The Not-So-Big Easy

Well, that was fun. In one of the biggest victories in the past 6 years, the 49ers outlasted the New Orleans Saints in the hostile environs of the Louisiana Superdome. George (taste the rainbow) (S)Kittle(s) stamped his mark on the game with a defender-dragging facemask-pulling romp and stomp down the left sideline for 39 yards + the 15 yard facemask penalty to set up the game-winning FG with 0:02 seconds left. In a Bavaro-like performance (yes, we all remember that) Kittle dragged 2 defenders 20 yard downfield while safety Marcus Williams tried to unscrew Kittle’s head using his helmet. No matter the outcome of this season, this game, much like the slug-fest last week against the Ravens, is an instant classic. And it feels MUCH better to be on the winning side of one of those.

Crazy thing is, the 49ers are now must-watch TV for the entire NFL. If these last 2 games were in prime-time, like the Green Bay games was shifted to, the praise would be heaped even higher on them.

So, in the toughest stretch of games ever attempted by any NFL team at any time, 4 division leaders and 4 teams with 10+ wins in the last 6 games, the 49ers are 2-1 so far. They have the Seahawks to play, in Seattle, so you have to hope Seattle trips over their dick like they did last night in LA. I would love for that game not to matter. I’d much rather see them at home in the NFC Championship game, or not at all.

Richard Sherman’s comment after the game were classic. He said:

“Boy, in the 1st half they really got us. But in the 2nd half . . . . . they got us again!”

The magnitude of the game wasn’t lost on him, and the defensive effort was akin to running underwater with a ball and chain on each ankle, but Sherman gets it. The Saints are an elite offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback. The defense missed some plays, they missed some tackles, and Witherspoon dropped what would have been a game-sealing interception, but this team has had what could have been devastating injuries to Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford, Westie Richburg, among many many others, yet still kept coming back. The biggest play of the game was very well the forced fumble by DJ Jones on Alvin Kamara. The Saints had taken the lead when the Saints intercepted a pass that skipped off Emmanuel Sanders’ hands to start the 3rd quarter, and the defense stood tall and forced a field goal.

Even with the pick, this was a shining example of a game that was won by Jimmy G and a very imaginative Kyle Shanahan offense. I wasn’t a big fan of some of the trick plays early (no more biplane sweep with Kittle), but the TD from Sanders to Mostert was executed to perfection. As was the option pitch from Juice to Mostert for 31 yards. Juice got blasted on the play, and he had less than a second to take the handoff and pitch it, but it got us a 1st down and continued a late 1st half TD drive that gave us the lead for the first time all day.

All in all, this was the most satisfying win in a looong time.

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19 Responses to The Not-So-Big Easy

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Once again, there are 2 Posts Of The Day!!

    Good stuff guys!

  2. Grumpy Guy says:

    We could be without Tartt, Sherman and K’Waun in the secondary this weekend. And Dee Ford is probably out. And Ronald Blair is not there to replace Ford. And Kwon…

    Pass defense cupboard is getting pretty bare.

    On offense, all eyes will be on Garland now. He won’t be Richburg, of course. But if he can hold up as well as Brunskill did at tackle, the offense will stay productive.

    But the defense really worries me. We had pretty good depth (for an NFL team in 2019), but we’ve gone through most of it. Not much margin left for error.

  3. Grumpy Guy says:

    Richburg done for the year as we all pretty much knew. Torn patellar tendon.

  4. Winder says:

    I wonder who they will bring in KS said that likely have to add some players. We might not get Ford back for awhile if ever this year. i don’t keep track of who’s on the waiver wire but i know teams are dumping players for all kinds of reasons. Most of em probably because they are not so good but I think KS can bring out the best in some of em. They will have to act fast so we should know in a day or so.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      Our offense is so complicated and takes so long to learn that any help there I would expect to come from the PS for this year. On defense, I could see us trying to bolster the secondary if there is anything out there.

      • Winder says:

        Yeah I was thinking more for the defense we could use at least one DB and probably one more DL/ and LB

  5. alleykat69 says:

    They better give Juice a couple days off from practice.He took 2 huge hits, the one on the cool pitch play to Mosert, and the short dumpoff throw from Jimmy G that was a helmet to helmet collision with him grabbing his helmet in pain.Thought he would be going into the blue tent and be ruled out, but he proved me wrong, those damm FB’s are one tough hombres…

    • unca_chuck says:

      I think Juice played that up a little bit. Not that it wasn’t a brutal hit. Payton’s reaction was classic. As was the fans. Like they should have just gone ahead and buried him out there on the field.

  6. NJ49er says:

    There’s also plenty of options to raid other teams’ PS players too.
    They’re unprotected.

  7. NJ49er says:

    From what I’m seeing, we’ve got Teez Tabor on our PS as the only CB.
    LAC and Saleh’s connection to the system makes the most sense if they were to try to pick off a PS player.
    CBs are pretty interchangeable but, hard to think you can plug and play at this time of year simply because of chemistry.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    We play press man a lot, so that shouldn’t be that hard to acclimate to. But finding a solid corner now will not be easy.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I’m more worried about our D line. And safety. Witherspoon came back fine, but:
    — Center Weston Richburg is out for this year and possibly next. Garland looked better Sunday than he did earlier against the Seahawks.
    — Safety Jaquiski Tartt is day to day with a cracked rib
    — Richard Sherman has a moderate hamstring strain. He’ll be out at least two weeks.
    — Defensive lineman Dee Ford will be out at least three weeks after tweaking his already-injured hamstring.
    — Defensive lineman D.J. Jones is day to day with a sprained his ankle.
    — Cornerback K’Waun Williams has to pass the concussion protocol to return.
    — Wide receiver Marquise (who?) Goodwin has a knee and toe injury. Adios.

    Actually, I’m worried about all of it. We had a stacked team a couple weeks ago but we are getting thin at the wrong time. Hopefully we can get these next couple wins without too much damage and get healthier for the playoff run.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    OBJ running around on the field saying “come get me” is pretty lame. Great player, yeah, and he ain’t on the same playing field with AB. Yet. But, dude. Shut up and play. You WANTED out of NY. You got it. Now you want out of Cleveland? I mean who doesn’t, but this was your choice.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t blame a great player for wanting to play for a real team. If he’s right about the Browns’ medical staff mistreating his injury… His career is being wasted by circumstances out of his control.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Well, he can be part of the problem, or part of the solution. He has dropped a shit ton of passes this season. His injury? Who knows? Only he does. But he had to know going to Cleveland was going to be challenging at best. A steaming turd at worst. He is closer to the outhouse than the penthouse.

  12. Grumpy Guy says:

    I don’t believe the 49ers have the cap room next year to even worry about OBJ. Especially if we try to keep some of the guys up for FA who will be looking for a payday.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I don’t want him anyway. I’d try to keep Sanders rather than backup the truck for Ol’ Dirty Beckham.

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