Game Day # 16! Gateway to the Playoffs

For the only week of the year, all of the NFL games are scheduled for Sunday. And if there ever was a week to have 16 TVs to watch all the games, this would be it. In the NFC at least, just about all the playoff spots are in a state if flux, and the idea to make the last weekend all divisional games had paid off in spades. The NFC East and NFC North have play-in games as Dallas, minus Tony Romo, squares off with Philly, and Chicago faces Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers at Soldier Field. Carolina, Seattle, and the 49ers all have a shot at getting the 1 seed. AFC? Ehhh. Don’t care at this point. Brady and Manning look to meet again if the script follows the pattern. Indy and Cincy might have something to say about it, but I doubt it. KC? Alex Smith? One would think the AFC wildcards are a quick exit. We’ll see. The combo of Miami or Balt don’t scare anyone either. The NFC? Well, whoever the wildcards are look to beat the North and East champs handily.

Anyhow, back to AZ. They started badly, but have re-inserted themselves back into the playoff race by winning 7 of their last 8, including a beat-down of the Colts, and most recently a fairly stunning road win over Seattle in the house that noise built. AZ is throwing the ball a ton, and is overcoming the 21 picks by Carson Palmer simply by throwing more. As evidenced by their win over Seattle where Palmer threw 4 picks and still won. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd lead the way. Both are close to 1,000 yards, and both account for nearly all of their TDs in the air. Defensively AZ is fast and tough. They have the # 1 rush defense in the league and are 6th overall in yards per game given up. LBs Karlos Dansby and John Abraham are leading a group that has improved as the season has rolled on.

All that being said. I think AZ has been playing for their lives for a long time. Running on adrenaline too long, and will come back to Earth. Niners win 28-20. I also think the Rams manage to contain Russell Wilson and take Seattle at home. 2 seed and the bye. Book it.

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203 Responses to Game Day # 16! Gateway to the Playoffs

  1. NJ49er says:

    Too bad Promo sprained his uterus.
    The epidural still gave way to the C-Section though.
    No Choko for Promo this time around.

    Their hopes rely on keeping Philly’s Offense on the sidelines and, running the wheels off DeMarco Murray.
    Can Orton pull a rabbit out of the hat?
    Certainly would be nice to see Philly eliminated but, somewhow I doubt it.

    The Eagles have Shady. Which means the Dallas O will likely be the one’s watching from the sidelines.
    And, Grandpa Kiffen doesn’t have the horses to stop him either.
    Foles and Co likely will send Jerruh to the bar early to drown his sorrows.

    Sure hope there’s plenty of camera coverage for that too.

    • NJ49er says:

      Jerruh went so far as to mention the price tag attached to Orton too.
      In his feeble mind, a $10Mil price tag means he’s priced for success.
      Just like paying Promo Peyton money buys better results.

      Sorry Jerruh, you don’t BUY your way into the Playoffs.
      Pay a real GM. Someone who knows how to Scout talent and find pieces that fit.
      Good Teams win in the Draft and FA.
      We won’t even mention what good Coaching does after that because, he still won’t get the point.

      He is the most entertaining Blowhard in the NFL though.
      Who doesn’t enjoy all pearls of wisdom he imparts?
      He’s a legend.
      In his own mind.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, thank God he won’t get out of that team’s way. With Jimmy Johnson went the last smart guy in the building.

  3. NoFear49er says:

    Carolina looking for the tape of the Niners “3 man rush” defense.

  4. rtfirefly says:

    2 picks by Dalton already. At this pace, he could have 10 today.

  5. rtfirefly says:

    Redzone problems and 2 FGs for Harbaugh’s team.

  6. NoFear49er says:

    Another Gonzalez send-off season? Does it ever get old?

  7. Winder says:

    Yeah chuck the NFL did it right this year. Lots of divisional games that have meaning. All I care about is if we can get our running game going against these guys we should come home with the victory. And, I would love nothing more than the Stinkin Rams to beat the crap out of the Seafucks. Don’t care about anyone else.

  8. 12th man says:

    Test. WordPress filter loves me lately.

  9. 12th man says:

    Test

  10. Stoopid ginger just threw his 4th INT on the BAL 1 yd line about to go up 17.
    Looks like Dalton is in fine form for his 1st rd playoff exit — again.

  11. Looks like all the Chargers need to secure the final AFC spot is beat a KC team that’s in town to see the zoo. Dolphins really coughed it up the final two weeks. Must have got caught in one of those tuna nets. Sorry, Charlie.

  12. rtfirefly says:

    Guess #1 for Black Monday: The Schwantz.

  13. 22 TDs 21 INTs for Carson Palmer this yr. That’s him in a nutshell.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    #!@%$& – No Niners today! Sux. Phil, tell me what’s happening!

  15. SD allowed KC to go 5 plays 80 yds for a TD on its opening drive.
    I guess no one wants that last spot.

  16. A.J. Jenkins had a 48 yd reception on that drive.

    I’ve always said if you play AJ in a meaningless game he’s unstoppable.

    • Nipper says:

      I just got a twelve pack of
      Dos Equis in my Fridge. I wonder how long it will last? It’s ambar and looks so good.

  17. IH1979 says:

    Horrible play-calling and Kap looked like shit in the RZ. Game over in Seattle.

  18. IH1979 says:

    Kap looks like shit im the red zone. Pretty stupid play calling. Game over in Seattle.

  19. NoFear49er says:

    That’s the goal line play I’ve been looking for.

  20. No Cardinal wanted any VD on that last encounter.
    Safe sex is overrated.

  21. rtfirefly says:

    About 8 penalties listed on Seachicken punt. That must’ve been fun.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    19 total 1st half yards for the Seasquawks. 44 for the Lambs.

  23. IH1979 says:

    Almost over in Seattle

  24. NoFear49er says:

    Gotta love Arians.

  25. What did I miss? 6:37AM here plus internet is one coconut down this morning

  26. IH1979 says:

    Rams have the D but absolutely no chance on O.

  27. You new Aaron Rodgers would make a difference. No QB can fumble a ball that results in a TD like he does. Bizarre play.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Urlacher would never have let the ball sit on the ground for the offense to pick up. Not many other defenses either.

  28. Sammy Hagar can’t drive 55, but Peyton Manning sure can throw that many TDs.
    Unreal.

  29. philippinefan says:

    Staley our secret weapon

  30. He missed the chip shot. New wedge in the bag?

  31. philippinefan says:

    What was that about RZ scoring?

    • NoFear49er says:

      We like to lure opposing teams into a false sense of security in the red zone so we can run a clean play action to VD once a season.

  32. philippinefan says:

    Do we need PHI-DAL results to tell where we might be playing if these scores hold up?

  33. rtfirefly says:

    Not to mar the Raiders rep as suckacious, their kicker just tied the record of 9 missed FGs in one season.

  34. Irish Kevin says:

    Okay stayed off the play by play, now the analysis of the first half, 1st quarter well played, 2nd quarter reverted back to the “play not to lose, let the defense win the game”. 3 runs that went absolutely no where!! Why oh why would you go away from what got you 17 points? Like I have been saying Harbaugh does not have that killer instinct. We will see what the 2nd half has to show.

  35. rtfirefly says:

    The freakin’ Steelers are going to make the playoffs! Please KC, bring in Alex while there’s still time!

  36. Grumpy Guy says:

    Leaving WAY too many points on the field. If I NEVER see this Jumbo Sardine Can bullshit again, I’d be perfectly happy.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Got a nice TD on a play action from it earlier. Just trying to break AZ’s D’s will here I think.

  37. Another pathetic challenge by Harbaugh/Mangini. Grasping at straws…

  38. Irish Kevin says:

    Still running the ball against the #1 run defense, why?

  39. Grumpy Guy says:

    Another offensive possession goes nowhere.

  40. Our short yardage play calling and execution is flat out god awful.
    Throw the goddamn ball!

  41. Irish Kevin says:

    Yep the run is keeping them honest alright.

  42. philippinefan says:

    Sardine can w/ Dixon not working

  43. Our RBs have 14 carries for 9 yds. Everything on the ground has come from the WRs and Kap.
    I’ve seen enough.

  44. NoFear49er says:

    Well, Mike Martz would agree with you and Dixon is making your case. But being able to run is necessary for more reasons than just the yardage gained.

  45. rtfirefly says:

    3 unsportsmanlikes are giving the Seawhiners 7. Hmmm….refs right or Lambs players? I didn’t even see the 2 plays but I can guess – and it ain’t the refs.

  46. Saints have their game all but wrapped up. That leaves ARZ out.
    Still think we’re better off losing today in terms of getting the better WC matchup.

  47. philippinefan says:

    Stop ’em here

  48. Irish Kevin says:

    Neither team scores in the 3rd Q. That is just plain piss poor play calling byp the Niners.

  49. GAME OVER in Nawlings. Arizona is out.

  50. IH1979 says:

    That Arians looks like Fred Rutherford

  51. Irish Kevin says:

    Harbaugh is going to run, run and run some more, he is satisfied with 17. And he is depending on the defense to win the game.

  52. Buffalo hangin’ tough vs the future president of the United States team.
    Good for them playing hard.

    TD Bears! Everybody knows it’s Windy.

  53. spanky says:

    With Carolina New Orleans and Seattle winning, this game is meaningless now right?

  54. Irish Kevin says:

    First pass to Boldin since the 1st quarter? That tells me all indeed to know about Roman and Harbs play calling.

    • philippinefan says:

      Nothing new here Kevin but I don’t like the strategy. We need more points

    • NoFear49er says:

      Really? Does our W/L record help any? Or the fact that Roman will be looking at HC offers for all that “crappy” play calling?

      • Irish Kevin says:

        So you like the play not to lose and let the defense win the game? That’s fine but that kind of strategy will not win you a SB.

      • NoFear49er says:

        You’re the one who puts it in those terms. If you want to bitch about every running play, enjoy your bitching.

  55. philippinefan says:

    Saving VD, Boldin, Crabs from injuries?

  56. Grumpy Guy says:

    One score game and the Cards are driving. We might still blow this, even with the early lead.

  57. philippinefan says:

    Our D is playing Alot

  58. Grumpy Guy says:

    Fortunately, the Cards offense has its own problems, as does their kicker. Still think we are leaving too many points on the field today, and letting an inferior team hang aorund, within striking range. I hope it does not end up costing us.

  59. Patsy Cline: “I’m Feeley for so blue…”

  60. Grumpy Guy says:

    Snyder and Goodwin are just shaky in the middle of the line.

  61. philippinefan says:

    Lets hog the ball and run (sorry Kevin) this out

  62. Grumpy Guy says:

    And a really poor punt just when we did not need that gives them good field position. One of Andy Lee’s few bad kicks this year.

  63. Irish Kevin says:

    NF, 2nd and 23 and you are running the ball!! And it gets you no where so yes I will complain about every running. And show me where I am wrong about Harbaugh n going for the win. The Niners have not scored since the 1st quarter!! That is playing not to lose!!!

  64. Irish Kevin says:

    Walsh would at least get FG’s out of downs!!

  65. Grumpy Guy says:

    The game turned on those 3 and outs in the 2nd quarter when we did not convert on third and short in the Jumbo. that let AZ get back into it after it looked like they were going to get buried.

    Now we’re tied with no one to blame but ourselves.

  66. NoFear49er says:

    Crappy defensive play on that entire drive. No more complaining about getting passed over for the pro-bowl votes.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Started with the untimely bad punt.

      Tired defense, and all the momentum is on AZ’s side right now.

      Kappy may need to make a big play on offense to win this, or else Palmer will.

  67. rtfirefly says:

    Yes, Virginia, we can still be #6 and mebbe play Philly.

  68. Grumpy Guy says:

    You have to run… I’m just not happy with running out of the Jumbo. Spread the field and let Gore run to daylight. Letting them load the box against us inside just does not work often enough.

  69. I think that TD call stands. Why can’t you guys get behind me and say we’re better off losing and then how bout dem Cowboys!

    Easiest WC matchup for us BY FAR. It’s what’s best for The team. The team. The team.

  70. Irish Kevin says:

    There is no way this should go into OT, 3:20 is plenty of time to win this!!! Let’s see if Harbaugh has a pair.

  71. We’re better off losing. Take a dump.

  72. rtfirefly says:

    Chiefs 1st string kicker misses the chip shot game winner! Andy should’ve gone with the 2nd stringer.

  73. KC missed the GW FG as time expired. Overtime.
    You know why? It’s Alex Smith’s fault.

  74. Irish Kevin says:

    2 plays called every time and no huddle

  75. Grumpy Guy says:

    Our O-line looks awful – but Kappy has made a couple of good throws while running for his life.

  76. Grumpy Guy says:

    3rd and 2. Need to convert here.

  77. And that’s why we DON’T want to play GB and Aaron Rodgers.
    We’re better off losing today.

  78. Grumpy Guy says:

    THAT was a Hell of a kick right there. THAT was a ballsy call by Harbaugh on that one.

  79. rtfirefly says:

    GB TD on 4th and 8 midfield.

  80. IH1979 says:

    See you in Green Bay!

  81. Grumpy Guy says:

    This isn’t over yet. Our DBs are not playing well.

  82. Grumpy Guy says:

    Carlos Rogers was not even a speedbump there.

  83. Irish Kevin says:

    Wow, how many running plays did the Cards call there?? I couldn’t keep track!

  84. Irish Kevin says:

    This is all on Harbaugh and Roman!!

  85. Grumpy Guy says:

    One last chance to win in regulation.

  86. Irish Kevin says:

    Run the ball Jim, just run the ball!!

  87. rtfirefly says:

    Now I’ve got the Niners! Go Phil!!!

  88. Grumpy Guy says:

    482 total yards for a very mediocre AZ offense today. That is not acceptable.

  89. Grumpy Guy says:

    Delay of game AFTER a timeout. Not acceptable.

  90. Score? NFL.com not working. Last I heard Lee shanked a punt and it wasn’t looking good

  91. Grumpy Guy says:

    Terrific catch by Patton gives us a chance to win it anyway.

  92. Grumpy Guy says:

    We Win, 23-20 on a last second FG.

  93. rtfirefly says:

    Lambeau here we come…

  94. Grumpy Guy says:

    So we’re going to Lambeau.

    Not looking much like a playoff team to me. We’ve had no consistency this year. The O-line has been very shaky, regardless of Pro Bowlers. The passing game has been sometimes non-existent, as has the pass defense.

    We’d better bring our “A” game next week.

  95. That GW kick could very well come back to bite us in the ass.
    We coulda had Kyle Orton.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      I expect the Eagles to beat Dallas tonight, myself. Kyle will throw a Pick Six in Tony’s honor to lose the game.

  96. philippinefan says:

    GB, pack yer long johns

  97. Grumpy Guy says:

    Chiefs lost in OT to finish 11-5. If they go out in the first round, we’ll get a pick around the mid-20s of the 2nd round, late 40s overall. Not bad.

  98. Irish Kevin says:

    Even the announcers were questioning the play calling. Boldin and the WR’s get the Niners 17 points in the 1st quarter. Boldin does not see a pass thrown his way for 40 minutes?? Nice

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