Leaping the Lambeau Losing Legacy

The 49ers have played a bunch of games against Green bay, and their outcome has been decidedly one-sided in recent memory. The 49ers have lost 8 straight at Lambeau Field. 6 regular season games, and 2 playoff games. Their last win being way back in 1990 in the last of Joe Montana’s healthy years as the starting Niner QB. GB’s QB was the semi-effective Don ‘Magic Man’ Majkowski, 2 years before Niner killer Brett favre joined the Pack.So it’ has been a while.

Enough about that. Yesterday’s game was a triumph of scheming by the 49ers coaching staff. The offense used it’s newfound WRs to great use. Randy Moss wasn’t on the field much (maybe 15 plays) but he had 4 catches for 47 yards, including a 14 yard TD (his 16th in Lambeau). Manningham had 4 catches for 29 yards. Crabs, 7 for 76 yards. the 15 passes for 132 yards to WRs is something the Niners couldn’t even dream of last year. Smith hit pretty much everything he threw, and ended up 20-26 and 211 yards, and no picks. Smith late in the game, passes Steve Young for most passes (185) without a pick. Frank Gore put his stamp on this game with tough runs all day. He sliced and pounded his way to 112 yards on 16 carries and one late TD.

The defense did very well themselves. In the 1st half, the Niners stuffed the run every try, and kept everything in front of them in the passing game. The Pack managed one good drive, scoring midway through the 2nd quarter. With the miraculous 63 yard FG by David (BOOOIIIIINNNGGG!!!!) Akers closing out the 1st half at 16-7, the Niners went into a scheme reminiscent of the Mike Nolan Big Sub days to start the 3rd quarter. They ran a 3-1-7 package that put their best player, Patrick Willis on the sidelines. The only linebacker in there was Navorro Bowman. It was effective through the 3rd quarter, as the 49ers built onto their lead with the 6 yard TD pass from Smith to VD, and the game was seemingly in hand.

That is, until the refs decided to give the Pack a gift TD. Barely 4 minutes into the 4th quarter, the 49ers punted from their own 14 yard line. Tex Cobb then took the punt 75 yards for a score. His reaction was classic as he then noticed a flag on the play. Replays showed at least 2 illegal blocks in the back. One on Larry Grant, and one on Anthony Dixon. Dixon said he was near the ref that made the call, and the head ref talked him out of making that call (ESPN got a chuckle out of it by saying none of the 6 illegal blocks were called on the play).  After the 2 point conversion, suddenly, the Niners were only up by 8. After a quick 3 and out (and a very questionable spot by the refs on Gore’s 3rd and 2 run), Green Bay had the ball back with plenty of momentum. That is, until Navorro Bowman snuck back into coverage on a pass Rodgers was attempting to throw over the middle to Grag Jennings and picked it off for a 1st down on Green Bay’s 23 yard line. Gore then took the 1st play from scrimmage around the right side for a 23 yard score, and the Niners seemingly in comand again at 30-15.

At this point, the Niners were rushing 3 linemen, and usually one DB or LB when they switched back into their 3-2-6 package. This drive, though, they only rushed their 3 linemen and dropped everyone else into coverage. Giving Rodgers time is a recipe for disaster, and he picked apart the secondary going 6-6 for 82 yards and a touchdown to James Jones in a span of 2:36. The Niners next possession started promisingly with a nice rollout and lob pass to Bruce Miller for 15 yards. However, after Gore rush for no gain, and a 7 yard sack, the drive stalled, and Green Bay had the ball, down by 8, with 3:37 left.

This drive started with the same scheme of only rushing the linemen. Rodgers marched the Pack to the SF 45 yard line, and the tension was ratcheting up. Finally, Fangio brought in more linemen and rushed 4 and 5 guys. This led to an incomplete pass with Rodgers under heavy pressure, and a sack to bring about 4th and 10. Rodgers went deep for Nelson, but the pass was batted down on excellent coverage by Chris Culliver. End of game.

All in all, a huge win by the 49ers. Given the opponent, the location, and the horrific officiating, the 49ers overcame a ton of obstacles. Two minutes into the game, I thought Jim Harbaugh’s head was going to explode after CJ Spillman was called for an illegal block in the back. Seeing as he wasn’t a BLOCKER on the play, and he pretty much ran down the field untouched, the call was beyond terrible. This was followed up by an unsportsmanlike call on Aldon Smith for taking his helmet off after sacking Aaron Rodgers. Thing is, Smith was kicked in the facemask during the sack, and Smith’s chinstrap ended up crunching into his nose. He took his helmet off to get the strap off his face. Harbaugh again tried to talk sense to the refs, but they would have none of it. Seeing how the refs picked up the flag on the obvious block in the back on the punt later in the game only made these non-overturns even more terrible. By the time they picked up that flag, Harbaugh was laughing on the sidelines.

If those awful calls had determioned the outcome of this game, there would be serious issues. Much like the Seattle game, where the refs game Seattle 4 timouts in the 2nd half to try and score late in the game. For wat it’s worth, the shit call didn’t affect the outcome, but it very well could have.



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80 Responses to Leaping the Lambeau Losing Legacy

  1. rtfirefly says:

    I’ll try it again. I wondered why my post got hung up. Chuck was posting new thread at the minute. So apologies for the double post.

    A great post by Just RB. I couldn’t have written it myself. I wish I had.

    Niners didnt get to the NFC championship game last year by accident , the cobb run back was given to him by the refs two blocks in the back that clearly gave him the corner. Then a soft 3-4 zone read for arron rodgers for a score in the (4TH Q), defense shut him down the whole game till we lightened up on him , get a clue theirs a new sheriff in town and it aint a Cheese head, congrats to the niners alex smith and the smash you in the mouth and ask questions later DEFENSE………

  2. unca_chuck says:

    The thing is, I liked the fact that the refs didn’t call ticky tacky shit on pressures to QBs and WRs, but the obvious missed calls were horrible. These guys are fucking high school and D III refs. They have no business being out there. The punt return pick-up, and the penalty on Aldon Smith would not have been called by the real refs, but I think a lot more PI calls would have been made on both sides of the ball, and 2 or 3 hits on the QBs would have been called.

  3. rtfirefly says:

    Oh, I was just reading the Smack talk on Yahoo Sports for a change of pace after watching ESPN’s highlights and analysis of the rookie QBs in their first NFL games. RG III on the UFO Coyotes was graded an A. I think that’s a fair assesment. A guy I wanted the Niners to trade up with the Pats to get (he would up going #7, so I didn’t have a clue on that one), had a pretty darn good game in his first ever Game 1 NFL start, though he’s not a rook. Christian Ponder.
    Did you happen to see what Rex Ryan did with Tim Tebow? I know it’s the Bills and all, but the Jets set their franchise record for opening game offensive points. Rex had Timmie on the field as a receiver on the opening play. Then shuffled him off and on the field for the rest of the game.
    Funnier than hell. The guy on ESPN debating Jaworski said “I’m going to make you think about the Kitty Kat and then I’ll let Sanchez play”. Something like that.

    I won’t ruin Alex’s parade. Just enjoying my team’s victory and checking out the league.

  4. 12th man says:

    Niners beat GB in 98, the T.O. Catch.
    Heck of a game yesterday and a great start to the season.

  5. 12th man says:

    Oops, you said at Lambeau.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    NP. Yeah, I liked the one play that Cappy got yesterday on the 17 yard scramble to set up the 63 yard FG.

    I think we’ll get stuff like that all year.

    • 12th man says:

      Great to see them being creative in the passing game, looks like they finally took off the training wheels, the game wasn’t as close as the score ended up.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Well, that’s a testament to WRs that can get open. They’ve been Crabs and squat for a while now. Morgan was OK, but losing him last year hurt the team pretty badly.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    And, to answer Dennis prop bet on Crabs, he would have lost (10.5 yards for the gain) . The 1st pass to Crabs was a 15 yard slant. The SECOND pass was a 6 yard out.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Too funny, Snarkk:

    Alex Smith was essentially flawless. Frank Gore ran wild through the Packers defense. Late in the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers, we thought the Packers were lucky just to be in the game.

    The Packers feel differently.

    “We beat ourselves. They really didn’t beat us,” cornerback Jarrett Bush said after the game, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “We just have to hunker down and make sure we’re gap sound and get on the same page. Obviously, small things being miscommunicated on the field become big things, so they exploited us and that’s what happened.”

    Oh boy. If any of this sounds familiar, let’s replay some comments from Clay Matthews this offseason about Green Bay’s playoff loss to the New York Giants.

    “The fact is, (the Giants) didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves,” Matthews told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

    Give us a break. The Giants and 49ers pushed the Packers around. Green Bay has lost three of its last five games. Their defense was generally awful for all of last season.

    We’re starting to think Green Bay’s attitude that no team can actually beat them is part of the problem.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Others weren’t quite so dumb about it:

    “You have to give the 49ers credit, they won the game, you have to just respect that,” Packers safety Morgan Burnett said. “But don’t beat yourself up too hard about it because it’s early in the season, one game, and we have a quick turnaround.”

    Aaron Rodgers take:

    “It’s one game,” Rodgers said. “This is a team that was in the NFC championship last year. It’s a good team. Hopefully we see them down the road in the playoffs.”

    • snarkk says:

      Rodgers is generally a class act. I would expect nothing less from him. A Niners/Packers championship game at the Stick, I’m fine with that. We’ll roll ’em again…

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Pretty much, 12th. Only the refs kept the Packers in the game. This should have been a little easier, but a win is a win. Especially in Green Bay,

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I’d love to see that, Snarkk. The Thursday Bears/GB game suddeny becomes huge for Green Bay. They could fall 2 games behind the Bears 2 games into the season. They could have more losses in 2 weeks of 2012 than they did all last season.

  13. twinfan1 says:

    I definitely held my breath on the desperaton 4th down pass at the end- it wasn’t interference but I could sure see those refs calling it that way..
    Also, I admit to caling Harbaugh a dumb ass for going for the 63 YD. FG that I thought had “block, TD the other way” written all over it….
    Tom Jackson actually did his spiel on the game afterwards and managed to avoid even mentioining Alex..

    • 12th man says:

      Makes you shake your head since that’s always the story of the day when we play GB, Smith v Rodgers. Smith played superbly. I think he’s the Rodney Dangerfield of QB’s.

  14. 12th man says:

    Just watched the game again, it looks even worse for GB when the game is dissected, they were mauled both sides of the ball and as for Jarrett “got burned” Bush he has the least reason to say we beat ourselves, he got beat so bad all game.

    Alex was in his comfort zone all day, I only saw one play he missed which was he didn’t see Crabs alone in the corner end zone. That is playing at a very high standard, near perfect. Looks like he took the step we all hoped he would in the offseason. Run game, same as it ever was. Also, what a difference a training camp makes, Crabs and Alex on the same page at last, chemistry is good and looks to build over the season.
    V.D. was V.D., Manningham = chain mover, Randy “freakin” Moss, nuff said.

    D was awesome, can’t say I cared for the 3 man rush but big picture was it worked well enough.

    Team confidence has to be brimming, there is no longer any question this team can go anywhere and play anybody and not only hope but expect to win.

  15. Grumpy Guy says:

    And now get ready for Handshake Bowl II: “I’ve got your Schwartz!”

  16. 12th man says:

    May the Schwartz be with you, funny movie.

  17. winder says:

    I didn’t like that 3 man rush when they moved down the field and scored. I can’t remember the last time I yelled at the TV so loud. Wait, yes I can It was the last time we used the prevent. But, we had used that tactic earlier when GB had the ball and it worked, Thank God they went back to some blitz packages in the end.
    What a hardnosed game that was, I am so happy for the whole organization. I don’t care what anyone says to win in GB is something. We played 49er football yesterday and the great thing about it is it looks like we will keep getting better.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Yes, I think the biggest difference was the fact that Smith has WRs that can get open. And the fact that Smith HIT them. Yeah,. i noticed that play to Moss where the DBs all converged on him and laft Crabs wide open. No matter, as Smith threw the TD to Smith on the next play.

    • 12th man says:

      Threw to VD on the next play. It was also the fifth possession in a row we scored on, that’s some ball movement. 3rd down not the best but like you said, so many times we didn’t get to 3rd down.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    And they ran some SLANTS!!!

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Tell me to shut up, Chuck, and I will, but I had to post this one more time. Next up, Matthew Stafford and that wide receiver guy. The AFC North has Rodgers, Cutler, and now Stafford and Ponder. The Pack will be a game and a half behind the Niners after Thurs.One more time to Alex. Then I’ll stop.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    RTF, I love that shit. No problem from me. The beautiy of it is, the game of football is a team sport, and guys like Romo can continue to put up big numbers, but fall short in the playoffs. People bemoan the fact that Alex Smith doesn’t put up epic type numbers, but they don;t NEED to. Most teams would KILL to have our running game. Just as Green Bay. Cedric Benson, 9 carries, 18 yards. Frank Gore 16 carries, 112 yards.

    As a team, 186 to 45.

    Yeah, that was a good movie. Got the soundtrack laying around somewhere. Good stuff.

  22. Irish Kevin says:

    Oh, and for those of you who are old timers but have Iphones, ipads, etc and like old live concerts check out the app Wolfgangs Vault, some great perfomances. and now they have added videos of some of the concerts

  23. 12th man says:

    Caleb Hanie is back in Denver. Turns out they cut him in a cost cutting move and signed him back for cheap.

  24. rtfirefly says:

    Local sports bar here in New Mexico? I’d have to cross the border into Texas. Not on your life.
    I create the Niners bars here at 7000. I’d have to go to Mile High and whatever they call the new Peyton Manning all-purpose sports stadium 2000 lower.

  25. rtfirefly says:

    Three times straight I’ve been censored. Let me try again.

  26. rtfirefly says:

    The real estate prices at Taos are incredible, Chuck.But you better have four-wheel drive and probably a second car. And friends you’re willing to tow, or get towed.
    I’m visiting High Plains Drifter land. 60 mile an hour winds in the morn from the North, then 60 from the South. Just ran 3 inches of rain in a hour or two and the Arroyos that have been running dry for so long were overflowing.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Been there once. Always wanted to go skiing there.

    • 12th man says:

      Ever skiied in europe chuck?

      • unca_chuck says:

        Nope. Utah, Idaho,Nevada, all over Calif. Canada a couple times. I ski-bummed in Colo for 3 years.

      • 12th man says:

        I’m no great shakes in the ski department, just recreational, but I did ski a little in the Swiss Alps, Verbier. Breathtaking scenery but the skiing was no different really than Mammoth. I tried snow boarding a couple of times but that’s not for me. Knees are done now but the apre ski is still the same 🙂

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Hhuh. Didn’t see yer poists in the spam filter. Sometimes it just randomly keeps stuff.

  29. rtfirefly says:

    UFO Coyotes 237.72 after a 40 point comeback tonight. Second half coming up, Dennis.

    Sometimes a blind squrrel can win at checkers.

    Dance with the gal who brought ya.

  30. Nipper says:

    I hope Dennis is lucid. His dislike for Alex is a mental defect!

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Good God. The Raiders are awful. No matter who the coach is. or the players, or anything, they continue to make stupid penalty after stupid penalty. Aannnnd a botched snap on the punt, after trying to go for 4th and 1, but they have 12 men in thre huiddle..


  32. rtfirefly says:

    Darren McFadden is the workhorse this year. Yahoo gave me Bush ttwo year ago and I passed on McFadden when I had the chance. I’m not making the same mistake this year. Dance with the gal who brought ya.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    He’s a bright spot in a black hole, so to speak. Palmer needs to show a little more.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    All these dump=offs aren’t getting them very far.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Another blown punt for the Raiders. Unbelievable.

  36. 12th man says:

    Inept, your afc worst pick looks pretty sad chuck.

  37. 12th man says:

    3 bad snaps, lol.

  38. rtfirefly says:

    Oooh, if they keep doing this, Dennis will beat me me at the last minute.The Coyotes will not be beaten tonight.

  39. 12th man says:

    Raiduhs D is playing hard but what is going on with the O?

  40. unca_chuck says:

    Who the hell knows? The Raiders can’t block for shit. SD is rushing 4 guys. They can’t stop them with 6 blockers. Atupid penalties, same old shit. SD’s offense is pretty anemic as well. They’ve had great field position and can’t get into the end zone. Looks like, if this continues, that Manning takes Denver to win the west.,

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Jeez. Palmer has to throw that ball. 6 against 4 still.

  42. rtfirefly says:

    Don’t need offense. I’m jjust having fun wih it. Too crappy teams and my UFO Coyotes 45 point comeback tonight. And it’s not over yet. And I got Reno, and Winder, Rob and I still think NoFear is hiding there somewhere.

  43. 12th man says:

    Some onside kick Seabass.

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. THey even blew the onsides kick. WTF was that?

  45. 12th man says:

    Looked more like a squib

  46. phil fan says:

    The BLIND HOG CHARGERS get an acorn against da raiders? That’s a good thing. Grump hates the Rams? Fine. No more than I hate the stinkin’ Raiders. Being a Charger fan for a bit before movin’ to SF in ’74.

    Come to thank about it, I hate the Rams too. Just a little more recently than some a youse 9er fans.

  47. Nipper says:

    It was pure practice for the Raiders. I guess they just weren’t prepared for prime time.

  48. 12th man says:

    Niners ranked #1 with NFL and #2 with PFT. I do believe we have some believers in the house.

  49. 12th man says:

    PFT continues its love affair with the Pats ranking them #1, again. When did they last win a superbowl? Good team, yes, best in the NFL every year, no and not right now either. Niners beat the consensus #1 team in their house convincingly, displaying no flaws. Nuff said.

  50. unca_chuck says:

    Ranking schmankings. Shit don’t mean shit.

    New thread is UP >> >> > > > >

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