Man, this has been quite the season. What is it about San Francisco sports teams this year? The Giants come out of nowhere to win 107 games??? The Warriors storm out to the best record in the NBA? And now we have the Jekyll and Hyde 49ers turning on the jets after staggering out of the gate. One game from the Super Bowl? These guys were DOA after getting waylaid by the Colt McCoy-led Arizona Cardinals and were at 3-5.
Sputtering offense, shoddy defense, mediocre special teams. The maddening crowd, including me, was calling for a quarterback change, and a coaching change at the end of the year. But internally, the team kept their cool. They didn’t fracture behind the obvious division that the Trey Lance signing could have caused. Or the offensive woes as the team struggled to score. Or the injuries. Or the shoddy defense and bad clock management. The Super Bowl and NFC West crown dreams vanished in a hurry.
Thankfully the Rams provided the springboard for our current run back in week 10 as we pounded them into submission with a 15 minute game-opening TD drive and a 31-10 shellacking.
Something I think we repeat tomorrow. The Rams are the Rams. They make plays, but they also make mistakes. They blew a 17 point lead against us and lost, and blew a 24 point lead against the Bucs and won. Matthew Stafford can be pressured into mistakes, and our defensive line has really ratcheted up the pressure. In the last Ram game, Ryans dialed up a few blitzes on some obvious passing downs and got sacks. And most importantly, Ambry Thomas was a full participant in practice, so no Dontae johnson in the slot. We will still need help with Cooper Kupp, but I feel much better with Ambry out there.
So, buckle up for a big day of football.
Don’t know why, but I’m feeling a rematch of Super Bowl XVI and XXXIII. KC’s defense will not slow down Cincy enough to win.