Wow! . . . Owww!

The 49ers team we hoped we would see this season showed up last night — a week later than anticipated. What…A…Game. The funnest, although maddening, game I’ve seen the team play in a long, long time.

With a national audience tuned in expecting a rout and an implosion of the Mike Singletary led Niners, the team took the field and promptly fed the disaster watch, digging themselves into a 9-0 hole only a few minutes into the game, thanks in part to one of the ugliest looking shotgun snaps you’d ever want to see from a center in your life. The hike by David Baas shot up into the air like it had hit an upblast from a geyser and sailed so far over the head of Alex Smith it looked like a pooch punt.

Then a strange thing happened. The 49ers did not implode. They settled down and resolutely played some serious, in-your-face football. The defense shut out the Saints until well into the third quarter, as the offense marched up and down the field, shooting itself in the foot time after time, but gamely marching on anyway. Given every chance in the world to collapse, they did not, eventually taking a 14-9 lead late in the third quarter, rallying to tie the game 22-22 in the final two minutes, and then watching yet another tipped ball, fittingly, go through the uprights on the last play of the game for a heart breaking loss.

Dame Fortune is not yet smiling on the 49ers this year. In Monday night’s game, every tip of the ball went straight to the Saints or over the crossbar. Even when a Drew Brees pass was tipped, it came straight back to him for a five yard gain. These things always even out, don’t they? Surely they will, won’t they?

This game was Jimmy Raye’s finest hour. With the hangman’s noose firmly around his neck and the media painting him out to be a doddering doofus, he dialed up an offensive game plan that was balanced and powerful, rolling up 417 yards, a full 130 more than the vaunted Saints offense. The running game worked! The running game worked! Amazing what can happen when you can run the ball and protect the QB. The Niners did both on Monday, something not seen around here in many a day. The O-line, in perhaps the most significant performance of the game, gave up zero sacks and opened holes for Frank Gore all night long.

And it was also Smith’s finest hour. He was accurate, poised, in charge, and up to the task. With two minutes left and needing both a score and a two point conversion, he drove the team the length of the field and delivered. It was the most necessary drive of his 49er career.

If this is the offense and defense we will continue to see this year, the team should have no trouble winning the NFC West. More to the point, this team showed it has all the ingredients necessary for becoming a true, even elite, contender. And neither Michael Crabtree nor Brian Westbrook have yet to make an impact.

But the 49ers did lose the game and are now in an 0-2 hole. One game behind Seattle and Arizona is not daunting. But the margin for error is used up. They cannot afford to go to Atlanta in an 0-3 hole. The next game is critical. It is a short week, on raw emotions, and the team will be playing once again in a super loud stadium against a team that is 2-0 and feeling good about themselves.

It’s not a gimme, but they are the better team and now have to prove it with a win. Here’s a tip, guys: Cease and Desist With the Effing Turnovers!

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8 comments on “Wow! . . . Owww!
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Decist with Moran Norris being the focal mpoint of the offense too.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, Byham was in there a few times for Norris. Maybe a portent of things to come.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Byham can do other things than just block. It is a much better option in my opinion. Plus if you noticed, Byham made some really nice blocks in the hole while leading for Gore. I did not see a drop off.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    i thought we played a good game tonight ! alex smith did enough to win and showed some game ! even steve young approved !

    if we play like this from now on we can still have a good season !
    (and DENNIS can come back in off that ledge ! )

    like BERGER says , our weakest link is still jimmy raye ! we should have thrown at least a couple more deep balls and four more play action passes !
    why don’t we EVER roll smith out and use bootlegs ? smith can make plays on designed runs and roll-outs , but we never seem to use any DESIGNED plays that take advantage of his mobility ! norv turner did it a lot …
    and wtf was that play with westbrook ???

    SKEEBS byham was a pleasant surprise !

    again … all we need now is to play like this every week and just one upset and we can still have a good year !

  5. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    We should have just won the Seattle game like I kept telling everyone. All this other crap is immaterial. We had to win that game. One game never meant so much, and now we’re going to have to pay the piper.
    Pay up! Empty those pockets and follow the rats.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If the play calling looks like the final 3 quarters of last night’s game we will do just fine this year. If it looks like the first quarter we will need new coaches at year’s end. Moran Norris can not be the focal point of the offense.

  7. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I felt better about the team at the end of the game than I did 15 minutes before kick off. It was a more professional game. Playcalls came in on time. Smith didn’t panic. Still some unprofessional mistakes, but also a lot of bad luck. A Murphy’s Law game in a lot of ways. Nevertheless, it leaves Sunday at KC as a huge, season saving game.

    As an aside, I look forward to the days when I can look at a Niners schedule without automatically writing off 3 to 4 games as losses. Someday. Someday…

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it was good bad and ugly, and that was just the 1st 10 minutes.

    My big worry now is this team’s seeming easy with which they get overconfident and then fuck up wildly.

    Just as Singletary’s emotions are very high and very low, so are the team’s. Last year they played Atl, expecting to walk all over them. They got their ass handed to them before they knew what hit ’em. Cue the Seattle game last year. Fighting for the playoffs, they stumble around, turn the ball over too much and give THAT game away.

    This game has to be a LOT tighter than yesterday’s game. As good as they looked, the turnovers were all killers. Esp the fumble in the red zone before the half. And the muffed punt, and the tipped pass, etc.

    Losing the turnover battle 4-0 rarely works out for the winning team. They can’t afford to be so generous in KC. Not by a longshot.

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