NFC Championship Game! Down Goes Dallas!

Well, that was certainly a knock-down drag-out game for the defenses. Much can be said about this game and the plays the defense made, but the game pretty much came down to a one-handed juggling stumbling 30 yard reception by George Kittle late in the 3rd quarter to finally get the Niner offense going. After that play, the run game finally got some traction, and the team was able to finally get into the end zone to get on top 16-9.

Say what you will about the ineffective offenses, both these defenses came to play. And the DBs came up with a couple huge interceptions at opportune times. Sure, those picks only garnered 6 points, we needed every one of those points. Demo Lenoir has been targeted a lot in recent weeks, but he’s the one with 2 INTs in this postseason. Jimmie Ward also broke up a pass that was caught by one of the defensive standouts, Fred Warner.

Brock had a gutty game facing pressure nearly every drop-back, and with stifling coverages, did just enough to get the team into FG range on a couple of early drives. Dallas did get their TD early in the 2nd quarter mixing runs, passes and an 11 yard scramble for an early 6-3 lead. Funny, I think Maher misses the XP even if Ebukam doesn’t block it. But Purdy, in his usual style, did not turn the ball over. Albeit a dropped pick by Diggs was a huge help. Dallas did a good job of stopping the run game for about 2-1/2 quarters, and our early drives were stopped. Lenoir’s pick set us up in prime territory, but couldn’t get it in despite being on their 21. Next drive stalled at our 29 for another FG and a 6-6 tie.

Dallas gave the Niners another shot when Dak threw a ball right to Jimmie Ward that he deflected to Warner, and we kept Dallas from scoring and turned into a 3 point lead.

Still and all, Shanahan can’t seem to get out of his own way. On that drive before halftime, he wasted 26 seconds on a 3rd and 1 because in his words, he didn’t want to give Dallas time to mount a drive of their own. The problem there is WE were driving the ball. Fail on the 3rd and 1 and the Niners punt and Dallas gets the ball on their 15 with 35 seconds and 1 timeout. While WE had the ball, 56 seconds left, TWO timeouts, and the ball on our 38 yard line. Much more favorable conditions.

Instead, Shanny ran the clock down, we barely got into FG range, and nearly blew it anyway by running one more unnecessary play with 7 seconds left. Gould made the 50 yarder, and we took the lead, but coaching in the playoffs you NEED to go for the throat when you are driving the ball. Shanahan has been doing a good job calling plays and getting the most out of our opportunities, but that one really pissed me off. It shows a lack of faith in the offense.

But, we got through the game fairly unscathed, and now will be flying to Philly. Our third NFC Championship game in 4 years. This is gonna be another tough one.

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22 Responses to NFC Championship Game! Down Goes Dallas!

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    Yeah, tough to win on the road. Brock will not have the crowd behind him. And the article I put a link in the last thread, also called out Kyle for clock management. But the author also said Kyle is not the only one to not give the other team a chance to score at the half.

  2. Irish Kevin says:

    Looks like it will be in the high 40’s and low 50’s at game time

  3. Winder says:

    That was old-time bruiser football and it looks like we got through with no major injuries. Looks like we are gonna be a big underdog in Philly and that makes me happy. The media talking heads have been saying the Niners were #1 until Saturday and now Philly is. They played a hell of a game against the Giants but those teams know each other really well and the Giants just didn’t show up. The way to beat these guys is to frustrate them out of their game plan. I gotta believe we can do it. This is what football is all about.

  4. willedav says:

    Sounds like battle of who can impose will on the other. Both have strong D lines, good running game and skill players on O. who can run/stop the other guy, pressure QB/allow QB to make plays to skill guys? Special teams often provide edge either way, and so far Gould is perfect for FGs. Can that last?

  5. unca_chuck says:

    I’m not worried about Gould. I’m worried about our kick off coverage.

    That has been sorely lacking. Wish Gould could kick them all out of the end zone.

    Well, I guess I AM worried about Gould.

    Again, though it’s all about the run game. Beat them on the ground and we can roll over them.

  6. alleykat69 says:

    Just what the 49ers don’t need ahead of the championship game..
    DE Charles Omenihu has been charged with a misdemeanor battery late Monday afternoon after allegedly pushing his girlfriend to the ground.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    One good thing is Philly plays on grass. And so does AZ . . .

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Not very good timing there, Charles.

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    I have been reading the SF Chronicle since my teens, RIP Gwen Knapp, 60 years old, too young, lymphoma.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, saw that. Started reading her at the Examiner. She was very good for them back in the day.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    The Eagles (14-3) are -2.5 point favorites vs the 49ers (13-4)
    Total (Over/Under): 45.5 points

    Interesting shit. Philly doesn’t even get the home field 3 points.

    Seeing the last game, 45.5 seems pretty high. But we are gonna to what we do. And that is to run. If the defense can keep it close, this should work, as much as I wont to see these guys get after some early points.

  12. Irish Kevin says:

    Philly is going to be the Niners biggest challenge, they mirror the Niners, good D, scrambling QB. Great WR. The scrambling QB is what scares me, losses to R Wilson, Mahomes, etc. hopefully Ryans has something planned to keep Hurts from doing damage

  13. Berger says:

    I won a bottle of Angel’s Envy with the 49ers win over DallAss.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    This is pretty cool. Brodie repping the NFC. Jimmy Johnson covering Freddie B. And the Minnesota Gene Washington.

Brock Purdy, Come On Down!

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