Quarterfinal Weekend

Cam Newton vs Colin Kaepernick. Tom Brady vs Andrew Luck. Peyton Manning vs Phillip Rivers. Russell Wilson vs Drew Brees. Wow. The Divisional Quarterfinals looks like a Home Run Derby of QBs.

The AFC matchups don’t figure to lend much credence to the theory that defense wins championships. The NFC is a different matter. Three great defenses and one great offense. Should be interesting who’s still standing come Monday.

The NFC has three young QBs playing this weekend and one old guy, while it’s just the opposite in the AFC. One new guy and three gray beards. The NFC also has a couple of QBs of note who didn’t get this far — Aaron Rodgers, Nick Foles, Matt Ryan, and Eli Manning. If QBs win SBs, then we could be looking at a run of NFC dominance in the coming years.

The Panthers beat the 49ers 10-9 back in early November, but the Niners played that game without Vernon Davis or Michael Crabtree. And it was one of the poorest games of Colin Kaepernick’s brief career. If the Panthers win again anyway, Jim Harbaugh’s team will enter the offseason looking upwards at two NFC teams — the other being Seattle — that are better than his team.

The TV networks are all huddling in their greed rooms praying voraciously for victories by Seattle, SF, Denver, and New England. The ratings for the Championship round would go through the roof. The Chargers, Colts, Saints, and Panthers are all lesser draws from smaller markets with fewer star power personalities. Panthers vs Saints III would be a total yawner. Chargers vs Colts would be all about Luck.

With the exception of the Saints, the NFC teams are all young, with bright futures and no particular playoff history to fondle. Both AFC games are loaded with morbid curiosity, though. Can Peyton Manning finally get out of the first round? Will Tom Brady throw down another 14 point clunker? Is Phillip Rivers really cured of being Phillip Rivers? It’s going to be an interesting weekend.

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58 comments on “Quarterfinal Weekend
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Wasn’t our 270lb slot receiver out for the Carolina game too?

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops! But it’s an OK gravitar!

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IIRC, after the Carolina game a reporter asked Harbaugh why he didn’t got for it on a particular 4th and 1 near the goal line. His answer had something to do with not having the proper package available. Somebody correct me if I have this wrong but it seems Vernon got concussed after one catch, the 270lb slot receiver was out and Celek got hurt during the game? Since we didn’t have a jumbo package we did not go for it.

    I would run neither but I would rather go 5 wide than jumbo on 4th and 1. The formation I would use for 4th and 1 is three WRs wide, one TE and one RB. This would unload the box and give the QB as many options available as possible. Another decent formation would be two WRs wide and two RBs. You’d pick up a blocker but it would also allow two more defenders in the box. If the defense did that, a one on one match up should present itself on the outside. If a team were confident in that matchup, that would be a good formation. The reason being, if the defense loads the box, go to the receiving math up, if they don’t bring the safety into the box run behind the blocker.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Celek was out, but the slot guy was there. He dropped a long bomb that might have won us the game.

  5. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Where were you 32 years ago today?


  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I knew we were down two TEs when Vernon went down. I forgot about the 270lb slot receivers drop down the deep middle.

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nice read skeebs – I think we got em this weekend. Of course I’m hoping for a NO win but doubt that will happen. To be honest I kinda hope both Manning and Brady choke but that is just me, nothing personal.

  8. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Great quote at the end of that article from Lord Byron — “Let’s not unman each other — part at once;
 All farewells should be sudden, when forever, Else they make an eternity of moments,
 And clog the last sad sands of life with tears.”

    That was from Byron’s play, “Sardanapalus,” which was derived from the god Dionysus (Dennis) Sardanapalus sculpture. So contrary to popular belief, the world does indeed revolve around Dennis.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- Thanks for explaining. I was thinking Sardanapalus was some kind of ode to the Sardine Can Offense!

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “The first thing we do, is we hit the dadgum Sardanapaulis in the face. Dadgum Yahoo. Wait – where are my dadgum pants? Ah smell a RAT!”

  11. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Grump with the Singletary’s screed . . . ,

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Giants OC Kevin Gilbride says the Seahawks engage in pass interference on nearly every passing play. Former ref Mike Pereira agrees with him. No news to us 49er fans.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Also no news to us that Pete Carroll has essentially created a top defense by simply ignoring the rules – otherwise known as cheating.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would love to see a game where the Seahags are called for 6 or 7 PIs and 10 defensive holding penalties. If you interfere 7 times you should be penalized 7 times.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It seems their philosophy is if you interfere 12 times and only get called for it twice then that is a good trade off.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The referee assigned to tomorrow’s Niners/Panthers game is
    Carl Cheffers who also happened to be the the crew that officiated the Panther game at the Stick in Nov.
    They did not throw that many flags in the regular season game (7 flags total 4 on the Niners for 25 yards) so they will let the teams play.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Here are the divisional round referee assignments in case you were interested.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s one of my brother’s fearless prognostications for the weekend:

    1. Seahawks over the Saints: Brees will make it much closer this time, but the Saints will fall short.

    2. Colts over the Patriots: The Bill and Tom show is overrated. They barely beat the Texans a few weeks ago. Their beat-up defense will be exploited by Luck.

    3. Niners over the Panthers: the Niners are more hungry and know what defeat means at this stage.

    4. Broncos over the Chargers: the first two possessions for both teams will be key; if Peyton gets two quick scores for the Broncos, the Chargers are in for a long day. If not, anything is possible.

  19. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Our ref tomorrow, Carl Cheffers, is one of the NFL’s best. I had to Google his name to see what he looks like. If you go unnoticed as an NFL referee, you’re doing one helluva job.

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    ” The Bill and Tom show is overrated. ”

    Yeah, getting to 5 Super Bowls and winning 3 is a piece of cake nowadays.

    Your brother probably thinks Galileo’s contribution to science is overrated as well. “All he did was look up into the sky.”

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I warned him this was a brutal bunch in here. Or maybe I forgot.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s right about Bill and Tom, though. They haven’t won anything since the NFL put an end to their cheating scheme.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Plus they play in a division that hasn’t fielded a competitive challenger for 15 years (Buffalo, Miami, Jets). Singletary could coach the Pats to victory in that division.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of the lamest things I’ve seen are these Seahag fans waving a little flag with a 12 on it.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The kicking game may well win this one for the Squawks. The SAINTS’ kicking game, that is.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    So, when’s the next game start?

  27. robNo Gravatar says:

    i hope our special teams come up big in these playoffs ! it might be the difference maker in these next couple games !

  28. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Is Eric Mangini up in the booth for Seattle today?
    Why the hell didn’t they challenge that non-fumble call?

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Let me know when Luck is 35 points down and the fun begins.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Tom Brady and Andrew Luck in the same game. That’s up there with a Manning and Romo coupling. Quick. Somebody throw me a cold towel.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Man, Luck sure throws a lot of dumb passes.

  32. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Saturday results:

    Old QBs vs Young QBs: 1-1
    Skeebs’s brother: 1-1
    Throw the damn ball: 0-2

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree had 8 catches last week against the Pack.
    Six of the eight were good for first downs.
    Crabtree keeps the chains moving and drives alive.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The focal point of the Panther pass offense is TE Greg Olson.
    In the first game the Niners did a good job an held Olson to one catch. With Steve Smith dinged up neutralizing Olson might shut down their passing game.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Judging from Rob’s voice this morning, he turned Game Day!!!!!! into Drink Day!!!!!! Gotta like it.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good win.
    What kind of country do we live in if Seahags will not sell NFC Championship Game tickets to addresses in California and Carolina?
    What are they scared of? Talk about controlling your artificially created environment. Seahags are a joke.

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is a good thing Carolina thinks so highly of the jumbo. It cost them two scores. Roman opened the game with not so good play calling but we got a few calls to get two FGs on the board. Kap was a little off too. Is it any coincidence that when the play calling got better Kap settled down and Frank had some better runs? Rhythm is so important it can’t be minimized.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kap wasn’t just a little off, he was off the mark on a bunch of throws.
    If Fox would show a replay rather than run promos for American Idol we could actually make some sense of what was going on.

  39. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers won, Bullitt. That’s what happened. You and your hater talk around Kappy is sad and lame. Alex Smith isn’t coming back. Get over it.


  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of hater talk, hi Chuck.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone know, will the NFCGC be the early game or late?

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You would think the Seattle venue would be the late one and either New England or Denver early, but that would make sense so it might be out of play for the NFL wonks.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers have the late game next Sunday, 3:30pm our time. Denver/Patriots is noon.

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The future president of the United States will play @ Did we sign Peyton Manning yet at noon next Sunday. We get to lose at Seattle next week beginning at 3:30. :p


  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m feeling so altruistic at the moment that even I, Del Mar, wouldn’t even think about short-changing Alex Smith.

    Must be time for Dennis to go feed his mallards down at the Pinole Creek. My love for animals trumps all. I do with I can, with what little I have. I think someone more famous then I came up with quip.

    Quack. Quack.

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That Panther defense is good. I’m not sure if they are better than Seadderal’s. We are going to have to play better next week.

  47. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Wilson has looked very ordinary. If not for Lynch they’d be toast. Stop him and you are on your way.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Alex Boone said it was like they knew what was coming but then we changed things up a little. Like I was saying earlier, the play calling was not so good to start the game but we got some penalties to help get a couple of FGs, then the play calling got better. What it looked like to me is the spacing got much better.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I did it again.

  50. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger! I’m watching the “Friends” rerun on my local KICU TV36 that is showcasing our girl, Jennifer Aniston. She never looked better.

    Ginger or Mary Ann? No thanks. I’ll take Jennifer.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Jennifer Aniston looks better here

  52. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Who else is good and stinkin’ drunk at the moment?
    If you can raise either of your hands to call a 49er time out, bully for you. Take that same upright hand and shove it up Harbaugh’s ass.

    I despise Jim and can’t tolerate watching his Big 10 football.
    But Bo Schembechler Jr. continues to win. But win with a football philosophy that is so diametrically opposed to how I see fit that Jimbo no longer makes watching my family play.

    Did we fire Bo Schembechler Jr. yet?

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    …watching my family play “fun”
    See. Harbaugh makes me so f’ing disgusted and depressed w/ my team that I can’t even spit out the word, “Fun.”

    I had more fun watching Peyton Manning play today. That’s wrong. That comment is coming from a life-long 40 yr 49er fan. I have some goddamn issues.

    But I digress…good luck to our mooks next week.
    I need a drink.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Del take a look at Chip Kelly and his approach to football.

    His up-tempo style of play gasses his own Defense.
    Harbaugh plays a ball control, Defense wins, brand of football.

    Our Offense is plodding and, at times, boring.
    But, it’s designed to keep pressure on the opposing Defenses, while eating clock and, giving our D a blow.

    I happen to enjoy a good Defense more than a high octane Offense.
    Kaep needs another weapon in the arsenal at the WR position, which is likely going to be acquired in the Spring.

    We’ve been winning the TOP battle, which equates to W’s and playing on in the Playoffs.

    I’ve got nothing but high praise for the Boys in the trenches today.

    Phenomenal game by both Lines when it mattered.
    On we go to Seattle.

    Time to get the Sea-Monkey off our backs.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sorry good football disgusts you, Dennis. You and Bulllitt can commiserate over hats and tatts while the team rolls on.

  56. 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