Game Day! Tampa Trap Game?

Conventional wisdom seems to be that this game is ripe for the Niners to have some kind of let down. After the physically and emotionally draining victory over the Seahawks, the prevailing thought is that the Niners will have problems handling the Buccaneers. If so, at least it isn’t a division game.

Anyway, for all the travel, the spend emotions, and the early start, the Niners should be able to handle these guys. TB doesn’t have that much offensively, and despite their defensive turnovers, the Niners offense should be able to do more against their defense than they can against ours.

So, that means we win, right?

Haven’t had any easy ones for a while. Let’s hope the rain isn’t bad, and this one is over quickly.

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253 Responses to Game Day! Tampa Trap Game?

  1. Jay T says:

    Goddamit Kap, Crabtree was wide open! Make a that pass

  2. snarkk says:

    Getting concerned about Kaep not being able to throw long consistently…

  3. NoFear49er says:

    Freakin’ idiotic penalty.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Crabs with a real stupid play there.

  5. snarkk says:

    Stooopid penalty by Crabtree, even stooopider that that is called a penalty…

  6. rtfirefly says:

    Giants playing at home. Giants down 16-0. Squawks have ball on Giants 2.Giants call timeout.
    Some team is truly messed up.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Big fucking play here.

  8. snarkk says:

    Now THAT is a Kap play nobody else makes…

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Redemption is a bitch! Wow.

  10. 12th man says:

    Crabs atones.

  11. 12th man says:

    Like them running some on the edges.

  12. 12th man says:

    and again. Roman is pressing, daddy likee

  13. unca_chuck says:

    There’s another Kappy-only play.

  14. snarkk says:

    This is the bullshit that is unacceptable. They have Bucs D on their heels, then Kap can’t get the play off in time…

  15. snarkk says:

    Unbelievable, another TO used…

  16. snarkk says:

    How about a pass into the EZ?…

    • snarkk says:

      First and goal, not even one pass INTO the end zone. You’ve GOT the field goal already in hand, so why not? Are they that afraid Kap will throw a pick. I just don’t understand this idiotic conservatism and avoiding plays that will put the game away…

  17. Irish Kevin says:

    Well trick plays cause you don’t know what a passing play is!!

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Unreal play management here.

  19. 12th man says:

    Dawson is automatic.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Yeesh. That should have been the 1st down play. WR sweep?

  21. 12th man says:

    2 score game again.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    They really hacve a problem throwing into the end zone throwing from the red zone.

  23. Bo Schembechler Jr. got exactly what he played for there — 3 pts.
    This shit don’t fly in the playoffs. We’re better off…

  24. Random9erfan says:

    Time outs, and running Frank up the gut are the staples of this Niner offense.

  25. snarkk says:

    They got the long drive I wanted — 10:27 long…

    • philippinefan says:

      Good call snarkk.

      BTW Im getting ready to read “Voyage of the Snark” among many of Jack Londons other works.

  26. 12th man says:

    Game over

  27. Irish Kevin says:

    Well, at least they have the lead. And thanks to the D they should win this game

  28. NoFear49er says:

    Play it safe in the red zone when you trust your defense more than your offense.

  29. Random9erfan says:

    Thanks Kendall.

  30. Jay T says:

    What a fucking stupid play!!!!!! N

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Thank you and good night!

  32. snarkk says:

    Didn’t the Niners do a stooopid reverse like that a few years back under Sing that blew up? Chuck?

  33. Irish Kevin says:

    Thank you special teams. Offense take a seat we don’t need you!

    • 12th man says:

      O scored 23 today Kevin.

      • Irish Kevin says:

        Conservative play in the playoffs won’t cut it, especially against the Seahawks in Seattle. Seattle can score like the Bucks did in that 2 minute drill. I still don’t believe Harbaugh has a killer attitude. Run, hope you use up the clock and have your D win the game for you.

      • snarkk says:

        Agree with Kevin. At some point in the playoffs against good teams, you’ve got to go for scores in the end zone from the red zone. Starting to try for that in a playoff game when you haven’t done much of it during the reg season does not bode well for success in doing it in a playoff atmosphere…

  34. 12th man says:

    With the Niner D, 23 will win most games.

  35. philippinefan says:

    Sound track lagging…..okay Hunter recovers fumble for TD

  36. 12th man says:


  37. 12th man says:

    Solid win, away from home and early game. Kap played very well and the receivers were excellent. Run game was there just enough. Not a fan of going soft D, I understand the percentages game but if that is copied in the playoffs they are risking it all.

  38. rtfirefly says:

    Broncs fans are laughing their arses off. What happened, Mr. Future President?
    Fins have the last AFC spot all but locked up.

  39. NoFear49er says:

    On the road with a lead, you run more. Everybody does. We’ve got almost 200 yds on the ground. So why is running bad again?

    • philippinefan says:


    • rtfirefly says:

      After that big early lead, they were down to 6 playing ultra conservatively. An opponent with a good offense or a big ST play can overtake that in as many heartbeats as it takes to run a hundred yard dash. Playing with fire crawling into a running shell early and/or with
      a minimal lead.

    • philippinefan says:

      Also Dog Sled Dawson (City) is automatic and JH Knows he will get 3 “every time” so ell run it. We didnt have that last year

  40. The Dolphins Michael Thomas, just signed off our practice squad 5 days ago, picks off the future president of the United States to seal the victory for Miami with just seconds remaining.

    We just love giving away good DBs. See Marcus Cooper in K.C.

  41. snarkk says:

    Good road win. Offense is showing signs of opening things up a little in the passing game. Crabby was wide open a coupla times for long gainers, Kap just didn’t look for him. He needs to start looking for Crabby a little more, Boldin a little less, as Crabby gets his legs in shape. Conservative ass play calling still frosting me. And, shut down that idiotic prevent defense…

    • 12th man says:

      One thing i would like to see is shots into the end zone from inside the 20 but it comes with the risk of a TO so be careful what you wish for since getting 3 from Dawson is just about certain and that D can make 3 work.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Digging deep for negatives, Dennis? Wow. Like I said, you don’t deserve this team. Look up fair-weather fan, and there’s your picture. At least your Cowboys are playing themselves out of the playoffs.

  43. philippinefan says:

    Harbaugh 16-7 on the road. 11 losses total. Deal with it

    • NoFear49er says:

      Damn that running game!!!

      • 12th man says:

        All about balanced O. Not talking about today’s game particularly but I think the team does leave points on the field sometimes settling for “safe” FG and not risking it for TD’s. That strategy is going to win a lot more games than lose but in the play off’s you can’t lose any.

      • philippinefan says:

        And fuckin FGs

  44. unca_chuck says:

    Right, Snarkk. I hated the prevent going into the half because it put them right back in it. The 3rd quarter no-huddle? Strange TB left that on the table after it worked so well.

  45. rtfirefly says:

    Skins lose going for 2 instead of 1 and a tie with no time left. Weirder and weirder in
    Shann(t)yTown. Does this lower Cousins’ trade value?

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Good win. Liked them going back to the run in the 4th quarter on the long drive. They only got 3 but it took 10 minutes, and 18 plays.

  47. 12th man says:

    Giants didn’t even score. This could be the year Coughlin gets the axe after being Houdini year after year.

  48. philippinefan says:

    RT takes scoring contest with his 26-10 call. How ’bout them FGs RT?

  49. NoFear49er says:

    Any playoff strategy won’t mean shit if you don’t get in first. Everyone second guessing the guys that orchestrate, observe and evaluate all the practices and games with a microscope is one thing if your team is losing but makes less sense when you just keep winning. Could be we are making the best use of our strengths while working on improving what isn’t so solid while winning as many as possible in the process. That’s what I’d insist on if I were footing the bill.

  50. Irish Kevin says:

    As long as the the Niners have a SB quality Defense, and an opportunistic special teams they could win in the playoffs. But they do not have a Offense that is capable of coming from behind. You cannot come from behind with the run. Praise the run all you want when you hold a lead. But that won fly playing from behind. We are talking about a win against TB and controlling the clock! No way in NO or Seattle.

    • Nipper says:

      Harbaugh is happy. You bet he is!

    • snarkk says:

      I agree, Kap has to step it up now that the receiver corps is as good as it’s going to get this year. He MUST find Crabby open, when he’s open, and not overthrow wide open WRs on long pass plays. The long one to VD was great. More, please. And, open up the damn playbook. Stop the dive handoffs to Frank up the center’s ass on 2nd and 10. More play action instead of shotgun. And, stop this freekin’ time problem calling the plays. Get up to the friggin line and run the play…

  51. Nipper says:


  52. philippinefan says:

    NO getting smashed by Rams 0-17

  53. Random9erfan says:

    Entering this game, Frank was 231 yards shy of the the 10,000 yard mark. In this game he had 86, now just 145 yards to go.
    TOP in this game, SF 39:10 to TB 20:10, a Jim Harbaugh type of win. Got to give credit to the coaching staff for avoiding a let down.
    Crabtree (left wrist), and Bruce Miller (shoulder in a sling) appear to be the main injuries.

  54. This from Eric Branch at the Chron…

    Reid had a sea of teammates around him when he picked off a deflected pass at Tampa Bay’s 22-yard line with just under two minutes left, but he eschewed a chance for a touchdown and fell to the ground in the 49ers’ 33-14 win:

    “It probably would have been the easiest touchdown of my life,” Reid said. “I just decided to do the right thing. If we score, that’s another kickoff we have to cover. Another opportunity for someone to get hurt. The defense has to go back out and it’s another opportunity for someone to get hurt. I think we’re going into the end of the year — let’s preserve our bodies and let’s go home … I looked up and I saw nothing but white jerseys. You kind of think about it, but at the end of the day I think I made the right decision.”

    That’s a talented, smart and humble young man right there. His parents raised ’em right.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      I think just about all of us were wondering what the Hell Baalke was thinking when he traded up for Reid. We were wrong and Baalke was right. He’s a star in the making.

  55. Grumpy Guy says:

    Wow. Tony Blowsmo with an epic, all-time Historic Choke Job. He belongs to the Ages, now… and they can have his ass, LOL. They’re singing “We’ll be Home for Christmas” in Big Dogshit tonight.

  56. rtfirefly says:

    Win out and the Niners will be #5 (the game in AZ is looking meaningful after all). The current crop of potential unlucky hosts-to-be: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, and Dallas.

    Should NO beat Carolina in Carolina in Week 17, that could easily lead to the divisional round of Carolina@Seattle and the Niners@NO (revenge time for the robbery there).
    Carolina lost to Seattle 12-7 at the beginning of the season when they were playing like crap. To me, they have the style of play to beat Seattle in Cheatsville.

    Oh, I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind… It’d be fitting to march through the South (OK, Sherman took a different route, but New Orleans to Carolina is certainly scenic and mild this time of year) on the way to El Gran Rodeo in Jersey February 2.

    A guy can dream, can’t he?

  57. NJ49er says:

    As much as some gripe about our running game here, take a look at what GB and Dallas can’t do to stop it.
    Once we officially cement a Playoff position there’s a good chance Dallas can squeak in.
    Rather see them over Philly but, if we manage the 6 Seed and have to travel to Philly, a ground game keeps Foles on the sideline.
    We can run vs NO and Detroit, GB and Chicago too.
    Carolina, not so much.
    Just hoping to clinch and play indoors vs outdoor cold weather.

    Roman introduced some different looks today, pitches and deep middle throws will come with continued work.
    The play I loved, which got stuffed, was the inside hand off to Boldin.
    Think where that can go with LMJ or Kendall.

    We have 2 games to polish some passing plays.
    We know the run game is solid enough to keep us in control when needed.

  58. unca_chuck says:

    I thought they’d trade up, but I thought they’d trade up for Vacarro.

    • 12th man says:

      I was a big fan of the move to get Reid at the time (Bullit is checking my posts as I type this) but no one knows for certain how any college player will play in the pros.

      Turns out Reid has been better than Goldigger, who was himself a deserving pro bowl player. Says a ton about Reid to step into those shoes and outgrow them his rookie year.

      My big critique on the draft was not taking a CB, which looked like a bad decision with the injuries but has turned out OK in the final analysis with backups and mid season free agents playing well within the Fangio scheme.

  59. 12th man says:

    As for the run game, make no mistake, come play off time and cold/bad weather, the run game is a vital component. The track team spread offenses will not do well in poor conditions typically.

    It’s not the run game that bothers me, it’s more how it’s sometimes utilized. Those here that want Kap slinging the ball all over the field will get exciting games but not likely a deep play off run. The O needs to be balanced at a minimum, which includes Kap as a running threat.

    Roman has begun opening the playbook over the last 4 games with mixed results. Kap is looking more like the Kap of last year with Crabs back in the fold. I would sit Manningham next week and try Patton if he is really 100%. I’ve seen some of Baldwin and am not impressed particularly.

    Was that an LMJ sighting in something other than ST? As a runner and also a potential receiver. Big stuff.

    Great road win Niners, run the table and lets get it on…

  60. NoFear49er says:

    What in the wide world of sports is going on in Dallas? They couldn’t lose and yet found a way to do it. Between selfish pouters who want the ball on every play and stomp off the field before the end of the game like some punk ass entitled rich kid to receivers that can’t run a route to save their lives, save Witten, and coaches who are all to anxious to point their fingers at the only guy who seems to give a shit what Dallas does anymore, I don’t get the complete and total lack of adult supervision. Jerry’s personal sandbox stinks like Texas horseshit.

    • NJ49er says:

      NoFear49er I’m reveling in the dysfunction down there.
      26-3 at the half. Dallas.
      They ran all over GB.
      Then, when the Pack starts to climb back into it, Garrett and Co abandon the running attack and squander the lead and, ultimately, the game.

      I’m just sorry I missed the glad-handing and back-slapping that likely took place in the Luxury Penthouse with King Jerruh and The Court Jesters.

      Until Jerruh removes himself from the day-to-day meddling he’s so good at, this train wreck of comedy is doomed to continue for all eternity.

      That pompous blow-hard deserves all the media attention he craves and, all for the wrong reasons.
      After getting utterly destroyed in Chicago last week, he turns around and shells out an extension to CB Orlando Scandrick to the tune of $28+ Mil, while guaranteeing $10 Mil of it, for sub-par production.
      This Clown Circus just keeps on giving doesn’t it?

      I’d hoped that we could garner our Playoff spot in such a way as to meet them in the Grand Cowpattie Palace, just to drive a stake into his paistie grey carcass but, they’re about to choke it away now.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Ha! I know you are, NJ49er.

        All I know is if I had a teammate like Dez Bryant, well lets just say someone should play Charles Haley to Bryant’s Steve Young.

        I can’t imagine any coach there will have a bad word for Dez with Jerry backing him and excusing all his tantrums.

        Jerry’s as good an owner as Dez is at playing wide receiver and being a good teammate and they both think they know better than any coach. Jerry should get out of the GM and HC buttinski business and just write the checks and Dez should just do his job and when the ball comes his way, catch the damn thing and get some YAC. I doubt either will ever happen.

        Good for the circus entertainment that the NFL is fast becoming I guess. The ring masters in zebra suits are doing their part in spades, too. Thanks to Phineas Taylor Barnum – Goodell?

        Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder two too rich football misfits keeping the clown shows coming.

      • NJ49er says:

        Touche` NoFear49er
        During the broadcast I think it was Aikman who made the comment on ‘How much he loved Dez Bryant’
        The D in Dallas stands for DYSFUNCTION.

        And, Jerruh thinks giving Dez an 88 jersey makes him the heir apparent to Irvin.
        Problem is, Dez is just like Jerruh. Self absorbed.
        The fuse is lit.
        A loss in DC next Sunday could take out Government.

        Thoroughly enjoyable collapse from my perspective.
        To think the game in DC could now become a flip of the script.

        Shanny could salvage his tenuous position while Garrett could be the scapegoat, should Cousins out-mediocre Promo.

        Two whining, meddling, petulant rich brats, who can’t get everything they feel they deserve, because money doesn’t buy victories in the NFL.
        It might buy Jerruh his spotlight and media attention but, he’s clueless.

        Sadly for us, Snyder and Allen gave all the Draft ammunition to St Louis for RG III.

        Once again I submit, that the best move any owner can make is, finding the right GM.
        Here’s to Jerruh.
        Don’t stop admiring your accomplishments.
        This sort of comedy is priceless.

        Promo – The Ultimate December Pin Up.
        Choke, gag, vomit (with non-stop laughter)

  61. NJ49er says:

    Correction to Aikman comment – How much Garrett loved Dez Bryant

  62. NJ49er says:

    And to top it all off, Garrett throws Promo under the bus for changing the play that ended the game.
    Are we to assume Promo called for the departure from the running game when they were sitting on a lead and needed to milk the clock?

    I just want to know, is the Cowpattie Clown Car is as opulent as the Cowpattie Bus?

    What a train wreck.
    Even the NYJ have to be enjoying this schtick.
    They suddenly look organized despite their record.
    Rex and Rob gotta be loving this December debacle in Dumbsville TX.

    My guess is, Promo gets no reach-around from Mrs Jones this week 🙂

  63. NJ49er says:

    This is almost as entertaining as having a nymphomaniac partner who loves to cook, clean and watch football.

    Well……I digress from giddiness.

  64. philippinefan says:

    Well lookie here:

    Irish Kevin says: …So to go “all in”, and show he has a pair, the final score should be Niners 34 – TB 14,

    Kev you damn well nailed it! Good call man

  65. Grumpy Guy says:

    49ers win. Raiders and Cowboys take one in the Nads.

    This is a good week.

  66. 12th man says:

    This is for Dennis really but interesting read for the rest of us mooks too.

    Seattle are the #1 rated team in football, Broncos the #2. To get to the SB it is almost certain to have to go through Seattle for the NFC team.

    As Dennis tends to say, “nobody beats Seattle at home, period”. So I did a quick google and came up with this article about success rates of the #1 and #2 seeds winning the SB with a side dish of how often those seeds win the championships (on their home field remember).

    I think it’s fair to say there is nothing certain in football. Debartolo expects the Niners to win the SB this year, even comparing it to the back to back years or yore.

  67. unca_chuck says:

    All that goes out the window when dealing with the big speaker in Seattle. They have a huge HF advantage.

  68. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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