If the Gate won’t get around to it, I will.
Late in the 1st, the offense hasn’t been able to string a scoring drive together, but the D has stayed tight.
…pick by Goldson!
Niners get a bit. Not much, but enough to set Akers up for a 52-yarder. How valuable has he been this year? He might even be challenging Carlos Rogers as the best free agent move.
Field position is good and it’s getting late in the half. Now would be the time to string a few plays together and get in for the TD…
Bizarre series of events there. Niners line up to go for it on 4th, where apparently the referees decide that receivers are no longer allowed to shift. I’m sure the league will be asked to weigh in on the matter this week. Even so, 6-0. With the way the D is playing, another 10 points might be enough to seal the deal.
…well there we freaking go! Willis strikes for the fumble and Bruce Miller gets wide open from 30 yards out. Suddenly there’s breathing room. 13-0.
13-3 at the half after Gano hits one from central Baltimore. That TD was huge, imagine how they’d feel going into the locker room with just a 6-3 lead to show for the half.
HALFTIME HOT TOPIC: If your radio station still uses the term “old and busted” you most certainly do not qualify as “new hotness.” I’m not big on any station that continues to employ Damon Bruce and Ralph Barbierri, but that FM station makes the KNBR crew look like Howard Cosell.
Second half- Niners move it well to start, then VD drops what would have been a huge gain. Walker can’t find the corner, punt. Dammit, Vernon. The defense still looks absolutely dominant, another 3 and out followed by a nice drive into Washington territory. The Washington linebackers are really the only thing keeping them in this game. Another one for Akers- 16-3.
A Shanahan team flagged for a crackback block, imagine that. Notice how his teams haven’t done jack since the introduction of the crack/chop block rules? Longest Redskins play of the game is a pass from Ricky Jean Francois to Helu for 20 yards. That said, they’re still within two TD’s and in Niner territory, so there’s still work to be done on both sides of the ball.
The D did their part, great stand on 4th. Meanwhile, Dallas is taking it to Seattle and the door is open to extend the lead to five games with eight to play. Nothing is certain, but that would be pretty damn close. In the meantime, Smith needs to march them down the field and put this game away.
Right on cue, long drive down to the Washington 2. David Akers hits field goal number 4. Is it already over? Two TDs and conversions in 8 minutes is a lot to ask from John Beck.
Yeah… apparently it’s way too much to ask. Willis causes the fumble, Niner ball inside the 40.
Washington gets the ball, moves on the prevent D, gets the touchdown. 2-pointer… good. We’re not done yet, folks. Onside kick… Niners recover. Ballgame.
That’s 7-1, the Niners are now 5 up in the division with 8 games to play. Playing .500 ball clinches the division outright, and it’s likely 2-6 or even 1-7 gets them into the playoffs. So it’s not yet a certainty, but you can go ahead and plan for some January football at the Stick. How great does that feel?