Game 11 – Shit’s Gettin’ Real

Weather is 33º at game time, with winds out of the SW at 8-10 MPH.

A strange season is getting progressively stranger as the weeks go on. The 6-4 49ers are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Mainly due to the fact that the Indianapolis Colts feasted upon the ‘elite’ NFC West teams (Seattle and SF) and got blasted to kingdom come by the ‘also-rans’ of the West (AZ and StL) to the tune of 78-19.

Carolina showed its guts by squeaking out a win in Fin-land behind the legs of Cam Newton. He was beaten, battered, and bettered all day, but scored late TD to win it. Much like Tennessee over the Raiders. Oaktown had a chance to insert themselves into the playoff picture (!), but couldn’t finish off the woeful Titans and Ryan Fitzpatrick (and his friend Patrick Fitzmichael), giving up a TD with 18 seconds left.

Green Bay’s playoff hopes were dented by a tie in frigid Wisconsin, as the Packers inexplicably kept trying to ride the Scott Tolzein Experience to a victory. After his debacle last week, why they put him in over Flynn yesterday has to be seriously qiestioned. I thought they’d put Flynn in at the easdrliest opportunity. Ooops. As it was, he led the Pack to a late tie, but that was it. GB and Minn traded FGs in OT and that was it.

Which brings us to tonight’s game. Win, and we are back in the 6th spot due to our previous win over AZ. Lose, and the team may not recover from the fallout. Lose, and we are effectively 2 games behind AZ, as they own the tiebreaker with SF due to their wins over Indy and Carol. Although if the last game of the year comes down to AZ vs SF for the last playoff spot, even if SF is a game behind, we would win the tiebreaker should the Niners in that game, due to sweeping them. Of course the flip side is true. We come into that last game one up on AZ and lose, SF is out. All those other teams (Chi, GB, Det, Philly, StL) will be beating each other up, so the likeliest of scenarios is the 6th seed comes out of the West. No one said this would be easy, but I certainly didn’t think it would be this hard.

In some good news, Michael Crabtree is a game-time decision. I thought the activation of Mario Manningham would help the offense, but he’s been slowed by knee issues and general shitty play calling. Frankly, I wouldn’t play Crabtree tonight. It’s going to be cold and miserable so it isn’t a good scenario to get his first taste of action.

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94 Responses to Game 11 – Shit’s Gettin’ Real

  1. rtfirefly says:

    Wrong. Niners have the tiebreak.
    Tiebreaker #2: divisional records (Niners beat the Rams, Cards lost)

    Of course that’s just fluff, with divisional round robin round 2 still to be played.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, yer right. I guess being 2-1 at this point is good, as we’ll hopefully improve to 4-2, and AZ can’t reach that being 0-3 already. It is division record before common opponents.

    My bad. Thanks…

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Chuck, from your last comment on the last thread. Yes they went away from the run, but if they had stayed with the run would they have won any of those games? IMO no, teams know the Niners LOVE the run so Defenses practice to stop it. Jim and Roman are never going to get the Defenses of the front line until they get good passing plays in. If you don’t pass, you will never be able to beat the good teams. and the Niners are protecting Kaep way too much. Cam Newton is a prime example of how the Niners should trust Kaep instincts. Sadly this will be another year of no playoffs much less a super bowl. The Niners will get in on a wing and a prayer. They will lose in the first round IF they get in.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Early on, I’d say yes Kevin. The Indy game, the only drive the Niners scored a TD on was mostly Gore. The Seattle game, when we panicked and started throwing all the time, that’s when all our drives were 3-and-outs. Much like the Indy game. These last 2 games, I just feel the playcalling ingeneral has been way too predictable. Carolina looked like they knew what was coming most of the time. Much like the Jimmy-Hat era.

    Whatever is happening, they NEED to figure out how to generate sustained drives. We can all talk about wht problems, but it’s incum,bent on them to figure out solutions. We’re all just watching from the sidelines, but there are plenty of examples of coaches being stubborn/pigheaded/stupid in the face of obvious factors.

    Like I said in the thread, if I’m Mike McCarthy, I IMMEDIATELY put Flynn back in the starting lineup. I don’t wait a game and a half. Very stupid decision on their part.

    The Niners should easily win their 1st playoff game. If they get in that is. After that it gets dicey. These losses (and some of the wins) have com at the hands of the offense totally bogging down in the 2nd half and leaving the defense on the field too long.

    • We should easily win our first playoff game? Are you high? There’s nothing, NOTHING, N O T H I N G, that’s been demonstrated in our play that would indicate and suggest the Niners winning a road playoff game easily, let alone win it all. Even Sgt. Schultz knows better then that.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Still, the teams below us suck. Including your beloved Cowboys. We’ll peak at the right time.

        Peyton Manning, 19 of 36 passes for 150 yards and a pick? Those are Alex Smith numbers.

        Alex Smith, 26-38, 294 and 3 TDs are Peyton Manninglike numbers.

        Spotted a 24 point lead, Peyton couldn’t win. Cold weather, cold Peyton.

  5. Aldon Smith has played 53 snaps since his return from rehab and has exactly 1 tackle to show for it. He should start drinking again.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    Here’s something for you to gnosh on, Chuck.

    The Broncs and Chiefs have similar remaining schedules. Yer basic Raiders, Redskins appetizers.
    Now, add to that the Broncs have had troubles in KC for as long as I can remember (going back to Craig Morton days and beyond). Lets say, for what-if’s sake, the Chiefs win the rematch this weekend, evening up the head-to-head while taking a one game divisional lead.

    Enter the joker in the deck: the San Diego Chargers. The Broncs have beaten them on the road, and it’s a good bet they’ll handle them in Denver. Meanwhile, the Chiefs just lost to them at home,

    Remember Tiebreaker #2. The Acme AFC Playoff Spot, #1 seed, Head Honcho, homefield all the way, would then be decided on the very last Sunday. On Qualcomm Field.


    You read it here first.

    (Niners 34, Skins 17)

  7. rtfirefly says:

    BTW, the Broncs were missing Champ Bailey and lost Rodgers-Cromartie early on. Losing both your starting corners hurts your pass defense, no matter how you slice it.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    KC lost both their pass rushing linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston early on yesterday, giving Rivers a ton of time to throw. The lack pf pressure allowed the repeated comebacks by SD.

    KC may need to rethink their press coverage if they don’t generate a pass rush next weekend.

    In fact the day was fraught with injuries and turnovers.

    • The Chiefs weren’t generating any pass rush lately before those two injuries. KC has exactly 1 sack in the last three games, and that occurred vs Rivers on his final drive. Obviously didn’t stop Phil from throwing the GW TD.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Weather is 33º at game time, with winds out of the SW at 8-10 MPH.

    No rain thankfully. Also thankfully, they play on real grass, not that awful fieldfurf shit.

  10. Random9erfan says:

    Re our 49ers, here are some stats that maybe of interest:
    In each of their four losses this season, they were outrushed by their opponent.
    In three of their four losses, the opposing QB had the following passing yardage: 118, 141, 152.

    In tonight’s game, Adam Synder aka the Swiss Army Knife version of Chilo Rachal is in for Iupati,
    Ray McDonald being out does not help going against the best rushing attacks in the league.
    Also, each QB is good for one turnover.
    Add it all up, IMO, a game much closer than most people in Ninerland are expecting,
    49ers 27 Redskins 23.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Hi Random. Welcome. The one thing the Niners have in their favor is the fact that Washington’s defense is flat awful. If the Niners can build and early lead, we can demoralize these guys, as they are used to losing. Keep them in the game, and we stand the risk of flopping in the end yet again.

    I think they are in the process of tuning out Mike Shanahan and are going through the motions. RG III-VII certainly would like to see Shanny gone.

  12. No more bullshit tonight. This game is a MUST WIN. If they can’t put up at least 30 vs this putrid Redskins defense, then heads must roll. No more excuses about the play calling, lack of WRs or whatever. Just get it fucking done.

    Trent Dilfer is skewering the Niners offense over hot coals on the pregame show.
    Can’t say that I blame ’em.

  13. Random9erfan says:

    Thanks for the welcome, Chuck.
    I hope your assessment of the Redskins is correct.
    I would be even happier if this game turns out like that MNF, 25 years ago at the Stick, against the Redskins.
    Coming into that game, the 49ers were listless and given up for dead at 6-5. We all know what that lead to.
    Well, a fan can hope.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I was at that game, 50 yard line seats next to the vice-mayor of Tiburon (tix thanks to a guy in our office building who couldn’t go).
      I was the guy screaming at Taylor, “You’re running the WRONG WAY!” when he started returning that punt. For 90 odd yards.

  14. Crabtree not activated for tonight, but won’t be going on IR. Niners still working on how to clear roster spot to take him off PUP.

  15. philippinefan says:

    Kory Sheets busts loose for 197 yards to win MVP and a championship in the CFL Grey Cup.

    And the Niners were 6-5 going into a MNF game 25 years ago and did purdy good? It aint ova yet folks.

  16. Chuck, I find it funny that you continue to take jabs at Manning whenever possible. What’s fucking Hi-Larious is that you thought, and probably still do think that this team is/was better off with Alex and/or Kap at QB.

    Thanks. After my visit to the dentist today I needed a good laugh.

  17. NoFear49er says:

    How ridiculous it is to try to make Manning’s numbers an issue. Here’s some news, everybody hates to play in the cold. Here’s some more news, every team would rather beat you running the ball if they could. The Denver Mannings ran as much as they could on the Pats because it was successful and because they had a three score lead to protect and because it kept the clock burning and because it kept Brady off the field. Everyone except Moreno had trouble finding a handle. How many did Welker drop? and Decker and Thomas?

    Anyone saying Manning blew another one or choked in the cold is just totally ignorant of the game or grinding some axe or personal bias. Like the guys that insist Alex is winning all the games in KC.

  18. barleyfreak says:

    The strategy against the niner offense is pretty much set in stone at this point. 8-9 guys at the LOS, make us beat em with the pass. In obvious passing situations, bump receivers at the line and blitz. If our coaching staff do not come up with some quick passes to loosen up the LOS, then we’ll all be complaining about our O again come tomorrow. Meanwhile, losing McDonald is going to hurt our D. WASH has a very good running game and won’t be shy using it. Our D has played really well of late but I think we get tested against their rushing offense.

    All that is to say, I think Kaep AND the coaching play better tonight. Me wants a blow out, but I think instead one of those close games (see last two weeks) ends in OUR favor, 27-23.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Yeah, we make it not only easy but imperative to clog the LOS. We put nine guys in the box and threaten either to run Gore or CK7 on a read option. Split out some receivers, even if only decoys, and the defense will adjust their front accordingly.

      The Saints tried to run one or two safeties deep and man under coverage. We kept clogging up the box with tight formations and forced them to do the same.

  19. NoFear49er says:

    Glad I didn’t miss the Trent Dilfer QB clinic before the game. What a punk. Carrying on his media battle of words with CK7 is classless and now he drags in Steve Young. What a bunch of jerks giving CK7 more shit in one week than they gave Alex his entire career here. Another reason I despise the blather and the blather-spewers.

  20. 12th man says:

    Squawks CB Browner facing a 1 year suspension for unknown reasons but apparently not PED’s according to his agent. With CB Thurmond gone for 4 weeks the strength of that D just evaporated.
    An asterisk is already next to their 2013 record.
    Pete the cheat strikes again.

  21. Phil, it pains me to have to pick RG Knee to win, but you sure in the hell know I can’t pick our team to win.

    31-27 Native Americans. People who know me know that was a bigger racial slur then calling ’em Redskins. 😛

    Go Niners!

  22. All the ESPN wonks are picking the Niners to win. OK…

  23. NoFear49er says:

    Just hope we don’t let Garcon loose trying to stop the run.

  24. philippinefan says:

    WR MM makes a 1st down catch? oohh yeah

  25. rtfirefly says:

    1st down Gore up the middle.
    2nd down pass.
    Rinse and repeat. Oh scheist.

  26. twinfan1 says:

    The Niners are headed for 10-6 or 11-5 and a 6 seed. KC is headed for 12-4 or 13-3 and a 5 seed. If that is how it works out and I’m confident that it will, both QB’s deserve great credit. As far as tonight, it’s a night that CK should bust out. No score prediction. But a Niners win, and——they’d better.

  27. Irish Kevin says:

    Well it started out well, then went down hill.

  28. this turf is atrocious. slippin’ and sliddin’ already. Might as well be the old Candlestick quagmire.

  29. The D has brought their lunch pails to this MNF affair. Let’s hope the O reciprocates.

  30. JT says:

    James saved bad field position there

  31. rtfirefly says:

    A pass on 1st? First down? OK, Gore up the middle on 1st. Oh scheisi.
    Why stick with something that worked.

  32. JT says:

    Just garbage play calling again. Fuck.

  33. We went hurry-up on that 3rd dn then Kap decided to check or slow it down at the line to allow WAS to adjust. No bueno.

  34. Irish Kevin says:

    That was the second series where they got a first down with a pass, second series where they immediately go back to the run!! why do a run next?? Stick to the passing till you need the run!

  35. Irish Kevin says:

    Well neither of these teams deserve to be in the playoffs, half way through the first quarter and neither team has crossed the 50 yard line!!

  36. JT says:

    RG3 looks like shit. Worse than Kap. How about a fucking play on O for fuckssake.

  37. rtfirefly says:

    LMJ lookin’ damned good.

  38. rtfirefly says:

    Gore on 1st. Pass on 2nd. Yawn.

  39. RG Knee not only looks like shit, but he looks uninterested. And the ‘Skins gave the Rams a king’s ransom for that apathetic POS.

  40. JT says:

    They miss Delanie, 2 WR as TEnds.

  41. philippinefan says:


  42. JT says:

    Nice Mario and Bouldin on that drive!!!!!

  43. JT says:

    Just give that int to Aldon. If the niners can’t beat this nutbag piece of shit team, may they take a peace pipe up their holes

  44. JT says:

    Why do they continue to call plays for Hunter that are more suited for Gore? Why are they trying to make a pocket passer out of Kap. Watch tape of the pistol offense that his coach at Nevada invented for him, and take fucking notes

  45. Irish Kevin says:

    There is no way we should not be scoring!! Shit play calling

  46. Kap looked that pass right into the LB’s hand. What shoulda been a PK 6 the other way goes as a harmless inc. That’s why WAS is 3-7, and that’s why I’m still not impressed with our team. A good team (SEA) takes that for 6. We ain’t beating Seattle.

  47. JT says:

    Kap is a slightly slower version of T. Pryor, with a better arm and terrible field vision. If A Smith was stupid enough to stay around as a back up he’d be in there right now

  48. philippinefan says:

    Boldin, MM and VD = what a difference good receivers make

  49. philippinefan says:

    LMJ is having a good game at punt returner. Big plus after our struggles w/ KW, etc

  50. twinfan1 says:

    CK does run backwards faster than Alex did 😉
    All in all though, one of his better games throwing the ball.

  51. rtfirefly says:

    212 yards
    10.1 yds/att
    3 TDs
    0 Ints
    135.3 rating

    Can we play the Redskins every week?

  52. philippinefan says:

    D bruising RGIII late

  53. Irish Kevin says:

    Passing is a beautiful thing. You pass you win.

  54. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, random, I was at that game too. Sitting under the jumbotron. I could not believe he ran that punt back fromthe 3 .

    • Random9erfan says:

      Your assessment of this Skins squad was correct. I assumed incorrectly that their passing game based off PA would show up….no doubt the Niner defense, especially Brooks and the Smith brothers had something to do with that.

  55. unca_chuck says:

    NoFear, you are right bout Dildo, but you really make me laugh when you say Manning bears no responsibility for the bad numbers. You spent years screaming about Alex Smith ‘s numbers and how bad they are, and suddenly it doesn’t matter? Suddenly, running the ball isn’t dumbing down the offense for the QB? Right. Manning had a pretty bad game and they lost after blowing a 24 point lead. To say anything else regarding Manning is ludicrous.

  56. barleyfreak says:

    “Can we play the Redskins every week?”


  57. Nipper says:

    Man …….Washington is in a bigger mess than Obama care. Kap looked great. That RG III is putrid.

  58. NoFear49er says:

    Nice try, Chuck. Try it again with what I really wrote.

    On second thought, if you don’t see the difference in Denver running the ball last night and us running the ball because it’s our only offense with Alex Smith maybe you should quit trying to analyze a game by looking at the box scores.

    How many years has Manning missed the Pro-Bowl since he was drafted? And Alex? Why do you s’pose that is?

    Everyone’s fooled by Manning but you?

  59. Irish Kevin says:

    why are wee talking about Manning? he is 1-11 in the playoffs, 1 super bowl. no big deal. Jim Kelley went to the SB 3 times, lost all three, does that make him a bad QB. NO, he got his team there. Manning is a Great QB. But this is a TEAM sport. if you Defense can’t stop the other team is that the QB’s fault?? hardly. So let’s get back to talking about what this blog is for. THE 49ERS!!

  60. Irish Kevin says:

    I will say it again, this is a passing league. and it showed. So what if the Redskins are a bad team. The Niners needed to show they could pass the ball. Nice to see that Gore was the only one in the back field. Nice game NINERS.

  61. Nipper says:

    I never doubted Kap could pass but someone has to be there to catch them. Last nights game took care of that problem. Now to RAM the RAMS off the mountain!

  62. unca_chuck says:

    No, NoFear. It’s just interesting how you parse the information. Manning and Co. blow a 24 point lead in the 2nd half and the guy running the offense bears little responsibility for it? 11-22, 98 yards, a TD and a pick. Great. They ran and lost.

    OK. Cool. Just as Alex Smith has nothing to do with his 28-7-1 record these past 3 seasons. You can’t play both sides of it that way. Like giving Romo a pass on the 51-48 loss. He throws a late pick to lose the game and it doesn’t matter? Because his numbers are good? It’s Steve DeBergitis. It’s like the Miami game and the Raider game last weekend. Miami beat Carolina all over the place, but couldn’t finish them off and left the door open for a last drive. As did the Raiders against Tenn. Playing well enough to lose is still a loss.

    The point being, you merrily pointed at every Alex ASmith loss as a personal failure. No one dropped a pass or fumbled the ball or gave up a late game-winning drive. It was all in Alex. Til he started winning. Then it was everyone but.

  63. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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