Ooops, there goes gravity . . .
Jesus. The overhyped game of the week turned into a monumental stinking pile of shit. The Niners were beaten soundly in every aspect of the game by a Giants team that did what the Niners did to Green Bay and Deetroit. Turn them one-dimensional and take advantage of the mistakes. Confusing to me was the Cappy shit. The Niners were cruising along on their opening drive to the tune of 10 plays and 60 yards. In comes Cappy to hand the ball off to Gore on 3rd and 4 for 0 yards. Brilliant. David (not-so-green) Akers misses the FG, and there you go. The D forces a 3-and-out. The Niners go an another long drive, with a token Cappy handoff to Gore (WTF?), and this drive stalls as well. Akers makes this FG, and the Niners have over 11:00 of possession, 24 offensive plays, 120 yards of offense, and 3 points. Say what you will about it, but the Cappy plays didn’t work. They got more and more random as the game went on.
Beyond that, the Niners vaunted offensive line was stymied all day, and Smith was harassed into bad decisions. The first pick was a pass to Delanie Walker. The guy who seems to be a magnet for crap plays. That pick ignited the Giants offense, and Eli picked apart the Niners secondary with deep passes against Culliver that was way too easy. The next drive was punctuated by a false start with Cappy in there. 3 and out. The ensuing drive led to a FG. 10-3. The next drive was hampered by a holding penalty on A Davis, but Smith nearly connected on a deep ball to Manningham, and the Niners block NY’s FG attempt. Cappy throws a nice 35 yard pass to Manningham to set up a FG, but Akers misses again.
This to me was when the team lost their mojo. The ensuing kickoff was returned by NY 66 yards, and the Niners couldn’t stop Bradshaw from running up the gut for a 17-3 lead. The rest was a comedy of errors and stupid decisions. After a couple of picks and FGs, Smith hits Moss on a beautiful 55 yard pass. Naturally, Cappy comes in and gets sacked for an 11 yard loss. Smith comes back in facing 4th and 15, yet checks down immediately to Vernon Davis for a 7 yard pass.
The point being, Smith was pulled out at the completely wrong times. Cappy is a good option down close to the end zone, where he can do the run/read option, but not during the middle of drives where the Niners are moving the ball. Harbaugh is moving into Pete Carroll clown-ball territory with this shit. If he doesn’t have faith in Alex, then why is he in there? Even after all the picks, Smith hit Moss on the deep pass, and the Niners were still within 3 TDs with a quarter and a half left of football, and the ball on NY’s 34 yard line.
As bad as this got from the players side of things (and this was a ST disaster. The Niners are neaer last in k/p coverage now [Costanza?!?]), the coaching staff bears the brunt of this loss. Much like the Minnesota game, the coaches think their tricky little jumbo packages, and L Davis at TE (false start) shit, along with the Cappy drive-kill show, are going to befuddle NFL defenses. They didn’t at all. This gimmick shit doesn’t last in the NFL. Harbaugh needs to get back to basics and stop playing college football. Carroll learned his lesson. Will Jim?