Things got a bit sweaty in the fourth quarter Sunday, but the 49ers limped out of St. Louis with a 34-27 victory, securing the number two seed in the playoffs, and the much needed week off that goes with this lofty status. Lofty and the 49ers have not dated for many years, so well done, lads. Congratulations on one hellava season!
The next 49er game will be January 14 at Candlestick, most likely against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints got this year off to a frightening start by manhandling the 49ers in the first pre-season game back in August. Jim Harbaugh and Co. will have two weeks to prepare for this game, so perhaps we’ll see a vastly different result this time around. If not, hello offseason.
In the meantime, the blogopolis has two weeks to savor rooting for a Champion. This time of year has been anything but pleasant in the past eight years. Four head coaches have been hired and fired since our last championship team. Half the stiffs in civilization have trotted through here with their feeble talents and short lived careers.
The Wild Card round this coming weekend should be fun. Actually, the fun started Sunday night when the overrated Cowboys were eliminated rather handily by the Giants. Next up for a ticket home are the Lions, Broncos, Bengals, and probably the Falcons. Falcons vs Giants will give us an indication of which wild card team is going to be dangerous this year. My guess is the Giants, who are getting healthy at the right time. And Eli Manning is playing some serious QB these days. The younger Manning boasted he was elite when the year began and he is proving it.
The Raiders were also laughed into the offseason Sunday. Afterward, their coach Hue Jackson went on a tirade about how pissed off at his team he was. He did not single out QB Carson “13 tds and 16 ints” Palmer. The guy Hue mortgaged the future for. Al might be gone, but the Raiders crumble forward. Joining the Raiders in the flat tire division were the Fat Tire Ryan brothers, both boasting their way into the dumpster.
Alex Smith closed out the season as the 9th rated QB in the league, with 17 tds and 5 ints, a 90.7 QBR, and 160 straight passes without an interception — the second longest streak in 49er history, behind only Steve Young in 1993. Not too shabby for a guy who could never be a starting QB in the NFL, or lead his team to the playoffs. At least he still can’t win a playoff game, can he?
Del Mar Dennis finished the year at 4-12, even failing to jinx the 49ers in their last game by predicting victory for the first time this year. Worse than all this, Del Mar’s heart throb Tony Romo once again failed at all the wrong moments and dragged his team into the waste bin of yet another failed season. Is there a pattern here?
The 49ers’ success this year sent many long time trolls scurrying from the blogs and into the sewers from whence they came. We will not miss them. So long, dipwads! There’s always Oakland!
Three cheers for the 2011 SF 49ers! Is their more glory to come? Stay tuned.