Barbarians at the Gate

Well, the rioting from blogdom seeking Jim Harbaugh’s head on a pike a la Game of Thrones died down a little as the 49ers fought, scrapped, and ultimately flopped their way to a much-needed victory over the New Orleans Saints. They of the 19 game home winning streak dating back to late 2010.

The offense came out firing on all cylinders after an early pick by Antoine (Donte who?) Bethea, and some nice red zone running. Imagine my surprise that the 49ers ran out of 2-3 wideout formations. The defense played very well all game, and saved Colin Kaepernick’s bacon, as he once again tried too hard to make something out of nothing. Kappy was strip-sacked near the end of a stellar first half, but Chris Culliver picked off a real dumb pass by Drew Brees in the end zone to preserve the 49ers 21-10 lead.

The 2nd half? *Gulp* Well, the 49ers continue their maddening practice of shutting down in the 2nd halfs of games. Given the opportunity to close out the game, the 49ers seem intent on making the defense play mistake free football while they put together drives of 15 yards, -5 yards, 5 yards, and 26 yards, before the near-miraculous 51 yard pass to Michael Crabtree on 4th and 10 from the 22 set up the game-tying field goal.

Even through all that, the Niners nearly lost on N’Awlins version of the Hail Mary Santeria?), which they completed to Jimmy-hat Graham, but he was called for pushing off on Perrish Cox, and thus preserving the tie.

Overall, this game was called much better offensively than the Ram game (they just seem to find stupid-ass ways to beat us), and the offense, at least in the 1st half, was moving pretty well. Kaepernick was on-target, and if not for 7 drops (5 [!] by Boldin [including a sure TD] and one each by Crabs and VD [par for the course from these guys]), Kappy’s numbers would be much batter, and the game would have been a bit easier to win.

Defensively, what can you say about Chris Borland? After his 18-tackle debut vs the Rams, he follows that up with a 17-tackle performance yesterday, and he was the guy to recover the forced fumble by Ahmad (redemption) Brooks on Drew Brees, and thus set the stage for the game winning (ugly-ass) FG by Phil (Family Feud) Dawson.

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25 Responses to Barbarians at the Gate

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Triple whammy for the POTD . . .

    Good to see some new faces that aren’t retreads of ghosts of idiots past.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    The killer thing to me is the drops by the WRs. I mean I expect it from Crabs and VD, but Boldin had 5 drops. One of which would have been a TD.

    So far this season, our only TD in the 4th quarter came courtesy of Bruce Ellington in garbage time vs the Broncos. If we think we are a playoff team, we need to tighten that shit up.

    And ixnay with they opsdray . . .

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, the only thing consistent about this years team it their inability to find the juggler. We can’t seem to put anyone away even given the chance. Don’t get me wrong yesterdays game was one for the books but it should never have been that close. Real happy for both Frank and Carlos and the way we played on defense is quite amazing given all the injuries. Just like our World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, it ain’t over till it’s over.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t know if anyone saw this, but what a fuckup. . .

  4. Irish Kevin says:

    Okay so yesterdays game. This is what I noticed. in the first half Kaep was able to pass with accuracy and with touch on his passes. In the second half when the offense started sputtering Kaep went back to firing bullets to his receivers. Under pressure to perform Kaep seems to lose to the ability to do the touch pass. His accuracy is still there(see the dropped passes) but he is throwing 95 MPH.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Boldin’s drops were on different types of passes, and he dropped a sure TD on a well-thrown midrange pass. Granted, Kappy may have been flustered some by the 3rd quarter, but the WRs have to do a better job of helping their QB. ALL those passes were catchable. 7 drops is beyond terrible. It’s a different game with those catches, especially Boldin’s sure TD.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah …….a big BLEEP on those dropped passes in the second half! And a loud WOOF for Kappy for putting up that huge pass to Crabtree.

  6. Flavor says:

    this Trestman post game interview is pretty funny. “Did you see any loafing on the field.” Answer: “I did not see that.” This will probably go into Chuck’s spam filter because it’s a link but if it doesn’t and you haven’t seen it, enjoy.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Sanchez is throwing darts for the Iggles.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Not sure what’s wrong withCarolina’s d . . .

    • NJ49er says:

      No Greg Hardy for starters Chuck.
      Their Secondary isn’t very formidable either.

      I also think Cam is a fraud.
      Big arm, good wheels, not so cerebral otherwise.
      He makes way too many stupid decisions that tend to burn them when it matters.

  9. 12th man says:

    Veterans Day…….RESPECT

  10. 12th man says:

    Enjoy the day NF.

  11. 12th man says:

    Twin if you still check in from time to time I hope you enjoy your day too.

  12. Flavor says:

    Fantasy Alarm ‏@FantasyAlarm 3m3 minutes ago
    News Alarm: Patrick Willis ( – SF) 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) is likely to get season-ending surgery.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Aahhh fuck. Looks like Borland has more opportunities to play . . . which ain’t necessarily a bad thing . . .

    Still and all it’d be nice to finally get all these guys back on the field.

    That being said, I ain’t worried about the defense.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    As good as the team looked in the 1st half, once again, they were stopped repeatedly in the 2nd half. Whether by their own doing (drops, penalties) or the defense.

    That being said, the New York Football Giants should not be a team that should be much trouble.

    Which worries me. The Niners lay down for the crappy teams so far this year. See Rams and Bears.

    • Nipper says:

      BLEEP crappy teams!

    • NJ49er says:

      Hoping the bad mojo of the old stadium is gone Chuck.
      Nolan was relieved of duty after the last visit to the Meadowlands to face the NYG.

      New stadium this time around.
      We already won there vs the NYJ.
      Time to right the ship vs the NYG now and start a new chapter.

  15. Nipper says:

    The time is now to quit fooling around. Niners must beat the inferior teams which the Giants are this season. There is no choice win or this season dies prematurely.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Curse or no, the 49ers need to put together a complete game. These second half no-shows by the offense has lost us quite a few games. The defense for all the injuries has pulled their weight for the most part. They inexplicably went soft vs Denver, but the rest were solid games.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Things are looking iffy for Bowman this week, if not the rest of the year. He still has some pain and they are doing an MRI.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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