Niners-Steelers MNF thread

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.

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51 Responses to Niners-Steelers MNF thread

  1. I wore a black and gold Teamsters’ union pullover today and got the major stinkeye all day long…Steelers are fuhshitski in the pass defense and kicking depts tonight isn’t helping my mood a bit either…

  2. mailorderwife says:

    Enjoying the game while at work. Slingbox is a great thing.

    You just like all the wrong teams, SFDF, but I love you all the same!

  3. xoot says:

    That great drive that finally produced the first TD grabbed me — for the duration of the season. I tuned the 49ers down when the York regime nearly ruined the team (Erickson, etc.). But I’m watching every second of every game from now on. This is just a helluva team.

  4. Chico says:

    How about the D eh? Aldon Smith running wild, Patrick Willis out with a bad hammy WAIT.. # 54 Grant will gladly step in and fill the void with some great plays.. Once again, Fangio unleashes his boys (depth) and the Steelers were cooked. Niners!

  5. Niners lookded good tanite! (my Okatown accent is growing!) “D” was way on and Smithco did just enough to make the Steelers go away with theirr tails between their legs…

    It’s a trip just being here…in the city, I was as removed or as near as I chose to be, to ‘elements’ of the society that I knew were ‘dangerous.’ Here? I don’t live in Piedmont or Montclair so it’s is always “keep your eyes open sfdf, don’t relax!” Shit, it’s beautiful and serene once I enter my small domain, my neighborhood…it’s the getting there and the leaving that sucks…

    • xoot says:

      Yeah, I’ve got a peaceful corner of Oakland, too. It’s really just the flats you have to worry about. Rest of the city is great. But if you’re getting into the habit of taking 98th down to the Nimitz every day, let me tell you — find another way.

  6. lasttraintoyuma says:

    The 49ers are a legitimate threat to the Packers’ supremacy. Obviously, nobody wants to face the Pack in the playoffs but nobody wants to face the 49ers, either. Harbaugh has major stars on offense and defense but they’re winning because all of the unsung players are in the right position throughout the game. They seem to be executing on defense to absolute perfection.

    My friends and I were fixated on watching Aldon Smith all night. That guy just completely overwhelms whoever he’s facing on the O-line. There was one play towards the end of the game where he cut under/around a lineman and just blew past him. What a friggin beast that guy is. Rapelisberger must have had nightmares about him and Justin Smith last night.

  7. shaman138 says:

    …And, uh, Raiders??! Forget about those underachieving bozos…

    Not a big Niner fan but I loathe the Squeelers and seeing stupid “Big Ben” get slapped around like a rapist rag-doll was a wonderful thing.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Thing is about the Packers is their O line is getting waylaid by injuries. Their defense is no great shakes either. NO? Well, them coming here would be a much better proposition.

    It isn’t too far-fetched to think the Niners and the Ravens meet again in the Super Bowl.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      The Packers are a more flawed team than their 13-1 record indicates. The one thing that scares me as a 49er fan is the thought of our secondary facing their passing game. Sure, they looked great against a hobbled Rapelisberger, but can they be as opportunistic against the Packers? Our D-line is going to have to pressure Rodgers into making mistakes. Obviously, the Pack will be favored if they meet up but the 49ers’ ability to completely shut down a running game is such a nice edge to have, even when facing a pass-first team. I’d love to see those two teams meet for the NFC title.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yuma, the one good thing about the Niners is they don’t have to put 8 in the box to stop the run. So they can keep enough guys in coverage. Rodgers is great, but with the line problems, the Niners could very easily sack him a ton. He takes a lot of sacks anyway. Given that GB has no running game, I’d think the Niners would keep Aldon Smith in most of the game to rush all the time.

    Thier defense has given up a TON of yards and points. At this point, NO looks a little bit stronger than GB. They run better, and have a better defense. These remaining games could be very interesting.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      I agree on all points. NO is a scary possible opponent for the 49ers if the game is in NO. Securing that first round bye is a must for Harbaugh’s boys. With it, they’re a legit Super Bowl contender. Without it, they still are but road wins in New Orleans and Wisconsin would be a tall order. I’m sure none of this is news to you – I’m just trying to process their chances in my brain.

  10. mailorderwife says:

    BTW…nice game blog/thread. Well done!

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Frankly, this team could very well go all the way. No one in the AFC scares me. We’ve pretty much shut down both Pittsburgh and Balt’s offenses. All the Niners need to do is have a full 2 weeks to prepare for Balt, and they should be fine. I don’t see NE getting past either Balt or Pittsburgh. It’s one of those 2. And I wonder if Balt can really beat Pittsburgh 3 times in a season.

    How sweet would it be for the Niners to tie Pittsburgh for their 6th Super bowl win by beating them in Super Bowl XLVI?

  12. shaman138 says:

    A’s trade Gio Gonzales to Nats…….bwaaahahahaha! And the icing on the cake is our pal Mossy’s comment on it…oh man, this cat is a fucking dunce! Here it is:

    Mossback 4:38 PM on December 22, 2011
    The A’s have a good thing going as long as they’re in the Coli: they get ahold of some fairly decent pitchers, let the Coli inflate their numbers, then trade them for humungous piles of talent to dim-witted GMs who can’t do home/away splits without help.

    This system won’t work for much longer, but here’s to fleecing the rest of MLB while we can, all the better to excel in San Jose.

    The gnats are getting really worried about that light coming down the tunnel towards them

  13. Chico says:

    The splash isn’t only front page, its the TOP story “why the Giants didn’t sign Beltran”

    The head cheese over there is a piece of work.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I just bought season tickets to the Cleveland Indians for some friends. The price was 1/4th of what I pay for SF Giants, andt the seats in Cleveland are field level. These tickets include exclusive promotions that let Cleveland season ticket holders meet the players. I don’t have such a guarantee with my Giants tickets, as I must enter a lotto with other early pay fans to get a chance to attend 1-2 events a year — if I’m lucky — which doesn’t matter since I live in So Cal.

      On the other hand, my team hired a top notch manager, has an incredible pitching staff and has invested itself into building a farm system, team and ballpark, making itself a a solid entertainment package — views, food and all. Cleveland…not so much. Yeah…they have Friday fireworks night and a few giveaways, but it is nowhere near the amount of promotions to Giants host in a year. Progressive Field also has no great view and offers standard baseball food. They also get rid of good players.

      For all the hemming and hawing of the bandwagon folk on the Giants board, they have NO idea how good the managements and front office has been. I got a headache reading all the comments on that particular Schulman thread about Beltran.

  14. A1985Mattalac says:

    Happy Holidays everyone! Go Giants, Niners, Warriors!

  15. Chico says:

    Merry Christmas all!

  16. xoot says:

    Happy holidays to all.

  17. mailorderwife says:

    This was a terrible year for me, but you all were bright spots for me. Happy holidays to you all from the peak of the Coronado Mountains!

    • Chico says:

      Me too…. I just got back from a “holiday party”.. Funny, nobody mentions what we are celebrating, its just another excuse to drink, smoke pot and go shopping like its going out of style…. I’m hammered! Niners! Beat the freaking Seahawks tomorrow!

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