Six and One and Having Fun

The San Francisco 49ers ran their winning streak to five Sunday with a fairly pedestrian 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The game was essentially over by half time, which is how a lot of 49er games have been the past few years. This year, however, it is the opposing team’s fans who are throwing in the towel, not us.

The 49ers seemed content to just run out the clock the entire second half. They left the Browns in the game and sure enough Cleveland made it a one score sweaty affair in the fourth quarter. Then the 49ers did something they have not been able to do in years past, but are doing every week now — they methodically closed out the game with a clock eating drive which put them up by two scores and left Cleveland no time to get back in the contest.

The loss to the Cowboys in week two was the sort of demoralizing blown game that had become a staple of the franchise. It could have derailed the team’s confidence in the Jim Harbaugh mystique. Instead, it has marked the turning point. They have not lost a game since. And neither the defense nor the offense has faltered in crunch time.

The two highlight plays of the game almost seemed like comedic interludes, except that they were so effective. The pass to LT Joe Staley who rumbled 17 yards for a first down had everyone laughing except Browns fans. Then in the game closing drive there was nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga catching a swing pass and chunking ahead for 18 killer yards to put the Niners in field goal range. Again the immediate reaction was laughter. These two plays have a sort of arrogance and fun to them that is clearly contagious to the team’s spirit.

It’s Monday morning and I’m still laughing about these two plays. It reminds me of the strike game in 1987 against the Bill Parcells Giants, when Bill Walsh ran a single wing play and then stood on the 49er sideline looking across at Parcells and shrugging mischievously. Parcells was not amused, but that’s his problem. Walsh was tickled and so were we.

The 49ers are at 6-1 for the first time since 1998 — Steve Young’s last year and the year that marked the end of the nearly twenty years of dominant 49er football. In 1999, Young went down and so did the Niners. They still had enough talent for three more years of competitive football, but the end was inevitable and the dark ages soon came down upon the franchise.

It’s been longer than 1998 that the team has lacked edge pass rushers, but we now have two guys — Ahmad Brooks and rookie Aldon Smith — who are both on pace for double digit sack years. Brooks has 7 in seven games and Smith has 6.5. The league hasn’t much noticed these two guys yet, but they soon will.

Another week and another team wide victory. The 49ers don’t rely on any one individual to be dominant in order to win. That is what characterizes this Harbaugh enterprise and what bodes well for its continued success.

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29 comments on “Six and One and Having Fun
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Besides the playcalling the secret to this team’s success in contrast to last year is this team is well coached and disciplined. Yesterday no false starts or holding penalties on the Oline. Last year on TDs you had to hold your breath and look for the yellow hankies. At least 3 or 4 TDs were nullified ny holding.
    Yesterday we got away with holding on one play wghen the ref missed it. Maybe it’s on reputation? If your team is called for it then the officials look for it? I dunno but I like what I see knock on wood!

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Colts are 0-8. If Manning weren’t hurt what would their record be?
    They still have Manning’s OL and receivers. They keep spending high draft picks on RBs but haven’t had a solid threat since Edgerin James. Addai has a couple of average seasons but he has been hurt more than healthy and he’s at the downside of his career at 28 for most RBs. Donald Brown is just a backup who is unproven.
    Their defense was playoff caliber
    last year.
    looks right now that Luck will go to the Colts or the Dolphins.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Need to wakeup. Should have wrote if Manning wasn’t hurt

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nyctophobia is upon us. Tonight we will need give up our candy the mini invaders!

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Redskins record is deceiving. They could be the worst team in the NFC now. Bills shut them oit yesterday. Redskins had zero first downs rushing, 26 total yards rushing on 12 tries. Their QB Beck was sacked 9 times and threw 2 picks. Total offense 178 yards.
    Still you have to wonder what tricks Shanahan has up his sleeve
    or has Mike’s time passed?
    Berger is dressing up as Janet Reno going for scariest costume.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Cleveland has a good defense. Especially against the pass. I figured we would do well in the running game but Cleveland made some nice adjustments at half time. We got a little vanilla. If Alex gets a better throw to Crabtree down the left sideline that would’ve been the play we were looking for. All in all, a very nice win.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Do I need to pass out at the podium?
    Actually, I’ll be at a bar drinking soda and watching MNF so I can eat all the little goblins candy that I don’t give out!

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I live off the beaten path a bit and one of the great features of this location is there are no kids anywhere around!

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a great tidbit from Sando:
    “The 49ers are the first team in 91 years to score, but not allow, a rushing touchdown in each of their first seven games of a season. The Buffalo All-Americans accomplished the feat in 1920 against a schedule featuring nonleague teams.”
    We’ve out-dinosaured Singletary by a whopping amount!

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t take it. Morons on SF Gate are claiming it’s Crabtree’s fault that Smith overthrew him.
    They think he should have a burst of speed and leap 10 ft into the air to grab those passes.
    One guy claims Crabtree doesn’t have 4.3 speed. Like I said MORONS.

  11. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Per the last thread, yeah, Goldson hesitated on the deep ball because of the TE underneath. It was a brief hesitation, but enough to be out of position by the time the ball got there. He compounded the error by not finishing. Borwn’s coverage was good, but Goldson ahould have finished.
    Still he had a nice pick on the deep ball in the end zone on the previous drive.

  12. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, Bullitt, Edwards and Smith seem to have a lot more chemistry than Crabs and Smith. I’d rather see Edwards on those deep routes anyway, because Edwards does a better job of going after balls.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    With Edwards the slant is available all day long. Establish that and run variations off that.
    Smith might have to put a little more arc on his deep throws.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know about FP Soft, but these wins are sure making the blogs go mute.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Obama and Michelle Bachman have better chemistry than Alex and Crabs.
    Seriously, those two cannot get on the same page at all (Alex and Crabs that is). Sometimes its Crabs half-assing a pattern or running the wrong one, sometimes its Alex sailing the ball ten yards over his head. They just can’t find their mojo together.
    Next year, keep Braylon and Morgan or bring someone in, and shop Crabs. He won’t stay when he hits FA anyway.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He’s got three and a half more years on his contract, Grump. According to his Tweets, he loves being a Niner and loves his teammates. Not the common perception, but …

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow’s taking a heckava beating today. Hahaha. The Lions were ROTFLing him – during the game!

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I wouldn’t worry much about Smith’s throws. He missed that one and another deep one over the middle. All in all he was fairly accurate. I would’ve liked to see him get that big one to Crabs but his QB rating is about 95.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have a theory that V is now posting as Rwademan on SF Gate
    he just posted another v-ism
    “that is a good thing but it seemed some of the players are starting to take that for granite”
    and this idiotic gem “There is not much difference anymore between 6-1 and 1-6 teams”

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Just saying if your receiver is running free wide open it’s on the QB to deliver a catchable ball. On the overthrow you can’t say that Crabtree should’ve been running faster. It’s not on the receiver.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    True that!

  22. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If Crabs taking the wrong route (or dogging it) to GET to the spot where the ball’s thrown, that could be on Crabs. Yeah, Smith should have hit that deep one, but I want Edwards running those routes anyway.
    All I’m saying is that most of the misconnections seem to tbe the ones going to Crabs.

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    omg ! crabs is our best WR in RAC ! remember RAC guyS … IT’S IMPORTANT !

    IMHO crabs , edwards and morgan are our best 3 WR’s in a LONG time here !

    add vernon and walker and we have a pretty good bunch there imo !

    throw in ginn’s speed as a 4th and …

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds like everybody is saying Marcel Darius is why the Buffalo defense is suddenly good.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Tashard Choice will be playing vs the 49ers this week.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We need a shifty inside threat ala Welker. I was hoping that role would fall on Kyle?
    Haven’t seen enough of his game to know just yet.
    Crabs always impressed me with has snatch catch ability and,would seem to be the perfect Slant guy but, I’ve come to the conclusion that he either cuts the routes off and/or just prefers the ball high?
    Whatever the issue is, he and Alex need to get in sync during the month of November.
    We’ll need it if we’re to have hopes of going places come Playoff time.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I had no trick or treaters at the trailer, and I have $8.00 bag of candy! Is this heaven?

  28. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    so much disappointment at being 6-1 how many even thought it was a possibility but now were here with the second best record in the NFC,these are good times folks good times indeed.
    tell ya what for sure Jamie Dukes is a dick that guy is a full time hater at least he gets called out by his fellow announcers for his hate
    too much whining lately, whats with the nit picking its like winning isn’t enough now people are looking for style points for good measure sorry but style don’t win games points do.
    the hapless offense of the Redskins awaits now its time to push for the playoffs
    I don’t care if its 3-0 or 33-30 as long as at the end of the day there’s a Win

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13


11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

Grumpy: DNP