It’s been a while, but the Niners are back in Prime Time. The city of San Francisco puts its best foot forward by losing power at the stadium. If you’re still against the move to Santa Clara after that, you need to be smacked in the head with assorted hand tools.
Joe Montana on the intro. A bit dramatic, but it definitely gave me a chill.
Early on it looks like the Steelers are using screens and short passes protect NoMeansNoBerger. The Niners are helping them out with terrible tackling. On the plus side, it’s Christmas vacation, so if things start going all Baltimore… booze!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: CARLOS ROGERS YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!
Niners are moving well against the blitz, and into the red zone. Should they bother to run the next three plays or just send Akers in for the 38 yard attempt now?
Okay… so it was only a 25 yard field goal. Smith once again manages to be just quite good enough to really piss you off when he screws the pooch.
Second pick, second drive, second field goal. Also, the power went out again. This has to mean something. My guess is that now even God is mocking the Niners’ ability to seal the deal.
Aldon Smith gets to Feloniousberger for the sack… which is called back on the penalty. Anyone else starting to feel less than confident with the way things are going?
Yeah, dammit. Cantlivewithin100yardsofaschoolesberger looks to be driving and hitting the 3rd quarter passes that have killed this team thus far. Fortunately, The Ben forgets that they have a time limit on quarters and runs off a good minute so from the clock.
Halftime: 6-0 Niners. About what we’ve seen from the team in every other game this year. So it will come down to how they can adjust and react in the second half. Meanwhile, Signonthefrontlawnberger has to go a bit longer on that gimpy ankle. If they don’t double down on the painkiller injections, he could really start to feel it soon. Or he could step up his game and hobble the team to the sort of sappy dipshit victory they celebrate on Monday Night Football.
The tackling is off. They are really starting to miss Willis. Someone needs to get the linebackers and safeties wrapping up again. Also, crippling ShewasaskingforitbythewayshewasdressedBerger wouldn’t hurt matters too much.
There you are, clutch passes. Smith remembers that he has Vernon Davis on the team and VD cracks a couple long ones including a disputed play that is… called out at the 1. That this is a real concern understates just how craptastic the red-zone offense has been.
Nevermind. Sweet playfake and VD finishes the job. 13-3 Niners. ABOUT GODDAM TIME.
Confession time: I was among those who shouted “what the hell?” when the Niners took Aldon Smith in the draft. How good does that crow taste right now? The kid is an absolute monster.
The 3 and out after the turnover sucked, but you have to love Andy Lee. The Steeler offense really hasn’t been that bad tonight, but they’ve had far enough to go that thus far it’s been enough for the Niners to keep them off the board.
Also, someone needs to knock down The Ben. Another 3rd down and SON OF A RAT BASTARD…
Ah crap, here we go. Ben drops back and…. The Good Smiths come through! Niner ball on the awesome pass rush!
Swaine comes up short. You have to wonder: does Ginn convert that first down? It might not matter, as all that lobbying from Harbaugh has finally yielded a leaping penalty. Fresh set of downs.
Frank Gore for six. So that’s what a red zone offense looks like!
Uh oh. Moore is down for the Steelers and grabbing his knee. Why does it seem like every time the Niners are on prime time someone suffers a horrific injury? Bryant Young, Koy Detmer, Steve Young, Napoleon McCallum. Seems like a lot of carnage for one team.
All-Day Smith takes down The Ben one more time. ESPN is calling for a Mercy Flush on nonconsentualintercourseBerger midway through the fourth. How cool is that? Aldon Smith is an absolute monster out there right now.
Smith sets the rookie record for sacks. Un-freaking-believable. This kid is nuts.
T. Brown with the pick. Injured or not, this is against a possible HOF QB, folks. That is a big night.
Alex takes the knee. That’s the ballgame. Fucking sweet. I think it’s safe to say the rest of the NFL has been put on notice.