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Borat
12-14-2011, 03:12 AM
Week 15:
Monday, December 19, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)
at
San Francisco 49ers (10-3)

Location: "The Stick"
http://pictures.replayphotos.com/images/NFL/lg/national-football-league-nfc-san-francisco-49ers-candlestick-park-nfl-nfc-sf49-00114lg.jpg

Time: 5:30 pm pst

Here we go.

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Monday Night Football. **** yea.

It's Tom-Tom week
http://media.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/photo/steelers-tomlin-changesjpg-25f1d584938f1944.jpg

Loved him in "Major League II"
http://cdn.sportsfan4.com/media/willie-mays-hayes.jpg

http://www.inpapasbasement.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OmarEppsMikeTomlin.jpg

http://www.sportsgrid.com/wp-content/uploads/gallery/super-bowl-xlv-the-movie/mike-tomlin-omar-epps.jpg

It never gets old.

http://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/11/2010/10/tomlin.jpg
I love this guy.

OK, enough playing around. Huge game on a huge stage. It would be nice to make a statement to the nation.

Unfortunately, this guy is very questionable
http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/ben-roethlisberger-facebook-drunk.jpg

For real though, I'd rather he played. I want the 9ers to win with no excuses. We need an impressive win.

Not worried about this
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolnews.com/media/2011/01/rashard-600-323.jpg

Because we got this
http://www.49ers.com/assets/images/news/2011/11-November/111011-Defense-Header.jpg
Well, maybe #52 will be in there. He's a gametime decision.

Dashon, we need more of this
http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2011/11/20/18/44/FjjYe.St.4.jpg

and this
http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/files/2011/11/goldsonBigHit.jpg

and none of this
http://www.azcardinals.com/assets/images/imported/ARI/photos/article/MainDecember2011/NinerNotesMAIN.jpg

There may be none of this
http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/colt-mccoy-james-harrison-hit-1.jpg
Supsended 1 game pending appeal. Again, I hope he plays. I want their best effort.

Our redzone offense is dreadful. I got an idea ...

Please, please, please, get this guy the ball
http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID2712/images/Davis.jpg

And definitely none of this
http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_982w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2011/12/13/Sports/Images/NFL14007.jpg

Let's review

This
http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_full_width_scaled/hash/38/b8/eDavisVernon.jpg

Not this
http://www.csnbayarea.com/gallery_images/4187_83719.jpg

Easy.

And, let's all hail my man-crush

http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Aldon+Smith+St+Louis+Rams+v+San+Francisco+5iaRcQmj cb8l.jpg
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/817226/Aldon_Smith_Bullrush_1.jpg
http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Aldon+Smith+St+Louis+Rams+v+San+Francisco+SZNUR2bl-DFl.jpg
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Aldon+Smith+San+Francisco+49ers+v+Arizona+A5eXRZS-vCrl.jpg


10.5 sacks. Needs 2 more to break Charles Haley's rookie record of 12. Awesome season in limited snaps. This guy is going to be a star.

Finally, just want to show some love for the special teams. Outstanding all year.
http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lv0pk6nGZH1qm9rypo1_500.jpg

Standings: It's a battle of two first-place teams!

NFC West
1. San Francisco 49ers (10-3)
2. Arizona Cardinals (6-7)
2. Seattle Seahawks (6-7)
4. St. Louis Rams (2-11)

AFC North
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)
1. Baltimore Ravens (10-3)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-9)

Special Note:
http://www.designatedhater.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/chuckybooth1-300x200.jpg

Brent
12-14-2011, 05:42 AM
I'm actually with you, Borat, on the Niners facing a healthy Steelers team.

I'd like to see them win against a full-strength elite team.

Ness
12-14-2011, 05:56 AM
I'm actually with you, Borat, on the Niners facing a healthy Steelers team.

I'd like to see them win against a full-strength elite team.

Agreed. Looks like James Harrison isn't playing because of the hit against Colt McCoy. I wish he was. I hope Ben Roethlisberger plays too. I have a feeling he'll suck it up and suit up. We'll see.

This team needs to be focused. I don't want another meltdown like what happened this past week against the Cardinals. The defense played great for the most part, except they gave up some huge plays. But you can't really fault them too much when the offense goes 3/17 on third downs. That's completely unacceptable and embarrassing. I don't know what the deal is in the red zone, but they need to get it together if they want to have any chances of winning a playoff game. Can't believe we are dead last in redzone scoring percentage for touchdowns. Dead last.

Throwing the ball to Vernon Davis instead of fade routes to scrubs Ginn and Edwards would be a good start. I don't understand why they don't do this. It's so obvious.

binary
12-14-2011, 06:56 AM
Redzone should be about VD and Crabtree. Let's see if Alex can fit it into some tight windows too.

terribletowel39
12-14-2011, 07:06 AM
I just hope Woodley is able to go since Harrison isn't gonna be playing. I would like to see atleast one of our elite pass rushers out there. Argh, horrible timing with all this.

Is that a six person gang tackle on a punt returner?? Completely unnecessary.

Ness
12-14-2011, 02:49 PM
If the 49ers lose this game I will have zero faith in them the rest of the season. I'll pretty much expect a one and done in the playoffs, which means they'll lose wild card round at home. This offense is just so terrible and there is no time in the season to correct it, especially since our quarterback isn't even that good. And I don't believe in moral victories either. San Francisco could play their best game of the year, but if they lose it doesn't matter. I'd rather win ugly against the Steelers than look good in a loss.

Borat
12-14-2011, 03:06 PM
I just hope Woodley is able to go since Harrison isn't gonna be playing. I would like to see atleast one of our elite pass rushers out there. Argh, horrible timing with all this.

Is that a six person gang tackle on a punt returner?? Completely unnecessary.

Yeah, it was on a punt return. Patrick Peterson is down at the bottom there somewhere.

Madirishman
12-14-2011, 05:47 PM
I'm actually with you, Borat, on the Niners facing a healthy Steelers team.

I'd like to see them win against a full-strength elite team.

I agree as well. It will be another good test at home for the Niners.

Big Ben didn't practice today again but he's a warrior and I would expect him to be out there on Monday.

Both teams are dinged up and need to win this game for playoff seeding, but may intentionally rest key guys in part to save them for the playoffs.

My main concern will be how physical this game will be. These two teams are two of the most physical on the league and I'd hate to see any more (even minor) injuries to key players.

dan77733
12-14-2011, 08:32 PM
Is that a six person gang tackle on a punt returner?? Completely unnecessary.

Hmmm, this coming from a fan who's team has one of the dirtiest and cheapest players in the NFL today??? Give me a break.

In general, I dont give a crap who plays and who doesnt. I just want to win period. I dont give a damn if Ben plays or not because I dont care what others say. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. Period.

And while I agree that we should try to get the ball to Davis in the redzone, even if we did, he would probably drop the ball. Thats just how our luck is in regards to our redzone offense.

Verloren
12-14-2011, 08:35 PM
Is that a six person gang tackle on a punt returner?? Completely unnecessary.
Considering it's Patrick Peterson, I'd say necessary. A forced fumble and recovery came out of that too.

Borat
12-14-2011, 09:57 PM
Hmmm, this coming from a fan who's team has one of the dirtiest and cheapest players in the NFL today??? Give me a break.


Easy Dan, I think he was kidding.

edgrenade
12-15-2011, 01:27 AM
All the Niners have to do is turn 2 of their field goals into TDs and we would be scoring a good amount of points every week.... It's pretty frustrating

Ness
12-15-2011, 02:27 AM
I agree as well. It will be another good test at home for the Niners.

Big Ben didn't practice today again but he's a warrior and I would expect him to be out there on Monday.

Both teams are dinged up and need to win this game for playoff seeding, but may intentionally rest key guys in part to save them for the playoffs.

My main concern will be how physical this game will be. These two teams are two of the most physical on the league and I'd hate to see any more (even minor) injuries to key players.

It would be beyond stupid for the 49ers to rest any players at this point. If they don't get the number two seed they are playing three games to get to the Super Bowl. I'd rather them play all out now so it gives them a week off. They pretty much need to go 3-0 at this stage. They need to act like these last three weeks are in fact the playoffs.

hawkeye123
12-15-2011, 02:53 AM
Should be a hard hitting, exciting game. Can't wait.

terribletowel39
12-15-2011, 08:30 AM
Easy Dan, I think he was kidding.
Yes, very much was kidding. It's all good.

I hope if Big Ben isn't able to go, that we atleast play Dixon. Please lord not Batch. It is pretty close to an automatic win for yall if Batch starts.

dan77733
12-15-2011, 10:53 AM
Easy Dan, I think he was kidding.

Yes, very much was kidding. It's all good.

I hope if Big Ben isn't able to go, that we atleast play Dixon. Please lord not Batch. It is pretty close to an automatic win for yall if Batch starts.

Okay okay. Sorry.

Honestly, I dont like Harrison or Ward for that matter. I also dont like the fact that the least two Super Bowls the Steelers won had so much bullcrap in them, that its still amazing that people think that the refs werent on their side.

With that said, there are a few players that I do like on the Steelers, mainly Woodley. Guy is awesome. Troy is damn good too but I hate it when they keep saying concussion like symptoms. Thats even more bullcrap. God forbid but thats going to happen one day and the player isnt going to get up period. I'm all in favor for independent doctors on the sidelines.

Madirishman
12-15-2011, 11:42 AM
It would be beyond stupid for the 49ers to rest any players at this point. If they don't get the number two seed they are playing three games to get to the Super Bowl. I'd rather them play all out now so it gives them a week off. They pretty much need to go 3-0 at this stage. They need to act like these last three weeks are in fact the playoffs.

I agree but I saw first hand last week that they were in a conservative, save-it-for the-playoffs mode. Gore was not nearly 100% and still was tearing the Cards up. They should have allowed him to finish that team off earlier in the game. It was very disappointing and now makes this a likely must-win game so they cane secure the first round bye. They really need that bye an some extra homefield advantage.

49erNation85
12-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Wish i could watch the game . it would be fun to watch . not sure i can tho. oh well. i hope we can pll out a win but i dunno after last week. Smith gonna have tebow Pitt to get this win

Ness
12-15-2011, 09:12 PM
I agree but I saw first hand last week that they were in a conservative, save-it-for the-playoffs mode. Gore was not nearly 100% and still was tearing the Cards up. They should have allowed him to finish that team off earlier in the game. It was very disappointing and now makes this a likely must-win game so they cane secure the first round bye. They really need that bye an some extra homefield advantage.

Gore had a nice touchdown run, but he wasn't "tearing the Cardinals up". Other than that run I don't think he even averaged 3 yards a carry. Gore hasn't been that good for the last month just about. He's really struggled. Looks like the season is starting to wearing him down.

Ness
12-15-2011, 09:13 PM
Yes, very much was kidding. It's all good.

I hope if Big Ben isn't able to go, that we atleast play Dixon. Please lord not Batch. It is pretty close to an automatic win for yall if Batch starts.

49ers struggle against the pass more so than people realize. Especially since the 49ers rush four a lot of the time and don't blitz that heavily. And pressure doesn't get there with the front four, anyone can pick apart the 49ers defense. I'd be surprised if Pittsburgh doesn't try to establish the pass early and often.

edgrenade
12-15-2011, 11:32 PM
Wish i could watch the game . it would be fun to watch . not sure i can tho. oh well. i hope we can pll out a win but i dunno after last week. Smith gonna have tebow Pitt to get this win

You sure do have a lot of opinions on the team for never watching any games...

Borat
12-16-2011, 12:23 AM
An underrated aspect of this game is that John Harbaugh has probably called Jim to give him the inside scoop on beating the Ravens. Hopefully we get a few secrets to exploit.

Brent
12-16-2011, 08:41 AM
An underrated aspect of this game is that John Harbaugh has probably called Jim to give him the inside scoop on beating the Ravens. Hopefully we get a few secrets to exploit.
I thought this was funny.

phlysac
12-16-2011, 09:27 AM
John Harbaugh has a losing record against the Steelers. He needs to listen to his own "secrets."

Borat
12-16-2011, 09:28 AM
I thought this was funny.

Haha. Oooops.

49ersfan_87
12-16-2011, 10:34 AM
This game will some of its luster if Willis AND Roethlisberger are out (in addittion to James Harrison). Honestly i'd rather beat the Steelers at full strength than beat them with a backup QB, but what are you going to do. Still looking forward to it anyway.

Ness
12-17-2011, 05:42 AM
49ers are favored by two points in this game. Which is a surprise to me. Most of the national media I've heard has written the 49ers off. This would be a sweet, sweet victory. I'd love to hear Colin Cowherd Monday morning after his "prediction".

Brent
12-17-2011, 07:09 AM
49ers are favored by two points in this game.
It's understandable, this far in advance of the game.

We play well at home and Pittsburgh has to travel cross country, which means that they will lose a day to travel. Additionally, a banged up Big Ben could be to our advantage, but then I think about our pass rush and kind of cry inside.

Ness
12-17-2011, 07:14 AM
It's understandable, this far in advance of the game.

We play well at home and Pittsburgh has to travel cross country, which means that they will lose a day to travel. Additionally, a banged up Big Ben could be to our advantage, but then I think about our pass rush and kind of cry inside.

If the Steelers win, ESPN will be flooded with Ben Roethlisberger and how much of an Iron Man he is.

If the 49ers win, I get the feeling they'll just get a pat on the back and during the week more talk would be about how the Steelers lost the game and where they are headed instead of the 49ers winning the game and how they've rebounded.

Brent
12-17-2011, 07:21 AM
If the Steelers win, ESPN will be flooded with Ben Roethlisberger and how much of an Iron Man he is.

If the 49ers win, I get the feeling they'll just get a pat on the back and during the week more talk would be about how the Steelers lost the game and where they are headed instead of the 49ers winning the game and how they've rebounded.
that's "star power" and the Niners lack that. as much as we all love Willis and Gore, they aren't exactly guys ESPN can talk about for a long time.

phlysac
12-17-2011, 11:50 AM
49ers are favored by two points in this game. Which is a surprise to me. Most of the national media I've heard has written the 49ers off. This would be a sweet, sweet victory. I'd love to hear Colin Cowherd Monday morning after his "prediction".

Being favored by 2 as a home teamisn't a good thing. Home teams get 3 points automatically.

Brent
12-17-2011, 12:04 PM
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/17/4128811/gdfgfd-gfdgfdgfd.html

I immediately thought of Ness when I read this:
You know, the one in which Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, his left ankle bandaged as if he has just emerged from the Battle of Bull Run, somehow limps into Monday's game and heroically leads his team to dramatic and glorious victory.

Oh, how the Terrible Towels will wave. Oh, how the national media will swoon and say Big Ben is braver than Willis Reed, tougher than William Wallace and more selfless than Mother Teresa. Oh, how Roethlisberger – he loves this kind of drama – will bask in the attention.

And you? You'll stew and seethe and tell everyone at work Tuesday morning that you saw this coming.

phlysac
12-17-2011, 01:12 PM
o80WOuUr5bs

Ness
12-17-2011, 01:49 PM
Being favored by 2 as a home teamisn't a good thing. Home teams get 3 points automatically.

No I meant I'm surprised the 49ers are favored in the game at all.

Arsenal
12-18-2011, 05:31 PM
If the Steelers win, ESPN will be flooded with Ben Roethlisberger and how much of an Iron Man he is.

If the 49ers win, I get the feeling they'll just get a pat on the back and during the week more talk would be about how the Steelers lost the game and where they are headed instead of the 49ers winning the game and how they've rebounded.

I live the heart of Steeler Country and am already dreading this kind of stuff.

If the 49ers it will be, "Well Ben, Pouncey, Woodley, and Harrison are all hurt/out. I would hope the 49ers would win."

If the 49ers lose, it's that the 49ers play in a pathetic division and only have a good record because of that and blah, blah.

As soon as Harrison was suspended I was getting texts telling me to thank the commissioner for handing the 49ers the game.

I feel like it will be a 20-17 game with the Steelers grinding one out.

Ness
12-18-2011, 08:27 PM
As soon as Harrison was suspended I was getting texts telling me to thank the commissioner for handing the 49ers the game.



You should text them back about the Steelers going 4-0 without him earlier in the year.

And it's not like we'll be missing Patrick Willis or anything. Nah, couldn't possibly happen.

phlysac
12-18-2011, 11:12 PM
I live the heart of Steeler Country and am already dreading this kind of stuff.

Two Niner fans in the same area. SALUTE!!!

Ness
12-19-2011, 01:30 AM
Steelers fans are flooding San Francisco today. I was out and about and every few minutes there was a Steeler fan sporting their gear. I saw a few even get out of their cars and check into hotels and whatever. Our fanbase needs to show up. I don't want this to be like the Dallas/49ers game again. That was embarrassing.

phlysac
12-19-2011, 10:32 AM
Steelers fans are flooding San Francisco today. I was out and about and every few minutes there was a Steeler fan sporting their gear. I saw a few even get out of their cars and check into hotels and whatever. Our fanbase needs to show up. I don't want this to be like the Dallas/49ers game again. That was embarrassing.

Steelers fans travel even better than Cowboys fans. It will be a Steelers' home game if they get the lead.

Being from Western Pennsylvania my entire life, I truly cannot grasp the concept of this, but it obviously happens.

Ness
12-19-2011, 06:47 PM
Why aren't you a Steelers fan if you are from Western Pennsylvania?

EDIT: Oh and Braylon Edwards in inactive.

phlysac
12-19-2011, 06:55 PM
Why aren't you a Steelers fan if you are from Western Pennsylvania?

EDIT: Oh and Braylon Edwards in inactive.

Because my 2nd favorite team is whoever is playing the Steelers. F-em!!!



Hearing from someone at the game is that it's Terrible Towels EVERYWHERE and that the 49ers were booed loudly when they went on the field for warmups.

Dammit local 49ers' fans selling your tickets.

WhatWouldBillyBajemaDo?
12-19-2011, 07:13 PM
Hearing from someone at the game is that it's Terrible Towels EVERYWHERE and that the 49ers were booed loudly when they went on the field for warmups.

Dammit local 49ers' fans selling your tickets.

Tim Kawakami heard from someone with 49ers PR that they were guesstimating up to 20,000 Steelers fans in the house tonight but it sounds like more. Pretty cringe worthy. I really wanted to go but I just couldn't fork out $150+ for tickets on stubhub. Trying to save my cash for the home playoff game.

Ness
12-19-2011, 07:15 PM
Because my 2nd favorite team is whoever is playing the Steelers. F-em!!!



Hearing from someone at the game is that it's Terrible Towels EVERYWHERE and that the 49ers were booed loudly when they went on the field for warmups.

Dammit local 49ers' fans selling your tickets.

San Francisco just isn't a football town. It's more of a baseball town. If we were winning with an exciting offense it might be better. Having that new stadium might help too, because it will be a lot easier to get to and most of the ticket holders are in Santa Clara too.

WhatWouldBillyBajemaDo?
12-19-2011, 07:24 PM
San Francisco just isn't a football town. It's more of a baseball town. If we were winning with an exciting offense it might be better. Having that new stadium might help too, because it will be a lot easier to get to and most of the ticket holders are in Santa Clara too.

Disagree with that. 49ers started 0-5 and still dominated a lot of the coverage during the Giants World Series run on print and radio. Packers, Cowboys, and Steelers fans are just a different breed of a fan. They travel well and are willing to pay top $$$$ for tickets.

phlysac
12-19-2011, 07:26 PM
Disagree with that. 49ers started 0-5 and still dominated a lot of the coverage during the Giants World Series run on print and radio. Packers, Cowboys, and Steelers fans are just a different breed of a fan. They travel well and are willing to pay top $$$$ for tickets.

And many 49ers' season ticket holders seem quite happy to sell their tickets to them.


There's nothing about being a Steelers fan that makes them spend more $$$$. They're just more loyal, sadly.

WhatWouldBillyBajemaDo?
12-19-2011, 07:27 PM
Looking like kickoff will be delayed for a few minutes power went out briefly:

One of the transformers went down outside the stadium. It will be five to 10 minutes before the power is back up ...

2014 couldn't come soon enough.

WhatWouldBillyBajemaDo?
12-19-2011, 07:28 PM
And many 49ers' season ticket holders seem quite happy to sell their tickets to them.

That as well. I remember watching the 2002 playoff game and was stunned to see how many Giants fans were in the house. Big game and season ticket holders jump ship like it is the Titantic.

phlysac
12-19-2011, 07:30 PM
I took a vacation day to watch this game. F****************!!!!!!!!!

VAfy-ya
12-19-2011, 07:36 PM
Freakin power outage ftl......C'MON MAN!!!!!

VAfy-ya
12-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Rodgers Island....

Madirishman
12-19-2011, 08:11 PM
Rodgers Island....

Yeah. "Stone Hands Rogers" strikes again! Pro Bowl!

Verloren
12-19-2011, 08:22 PM
If Alex tried to put that ball on Gore's numbers, it would've been blocked by Polamalu...

Madirishman
12-19-2011, 08:32 PM
Yep. Alex HAS to be aware of where Polamalu is pre-snap AT ALL TIMES. The Steelers and Niners have obviously seen a lot of tendencies on film as both teams are jumping snaps like crazy in the first quarter.

hawkeye123
12-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Another blackout! You gotta kidding me!

PatrickWillis
12-19-2011, 08:51 PM
Alex costs us 2 TD's with his crap-tastic throws. Top 10 QB still though!


Lol at Phlysac. Worthless poster.

Verloren
12-19-2011, 08:56 PM
Another blackout! You gotta kidding me!

Check list for the new stadium:
- Shut down Great America during the games. Do not want excessive energy consumption.
- Get 2 power stations built next to the stadium in case this happens again.

Brent
12-19-2011, 10:09 PM
I'm calling a Big Ben pass here and we lose this ****** 7-6. Can't do **** on third down or in the redzone. What a joke.

phlysac
12-19-2011, 10:19 PM
<------------------- Worthless poster.

Arsenal
12-19-2011, 11:25 PM
Glad I was wrong on the game. Great job by Larry Grant, Andy Lee, Aldon Smith, and Justin Smith just to name a few.

Hines
12-19-2011, 11:26 PM
Good game, all.

dan77733
12-19-2011, 11:35 PM
Woohoo!!! I'm so happy we won and more importantly, we won in convincing fashion against an excellent overall team.

Finally, scored two TD's in the redzone and were 2/3 overall. Defense played great because of the four turnovers. Take away the turnovers and who knows what happens. Oh well. I'm happy and thats all that matters to me right now. Yay!!!

And by the way, I love Aldon Smith. This guy is awesome and he's not even a starter. I must admit that I was pissed when we drafted him but im extremely happy that I was wrong.

Seahawks game will be tough in SEA but hopefully, we'll pull that one out and im hoping for the Falcons to beat the Saints next Monday.

Madirishman
12-19-2011, 11:36 PM
Glad I was wrong on the game. Great job by Larry Grant, Andy Lee, Aldon Smith, and Justin Smith just to name a few.

Agree, giving them all game balls and one to Gore for him gutting it out as well.

Alson. Smith. Taking. Over. Everything.

Already ahead of (should be) HOF Charles Haley's pace?! Watch out!

Borat
12-19-2011, 11:39 PM
Perma-smile

Hines
12-19-2011, 11:42 PM
I knew that San Fran's defense was good, but my god were they dominant tonight. Give them a shut down corner and they could be on their way to being elite for many years to come.

binary
12-19-2011, 11:47 PM
Aldon Smith.......whoa

hawkeye123
12-19-2011, 11:47 PM
Aldon > PP

Brent
12-19-2011, 11:59 PM
Aldon for DROY.

VAfy-ya
12-20-2011, 12:19 AM
I knew that San Fran's defense was good, but my god were they dominant tonight. Give them a shut down corner and they could be on their way to being elite for many years to come.

Well I think the word "shutdown" is used far too much with CBs but yea, were one good CB from improving the secondary, the weakness of the defense. Though I really like Culliver and Brock's potenial, another young CB with great recovery speed would really help. That and another pass-rusher opposite All Done.

VAfy-ya
12-20-2011, 12:24 AM
Really worried about the quick turnaround heading up to Seattle. This win means zero if we go up there and lose. Hopefully the players get re-focused and ready themselbes for a hostile enviroment on Saturday.

hawkeye123
12-20-2011, 12:36 AM
How about the performance of Larry Grant? He's been a stud since being plugged in for Willis.

Verloren
12-20-2011, 12:42 AM
How about the performance of Larry Grant? He's been a stud since being plugged in for Willis.

I think he wouldn't look out of place as a Leaping LB in Madden/NCAA Football.

Borat
12-20-2011, 01:18 AM
I now have office dominance over my Steeler diehard co-worker. Tomorrow is going to be such a great day.

Borat
12-20-2011, 01:27 AM
http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/Aldon_Smith_Sacks_Ben_Roethlisberger_49ers_Playoff _Race_Steelers.jpg

Ness
12-20-2011, 01:33 AM
Only knock, 4/13 on third down. Uggggh.

binary
12-20-2011, 01:58 AM
Only knock, 4/13 on third down. Uggggh.

lol. come on man..smh. we even ran the clock out on a couple drives, wtf.

Ness
12-20-2011, 02:06 AM
lol. come on man..smh. we even ran the clock out on a couple drives, wtf.

Yeah I know. Still there were a couple of third downs we should have converted. We had two back to back three and outs. Thank goodness our defense bailed us out.

VAfy-ya
12-20-2011, 07:53 AM
How about the performance of Larry Grant? He's been a stud since being plugged in for Willis.

Enjoy his play while you can because he's as good as gone. I thought maybe we could keep him but his play will earn him a nice contract and a starting gig somewhere.

edgrenade
12-20-2011, 08:57 AM
Enjoy his play while you can because he's as good as gone. I thought maybe we could keep him but his play will earn him a nice contract and a starting gig somewhere.

That is the OLD Niners attitude. They are now a top tier team with a head coach they all LOVE playing for. I think a lot of these guys will want to stay on the team, even for a cheaper price.

That's my wishful thinking at least....

Brent
12-20-2011, 10:09 AM
That is the OLD Niners attitude. They are now a top tier team with a head coach they all LOVE playing for. I think a lot of these guys will want to stay on the team, even for a cheaper price.
We'll find out soon enough. I still think Dashon is a goner because they won't want to pay him big money, so here's hoping no other team feels the same.

VAfy-ya
12-20-2011, 12:33 PM
That is the OLD Niners attitude. They are now a top tier team with a head coach they all LOVE playing for. I think a lot of these guys will want to stay on the team, even for a cheaper price.

That's my wishful thinking at least....

So you think he stays here to back-up Willis/Bowman, instead of going somewhere else as a starter, making starter money? Wishful thinking indeed. As much as he likes playing for the hometown team, any competive athlete wants to be on field making plays. I just don't see him sticking around. He's still young and is good enough to be a starter. Alot teams desperate for a good MLB/ILB will jump at the chance to sign him.

Madirishman
12-20-2011, 05:44 PM
It's been reported that Grant has turned down the initial contract extension (I believe 2 years) offer from the Niners, and that was before last night when he as a beast...again. He likely will have other offers but he has to prioritize money or having a role on a team that can be consistently winning. We'll see what he chooses.

Rabscuttle
12-20-2011, 08:43 PM
That may be true. However, no excuse for missing Williams before that and the latest one to crab. Not like the line failed. Just horrible throws. Anyone who says otherwise about those 2 plays is a blind alex fan.

If Alex led Williams it's a pick, if he threw in time it would have been into the hands of the lineman he was trying to get around to find a throwing lane. If Williams has sat down in that hole - touchdown. Williams is young and can learn this, not sure what your excuse is for not being able to perform a simple task like watching television.

Ness
12-20-2011, 08:58 PM
That may be true. However, no excuse for missing Williams before that and the latest one to crab. Not like the line failed. Just horrible throws. Anyone who says otherwise about those 2 plays is a blind alex fan.

Steve Young said Kyle Williams was supposed to sit in the zone and catch it. It wasn't Alex's fault. He made a good throw. Williams screwed up. Alex also had Gore in the flat on the following play, but Troy Polamalu broke through the line and pressured him in his face. And Steve Young isn't exactly a biased blind Alex fan. He's just calling it like it is.

Ness
12-20-2011, 10:16 PM
Check this out. Alex Smith's statistics at 11-3:

QB record: 11-3.
Passing yards: 2752
Completion Percentage: 61.4
Yards Per Game: 196.6
Touchdowns/Interceptions: 16/5
Yards per attempt: 7.1
Sacked: 39 times

Another quarterback at 11-3 at one point in time during their first year starting who is now one of the best in the league:

QB record: 11-3.
Passing yards: 2843
Completion Percentage: 63.9
Yards Per Game: 189.5
Touchdowns/Interceptions: 18/12
Yards per attempt: 6.9
Sacked: 41 times

Guess who the other quarterback is.

No this doesn't mean they are on the same level obviously. One is having modest success in their first year in a new system and in the other sceneario at one point in time, the other quarterback is in his first year starting in a system that he'll come to being very comfortable with.

Just thought it was interesting.

dan77733
12-20-2011, 10:50 PM
^^^^^ Rodgers???

Ness
12-21-2011, 02:14 AM
No. Not Aaron Rodgers.

abaddon41_80
12-21-2011, 07:59 AM
Alex made a few errant throws but the ones to Williams and Gore in the red zone were not on him. Like someone already said, if Alex throws the ball in front of Williams then it is an interception and it was a good play for him just to get the ball off when Polamalu broke through on the pass to Gore.

That said, he just missed a wide open receiver at least a couple of times that I remember, one to Crabtree and one to Walker, and there were a few inexcusable drops, a couple by Gore and the long one by Davis. Everyone on the offense needs to work on their sloppy play.

Brent
12-21-2011, 10:26 AM
Yeah, can we not just blame Alex or act like he's entirely not responsible for anything.

abaddon41_80
12-21-2011, 05:50 PM
Yeah, can we not just blame Alex or act like he's entirely not responsible for anything.

Recent history would suggest no. It is either all Alex Smith's fault or we play well

binary
12-21-2011, 09:40 PM
No. Not Aaron Rodgers.

Tom Brady.

phlysac
12-21-2011, 11:34 PM
Enjoy his play while you can because he's as good as gone. I thought maybe we could keep him but his play will earn him a nice contract and a starting gig somewhere.

He's a RFA so the 49ers can just put a high tender on him.

phlysac
12-21-2011, 11:35 PM
Recent history would suggest no. It is either all Alex Smith's fault or we play well

Or we play well and it is Alex's fault for not playing even better.

Ness
12-21-2011, 11:59 PM
Tom Brady.

Yes. They were a lot better on third downs. Probably the key difference there. But his stats that year were very game-manager like.