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49ers up, up and away

Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:09 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- We learned a lot about Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, and what we learned is that both are legit.

Smith is a legit quarterback, not just a game manager, and the 49ers are a playoff team that not only is going to happen but that could ... and should ... draw one of the NFC's first-round byes.

That means they host at least one playoff game, and that's always good when Smith is involved. He won seven of his last eight starts at Candlestick.

Maybe that's why the 49ers put Sunday's game on his shoulders from the beginning. Anticipating that the New York Giants would emphasize stopping Frank Gore and the run, the 49ers switched tactics, put the ball in Smith's hands and let him do the rest -- and what he did was lead the club to a come-from-behind victory.

Prior to the season, someone close to the club told me the 49ers needed a signature victory that they'd been missing the past few years. Well, they got one in Philadelphia. They got one in Detroit. And they got one again Sunday. This team not only is for real; this team is headed for a first-round bye.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:13 am

49ers up, up and away

People are always gonna hate on the Niners! i understand the pass coverage isn't great! Its not our fault the Giant receivers dropped key passes! give credit were credits due! Yes the Giants did a tremendous job shutting down our run game! but the got burnt in the passing game! Once again the bend but dont break mentalitity shows up for the Niners! Alex smith did a Great job! had some nice throws! although we gave up 311 yards/hats off to the secondary getting 2 key turnovers that resulted in some points! Niners arent winning pretty all the time! but id rather win ugly than lose pretty! Niners are back!!!!!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:47 am

49ers up, up and away

Well the Niners have a weak passing defense too.  Eli should have lit them up, but his big numbers are deceptive as he did a lot of that damage on the last two drives and threw 2 picks.  If you watched the last couple drives Niners DBs were awful; they were watching Giants recievers take their breaks and giving three yards of separation.  Over the top they were terrible, giving the outside shoulder to the Giants several times resulting in huge gains.  The difference is that the SF passing offense didn't make critical mistakes like Eli did and protected better.  And the defense got turnovers, a couple of picks were easier and Goldson was inches from icing the game on a great play that Eli didn't see coming.  With a good pass rush and some opportunistic plays in the secondary on defense and careful protection of the ball when throwing on offense SF has so far managed to cover up its weaknesses.  The Giants haven't and that is why they lost this game. 

In my opinion the Niners should really be aggressively attacked through the air.  We lack good cover players; even the guys who made some good plays made plenty of bad ones.  On one of those fourth down conversions the image stuck in my mind is I think Manningham making a simple out break on Donte Whitner who looks like he has cement shoes and is three yards away when the ball arrives.  And never, ever think you will accomplish anything on lateral runs against SF.  Patrick Willis is way way way too fast and we probably have the best sideline to sideline speed in the league across the line and LB unit.  You have like a 10% chance of successfully setting an edge on SF.  NY tried some lateral movement late in the game and got blown up every single time.  There was one stretch type run in the fourth that Willis ran down so fast it wasn't even funny.  He would have erased Jacobs even if the guy had a 5 step head start.  Throw the ball, have the QB take a whooping, and hope he completes more bombs than INTs because if you let the Niners play heading downhill you won't get anywhere.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:38 pm

49ers up, up and away

I'm a Giants fan first, and a 49ers fan second (weird loyalties, I know) but to those who think that this game proves that the Niners have a real pass attack, remember: the Giants have the 30th ranked passing offense in the league. We stink. This game says significantly more about the Giants's weaknesses than the 49ers's strengths. If I were you, I'd be more worried about Frank Gore's ineffectiveness than excited about Smtih hitting Vernon Davis for touchdowns after absolutely nobody decides to cover him.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:27 pm

49ers up, up and away

Just compare the 49ers and the Chargers. Harbaugh knows what he is doing, Norv has driven a 14-2 roster off a 4-5 cliff.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:20 pm

49ers up, up and away

Anyone who thinks that coaching "doesn't matter much" is out of their mind. Personnel is important, but you can't go far without the know-how. I think it's safe to say that Jim Harbaugh knows how. The 49ers have been on the edge of contention for at least 3 years, but couldn't break through due to front office incompetence and daftly inept coaching staffs. Mike McCarthy and Norv Turner aside, the 49ers had virtually no talent on the sidelines for nearly a decade. That definitely changed during the offseason, and kudos to the front office for straightening things out. Perhaps the best thing about Harbaugh and his staff is that they are keeping the guys in the locker room both humble and hungry for more. And that's the way it should be. So far so good in San Francisco.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:26 pm

49ers up, up and away

I agree Smith looked good. It was a nice surprise to see him throwing the ball well all game, his only INT was all Ginn's fault.

The Niners proved they can also pass the ball, so all that one dimensional talk can stop now. With that D and a well balanced attack, we can go deep into the playoffs. Go Niners!!!

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