Gearing Up for the GAME!!

Trent Williams didn’t practice today but he says he’ll do what he can to get in there. Deebo was a full participant, Ambry Thomas was limited but WAS practicing. Elijah Mitchell didn’t practice but he’s just resting up. Jimmy’s shoulder is off the injury report. So, hopefully we get the 2nd-half-vs-the-Rams-1st-half-against-Dallas Jimmy, not the throw-it-sideways-and-pray in Green Bay Jimmy.

Lots of people seem to be finding their way to the Rams bandwagon because they spent so much draft capital and capital capital on Stafford, Ramsey, Miller, ODB, and all that.

Well, fuck ’em. Flash don’t beat physical. Yes, I’m still waiting for this team to put a complete game together. I’m thinking this is the one. I’ve been busting Shanny’s balls a lot this year, but he has surprised me with his adjustments on both offense and defense.

They HAVE improved dramatically as the season has progressed. Deebo Samuel has asserted himself as a major offensive force in the NFL. He won’t get MVP, but to me he is the heart and soul of this offense. Elijah Mitchell is also a orce. He’s seemingly a respected vet after his spectacular season setting the 49er rookie rushing record.

Defensively, the biggest change is the fact that our defensive backfield finally got healthy. We were able to bench Josh (PI) Norman and the atrocious Dre Kirkpatrick. Dontae Johnson as well. Moseley and K’Waun Williams were desperately missed as the team held, grabbed, and PI’ed their way into the record books.

Special teams? Well, they earned their redemption for a season of crappiness with the Green Bay victory.

One thing that also has to be said is the team didn’t give up on itself. Through the shitty start, the injuries and the bad losses, Shanny kept the team focussed and on the same page. I really though his job was on the line as they staggered their way through the first half of the season, but here we are, on the doorstep of the Super Bowl.

You know. The original expectation. What a long strange trip it’s been. NO FAKE PUNTS!

Niners 30 – LA 20. Book it.

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25 Responses to Gearing Up for the GAME!!

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Too weird to think we may very well re-enact Super Bowls XVI and XXIII.

    Or even LIV.

    Speaking off special teams

  2. NJ49ER says:

    The Silverback comes to PLAY in GB.
    Man is possessed and we’re going to need that determination again on Sunday.

  3. Lurker John says:

    I don’t think the Bengals have a chance in hell of beating the Chiefs, but it would be a weird situation with the two Super Bowls, not to mention the SF-Cincy connection that goes waaay back.

    But Josh Allen had a game for the ages and still lost. Poor Buffalo, perpetually snake-bit, and they’ve had some really good teams. Those 13 seconds damn near takes Scott Norwood off the hook. Not really, but FFS. 13 goddamned seconds. Makes me even more grateful for the 5 Lombardi’s. Where winning was concerned, the Niners were ruthless and cutthroat back in the day. They took no prisoners.

    What a glorious time that was. I remember exactly where I was for all of their biggest victories. We’re so lucky to be fans of this historic franchise. Let’s get #6!

  4. Lurker John says:

    Amongst a sea of drooling, Seahawks-loving asshats, a guy I work with is also a die-hard 49ers fan and we commiserate often on the team. He’s a lot younger than me and a native Washingtonian, so go figure. I forgot the back story, but for whatever reason he loves the Niners.

    We were talking before the Cowboys game and I mentioned that the Niners would be wearing their scarlet jerseys because the Cowboys always wear white if they have a choice, which they usually do. They have the choice for their home games and the teams they play on the road almost always wear their colored jerseys. Some strange, historical luck, BS thing. He mentioned how good those jerseys look and he’s right. Best unis in the league, IMO.

    But I’ve watched the Packer game three times now and those white jerseys with the red trim look damn good too. The gold helmets really pop on top of those jerseys and that’s what they’ll be wearing again on Sunday.

    One of my favorite 49ers playoff games ever is the 1988 NFC Championship. I remember the Chicago media and their fan base gleefully proclaiming “Bear weather!” before the game, and it was nasty. Probably even worse that Saturday’s game because it was windier. But the Niners dismantled the Bears from the get-go. They wore the while unis in that game.

  5. Lurker John says:

    The Bears forgot that Monongahela Joe had played in a few cold games before. I figured it was high time I updated my avatar to honor the season. GO NINERS!

  6. Lurker John says:

    I like to watch it every now and then:

  7. Kyle Williamms says:

    This one was even better

  8. Winder says:

    I think this weeks game is up in the air. Vegas odds are giving us 3 1/2 points. I think it all depends on how we start this one. We have to be able to hammer Stafford at least a few times. He has never been this close to a trophy and he’s gonna probably be at his best. It’s not gonna be a comfortable game for the Niners. It’s gonna be a dogfight.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    3.5 for a road team is even money. Surprised we don’t get a little bump because of the huge Niner contingency that will show up.

    Williams is practicing, but very slowly.

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    This will be the most watched game this weekend. It should beat the Cowboy/Niner game, that was the most watched game that weekend. This is going to be exciting. I see myself going crazy, one second I am cheering and the next it will be WTF was that! This Niners tam is the 2010 SF Giants. No one picked them to win. I think Niners fans play a huge part in this! Some spots analysts say the Rams are a different team than the one the Niners beat in the regular season, I say BS, all teams had issues during the year, 3 weeks is going to make a team better? I don’t think so, health wise yes. But having the same talent you had 3 weeks ago. Ha! If that what the Rams think…they will be on the couch tipping a beer watching the SB.

  11. willedav says:

    I think Stafford will be same guy he’s always been over career–very mediocre. Having seen him twice vs. SF he hasn’t done anything to change my opinion. He ain’t playing the Cardinals.
    Shanahan knows how to beat Rams while McVay does not know how to beat SF, he’s only hoping. And if he has some success and makes an adjustment, Shanahan has shown he is smart enough to figure that out and counter, just like last time they played. It’s a match up problem Rams have not been able to solve.

    • Lurker John says:

      If DeMeco Ryans can dial up defensive schemes that befuddle a sure first-ballot hall of famer like Rodgers, he figures to come up with something good for Stafford too. Getting consistent pressure with their down linemen will be the key, but that’s the key every week for this team. Stafford may well go to the hall himself, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers.

  12. Lurker John says:

    This not going to be a comfortable game for the Niners? Seriously? The past month hasn’t been comfortable for them. They had the AFC #1 seed on the ropes in their building until they blew that game late; they had all manner of trouble with the mediocre Texans before putting them away; they got down 17-0 to the Rams in week 18 before they stormed back; they went up big on the Cowboys before letting them back into it, and they won in desperate fashion against the Packers.

    All three of those games went right down to the wire before they pulled them out. This entire season has been uncomfortable, especially the last three games. That’s just how they roll. I agree with Kevin, these guys are the football equivalent to the 2010 Giants, pure torture.

    Yeah, Sunday’s game will be uncomfortable. I don’t think they’d have it any other way.

  13. Lurker John says:

    Based on some reports and despite the Rams’ best efforts, there may still be a ton of Niners fans at Levi’s South on Sunday. One company that tracks ticket sales say it could be as high as 65%. That would be unbelievable. One Rams season ticket holder said he sold his seats valued at $186 apiece for $2000. Holy smokes. There could be a lot of red and gold in the stands again.

  14. Lurker John says:

    This will be the 49ers 15th straight game. These guys are hardened warriors. 15 weeks in a row. That is a lot of football.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    They’ve been close to the edge since week 10. That’s 10 straight weeks of pretty hardcore football and they’ve been improving all down the line.

    Starting with that week 10 Ram game. Whatever it is, Shanny has McVay’s number. Still thinking we take them handily.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Looks like Tom Terrific called it quits. Hell of a career even if the NFL bent over backwards to keep him upright.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Still will always be second to Joe Montana GOAT who doesn’t lose Super Bowls!! And was never a whiny bitch like Tom Brady!! About time that Brady’s balls are finally deflated!!

      • Winder says:

        I feel the same way about Montana. Different time, different demographic. Brady had a lot of things going his way and playing in that division didn’t hurt either. But you can’t take all those SB rings away, he earned em.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Funny to look at the stats of QBs in the 60s. 50% completion rate, 1:1, or worse, TD to INT percentage. 70s was nearing 60%, 3:1 TD/INT ratio. 80s even higher with the west coast offense and the rule changes. Now 70% is the ideal. 4:1 TD/INT ratio.

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