Wow. I’ve seen a lot of games in my time, but I don’t remember seeing a game with a blocked FG and a blocked punt in the same game. Let alone a playoff game. What a crazy way to win. Shanahan to his credit stuck with the run, and the Niners O line eventually wore down the Green Bay defense. It looked ugly when Shanny tried (and I screamed “don’t run up the middle!!!) and failed on the 4th down play. Jimmy G is like 8-8 on 3rd or 4th and 1 so don’t do it Shanny.
Jimmy tried his best to fuck the game up throwing a highly stupid red zone pick to Kittle who was open until Jimmy waited about 4 seconds too long to get rid of it. Then the defense forgot to cover Arron Jones and that turned into what could have been a pretty big nail in the coffin with a 50 yard gain to our 20 yard line. This is when the special teams, the much-maligned special teams make their first big play with the FG block by Jimmie Ward to end the half.
It sure seemed to wake up the team as they came out behind a 50 yard return by Deebo (gimme the ball, coach!) Samuel to set up our first points with a field goal. The D came on more and more as the game wore on after the first opening drive that appeared way too easy for the home team. We started out terribly as George Kittle dropped a slant very well looked like a TD based on where the Packers were. Next drive, Aiyuk dropped a pass, next was Samuel, and by the middle of the 2nd quarter, the Niner offense had 0 completions and 0 first downs, -14 net yards passing, and -7 running.
Then of course the back-breaking pick in the red zone. Another pass that should have been thrown high and deep so Kittle was the only one to catch it was instead short and behind Kittle for the pick. Between that and Shanny’s 4th down fuckup all appeared to be lost as the Niners turned the ball over on downs with 5 minutes left.
Then, wonder of wonders, Jordan Willis made a Patrick Willis style play by knifing between blockers and blocking the Packer punt. It was pretty funny, if I wasn’t having a seizure at the time, to see all the players looking around for the ball as it went straight up in the air about 100 feet. Rookie safety Talanoa Hufanga tracked it down and made the 5 yard walk into the end zone to tie the score.
Resilient doesn’t even begin to describe this team. 8 of their 12 wins have been of the road variety, including the last three to keep us playing, to go 9-2 down the stretch. Unreal.