Playoffs? Playoffs?!?!? PLAYOFFS ! ! ! ! ! Week 1 of 4

Well, those were some crazy ass games today. Alex Smith matches Andrew Luck TD for TD, throws no picks to Luck’s 3, and still KC loses 45-44 after Smith and Co built up a 38-10 lead minutes into the 2nd half. Philly and NO played a more defensive battle in the cold, and NO wins their historic first road playoff win hitting the game-winning FG as time ran out 26-24.  Again, the winning QB was the one throwing picks as Foles had none, and Brees had 2. NO brought something they haven’t shown too much of, and that’s a strong run game. Something KC could have used, but lost early with Jamaal Charles leaving after the 1st series,  and the backup RB Knile Davis also going out in the 3rd quarter.

The good news for me, besides the entertainment factor of these games was the fact that the refs were for the most part in the background. There were no blown calls, and there were no game-changing mistakes from the guys in the stripes.

So, here we go. We are the last playoff game, and I think this is another exciting nail-biter. However, I think we can wear down Green Bay’s banged up defense and win this going away. 31-20 in the cold cold cold is still my call.

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266 Responses to Playoffs? Playoffs?!?!? PLAYOFFS ! ! ! ! ! Week 1 of 4

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Batting .000 so far!

    • That’s OK, everyone either goes to the can or to the fridge when you’re up to bat anyway. No one gives a flying fig what your average is. Make something up that is good, but not that good. But good enough to sit on the bench so you could pinch hit for Manny Mota, who was pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon…

  2. Chuck sez: 31-20 Niners. The good news is we seem to match up well with Green Bay with our base defense. The Niners only got 2 sacks in week 1 but Rodgers was harassed all game, and completed 56% of his passes. Kappy on the other had went for 70%. I think the Niners can wear down Green Bay’s defense, and keep Rodgers from going too crazy.
    NJ49er says: 27-17 9ers
    I’m concerned about our Secondary in the cold mostly. Rodgers can wing it and cold weather favors them. Have to keep Rodgers from rolling. Sacks would be nice but, we can’t allow him to buy time. Hurries could be better than sacks in this kind of weather. Talking below zero wind chill factor for this one.
    Gotta keep their O off the field. Good place for the Power Run game.
    12th man: 21-17 Niners. Looking forward to Sunday it looks like a frigid day in Green Bay. I will take the Niners 21-17.

    Irish Kevin says: At home watching The Herd, Colin calls the Niners the best team in the NFL, 1. Niners, 1A. Seattle, 3. Denver. He also says Niners by 7, maybe by 10 over GB.

    Irish Kevin says: Don’t know the teams well enough to call a score. But my score to the Niner game stands at Niners 20 – GB 13

    phil fan says: I have Niners by 7 too. Ten wouldn’t surprise me. Never heard a player make a call like that before.

    Flavor says: I’m gonna say 26-24 Niners.

    snarkk says: 33-24 Niners. Niners have the better talent. But, that doesn’t guarantee a win, with Rogers at oppo QB, and the Niner secondary limping. The outside rush may have difficulty getting leverage due to a slippery field, so IMO J. Smith and rush up the middle is imperative to get into Rodgers’ face. Since the GBay defense sucks, I’ll go with the Niners controlling the ball, and winning 33-24. If the field is like an ice rink in the second half, the offense should have the advantage. Gore should run 20-25 times against these Pack putzes. If Frank gets over 100 yards and Niners have 2 or fewer turnovers, they should win. Dawson should play a pretty big role with 3 or more FGs. In that frigid weather, I expect turnovers. Hell, in that cold, a polar bear would fumble a seal…

    twinfan1 says: 21-17 Niners. My call- Harbaugh’s style pays off in this one. Same score as in the first Ice Bowl, with the visitors on top this time. Bad weather can throw the best plans for a loop. My point? The great coaches play it on the fly if need be. BTW, let’s see if this beats “Ice Bowl 1″. The weather that day: -2 degrees, relative humidity 55%, wind 15 mph, wind chill -23

    phil fan says: 34-27 Niners. We’re going to score on these guys and Rodgers and co. will put up 3 TDs. It wont be enough. Our run game the difference as Kap will match Rodgers. “General” Patton could be the difference with LMJ on punts

    I want KC, Chargers + Niners mainly for sentimental reasons. Saints/Eagles- I like Eagles but am rooting for Saints so we play Panthers. Is that wise? But first we have business in GB

  3. NJ49er says:

    I was surprised to see Alex playing his version of Kaep with the Read/Option in Indy today.
    He played a good game for the most part considering JCharles went out very early.

    I happen to think the final play was more on Alex than Bowe.
    Alex had room to lead him inside more IMO.
    Didn’t get a good view of the entire field but, I didn’t notice a S toward the hash on that side of the feld.

    Tough break.
    Improves our Draft Pick though.
    Thanks Alex.

    • philippinefan says:

      NJ- Heard AS worked w/ Chris Alt Kaps coach during off season FWIW

      • NJ49er says:

        Yes I’d heard that too Phil.
        Just thought it was odd to see Alex doing it.
        Pull all the stops in the Playoffs.
        No tomorrow when you lose.

  4. philippinefan says:

    Thought it interesting Saints ran the ball in the cold weather effectively (195 vs 80 for PHI) and won despite Brees 2 TOs. Expect we’ll see a lot of that tomorrow = eat up clock and keep AR on bench. Best chance for GB is to grab an early lead passing and run the ball. Thats what we’ll be doing I bet

    • NJ49er says:

      The cold weather favors the running game.
      Hope we can control that aspect of the game and keep this game in our hands.
      Can’t look past Rodgers and our questionable Secondary.

  5. NJ49er says:

    Handling the ball in sub-freezing weather is a tall order.
    Have to focus on the fundamentals and grind out a WIN.

  6. snarkk says:

    Saw none of the games, but per highlights Alex Smith played the best game I’ve “seen” him play. He was quick, decisive with his passes, and ran well. Wasn’t his fault they lost. I guess the lack of a running game killed ’em. How can you lose a playoff game up by 28 in the second half? Ouch…

    • NJ49er says:

      Yeh Snarkk, hard to fault Alex too much.
      He blew one easy throw to a wide open RB (Gray?), that could have turned that game momentum around. Instead I think it sparked the Colts at that point.
      Even so, Alex did enough to win that game.

      KC took a few important injuries and all but, the D in KC stood for Disappeared.

      No reason to lose the huge lead as they did.
      Lousy clock management played into it late as well.
      Watched too many KC guys running out of bounds late in that one too.

  7. snarkk says:

    Let the KC loss of their game with a big lead give a esson to Harbs. Don’t sit on a lead, especially when you’ve got a gunslinger QB in opposition. If you’ve got a lead, and I hope the Niners get one early, keep piling on with offense, and keep the pressure on with your D…

  8. Grumpy Guy says:

    I hear the over/under on frostbite victims is 7.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    KC didn’t sit on the lead. After KC scored to open the 3rd quarter, Indy scored easily, and Reid went right back to passing. Smith scrambled was sacked and stripped of the ball. Instant TD for Indy. So, in the course of 2 minutes, Indy had 14 points. At the time I said they should be running more. It went from 38-10 to 38-24. A big momentum shift.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Alex’s intentional grounding penalty was on Alex, wasn’t it? Just checking.

      I haven’t heard anyone giving any credit to Indy’s defense being able to totally change their game plan in the second half and slam the door on the Chief’s scoring. I know they lost some starters but wasn’t it Reid who was heaping praise on his backups being able to step up last week?

      • unca_chuck says:

        Luck threw 3 picks. No one goes through a game without mistakes. You haven’t heard anyone giving Indy’s defense credit. If this is your news source, you might not get all the facts. Try as I might.

        Backups playing in a meaningless game is a little different than the playoffs on the road.

      • NoFear49er says:

        Here, my news source? Not freakin’ likely. Oh, wait! There’s some typical blog news right there. “A meaningless game is different than the playoffs on the road.” Thanks, chuck. Tell Andy Reid, you’re football-smarter than he is.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    We have Tarrell Brown back, right? I know he was out with bruised ribs. If he’s up to speed, I won’t feel tooo too bad about Rogers being slowed/out. Or even Wright.

    Brown’s listed as probable, so I guess he’s good to go. It looks like he’s been in the last couple games as well. With these guys banged up, I’m a little worried about GB’s slot guys. Cobb and Jordy Nelson.

    Pressure pressure pressure. Get in Aaron’s face early and often.

  11. No Carlos Rogers and no Eric Wright would mean a whole lot of Darryl Morris and Cox trying to cover the Pack wideouts. That’s some fresh meat for Aaron Rodgers to eat up. Ring the dinner bell.

  12. OK, all these WC games can’t be last-minute thrilling nail-biters. There’s gotta be a blowout somewhere. Cincy wins big — 37-17. Maybe even throw in a late Pick 6 for good measure.

  13. barleyfreak says:

    I noticed the refs too, Chuck — in the only way I want to notice them. It was refreshing not to see any legit hits being called PFs. Let’s hope that continues. If we’re going to beat em, or get beat by em, I want the refs to have NOTHING to do with it.

    Anyway — we’ll beat em. Here are my numbers:

    30-28 Niners
    175/100 (my blood pressure during the last two minutes)
    80 (the proof of whatever I can drain from my liquor cabinet)
    17 (the number of fans at Lambeau treated for cold/frostbite related conditions or injuries

    Good luck, gentlemen.

    Go Niners!!!!!

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Judging from Skeebs and here, True First Alex Love is a lifelong thing (cue Shakespeare here). Nevermind that the only Chiefs victories in their last 7 regular season games, with a healthy Charles, were against Washington and The Undead Als.
    That means they finished 2-6. But it’s not Alex’s fault. Ever. Never. The starting QB only has an impact on victories, when it’s all to his credit.

  15. rtfirefly says:

    True Alex First Love is alive and well at Skeebs and here. It’s so romantic (cue Shakespeare here) to carry a torch for a QB who won 2 of his final 7 games! He beat the Skins and the Undead Als!

  16. unca_chuck says:

    If you can’t see that the loss isn’t on Alex, then you don’t get football. Whenever your defense gives up 35 points in 2 quarters, you don’t stand too much of a chance at winning. Reid should have run more in the 3rd quarter. The sack fumble was a big play. Besides, if that was Romo, you guys would be creaming yourself at how good a game that would be for him. I Unfortunately. that WASN’T a Romo game, because Smith threw no picks.

    Gleefully laugh at his (and his team’s) failure as you will, but they were 2-14 last year. I don’t think KC is down on Alex.

    • unca_chuck says:

      I mean really. If NoFear can acknowledge that Smith played a good game, just leave it at that.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Alex did NOTHING in the final 28:50. He didn’t see or sense Mathis coming for him from his throwing side while he was scrambling – horrible mistake.
      Oh and BTW, two passes accounted for over 120 yards and 2 TDs, one where the wide receiver was not covered by anyone, and the other a one yard pass with a 60 YAC.
      When a QB blows a 28 point second half lead, despite his opposite number contributing his two second half picks, IT’S NOT HIS FAULT!
      Alexcuses 1001, 1002…

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Here comes a big call in the Cincy game. Hometown call would be incomplete, no ‘football move.’

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Shit. These refs are all calling shit right. I hope because these are the best of the group?

  19. It must be Niner playoff time because I’m already feeling the butterflies in my stomach.
    Either that or all the muscle relaxers, Vicodin and Bud Light is making for a bad chemistry. I need chemist. Where’s Walter White when ya need ’em.

  20. When our games starts, do not adjust the color on your TV.
    Lambeau Field is indeed brown.

  21. NoFear49er says:

    Going to be tough to pull this one out if they keep giving up the ball. Weather was better than expected and the only guys fumbling are the ones from Cinci. Maybe the last quarter in inclement weather will help.

  22. NoFear49er says:

    Dalton screwing himself into the ground.

  23. NoFear49er says:

    Both Ds have kept the #1 receiver threats in check. I expected a lot more from Giovani today.

  24. Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton are losing to a SD team that shouldn’t even be playing today yet from the grace of some horrible officiating. Another L today would make Lewis 0-5 and Opie 0-3 in the playoffs respectively. Changes are needed, but won’t happen. Makeup your bed the same way each day and continue to fall out of it…

  25. Yet SD is trying their damnedest to keep giving Cincy second chances…
    WTF kind of call was that on 3rd and short?

  26. rtfirefly says:

    Revenge for 1981.

  27. Ciny was 8-0 at home this yr during the regular season. The playoffs are a different animal, and the Bengal Tigers (Panthera Tigris Tigris) , with Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton leading the charge couldn’t beat Siegfried and Roy.

  28. So no one is taking the historic GB Packers as a home dog in the playoffs? I guess you all left that for me…OK, I think the cold will play a part, especially in the kicking game — missed PAT, block, muffed punt, etc…I expect to move the ball fairly well vs the suspect GB defense. However, I think Aaron Rodgers will make the difference. Second off the layoff (horse racing term) he’ll make us pay with Carlos Rogers out.

    29-24 Pack

    Now it’s time to get seriously hammered and medicated. Go Niners!

  29. I was comment #49. Earl Cooper. Cooooop!

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Lets hope we don’t see 3 runs and out

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    Nice move by Crabs

  32. Irish Kevin says:

    IMO, mix it up, don’t go run heavy, maybe 60/40 run.

  33. rtfirefly says:

    I like the three endzone passes. You can still get the 3.

  34. All that shit for 3 pts and we had to burn TWO time outs in the process.
    Did we fire Jim Harbaugh yet?

  35. NoFear49er says:

    Yeah, passing it in red zone is a bunch different than running it. These plays must work better than they look in practice. And just enough TOs left for a bad challenge.

  36. rtfirefly says:

    Refs won’t call much today. Faster the game, faster they get warm.

  37. Shoulda been a PI in the end zone, but the play shoulda never happened.
    It was another delay of game that wasn’t called.

  38. IH1979 says:

    Up the ass on that non call. Just keep it even

  39. Fangio and our D look like they were in GB’s offensive team meetings the entire week. Great calls and execution thus far across the board. Top notch. Top notch!

    • NoFear49er says:

      I was a little concerned that we would start slow and GB would get up on us early. Instead we look like the cold weather team out there on defense victimizing those warm weather pansies.

  40. Did Kap dye his hair red? That sure looked like an Andy Dalton playoff pass to me.

  41. NoFear49er says:

    TO changes the MO

  42. NoFear49er says:

    Damn! They put up 7s while we put up 3s.

  43. And just like that…

    Kicking FGs when you have 1st and goal does NOT win you playoff games.

  44. Grumpy Guy says:

    We get FGs in the Red Zone; Rodgers gets a TD.

    Eight years, two fired coaches and a QB change later, and it’s the same damned song.

  45. IH1979 says:

    Time to start scoring touchdowns instead of these bitch ass pussy field goals.

  46. NF, they got “MO” big time on their side now. Don’t panic. We need to remain calm and execute our game plan. We’re out-playing these suckers — by a lot. Just so happens it doesn’t reflect on the scoreboard.

  47. Grumpy Guy says:

    Best individual play on that drive: Frank Gore’s block that sprung Kaepernick.

  48. rtfirefly says:

    Exactly halfway to my pregame prediction.

  49. Irish Kevin says:

    Dennis, with Rogers, FG’s are not going to cut it. And itis a good thing Kaep runs when needed.

  50. Now it does, TD Gore after big Kap run

  51. That’ was a helluva answer. Take that, MO! You, too, Larry and Curly.

  52. IH1979 says:

    Now the refs are trying to change the game

  53. IH1979 says:

    Niner D letting Rodgers beat them. Terrible

  54. Irish Kevin says:

    The Niners had better start catching their passes. If Rodgers continues to pass the way he is, this could be like the KC/Ind game

  55. Grumpy Guy says:

    Slight edge at the half. But this game is up for grabs – it’s most likely going to be won by whichever team can run most effectively as it gets colder late in the game. Our O-line makes a lot of money and gets a lot of praise – time to earn it today, if they can.

  56. IH1979 says:

    Hopefully the “adjustment” won’t be to stop pressuring Rodgers and drop more into coverage, that would be a recipe for disaster. That said, once Rodgers escapes the initial rush, he’s not missing.

  57. rtfirefly says:

    Now is the time for ultra-conservative. Run, run, Kappy scramble, Crabs short, run, run, run.
    Or not.

  58. Irish Kevin says:

    Time out first play of the half????

  59. NoFear49er says:

    Mike Martz had better clock and game management.

  60. Flavor says:

    He didn’t have his fucking play sleeve on, that’s why he called a to

  61. We have to burn a TO on our first play coming out of the half.

    Did we fire Jim Harbaugh yet?

  62. Irish Kevin says:

    Not knowing what to do coming out of half time that is on the coaching staff and the HC

  63. We DESERVE to loser this game. Fuck us.

  64. IH1979 says:

    That last series was horrible. Bullshit. A fucking time out? Rodgers is going to calmly win this this game

  65. NoFear49er says:

    Three and out after running the time-out play. That’s why passing isn’t always the answer. Better to play smart than always trying to outsmart.

  66. IH1979 says:

    Motherfucking cocksucker, another TO.

  67. Grumpy Guy says:

    Whether its Kap, the coaches, or the play calling, this sucks. We look completely clueless out there.

  68. And there goes our second TO w/ > 8 mins remaining in the 3rd Q.
    And we come out of the TO to take a sack. This team makes me sick.

  69. NoFear49er says:

    They brought six on that one. Where was the hot read on that third and long pass play?

  70. NoFear49er says:

    If they get their run game going here we’re in trouble.

  71. Why don’t punters use the old “coffin kick” any more?
    Kick it down the middle and it bounces into the end zone — every goddamn time.

  72. NoFear49er says:

    Must be feeling the cold now.

  73. IH1979 says:

    O couldn’t have come up with worse game plan. Now they’re running all over us. Game over

  74. NoFear49er says:

    Brooks pushed him over the line.

  75. Grumpy Guy says:

    Should have had Lacy short of the FD there and we did not get it done.

    We are squandering opportunities on offense right now and it could cost us.

  76. Grumpy Guy says:

    We had terrific field position near midfield, and we get one yard rushing and two INCs and punt.

    That is the sort of thing that loses football games.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Luckily they can’t catch today either.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Ball feels like a solid brick I’m sure.

        Still waiting for one team’s O-line to grab control and make the run game go – and then it’s over.

        Of course, lucky fluke pass plays like that help too.

  77. rtfirefly says:

    Saving cutdown by Cox.

  78. NoFear49er says:

    Damn Cobb! GB has confidence in its defense now.

  79. rtfirefly says:

    But don’t you dare hit the QB, you’ll get flagged.

  80. IH1979 says:

    Niners absolutely derserve to lose this game. They’ve played like shit. GB D deserves credit. Rodgers makes plays when e has to, unlike that piece of shit half a spook Kapernick

  81. Grumpy Guy says:

    There goes the lead.

  82. And just like that…

    Did we fire Jim Harbaugh yet?

  83. That 4th and 2 completion to Cobb looked more like Johnny Football, then it did Rodgers.

  84. Irish Kevin says:

    Rodgers should have been sacked, OL man was pulling and holding McDonald

  85. Grumpy Guy says:

    Kap has to run to give us a chance to win. He cannot get it done with his arm alone, not in this weather.

    And there is an ugly pass that should have been picked if the DB had turned around.

  86. Grumpy Guy says:

    We need to score on this drive.

  87. Grumpy Guy says:

    And there we go.

    Now can our D stop the packers?

  88. Grumpy Guy says:

    As bad as some of Kap’s throws / decisions today have been, that was brilliant – thread the needle in a very tight window to VD.

  89. Grumpy Guy says:

    Lacy with an ugly gift drop there – Aaron had a week to throw.

  90. Grumpy Guy says:

    Another Houdini bs first down for Rodgers.

  91. NoFear49er says:

    WTF? Willis bounces off without wrapping.

  92. Grumpy Guy says:

    Cox with a horrific whiff on the unblocked corner blitz.

  93. That was Aaron Rodgers at his finest there.
    Shit.

  94. IH1979 says:

    Ok.
    That half a honky Rodgers is beating out asses all over the field.

  95. Grumpy Guy says:

    Lacy at 81 yards, starting to wear our line down. And slowing the pass rush.

  96. Hey! We’re not the only ones who frivolously have to burn TOs.

  97. Grumpy Guy says:

    Big time play by NaVorro.

  98. Grumpy Guy says:

    Refs are callign nothing… Aldon was towing a Packer lineman on that play, had a hold of Aldon’s butt.

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