coaster.
    One thing we don’t want is to play in NOLA again.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another expensive FA lost for us too – Kwon.
    4yrs/$54Mil – $32Mil guaranteed

    ‘Alexander, PFF’s 43rd-rated linebacker, was lost with a torn pectoral in game eight. It’s the second straight year he’s played half a season or less’.

    Yeh it’s a tough game and all but, these Contracts can kill.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And, reports were out there of our desire to get OBJ.
    What happens in the off season now?
    He could be on the move again from the sounds of it.
    Head case? Indeed.
    Productive in a Shanny Offense? More than curious.
    What’s left for us to offer? Cupboard about bare.

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17