Huh. This Was What I Thought We Were

That was a bit of a shock. Big Dick Nick engorged himself on a defense that couldn’t stop George Kittle as the 49ers raced to a first half lead they didn’t manage to give up. Although the stat differential was more than crazy.

  • Kittle. He had 7 catches for 210 yards in the first half, and 0 for 0 in the 2nd.
  • The Niners gained 332 yards in the 1st half – 57 in the 2nd.
  • The Niners scored 20 in the 1st, and 0 in the 2nd
  • The Niners gave up 0 in the 1st, and 14 in the 2nd (and Denver passed up 2 easy FG opportunities)

The big difference? They closed a game out without blowing it. Granted, they were helped immensely by Vance Joseph. He turned down 2 opportunities to kick field goals in a game that the 49ers couldn’t restart their grounded offense in the 2nd half. they did go 5-7 on those 4th down conversion attempts, but those 2 they didn’t make were huge. They were also helped by a pick on a ball that was dropped by Trent Taylor.

And overall, this is what I thought we had on defense. The team was flying around making tackles, not giving up big runs, getting pressure, and causing enough mayhem to keep Denver’s recent successful run game slowed to a crawl. From what I gathered after the game, the defense especially went with the young players at the cost of guys like Malcolm Smith, Dekoda Watson, and Jimmie Ward. D.J. Reed had a phenomenal game as he was all over the place on his 12 tackles. Solomon Thomas had a lot of inside pressure,  Blair and Reed both got sacks, and the defense held Case Keenum to 186 yards in the air on 24-42 passing. Denver got theri run game going a little with Phillip Lindsey, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

Sure, we turtled up in the 2nd half. But we got the 1st downs they desperately needed in the end as they (almost) ran out the clock to finish the game. BDN even shriveled up a bit as he hiked the ball too quickly on the 4th down play and gave Denver one additional play, but it didn’t matter.

In the end a decent win against a decent team. And we still hold the #1 seed. Can’t ask for much else. And I think BDN has solidified his place as the backup. The Beater should shine up his jock and get ready to move along.

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10 Responses to Huh. This Was What I Thought We Were

  1. Winder says:

    Even though we were pretty much stopped in the 2nd half I was still happy that we beat the fucking Broncos. Our fans need to see some good shit happen. My confidence in Shanny is fading some though. He’s got one more year in my eyes to make us a competitive team.

  2. rtfirefly says:

    Get Jimmy G. and Nick Bosa and there will be no more questions about Shanny.

    OK, the status of the Bosa Express:
    1) We need AZ to win @ Atl this weekend. The Falcons have lost 5 straight. If Atl wins, as I expect, then;
    2) We need Atl to win @ TB week 17.

    Otherwise, AZ trades the Bosa pick and we don’t get him. We’ll have to hope much lower rated Josh Allen turns into a stud.

  3. Winder says:

    RT- I still think LA lays down the last game of the year. The only thing that will stop them is if NO keeps winning.

  4. Bullitt says:

    Get me home.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Seattle, for al their coaching changes, and player dumping, are doing a pretty damn good job of being relevant. Hate to give them props, but they look pretty good despite all their shit they went through.

    That being said, they totally mangled their last drive before the half. 3rd and 1 from the 4 and they burn 53 seconds and only get 2 plays off. One gets them the 1st down, the next one is a pressure pick that should have been a pick 6 for Minnesota. They could have run 3-4 plays and instead blew it completely. They are dominating the game and lead 3-0. 201 to 83 yards.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Typical Seattle call. The ball was uncatchable and ticky tacky PI.

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