The 49ers have now dodged a season ending bullet two games in a row. For two straight games, they’ve played like losers and somehow come out winners. This has not happened much for this franchise lately. In fact, it’s been more normal to play like winners and somehow come out losers.
The team is playing like it has all year. Not very well. The defense once again coughed up a fourth quarter lead at the end of the game. They’ve done this three times and almost did it a fourth time in the London game. The offense stumble bummed along, shooting itself in the foot time after time. Three touchdowns wiped out by penalties, plus a Nate Clements interception. A Raideresque 15 penalties. Just ugly stuff.
Then. Amazing Vernon Davis touchdown catch called back (for the second time in the game). Third and 32! Fourth and 18! First down! Amazing Michael Crabtree touchdown catch! NO FLAGS!!! Hahaha!
Give me a break. A walk on QB named Troy Smith has lit a fire under this woeful, poorly coached team. Is this a Kevin Costner movie?
He can’t keep this up, right? Troy is playing the fourth quarter like, well, an elite QB. He’s also playing the earlier parts of the game like nobody who has ever played for this franchise. Zero for eleven on third down. Five sacks. But, completed passes of 65, 38, 36, 32, 30, 23, 23, 21 and 16 yards sprinkled in along the way.
The deep threat passing game that has been touted and pined for has arrived with a vengeance. Troy is playing a bit like Donovan McNabb, without the harfing with the game on the line. The vaunted receivers corp, often mentioned but seldom seen, is actually vaunting it up.
The intricate watch offense, where all gears must turn in perfect synchronicity to gain four yards, has been replaced by the Yo, Dude, Go Long offense, where chaos is good. In fact, the Chaos Offense more perfectly mirrors the rest of the franchise, from the owners down through the coaching tree. Disharmony finally reigns harmoniously in the empire.
Winning is fun, that’s for sure. Sometimes, it leads to contagiousness and even eighth place hitters start knocking bases clearing doubles. And sometimes it’s just a pleasant mirage. At least the question is still in our minds. Which is a vast improvement from Dead Men Walking. The Niners just broke the Post Bye Week Jinx and have won TWO IN A ROW! Can they make it three?
Stay tuned for next Sunday. And don’t leave the stadium or turn off the TV in the third quarter. You might just miss the best part of the game.