Well, well, well…

It turns out that not only are Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers mere mortals, they’re also members of teams with lousy defenses.

The Niners cruised to yet another ho-hum, never-in-doubt victory over the Saints on Saturday. I was out on my porch birdwatching at the time, but I am told it was in fact a bit closer than the final score made it look. Something about Vernon Davis having a pretty good game?

Then on Sunday, the Giants went into Lambeau Field and made a lot of people believe that they are this year’s “team of destiny” by putting down a suddenly-inept Green Bay Packers team their referee sidekicks. The Packers’ lousy defense didn’t hurt matters much either.

So now we have us a conference championship game at the ‘Stick. Niners and (football) Giants, for a trip to the Super Bowl.

It’s no secret what the key to the game will be: the lines will likely be what decides who gets to go to Indy. If the Smiths all show up, things will bode well for the Niners. If they can’t get Eli on his back and the NY line does their thing, it will be time for us to start talking about our own Giants and their upcoming season.

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30 Responses to Well, well, well…

  1. shaman138 says:

    There will be plenty of birds tweeting away outside on Sunday afternoon and evening. I’d better get my binoculars ready.

  2. mailorderwife says:

    I have this theory that the 49ers WILL go to the Superbowl because…wait for it…I will be back home in San Francisco that weekend.

  3. Nipper says:


  4. lasttraintoyuma says:

    I hope the Giants continue to believe the hype that they’re the team of destiny. The 49ers have been feeding off the idea that they’re unappreciated by the media all season long. Thankfully, the media is helping to feed that beast again with this matchup.

    Harbaugh seems to be very good at reading his opponents. That doesn’t bode well for the Giants – particularly since they have already played each other once.

    You’re right, JDR. IMO, the biggest single determining factor in the game will be whether the Niner D-line can pressure Eli. Pressure him and he’ll make mistakes. Don’t pressure him and he’ll pick apart the weakest part of the Niner defense: the secondary. Can’t wait for this game. Niners win by 10.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Coughlin WILL try to run. He’s stubborn. As stubborn as Gregg Williams leaving VD in single coverage those last 2 drives.

    When the Niners stop the run early, they HAVE to get ahead of the Giants. Score early TDs. I imagine the Niners will try to run themselves, as Gore wasn’t in the last game much, and the fact that NY doesn’t stop the run well. I guess it will depend on what NY shows defensively to start the game.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      Both teams thrive off of takeaways. I would think that if it boils down to the Giants’ passing game vs. the Niners running game, the takeaway matchup favors the Niners. In theory, at least.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    NY doesn’t blitz, so expect to see VD doubled every play.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      I caught several Giants games on TV toward the end of the season. Their defense is freakishly good and Manning’s targets are fantastic. Outside of the fact that the 49ers have a home game, they might have been better off playing the Packers.

    • JDR says:

      It will be interesting to see how the line holds up. It seems most of their pass protection problems this year have been in regards to picking up the blitz. When Snyder is healthy they are 5 solid on the line.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, their toughest games came agaisnt blitz-heavy teams. AZ, Balt, and the Rams to name a few. The last game, NY got 2 sacks on Alex.

  8. xoot says:

    That monstrous RB Brandon Jacobs bothers me, probably more than he should. Short yardage, especially in the red zone, whether he can punch through could determine a close game. How’s that for a key to the game? 😉 Actually, I’m very glad to find more nuanced insights posted here. I don’t know jack about the NYGs this year.

    • lasttraintoyuma says:

      Jason Pierre-Paul scares the shit out of me much more than Jacobs does. That dude is a monster DE. It’s like how other teams must feel when they have to face Aldon Smith.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I think having Gore healthy helps the Niner offense a lot.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    If GBs WRs catch the 8 balls they dropped, the score would have been a lot different.

    The same will be true of the Niners. NY’s defensive backfield is helped immensely by their pass rush. Much like the Niners. If the Niners can protect, they can pass on NY. NY will try at all costs to take VD out of the game. Walker had his biggest game of the year (6 catches, 70 yards) vs the Giants. Crabs cannot drop balls like last weekend. They HAVE to design some shit for KW. Shit, send Swain deep a couple times.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Jacobs is a squishy guy. Bradshaw is the better back. No matter though. I don’t see NY running on our defense. But Coughlin WILL try.

  12. Chico says:

    Defense, advantage Niners.
    Offense, advantage Giants.

    Sounds a lot like last week’s matchup other than the Giants have a better D than the Saints. IMO, the ket is to stop the run which we do very well. If we can do that, then the Giants offense becomes more predictable; and it gives the Smiths a better shot of getting to Manning and rattling him while the DB’s focus on coverage. . . A pretty straight forward game plan. One thing is for sure, this team isn’t scared or intimidated by ANYONE, and while our competition gets tougher than last week, Harbaugh Fangio and Roman will have our guys ready for battle. The only Giants game I have watched this year is when we played them so my knowledge on their style of play isn’t the best.

    • shaman138 says:

      The Giants are a much better team than they were in that game and they still almost won. NY is super-hot right now and they’re an excellent road team. Of course, the 49ers are a much better team than they were in that game, they’re super-hot right now, and they’re an excellent home team. Tough game but I think SF pulls it off by 3. It will be close.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Actually, I think this one is much easier than the NO game. Something like 31-20.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    The Saints have a much tougher deep game than NY, and the Niners shut it down all day. They won’t run too well on the 49ers, either. They did kinda screw up the last 2 catch-and runs, but that can be fixed. The Giants run D isn’t all that either. Gore didn’t play much the 1st game, and he should hit some big runs early. The Giants, for all their pass rush, got to Smith twice last game. The Niners only got to Eli once, but he was pressured all day, and he threw 2 picks.

  15. xoot says:

    The writers at the NYT are getting anxious about Sunday’s game. Flurry of articles and blog entries today about the 49er D. Whitner’s first Q hit gets a lot of the attention. Tossed in is this fact: ” It was the seventh time this season a starting running back left a game against San Francisco because of injury, . . .”

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the Giants themselves can’t thank their lucky stars enough that they don’t have to face the Saints.

    I guess they feel better facing the team that beat them less badly. Frankly, they appear overconfident. The Niners win going away.

  17. shaman138 says:

    Doesn’t the media’s treatment of the 49ers seem very familiar to their treatment of the baseball Giants a little over a year ago? No one’s giving SF any cred (again) but they will after the 9ers walk out of Indy victorious in a few short weeks. Well, maybe they will….probably not ESPN, though. Or Niner Jim, but who gives a fuck what that fat old man thinks?

    • Chico says:

      Hence the front page article that was up ALL day on the Comical about a guy with teenage daughters getting heckled at the game. I think that’s fucked up what they said they went through just for wearing Saints gear but front page, all day long? WEAK!

  18. Nipper says:

    Pressure on Manning and stopping their run should really help. The STICK crowd will be really fired up if the D comes on and takes apart the Giants offense. Victory will be assured.

  19. Chico says:

    Eli out of practice with a stomach illness. He’s hearing foot steps!

    • Chico says:

      Interesting post on the drumbeat regarding the A’s potential move to San Jose. Not sure how credible it is, but I found it interesting.

      “Some things to consider. According to WFAN Radio, the overall consesus on the issue is that unless the Giants are willing to take a monetary buyout to give up the rights, the majority of team officials polled at the meetings in Ariozona are reluctant to taking away a teams terrirorial rights. The fear is that it would weaken their own argument should the same situation present itself in their markets.
      The other is that Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Boxer have sent a letter to the Commissioners office assuring him that they will conduct hearings regarding MLB’s anti-trust exemptions should MLB take the Giants rights away.
      Congressional action has also been threatened by Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee through letters sent to the Commissioner’s office.
      On MLB.Network Radio on Sirius/XM, sources for both the Angels and Mariners have stated that the Oakland market has been “misrepresented” and the fans “mistreated”.
      Cincinnati Reds executives are on record that they are against taking away the Giants rights. This may have something to do with the relationship between Manager Dusty Baker and the Giants and Reds Executive Walt Joetty who spent 14 years with the Oakland A’s organization.”

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