Niners Win Suck Bowl

When it comes to sucking, the Raiders are still the champs. For three quarters Sunday, the 49ers gave it their best egg layers effort, but the Raiders hung in there and out laid them down the stretch, falling behind and then climaxing their gruntful expertise by tossing an interception in the game’s dying moments.

Thank you, Raiders. Can we play you again next week?

It was a strange game for the 49ers. Alex Smith did not throw an interception and nobody fumbled. It looked a whole lot like a 2009 game. The 49ers abandoned the “score on the first drive” game plan that had failed the previous two games, and went back to Jimmy Raye basics of lulling opponent’s to sleep with a dull and ponderous offense, letting the defense keep us in the game, and then putting together a game winning drive at the end.

And that drive was a beauty. 13 plays and 91 yards, eating up 8 minutes and 11 seconds — the most time consuming 49er TD drive since 2000. The drive almost self-destructed in the red zone, as has been usual this year, when Smith took the team from the Oakland 20 to the Oakland 30 with a weird intentional grounding penalty. While visions of another wasted effort and another melt down moment sprang immediately to every 49er fan’s mind, Smith then stunned the world by heaving a gorgeous 32 yard TD pass to Michael Crabtree.

When the Raiders responded by marching down for a field goal, making the game 10-9, despair was restored. The Raiders were now in position for a Sebastian Janikowski 65 yard field goal on the last play of the game, after some feeble sit-on-the-lead three and outs by the Niners. But the 2009 team once again popped up and Frank Gore rolled 64 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Amazing. The 49ers even scored two TDs to cap this “drive”, only one of which counted.

A victory is a win. Thank you, thank you. It was ugly and nothing that conjured up visions of championship football, but maybe the demons that have plagued this team all year have at last been exorcised. Baby steps. The team will not go 0-16.

Not until Takeo Spikes intercepted Jason Campbell on the Raiders final drive did this scribbler rest easy. The entire 4th quarter, I was wincing, waiting for someone on the 49ers to make the game changing fatal mistake. But they didn’t. And that’s all it took to win this game.

I’m normally fairly proficient at bloviating up a wonderful rosy future for the 49ers, but this game did not light a fire under my bloviation kettle. Did the 49ers learn how to win Sunday? Maybe. Did they refuse to lose? Perhaps. Did they get angry at themselves and take it out on the Raiders? It seemed that way for the final quarter and a half. Did Smith rise to the occasion? You could almost say so.

But the offense still looks like crap. The play calling seems improved and more creative, but the O-line still can’t block. Smith still looks like a cautious game manager, rather than an elite QB. The defense was great, but it was facing a fairly inept offense and a marginal QB.

Next week the team plays Carolina, another inept offensive team, so maybe we can win that game, too. We should, that’s for sure. But will we? I’m not betting any money on it. The team had more spark Sunday, but not much more skill. But it’s a win. Halleluja, baby. Hip, hip, spatoozle.

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29 comments on “Niners Win Suck Bowl
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    OK here comes a few posts.
    Like Skeebs said, the play calling was better but still not great. I’m thinking it is tough because Johnson wants to keep Sing happy with some sort of power running game but we just don’t have the O-line. So he passes and we just don’t have the O-line for a traditional passing game.
    I was glad to see more spread mixed in but we surely did not run the spread.
    All in all, it was a win.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We win!!! I’m all excited! Feeling good! The week will go quicker! Just great! Yay team!
    And then I look at the standings. We are still 1-5. It kind of takes the air out of the balloons. It just destroys the high. But what the heck, we won, right?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I keep hearing that Campbell sucks. We had the kid under seige all game. We didn’t have many sacks but he wasn’t able to ever just stand in the pocket and throw. I surely wouldn’t confuse him with Peyton Manning but what QB is going to be successful with that kind of pressure.
    Sometimes you have to praise the defense, this is one of those times. Now if you want to talk about what sucks, masybe the conversatrion should be about Oakland O-line. We haven’t disrupted a QB like that all year. And if you are talking sucky O-lines, don’t forget to include the 49ers.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    On top of a 1-5 record, Seattle won a road game in Chicago, the Rams are a different team with Bradford, and AZ got a gift win against Oakland and a surprising win against the Saints. The division is a lot better than anyone imagined, while the Niners are a lot worse.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I still think the way we disguise our young and inexperienced O-line is to run more Spread Offense. It would also be fun to watch Sing shake in his shoes from scoring too much!
    We ran a lot of 4 WR sets but that did not make it the Spread Offense.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our identity is still the Power I and the Off-Set I.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is that how you spell Off-Set? Maybe it is offset, or Offset? Whatever. I have no problem with the formation, but I say we run it too often.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    And finally, for now, great block by Moran Norris to spring Gore on his 64 yard run. I rail on him enough to when he maks a great play like that I must point it out. In fact, when I saw the replay I laughed out loud with joy while calling out “what great blocks by Baas and Norris, Moran Norris. Did you see that, that was Moran Norris!” I’m sensing a NoFear picture sequence.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think I might like to see Soapagna playing FB and delivering a crushing block for Gore that iced the game at the 2 minute warning.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sopoaga couldn’t do much in base offense, but if all you want is a crushing straight ashead block, why not use Sope? At 325 lbs he is definitely more imposing than any 250 lb fullback. For a short yardage situation I like the new version of the Angus! Could this show up on NoFear Fotos?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess this is some progress. We’re actually putting in NoFear requests, instead of dreading the ineptitude he will display.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, and I’ve named the feature NoFear Fotos. That is photo with an “F”!

  13. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey guys…we got one ! if we only win one friken game this year.. this is the one i wanted. F-ing raiders and their f-ing multi flag waving from their cars…w/ stupid darth vader holloween costumed jerk fans…..hahahahaha eat crap aholes!! oh i feel much better now…i loved that play with Sopoaga…….heard they call that ’22ice’ and he’s The Ice Truck… good shit…go niners !!

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmmmm shawne merriman anybody ?

    SOPOAGA had a good game and has been playing very well lately !

    LAWSON of course is an excellent LB when used in coverage !

    singletary is on my last nerve ! why didn’t we challenge the safety ?

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I think the refs told Sing he couldn’t challenge the “forward progress” call. They blew it, though. Campbell spun backward to escape and put his very own self in the end zone. Should have been a safety.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg ! the question is if we got to him when he was in the endzone ! the replay said yes !
    combine that with the ridiculous grounding call , and we should complain about this !
    imo the refs deserve one of dennis’
    ‘ punches in the throat ! ‘

  17. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, the first guy who needs to a goddamn punch in the throat is Singletary. He doesn’t even the rules of the game that he’s running. Top that off with what I read from Barrows this morning…paraphrasing here…He wanted ALL the possessions to end in kicks. So as there would be no turnovers. Are you kidding me? Play to kick the ball? I want that worthless POS out. We’re going nowhere under his philosophy.
    Fire Singletary!

  18. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    And by kicks, he wasn’t talking about PATs. Punts or field goals. He’s stuck in his playing days, and has not adapted to the new NFL. I’m not even gonna get into it, because it’s already making me furious. We just be the Raiders–I should be happy. I’m not.
    Go Giants! Phuck Philly!

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    dennis- A FG or a PAT happens in a drive ending in a kick. The choices are PAT, FG or a punt, essentially meaning, no turnovers.

  20. robNo Gravatar says:

    dennis , lol how do you have a kick that’s not a punt , pat or FG ?
    hey they said sop played rugby ! maybe they think we should try rugby !

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hello! Yes, I’m looking for the Junior Seau Driving School. I understand I can learn to cliff dive here too! Or maybe it was cliff drive? Anyway, me and my live in girlfriend aren’t getting along and cliff driving sounds good.

  22. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob, I knew you’d have the hots for Merriman. To be honest, I don’t really care at this point. I’m sure he’d look good in his uniform and attract some attention from the media and fans, To steal from my Giants lineup changes…
    “Why not, it can’t Phucking Philly hurt.”
    Go Get Merriman!

  23. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Jesus, it sure sounds like Junior tried to kill himself by driving off a cliff. There’s being a failure, and then there’s being a failure at committing suicide. Nothing worse than that. If you’re gonna do it, do the goddamn thing right!
    If he should want to try again, may I suggest watching our first 5 and 1/2 games. It had me on the brink.

  24. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Indicative of the Niners’ inability to learn from their mistakes was Spikes’ interception. Let’s see here: end of the game, a one score lead, little time on the clock, defense intercepts. All that needs to happen to win the game is for the defender to lay down on the ground and the offense to run out the clock. Sound familiar? Instead, the defender jumps up and begins to run with the ball, hoping to make Sports Center instead of worrying about the team win. In this case, the Raiders didn’t make Spikes pay for his glory-hounding, but it was still a needless risk.

    Of course, it’s a needless, stupid risk that both the HC and DC full support, according to their comments after the Atlanta game.

    Gimme wins in Carolina and in London and I’ll stay to see some positives, but right now the win over the Raiders just seems like luck.

  25. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Correction: Not just luck.

    However, they did not remove the mental errors, which still concerns me greatly.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seau is saying he fell asleep and was not commiting suicide.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear- When one carps on somebody as bad as I do Norris it is proper to point it out when he does well. I do not have a problem with Norris, my problem is with the coaching staff making him the focal point of our offense. I’m sure Moran is a fine fellow!

  28. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    wow a win
    its like finding a diamond in this toilet of a season but I am happy to get it off the Raiders, sadly this coaching staff is so lacking, that I am not sure they can repeat the feat next weekend.
    fortunately Carolina is in the cellar so the niners have a chance to get another in the correct column nothing is a given in the NFL but there’s a legit chance for a road win, and this fan would be glad to take it.
    this week is going to be a quick one for me since the giants are home and this will be my focus during the middle of the week.
    I will be attending Thurs game and will undoubtedly blow my voice out gladly giving the Phillies hell and the proverbial hand basket in my quest for vocal annihilation.
    hopefully to recover enough to cheer at my TV on Sun morning.
    but its only Mon so I need to pace myself.
    in a mousey voice ya niners win!

  29. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina really, REALLY sucks, but so do we on the road. A very movable object encountering a totally resistible force. And Sing is still a bonehead. Flip a coin at this point.

    I have a feeling it WON’T be the ‘Game of the Week’. More like the Game of the Weak…

    Go (SF) Giants…

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