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Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:30 pm
A. Smith was sacked nine times by Baltimore (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, what did we learn today from the Thanksgiving games? No. 1, Green Bay is clearly the best team in football (as if we didn’t already know that), and No. 2, at this point, there doesn’t seem to be anybody in the NFC who has the ability to keep the Packers out of the Super Bowl.

Listen, the 49ers, who fell 16-6 to Baltimore, are a great story, and what Jim Harbaugh has done this year for them has been amazing. Quarterback Alex Smith has had one of the biggest career turnarounds this season. Frank Gore is still one of the best running backs in the league, Patrick Willis is one of the best linebackers and Justin Smith is one of the most underrated defensive ends.

But as a challenger to the Packers, San Francisco still has big problems. The 49ers offensive line was porous, allowing nine sacks, and their offense wasn’t in the least bit dynamic. And they’ve still got Smith leading the team. Sure, he’s been solid this year, but he also threw a bad interception in the end zone at the end of the first half that killed a promising drive and then got caught intentionally grounding the ball with 1:28 left to go in the game.

And once the Ravens went up 13-6 on a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta, the 49ers simply didn’t have the capabilities to make a comeback. Yes, the 49ers had a short week and had to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and that couldn’t have been easy. But if you were looking for that something special out of the San Francisco squad, it was certainly hard to spot.

So, you can count the 49ers out of the NFC title race.

As my colleague Ryan Wilson pointed out earlier today, Ndamukong Suh might have cost the Lions the game against the Packers (and perhaps their season?). At the beginning of the game, Detroit played Green Bay evenly, but the Lions top player lost his cool by trying to stomp (literally!) on his opponent and Detroit showed it's not up to playing an entire game vs. the defending Super Bowl champs.

So, you can count out the Lions.

The Cowboys? They played a Dolphins team at home, and really, they should have won by double-digits. Yes, Miami is vastly improved these past couple weeks, but Dallas is supposedly one of the better teams in the NFC. The Cowboys shouldn’t be struggling with the Dolphins so much that they needed a last-second field goal to win the game.

So, you can count out the Cowboys.

Well, who CAN compete with the Packers? The Saints? Maybe, because they’re probably the second-best team in the conference right now. The Bears? Not with Caleb Hanie running the show? The Giants? Eli Manning is having a wonderful season, but their defense has been hit hard by injuries.


Hell, maybe the 49ers actually could give the Packers a hard time if they were to play. After all, Ray Rice said the 49ers were the best team the Ravens have faced this year "by far." He must have been talking about the defense only.

But for now, we’re not sure if anybody in the NFC actually is good enough to play with the Packers. And now we only have eight weeks left to find out if that kind of team actually exists.

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Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:24 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

It's a good thing this is only a blog and not a real article because the author gives a short sighted assessment of the NFC Championship based on one game.  What should have been said, "as of today the 49ers is not actually capable of beating both the Ravens and Packers" rather then make sweeping statements of an entire season.  Mr. Katzowitz fails to recognize that both the coaches and players of the 49ers have displayed an ability to make adjustments in their schemes with accuracy (Losing season last year--no preseason with new coaching staff--Second best record presently).  As of today the Ravens have been the first team to expose areas of our OL and our defense.

 Is today's game the all inclusive truth baring event that has finally exposed the 49ers true inauthenticity for holding the second best record in the NFL: NO.  Adjustment will have to be made in order to proceed in our next game as well as our potential shot in the playoffs.  49ers' future opponents did take a lot from this game as to learning how to beat them, and therefore the Niners test will be in their ability to effectively make changes for the games to come, otherwise Mr. Katzowitz's vision might come into fruition, but critically considering Coaching and Talent I find it difficult to conceive.   

So, what ought to be acknowledged is that the high level of football intelligence as well as effective adjustments in schemes that the 49er coaching staff implement has shown in the past to be effective to winning games of the future.  There is good reason to consider, due to what the coaching staff has already proved successful and the player execution, is they will adjust and emerge a better team, thus making them more competitive in future games. And while I have no delusion in making absolute claims, I am saying that given our recent production the 49ers are more likely to emerge a learned enhanced football team then anything less.  

The Test: Every game moving forward is an opportunity to make the adjustments and improve on weaknesses and given the talent and leadership of the 49ers--the NFC Championship is no where near as ambiguous as this  claims, because you should not be making claims about games that far into the future.  

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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:14 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

The Seahawks beat the Ravens rather handily a couple weeks ago with Marshawn going over 100 rushing. Titans beat Ravens too. Ravens are susceptible on the road, but they're definitely tough at home.

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:27 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

BULLSpit. Niners and Green Bay in the NFC Championship. It's any given Sunday. But, WHO WILL BEAT THE AFC RAVENS? I think the Packers would get smoked. So lets do the list,

Detroit-too immature from the Coach to Suh
Atlanta- Roddy White not having a good season and they are too inconsistent.
NY- Eli got beat by the Nightmare Team in Philly
Chicago- Not without a good arm. That defense is good. Special teams are great. No qb.
New Orleans- This team has the ability to beat the Packers and unfortunately, the best shot to beat the Niners in the NFC divisional game
Dallas- Too inconsistent and their defense isn't as good. Romo is a choke job. Yeah, they beat the Niners, but I would love to see that rematch.

The Niners- The defense can get past the o-line of the packers. Niners have better linebackers. Aaron Rodgers is due a bad game. If our O-line has Snyder. Niners got a good shot even in Lambeau.

Who can beat Baltimore?

New England- Their defense sucks but my classmate-Tom Brady- could do it by himself.
NY- please.
Pittsburgh- Maybe. Who shows up? The great D and a healthy Ben. This team has the ability.
Cincinatti- No, proved last week.
Houston- If Matt Schaub was healthy- they would have had the best chance.
Raiders- If DMC was healthy and their run defense was stout, maybe.
Denver- Well, if God does love Tebow and no one else- "Its a miracle, It's a miracle, It's a miracle and dreams are made of emotion."

GB vs SF- That's the best match-up
Bal vs Oak or NE- That's possible

Superbowl- SF vs Bal, GB vs Bal, or SF vs Oak( if this happens call the national guard in Indi) 

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:20 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

The more I read this article, the more it blows my mind! You are suggesting that the 49ers can be completely dismissed from the NFC title based on one Thursday night game with a very tough opponent? By that logic, the Ravens can be completely dismissed from the AFC title because they've lost to both Jacksonville and Seattle. Or by that logic, your so-called second best team in the NFC Saints can be completely dismissed because they lost to St. Louis. If you excluded a team every time they lost, you wouldn't have anybody left. For sure Green Bay is far and away the best team right now, and the 49ers certainly have things to fix with their offense, but its ridiculous to dismiss them based on one loss to a strong team on the other side of the country, only their second loss all year! Its not like the offensive line has been a problem all year, before tonight its been stellar! So give me a break with the panic over one loss. There's still a lot of football left.

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:12 am

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

"Sure, he’s been solid this year, but he also threw a bad interception in the end zone at the end of the first half that killed a promising drive and then got caught intentionally grounding the ball with 1:28 left to go in the game."

Are you kidding me right now? Time was expiring at the end of the half, so he threw it to the end zone, hoping for something to happen and it got picked off. It would have been nice if Edwards fought a little bit to get in any kind of position for the ball but he didn't. So did the Ravens pick it off and drive down the field and score? Nope! They picked it off then immediately knelt it and went in to half. It was maybe the least dangerous interception ever. No harm done. So its BS that you would hold that against him. And the intentional grounding was similar, he was being harassed, the game was already lost, the last minute and a half was a formality, so its not like he made this bone-headed mistake that cost his team big. Both examples you gave came at completely meaningless times in the game so give me a break.

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