Revenge of the Jedi

In a huge game with mainly psychological implications, the San Francisco 49ers put their stamp on one of the last games they will play at the venerable shit-hole, Candlestick Park. A place, in the famous words of Jerry Garcia talking about his band, “like bad architecture, or an old hooker, eventually you gain respect.”

Did the Niners gain respect? In the grand scheme of the NFL, sure. If only til the next game. Respect is fleeting and elusive in the NFL. The 49ers earned their respect when the game came down to a final drive with 6:20 left, and the Niners trailing 17-16. The high point for me was actually seeing the Niners convert on 3rd and 1 with a run by Bruce Miller. Important because this same play failed on the goal line early in the game. It kept the drive alive. It was then followed by Frank Gore’s 51 yard run off the left tackle. Gore very smartly went down in bounds to keep the clock running. This forced Seattle to burn a timeout, as the Niners kept running. The biggest play of the game turned out to be the 3rd and 7 from the Seattle 15. Kappy drifted left on a designed sweep that was blocked perfectly, and Kappy was able to gain 8 yards, get the 1st down, and allow the Niners to run down the clock to give Seattle little chance at the end.

Kappy threw one pass on the drive, a short out to Crabs for 6 yards. The other 68 came on the ground. Something this tame has been known to abandon at times. Is this an indictment of Kaepernick? No, not really. Seattle does much the same. They rely pretty heavilly on their run game as well. That the 49ers held them in check is a testament to how well the defense played overall. Seattle was able to get some traction underneath, but never hit anything deep. Seattle’s 2 best plays were crossing routes to Luke Willson that Patrick Willis looked very slow and late on. Other than that, and a couple Golden Tate catches where coverage was blown due to Wilson buying time, the Niners did a good job of limiting damage.

The Niners on the other hand spent a lot of the game stopping their own progress with some questionable penalties and early conservative play calls in the red zone, and an awful throw by Kappy that was picked off. The 2 FG lead was quickly wiped out by a Seattle TD, and the Niners were able to regain the lead with a 52 yard FG and the VD touchdown to close the 1st half.

The 2nd half saw a menagerie of ridiculous penalties called on both sides of the ball as the refs seemed to want to put their stamp on this game. There were 8 penalties called in the 2nd half, and only one was an inocuous false-start penalty. The rest were various tauntings, unsportsmanlikes, facemasks, and holding calls, which to me mostly looked ticky tacky. The refs often cite calling games close like this to create order out of the highly charged emotions, yet all this seemed to do was kill the flow of the game and piss off everyone involved. Richard Sherman says the refs won it for SF, but Seattle got a lot of favorable calls their way. I call it evenly terrible.

In the end, it was as tough a game as we’ve played all year. The difference being the Niners closed this one out. Something they failed to do against Carol, and Nawlins.

Revenge is a dish best served in the cold mud of Candlestick Park . . .

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123 Responses to Revenge of the Jedi

  1. Nipper says:

    In the very cold mud of the Stick victory was achieved! Glorious VICTORY!

  2. snarkk says:

    Niners win close at the Stick. Shawks win big up at the NoiseBowl. That’s not a hopeful comparison, if it comes to round 3 up in Seattle…

    • 12th man says:

      That would be in 5 games from now if the seeding stays the same, a lot can change in 5 games Snarkk.

  3. 12th man says:

    Richard Sherman “This is a glorified practice” speech to his team mates in pre-game warmups before the Niner game….Oooops.

  4. 12th man says:

    RS, Boldin has to celebrate when you don’t catch that many….Oooops

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Right 67 for 915 is miniscule. I don’t really begrudge Sherman his talk, because the NFL could use more semi-intelligent banter, but he comes off looking like a fool saying this shit.

    Funny thing is, up on the Seattle blogs, Sherman catches shit for getting out of his game if he misses some plays, and therefore starts grabbing out there, and gets penalized.

    Then again, the blogs mirror this one in saying the play calling sucks and that RW should have run more.

    • Random9erfan says:

      I don’t know if any of you caught Richard Sherman being interviewed post game by Rich Walcoff, they played it on the post game call in show on KNBR hosted by Larry Krueger & Rich Walcoff. Might still be on their home page.
      Anyways, Walcoff is egging on Sherman in the interview, Sherman blathers on about how the 49er receivers didn’t matter, that the Seahawks were expecting a blowout, and how the refs/penalties won the game for SF. Earl Thomas on the other hand is very measured in his responses.
      One can almost imagine Carroll & Sherman reveling in at the thought of burying Harbaugh & the Niners in this game, and claiming the NFCW Title at the ‘Stick.
      The Niners had other plans, and Carroll remains winless at Candlestick Part (0-4),guess there was still a bit of the magic left in that cold wet mud.

    • 12th man says:

      I kinda like the guy, he is funny and intelligent usually. Comes off as sour grapes with these comments though.

      • Random9erfan says:

        12th, I have heard Sherman when he is funny, and I suspect some of his talk is designed to elicit a response from his opponents. But, I think when it comes to Harbaugh and the Niners, because of the history, he probably loses perspective.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    This is a must win game. The Niners need to put the Bucs away early. They can’t lose their focus checkin’ out manatees or hangin’ out with Rob!

  7. snarkk says:

    The Shawks d-backs basically mug receivers from the get go on the line and throughout the route. No wonder they’re good, they manhandle the WRs throughout the routes if they can. I don’t understand why they should get away with it every play. If they hold or interfere every play, then call it every play until they stop. If you want to go back to 1975 rules, then go back to them for everybody. I don’t see other teams with d-backs having near the amount of physical contact during routes. IMO that’s garbage…

  8. philippinefan says:

    Spam filter over active Chuck?

    • 12th man says:

      This writer is just a guy like any of us with no special insight or inside access.
      It’s his opinion.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Interestingly he bashes CK7 for his bad throws and at the same time complains that he doesn’t do more of it.

      I get the feeling he’s trying to justify his probably overstated opinion of Roman’s supposed bad play calling, even while he managed to beat our worst threat and best in the league with his “terrible” play calling and game plan. Of course we won despite Roman!

      • 12th man says:

        Romans play calling has been more diverse for the last 3 weeks. Kap may well be checking out of pass plays and into run plays in the redzone, we just don’t know.

      • NoFear49er says:

        That rationale sounds familiar. Must be right.

  9. philippinefan says:

    Its no ones opinion we suck on 3rd down and in the red zone. Its fact

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    Well let’s look at the true points that he makes, the fact that the D and special teams gave the Niners great field position and we came away with 2 FG. I pointed out during the game that the 49er coaches protect their receivers by not doing crossing patterns. The receivers are always going up the side line. Kaeps has to make the perfect throw or the receivers have to make plays and keep their feet in bounds. Now I don’t blame Kaep for his bad throws. Those happen, but he does still have the rookie mistakes of looking at the first read too long, waiting for the first receiver to get open. That will change as he becomes more experienced. Roman has so many more options that he does not use. When was the last time they tried a pass from inside the 5? Why don’t they use the read option more down there? Roman appears to have no imagination when it comes to play calling. Always going to what work 20 years ago.

  11. philippinefan says:

    Kap is learning to be a pocket passer and to read coverages in the NFL. I’m not worried about him. He’s improving. Roman worries me because we are too predictable at times. We go away from plays that work and stick with plays and players that don’t. See: KW while LMJ sits.ETC, etc Where is Manningham? Agree the O has regressed as writer sez. Win a couple playoff games I’ll have more faith this year. Like I said about last year I wasnt surprised we folded in in the SB. Hope Im wrong this year…

    • 12th man says:

      Some decisions have been head scratchers no doubt, ditto some calls. Thing is Kap has 2 or 3 calls in the huddle, we have no way of knowing if what he is choosing is what Roman would prefer. Makes it hard to hang it all on Roman but I’m not sold on Roman either. I think the issue is how many fingers are in the game plan pie. Feels like the whole is not the sum of all the parts.

      That particular writer was talking crap IMO.

      Hey Phil I asked the other day, how’s your trees?

      • Trees are good but on one forest our partner is a scumbag crook and we have a battle on our hands sadly. Much corruption here… Happily typhoon went north a bit and we escaped ok.

        Yeah agree with Kaps learning curve it prolly retards the play calling. Hes got a lot to absorb so it is what it is. But why go AWAY from plays that are working?? Is this “too cute” part 2?

      • 12th man says:

        Every time you guys have a blow over there I wonder how those young trees are doing. Glad they survived for ya, takes a few years to replant. Too bad about your partner, he needs kneecapping. Scumbags don’t always get away with it…

      • philippinefan says:

        I guess I know more about nature than about human nature- trust the wrong ones but the trees are super positive. Too bad “everyone” is on the take and the wealth doesnt get spread around much. The game is so rigged WE are charged with theft. Its bogus but expensive.

      • 12th man says:

        Sounds like a hot shit pie. Sorry Phil.

  12. rtfirefly says:

    1st play of the game: Gore up the middle, 2 yards.
    2nd play of the game: Pass incomplete.
    3rd (and long): Pass incomplete.
    Predictable? Not on your life; he’s lulling DCs to sleep.

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Drive 2: Pass complete, Kendall Hunter run, Pass complete. 10 plays, 56 yards = FG.
    Drive 3: Gore up the middle, Pass incomplete, Pass incomplete.

    Pattern? I don’t see no steenkin’ Pattern!

    • NoFear49er says:

      The 2nd and 3rd series ended in points. And the first series was nothing like the first series in the STL game. Opportunity to make plays is there.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Drive 3: 4 yards.
        Yep. Roman sure showed them on that one.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Yeah, that’s what two incomplete passes back to back will do to most drives on any team. What’s the point? Roman can’t catch the damn ball, can’t throw it, or doesn’t block the pass rush well enough?

      • 12th man says:

        He could call different passing plays NF

      • rtfirefly says:

        I made my point. You just choose to ignore it. You still want Dingleberry’s “Who cares if the defense knows what’s coming” philosophy?
        You’re right. The Rams start was decidedly different, and against the Skins he fooled everybody and ran Gore outside twice on 1st early. -1 -1 (Marcus Allen or Tony Dorsett Frank ain’t).

      • NoFear49er says:

        Total bullshit. The first pass was a play action to Crabs that was caught for first down yardage, later ruled OOB. The next was from a 2×2 set to Manningham that was knocked down by the safety? jumping the route. Too easy and way too simplistic to just say bad play calling.

      • NoFear49er says:

        You didn’t make your point to me, RT. At least I don’t accept it. It sounds like one of those typical peanut gallery mantras that gets repeated through blogdom without anyone ever stopping to analyze if it has any merit.

  14. barleyfreak says:

    I can’t’ believe we drafted AJ Jenkins when we could have had Alshon Jeffery. Makes me sick.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    The only reason I didn’t like AJ is that everyone in the league had him as a low 2nd, early 3rd round guy. Then again, I hadn’t heard of Aldon Smith either

  16. 12th man says:

    Dennis, your hearthrob needs a hug.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    There’s some truth to that article, but a lot of bullshit. The punt was batted (illegally I thought) to the 32 yard line. Vernon Davis was double covered all day and was therefore not open. Kaepernick most of the time was throwing into very small windows, while Wilson had a lot of uncontested throws. I did hate the play calling early, esp the 3rd and 2 run up the middle as he noted. We have V McD and VD to play action to. Fuck, use Miller on a chip and release. Kappy did have a pedestrian game, but he did make some plays. The only truly bad pass was the pick because he HAS to understand you either get it to Crabs or overthrow it. You can’t leave that one short. Kappy did throw into coverage, but more often than not he’s got no choice but to throw into coverage. Boldin has proven to be the only one that can really go and get it. Crabs is great to have back, and he made some great catches. The hope is Manningham can get open. he seems to not be coming around. Though they did use him well on the few slants we ran a couple weeks ago. As Kevin noted, we rarely run slants and it baffles me to this day. When we do use them, they usually work.

    • 12th man says:

      I read a piece on that batting deal. It is a foul but the options are take the penalty and make them re kick or refuse the penalty and take the ball where it lays.

  18. philippinefan says:

    Ok to the questions of “Is it play calling” or “Is it Kaepernick?” Id like to hear what % is G Ro’s fault and what % is Kaps in your OPINION since we really dont have enough info to really say exactly. I think its BOTH and am gonna say 50% fault of CKs inexperience and 50% brainless OC calls

    In my opinion

    • 12th man says:

      I think most of Kaps difficulty comes from changing him from a pistol one read option QB to a pocket passer and that is on the coaching but I agree he needs it to succeed long term but using the 5 you offer I would say 60/40 coach/QB

    • Random9erfan says:

      philippnefan,
      I agree with your percentages. However, instead of the term OC calls, I would call it the Jim Harbaugh offense.
      Sure, Roman maybe the play caller but I would be surprised if the game plans, and play calls are not expressly approved by JH.
      From what I read and heard, for every snap, Roman sends 2 play calls to Harbaugh, who then adds his stuff before relaying it to the QB…..A control guy like Jimbo, with his background, ceding control of his offense to an OC, sorry I do not buy that, just my 2 cents.

  19. NoFear49er says:

    What about the o-line and the receivers?

    If we can’t execute on the plays that ARE called what makes you think we can execute any better on the plays you wished were called?

    It seems to me that a lot of fans expect every team to play like some college spread offense and put five receivers on the line for every play and run the ball once in while just to break up the monotony. Well, that ain’t gonna fly in pros no matter if you have a Brady, Brees or Manning much less a young CK7. And if they don’t, they want to kill the coach. If the coach is deemed a golden boy by some function of the media/fans brain trust then it falls to his assistants to be the root of all evil.

    I’m pretty sure Roman wants to win games almost as much as the fans do. If the real complaint, as I suspect, is that the plays are too boring, I’d place the blame at Harbaugh’s feet not Roman’s. Unless you think Jimmy Raye called plays that Singletary hated.

    • 12th man says:

      NF, if we are to believe the press, Roman only handles the run game plays. Chryst and Morton design the passing plays. My belief is that passing plays are sometimes not well designed for Kap. There is a reason that only Boldin and Davis have scored TD’s. Yes the Niners don’t have the best backup WR but that stat speaks loudly to a lack of creativity.
      Wilson is making do with no name WR. The plays are designed well for his skillset. I don’t always see the same for Kap.

      • philippinefan says:

        BTW answered your ?? about trees above.

        Then G Ro gets a hell of a lot of credit for the scheme (never used before by us) on Franks run. Good execution too NF

      • NoFear49er says:

        Well that is certainly something else to look at. Too many plays I see a player who fails to perform. A missed line block, a blown blitz pick up, a bad pass, a dropped ball to say bad play call. None of those have to do with the play design. Many times I’ll try to chart a game and the play looks like such a clusterfxxx I can’t even guess what it should have looked like.

        I’m not a Roman apologist but he seemed okay with the fans for his first two years.

    • philippinefan says:

      Yep good points NF, plenty of blame to go around. Wonder how you would break it down % wise: QB, OC, HC, OL, WRs?

      Shit we add this up its going to be 200%

      • NoFear49er says:

        Too many variables to quantify, Phil. Each busted play has its own culprits I’d say. Mostly I blame the players union for cutting the practices down to nothing. In Walsh’s day he could script 25 plays that the team knew and carried out well. Nowadays we’d be lucky to get half a dozen.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Yeah, Phil, we can block the hell out of those runs sometimes. That was a nice weak side play and you’re right, Roman had that one up his sleeve just for the ‘Hawks. Not sure if the cut back lane was designed into it but was a great call. Of course it was another stupid bonehead “run, run, run” call if Snyder doesn’t hit his man and it gets stuffed.

      • philippinefan says:

        Also that 1st down Kap got around left end to set up winning FG was another G Ro special last seen when Alex scored against the Saints couple years ago. Staley was loving it again

  20. Irish Kevin says:

    Well I have to agree probably 50-50, but I would sure lime to see Roman be closer to Bill Walsh in play calling than Jimmy the Hat.

  21. philippinefan says:

    Too many variables thats what Im learning here. I guess theres enough blame to go around. My gripe which I had put on the OC is frustration (not boredom) that too many plays seem to be repeated that dont work. Maybe as we get deep(er) into the season and injured players come back (Crab, Manningham) we can get some rhythm going due to repetition and familiarity w/ Kap & Wrs.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    My contention has always been we don’t use enough WRs. And we don’t scheme well to GET guys open. Even when this offense had no WRs and struggled, Baldwin was rarely used. Osgood was a ghost. Even looking at yesterday’s game, Wilson was throwing to many guys who were free and clear with nno one around them. Kappy rarely has targets that open. Is he not seeing them? Are they not getting open? I don’t see all the tape, but I know some of these early games, Boldin was doubled. VD was doubled most of yesterday. We rarely run slants for whatever reason.

    It sure seems like they could ease the pressure of Kappy getting sacked and the pressure of waiting for some of these slow developing plays to hatch by quickening the pace of the game, and throwing quicker passes. I HAVE seen more of that with Crabs back. Manningham caught a few slants vs the Rams. Then again, Kappy missed terribly on the int to Crabs.

    The point being yeah, I guess it’s all of the above. But my contention is the coaches could be doing more to ease the things Kappy is struggling with.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    And to adds one last thing, Eric Davis, after the Carolina game, said he had never seen a less explosive group of WRs in his life. Anyone not named Anquan was not getting off the line or doing anything explosive to get open quickly.

  24. unca_chuck says:

    Besides, you HAVE to love ESPN for making these guys sit outside in Chicago at midnight when it HAS to be -10º.

  25. NJ49er says:

    It’s always a good NFL weekend when, our 9ers beat a hated Division rival and, Jerruh’s Kids get stomped on a National Stage.

    Tis the Season indeed.
    Romo meets his nemesis.
    The Month of December.

    Maybe Jerruh needed to add a few more zero’s to Promo’s Contract extension?
    That would answer the question about his accumen as Chief Executive of all things Cowpatties.
    Pay Promo like Peyton, therefore, he’ll play like Peyton.
    Genius!

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Great game last night. The only time the Bears didn’t score on offense was when they took a knee to end the game. 8 possessions, 8 scores.

    Would love to meet the Cowboys in the playoffs

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Caught Rick Reilly on MNF last night saying JErry the owner needs to fire Jerry the GM as he hasn’t done anything since the early 90s.

    He likened him to Al Davis. Apropos, but damn, that’s gotta sting . . .

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Since Jimmy Johnson? Six? There was Switzer, Phillips, Gailey, Parcells, and now Garrett? I’m sure there’s a few more I’m not remembering . . .

  29. unca_chuck says:

    Ahhh, there WAS one I missed. Rick Reilly had a nice rant yesterday after the game regarding Jerry Jerk Off. Comparing him to Al Davis. Ouch. Not far from the truth as both were last truly relevant over 10 years ago. Fucking re-un-dead Al was recently more relevant than Ol’ Jerruh. But, both in the end fired the best guys they had coaching them way too early.

  30. 12th man says:

    Kap’s media personality, or lack thereof, makes it to the sports page of the NY Times no less.

    http://tinyurl.com/okausoc

    • NoFear49er says:

      Is that the one with Wilson? I only get a subscription sign up with your link.

    • Random9erfan says:

      12th,
      Needless to say, the Cohn-hens are all over this as well. A tag team effort…I suppose since the Niners won despite getting chastised for not watching the Saints-Seahawk live, the duo glommed onto other low hanging fruit.

      • 12th man says:

        Just read Lowell’s bit Random. And the piece before it where he excuses himself for being wrong about the outcome of the game and congratulates himself for helping inspire the win via criticism. The man may be a megalomaniac.

        Him and his kid occasional write something I can agree with but most of it is self aggrandizement and contrived controversy. I get why the PD keep them on staff since traffic and copy pays the bills but it’s poor journalism which is a shame because I think Lowell used to write to a decent standard before becoming the fly in the press corps ointment.

        On the other hand, him and his kid are 2 of the few that will ask the hard questions and aren’t company men like Maiocco and Barrows (Barrows less so IMO). It was Lowell that went after Singleneuron and the suit before him once it was becoming obvious they were failing.

        Grant has a thing for Frank Gore, claiming he is completely spent etc. Frank is not what he once was but will have another 1,000 yd season barring injury.

        Each to his own I suppose.

  31. NoFear49er says:

    I can’t make the comparison. Al Davis was an icon in pro football. Coach, owner, innovator and basically a mover and shaker in the league old and new. He’s been as much a part of the pro football story as anyone and bigger than most. Jerry Jones came in as a self-important huffer and puffer and hasn’t changed much since. He’s like a blogger rich enough and lucky enough to buy his own team and he’s livin’ the dream of a lot of bloggers, with about as much success.

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the reference was to the tail end of undead Al’s reign. Not the years of his efforts of getting the AFC legitimacy and the needed skirmishes with Pete Roselle, and the eventual integration with the NFL. No doubt he was as much responsible for the overall success of the NFL as just about anyone else.

    Toward the end he became a caricature of himself. Jones is following suit by surrounding himself with syncophants and people who won’t rock the boat. Parcells woulnd’t stand for it. The rest have been rank-and-file yes men.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Okay. Al Davis was football smart if a stubborn, intolerant asshole. Jerry Jones, just the last part.

    • NoFear49er says:

      That’s better. That’s the one I saw. I agree with most of it, too. PR is part of the deal. CK7 had a very different tone as the back up guy and even as the starter for a while.

    • 12th man says:

      Agree NF. It’s just unnecessary IMO.

      In other news, Tank goes on IR and they signed a Guard off Seattles PS….And the beat goes on…

  33. 12th man says:

    Interesting, using tinyurl leads to the Times pay wall.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the article deosn’t really disclose any new information. I mean really. Watching a Joe Montana news conference was like having a root canal done without anesthetic. He was highly uncomfortable under the spotlight. Young? Much more eloquent.

    I think the tail-end of the article really gets to why Kaepernick is more highly rated in whatever the stupid fucking marketing index is. Wilson’s the nice guy next door. Kappy’s the edgy guy from the wrong side of town. Neither may be true, but that is the perception.

    Really, Kappy’s the low-key kid from Turlock who had straight A’s through high school and college. But he’s all tatted up, so the natural inclination is for all the ignorant masses out there to think he’s some kind of gang-banger. Therefore his coolness factor sells jerzeys and shit. No idea about Wilson.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    I xan’t recall the ‘old’ Kappy vs the new one. Was he that much different?

    • 12th man says:

      He really was Chuck. Smiling, happy to be asked questions. He came across as a bit shy but nothing like the surly asshole he shows himself to be now.

  36. unca_chuck says:

    There’s always the Dennis Rodman angle.

  37. unca_chuck says:

    What kills me about the article is that the writers (Nevious is a weasel) want him to be less of a jerk? He was caught in tornado of bullshit (thx NoFear) the instant he made the grade as a starting QB. He caught a ton of shit for not looking ‘quarterbacky’ enough. He was under scrutiny for weeks regarding his tattoos and inferences were made as to why and what they were to the point of lunacy. I’m sure that stuck with him.

    I’d be leery of the bastards as well.

  38. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . . . .

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