Sunday Night! Rain! 49ers!
Cold, dark, night game. Can the Cali team handle it? We'll see. If the Pats win, we're in the 2 seed, one game back with 2 to play, with a chance to get the one. If we lose, we have the 3 seed, as we'll have one more loss than Denver. So, it is a big game for us. But, with Seattle's win, it's just as big for the 49ers. So, expect both teams to play well. It's a huge game.
We have Al and Cris, of course. Ed Hochuli is the ref. He's my fave ref, so I hope I don't need to rip him tonight!
Pats D1: Start at the 15, Short kickoff, but Devin didn't get a great return.
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 6
2nd and 4: Ridley, 3, fumble after he was down. 49ers recover. Ed rules it a fumble, but we get it back on review. It took forever for an easy call
3rd and 1: Ridley, -3. Bowman with the play. Good D, bad playcall.
49ers D1: Start at the 38. Ginn almost fumbles the ball. It's very slick.
1st and 10: Kapernick to Crabtree, 10
1st and 10: Kapernick to Crabtree, 13. Gregory could have jumped the route, but he hesitated.
1st and 10: Kapernick to Moss, 11
1st and 10: Gore, 3
2nd and 7: Kapernick to James, incomplete. Hightower strips it, but the WR never had possession. It was a good call by Ed.
3rd and 7: Kapernick to Moss, 27, TD. 7-0 49ers. Not a good start for us.
Pats D2: Start at the 25. Devin bobbled it. I fully expect a special teams fumble this game.
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 23
1st and 10: Brady incomplete, hit by Aldon Smith.
2nd and 10: Ridley, 2
3rd and 8: Brady to Hernandez, incomplete, Aldon Smith with the pressure.
4th and 8: Punt. At this point, the 49ers D is kicking our butt.
49ers D2: Start at the 8.
1st and 10: Gore, 4
2nd and 6: Gore, 5
3rd and 1: Fumbled Snap, -2.
4th and 3: Punt
Pats D3: Start at the 20. We lose 25 yards on a 10 yard hold while the ball was in the air. Good call, it just sucks.
1st and 10: Brady intercepted by Rogers, on a stupid throw to Welker under double coverage. It did look like Rogers held, but Welker slowed down and that helped with the pick. Brady made the TD saving tackle.
49ers D3: Start at the Pats 5
1st and goal: Kapernick to Crabtree, incomplete
2nd and goal: Kapernick to walker, fumbled, recovered by Talib! We dodge a bullet!
Pats D4: Start at the 11
1st and 10: Ridley, 6
2nd and 4: Ridley, 1
3rd and 3: Brady to Hernandez, incomplete. 49ers got more pressure.
4th and 3: Punt
49ers D4: Start at the 41
1st and 10: James, 4
2nd and 6: Kapernick fumbles the sack! Gore recovers.
3rd and 10: Kapernick to Crabtree, incomplete. In addition, Crabtree had stepped out and was the first to touch the ball. Declined of course.
4th and 10: Fake punt. Goldston runs for 31. Not good
1st and 10: Gore, 0
2nd and 10: James, 3
3rd and 7: Gore, 4
4th and 3: 39 yard FG misses. Still 7-0 49ers.
Pats D5: Start at the 30
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 7
2nd and 3: False Start, Mankins. Good call.
2nd and 8: Brady to Woodhead, -4. Willis with the play.
3rd and 12: Brady to Vereen, 6, fumble. Bowman forced it, Culliver recovers.
49ers D5: Start at the Pats 34
1st and 10: Kapernick just overthrows Davis in the endzone
2nd and 10: Gore, 9
3rd and 1: Gore, 0!
End of the first. We've already had 5 possessions, and 10 in a game tends to make me nervous. They're playing very very well, hats off to the 49ers at this point.
4th and inches: Kapernick drops the snap! No gain on the run!
Pats D6: Start at the 25
1st and 10: Ridley, 1
2nd and 9: Brady to Lloyd, 11. A first down!
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, off his hands
2nd and 10: Woodhead, 10
1st and 10: Brady to Woodhead, 6
2nd and 4: Brady to Hernandez, 10
1st and 10: Woodhead, 3
2nd and 7: Brady to Branch, Brown pass defended in the endzone. Good defensive play but Brown hurt himself. I didn't know we had brought Branch back.
3rd and 7: Brady to Hernandez, 3. I don't like the dumpoff there.
4th and 4: We line up to go for it, and call timeout with 2 seconds on the playclock.
4th and 4: Brady to Branch, 9! YAY!
1st and 10: Woodhead, 8
2nd and 2: Woodhead, 5. We miss the snap. NBC should be better than this.
1st and goal: Woodhead, 3
2nd and goal: Brady to Ridley, incomplete. Rogers with pressure.
3rd and goal: Brady sacked, -7. McDonald with the sack.
4th and goal: 32 yard FG good. 7-3. Not perfect, but the offense did something finally.
49ers D6: Start at the 21.
1st and 10: Kapernick to Crabtree, pass defended by Talib. Talib called for PI by some ref no where near the play, Bad bad bad call.
1st and 10: Gore, 8
2nd and 2: Gore, 3
1st and 10: Kapernick to Walker, 34 TD. 14-3, 49ers. Thanks, Refs, for that 25 yard gift to the 49ers. It irks me when some ref 25 or 30 yards from a play throws a flag with no angle at all to actually *see* what happens. But, when it comes in 10 seconds after the play ends, from the other side of the field, then that's what happened.
Pats D7: Start at the 18.
1st and 10: Ridley, 4
2nd and 6: Brady to Lloyd, off his hands.
3rd and 6: Brady to Lloyd, low, incomplete.
4th and 6: Punt. The ball goes off Ginn's shin and we recover. Then it gets confusing. Ed rules that it wasn't touched, and as a result, our recovery was an illegal touch. Combined with a 49ers hold the play would be redone with offsetting penalties. BB throws the red flag, challenging that the ball *did* hit Ginn, in which case, it would be a Patriot recovery. As Ed did not rule a turnover, this is a legal challenge. Ok, then it gets worse, is that not only does he miss the touch but then it's moved back 10 yards for the 49ers hold, and they get the ball. Understand all that?
49ers D7: Start at the 22
1st and 10: Kapernick to Crabtree, pass broken up by Gregory
2nd and 10: Gore, 7. Iupati hurt on the play.
3rd and 3: Kapernick to Crabtree, 8
1st and 10: Gore, 14
1st and 10: Gore, 2
2nd and 8: Kapernick to Davis, 9
1st and 10: Kapernick to Davis, incomplete
2nd and 10: James, 2
3rd and 8: Kapernick,19
1st and 10: Kapernick to Moss, incomplete. Dennard almost picks it!
2nd and 10: Gore, 4
3rd and 6: Niners take the playclock to 0:01 and then call timeout. Smart play.
3rd and 6: Gore, 7. Ugly run and we play bad D.
1st and goal: Kapernick to Moss, incomplete, and OPI on Moss. Why no run off?? Offensive penalty in the last 2 mintues lead to 10 second run offs I thought.
1st and goal: Kapernick, 11. Dennard down.
2nd and goal: Gore, 1. Niners timeout 3.
3rd and goal: 20 yard FG. 17-3 49ers. It could be a lot worse, but the 49ers got a lot of help from Ed's crew this quarter. That said, they deserve to be winning, they're playing better than we are.
Pats are 1 of 8 on 3rd and 4th. That one was on 4th and 4. The 49ers are 5 of 10 on 3rd and 4th.
"I never thought one of these could feel as good as the first one, but this one does. If you are a true Patriot fan you know exactly what I mean." Robert Kraft, Owner, New England Patriots, Super Bowl 49 postgame speech.