North Carolina Line – Playoff Week 2

For you Gene Vincent fans. . . .

Here we are in week 2 of the 2013 playoffs. Again, the Niners are the faves on the road. I understood that for the 8-7-1 Packers, but not quite the Panthers. They are the 2 seed coming off an 11-1 streak after starting slow at 1-3 and calls for Ron Rivera’s head. After 4 wins over some non-descript competition, they rolled into SF and beat us 10-9. A validation of their win streak. Which they followed up with a home win over New England. They overtook New Orleans to win the NFC South. They are a strong defensive team with a young, dynamic QB.

Sound familiar? Yeah, kinda like the 49ers.  This game looks to be a clash of the new-age NFL QBs. Big fast mobile QBs with big arms and dangerous legs. Their numbers are comparable, their records are identical, and their defenses are equally stingy. And Cam beat us. So, why do I think the 49ers will win? Mainly because when the 49ers played the Panthers, we nearly won the game despite missing many of our best players. Crabtree was still MIA, Aldon Smith was just back and rusty from rehab, Eric Reid and Vernon Davis were knocked out with concussions, and the team was struggling with every aspect of the offense. Mike Iupati and Joe Staley were dinged up, and Colin Kaepernick had his worst game as a pro, and I think they Niners abandoned the run to ill effect.

All that being said, the Niners were close. The troubling aspects of that game was the pressure Carolina got on Kappy with their base 4 man rush. They didn’t do much blitzing but still got 6 sacks. Gore had a good game, gaining 82 yards,  but, again, the play calling went away from the run, and all the Niner drives stalled in the 2nd half.

Anyhow, this looks to be another defensive struggle, minus the minus degree weather of Green Bay. Forecast for Charlotte, NC is 59º, light winds, and a 30% chance of rain. Again though, this is the playoffs. Mistakes are verboten. Frowned upon. And usually taken advantage of. The Niners had Green Bay held to 6 yards until the Kappy interception woke them up and they drove to a touchdown and an early lead. Point being, points will be hard to come by, and turrnovers can kill. Protect the ball. Contain Fig Newton, and force known fumbler DeAngelo Williams into a couple cough-ups and all should work out fine.

24-14 Niners.


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36 Responses to North Carolina Line – Playoff Week 2

  1. NJ49er says:

    Chuck I’m thinking the same way in terms of a possible final score.

    Offensively we should be far better than the first meeting.
    Sure, it’ll be a Defensive challenge but, we held them to 10.
    WR Steve Smith was healthier then too.
    We had next to nothing to offer in the WR category for that one too.

    I’ll venture a final close to what you’re suggesting.

    23-17 9ers

  2. NJ49er says:

    On another note –
    Oregon St DE Scott Crichton declared early for the Draft.
    Very possible he could be converted to an OLB in the 3-4.

    Might be a nice guy to consider behind Ahmad Brooks.
    6’3″ 260 with a 4.73 40
    Excellent tackle numbers along with 22.5 Sacks.

    Someone to keep an eye open for.

  3. I rarely (never) have anything good to say about Lowell Cohn and certainly not about Jr, Grant C but thought this was pretty good about difference between Bill W and J Harbaugh:

    • NJ49er says:

      Phil Cohn makes a decent evaluation there.

      We never had the ability to blog in Walsh’s era but, perhaps Walsh wouldn’t have been able to survive this sort of instant interaction either.

      We have in Harbaugh, what appear to be, a consumate competitor.
      What works well for him too is, he’s played the QB position, along with growing up as a Coach’s Son.
      Football is in his DNA.

      That combination of ingredients makes him an excellent resource for us.
      Again, another good Pick by Baalke.

      • twinfan1 says:

        I think Baalke would only get the GM job was because he promised that he could deliver Harbaugh. At least that’s my recollection of what I thought it appeared to be then. There was a lot going down at the time.

  4. philippinefan says:

    Chuck I’m just compiling the Niner prognostications. I think last year you had some compiled on the other playoff scores. Twin chipped in already @ 4:00pm 1/8. Up to you.

  5. philippinefan says:

    Wondering if that was bullit posting as “Spitblood” couple days ago? If so it must be getting lonely
    @ Skeebs….

  6. Nipper says:

    Niners 34 Panthers 31!

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Go for it, Phil. all I showed was our preseason picks for who would reach the playoffs.

    Yeah, interesting article. I thought it would be the standard ‘harbuagh’s a jock, Walsh was the cerebral one’ article,but he goes a little deeper. Walsh certainly had his demons, internally and externally (Eddie) and it dogged him throughout his coaching career, but it hasn’t been til recently that I’ve discovered the depths of the insecurity that Walsh faced on a daily basis.

    Harbaugh certainly has a stronger mental make-up to survive the rigors of being a head coach. Especially in this instant news era. He pretty much has been immersed in football his whole life, much like Walsh, but had a much more straightforward path to coaching in the NFL. The snubbing of Walsh by Paul Brown, his hero and mentor really played a big role in defining Walsh going forward. We’ll never know why Brown did what he did, but the blackballing of Walsh by Brown was a huge deal and it affected him for the rest of his life.

    • twinfan1 says:

      I think that medical professionals have clearly proven that jumping up and down 38 times in 3 hours with hands in the “holding postion” is bad for your health. Something to do with “blood flow”…uh, wait, that was something else.

    • philippinefan says:

      PB is supposed to have passed around a rumor that BW was an alcoholic to sabotage his HC interviews. Bill was obsessive and depressive but alcoholic? No evidence. But clearly Paul Brown was a man fully addicted to the number one addiction on planet earth = controlling others. Same for Halas and many others. PB damaged BW for his own benefit there is no doubt in my mind. Bill ‘forgave’ Brown when he achieved his own great success, initially at the expense of the Bengals in out first SB win. What have the Bengals done since our second whipping of them in another SB triumph? Jack shit including drafting Dalton and losing to San Diego last weekend. I’d say the curse of Brown on his team for stabbing Walsh lives on (partially for our benefit, eh?).

  8. shaman138 says:

    SF 30, Charlotte Kittens 27.

    And the 49ers will have to find a way to win in Seattle, as the Squawks will handle NO.

    Colts will stun the Brady Bunch, and the Manning donkeys take care of the SD Chokers.

    And Nipper stays thirsty.

  9. NoFear49er says:

    Gene Vincent? Rockabilly?

    Not bad Chuck, you may have a soul after all.

  10. NoFear49er says:

    I think the whole thing about Walsh’s dark side and his lifelong hatred of Paul Brown is way overdone.

    The praise he’s heaped on Paul Brown from the position of admiration rather than obligation should be a strong indication of his having gotten over it.

    I also think it’s way too early in the NFL head coaching career of Jim Harbaugh to say much of anything. He’s winning and it’s all sunshine. His description of manliness is a bit out of whack but I guess it beats Genghis Kahn’s description of happiness.

    Maybe a bit of _Scotland the Brave_ should accompany the team into the next “battle.”

    • philippinefan says:

      Well the “same” shit BW got from Brown carried over into his relationship with Eddie which became increasingly conflicted and pressured. Eddie had his own demons but Bill’s earlier history with Brown surely took its toll and likely contributed to his premature decision to quit the Niners. An understandable decision but one Bill soon regretted.

      Harbs is hopefully more bulletproof, durable, and winds up with a few SB titles of his own

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Harbaugh’s all about generalizations and platitudes with the media. Which is fine with me. No one is really blowing that much smoke up his ass except for, well, the media. ESPN, NFL Network blab blah blah.

    3 years and 3 playoff appearances, and a Super Bowl appearance under his belt is no mean feat for anyone not named George Seifert. Speaking of Seifert, talk about a guy getting no love. He designs and builds one of the strongest defenses of the 80s and 90s, earns 5 rings, 2 as head coach and no one knows his name. If Marv Levy gets in, certainly he and Flores (2x winner himself) deserve consideration. Plus John Brodie . . .

  12. 12th man says:

    Vikes are apparently still interested in Roman but not Fangio, they want to interview Tomsula!

    • Tomsula as HC = players coach like Jim H

      Or maybe Roman HC and Tomsula as OC? That would be cool for them

      • 12th man says:

        I like Tomsula, and he has been a HC in Germany before, I just thought it was telling that they want to interview Tomsula not Fangio.

        What am I not seeing about Fangio that with 3 years as DC, and remarkable performances for all 3 years, that he is not really in demand for interviews?

        He took over decent players, Baalke gave him more to work with and he has produced year after year. I don’t get it.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Twin, Baalke got the GM job when Scotty McLoughan quit before the 2010 season. Harbaugh was hired a year later.

  14. twinfan1 says:

    It was not clear he’d keep the job. I wasn’t clear. There was much speculation that Baalke was not going to keep the GM position. Then it came out that he supposedly had an in with Harbaugh.
    My recollection of this is correct.

    • twinfan1 says:

      Now you confussed me- I was right the first time. Baalke was *promoted* to the GM job on January 5, 2011. The hot rumor was that Michael Lomvbardi would get the job. 2 days after getting the GM job, Baalke hired Jimbo.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Then who was GM after Scotty Scotch left? Was Baalke interim? I don’t remember, just that the ‘nationwide’ search netted the guy in the house.

      • twinfan1 says:

        it’s easy to be confused about Baalke’s situation then because he had been the acting GM but he was not officially hired to be the GM until the night of Jan 4 2011 and then confirmed on the 5th.
        My speculatuion as to why he got the job is the same as I said earlier- that he could deliver Harbaugh. It *is* speculation, but I think it’s solid speculation because of how the dominoes fell.

  15. philippinefan says:

    “Scotland the Brave” theme song for Harbaugh’s Niners? Hell yes!

  16. Y’all remember what happened on this date 32 years ago, don’t you? That’s right. Famed actor and comedian Paul Lynde, best known for his role as Uncle Arthur on “Bewitched” and as the regular “center square” on the “Hollywood Squares,” died of a heart attack at age 55.

    Oh, and some schmuck of a WR from Clemson caught this pass from a sickly third-round pick of a QB from Notre Dame that changed the history of the San Francisco Forty Niners and the life of a 15-year-old mook who was lucky enough to be in attendance and be one small part of a moment, that still to this day remains the greatest moment of his life.

    I think I use that same Paul Lynde schtick each and every January 10.
    Why ruin a good thing…

  17. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . ..

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