At least now there’s no ambiguity. Generally fans of a team are supposed to root for the team that makes it further from their own division or conference, but there’s no way it’ll happen in this case. The Seattle Seahawks did what they needed to do today in their 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but the bad taste just won’t go away.
Not after the NaVorro Bowman Play. Not after Richard Sherman taunted the 49ers with a microphone and a camera in his face immediately after the game, as if the Seahawks weren’t worried sick they would lose this contest before Colin Kaepernick started handing the ball to Seattle.
So much chatter before this game had to do with what the officials might do. Will they call the game tightly, or “let the players determine the outcome”? In terms of overall gameplay, the officials handled the flow of the game just fine. Yeah, they missed the first of Russell Wilson’s two intentional grounding throws, and the personal foul call on Donte Whitner was so bad that even Troy Aikman got upset, but the worst play was one where the officials took the play out of the replay booth’s jurisdiction.
NaVorro Bowman stole the ball from Jermaine Kearse, who earlier caught an improbable touchdown on 4th-and-7 with Carlos Rogers applying decent coverage. Bowman took the ball from Kearse, and even with his knee getting bent all sorts of horrendous, held on. But within seconds Mike Pereira was violating our TV speakers, telling us how the play wasn’t reviewable. WASN’T REVIEWABLE!
Talk about adding insult to injury. The 49ers already had to figure out how to play without their best defensive player, but they weren’t even able to benefit from his last great play of the season. If Bowman had to go out like that, the play was perfect (even though the timing wasn’t). Unfortunately, neither Bowman nor his team was rewarded.
The NFL is so weird. Hit a receiver in the middle of the field on a pass that the quarterback shouldn’t have thrown: almost an automatic penalty. Then there are plays like the Bowman play that aren’t reviewable, or Andy Lee gets hit in his plant leg (a textbook roughing the punter penalty) and it gets the lesser, five-yard flag.
BUT, BUT, BUT, the 49ers should’ve won despite a few wacky calls and only have themselves to blame. Kaepernick screwed up repeatedly in the second half. He turned the ball over three times, which looked especially bad since Seahawks didn’t give it away once after Wilson’s opening-play fumble. Kaepernick ran for 130 yards and his jumping touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin was probably the best throw of his life, but his first interception was beyond terrible and he wasn’t even thinking about protecting the ball when Cliff Avril forced that fumble.
Then there was the interception caused by Sherman, who minutes later said, “When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s what you’re going to get.” Again, Kaepernick forces a pass to Crabtree in the corner. This is not Crabtree’s fault. It’s Kaepernick’s for continuing to force an unlikely play, especially over a cornerback with great ball skills like Sherman.
Sherman is an ass of epic proportions, which we already knew. But to me it’s still surprising. I covered a game for Comcast several years back at Stanford Stadium, and after the Cardinal won I talked to Sherman on the field. Up to that point and for a while afterward, he was probably the nicest, smartest, most engaging interview subject I had ever encountered. Perhaps Crabtree’s refusal to label Sherman as the league’s best cornerback during his press conference on Thursday led to his postgame outburst, which caused some debate (as pretty much everything does these days).
This isn’t about being a “thug.” It’s about actively trying to rankle the guys you just beat. Maybe I’m getting old. I find trash talk before and during games to be quite entertaining, but afterward I don’t see the point. I also wouldn’t throw food at an injured All-Pro while he’s carted off the field either, so what do I know?
But hey, all respect to Seattle for winning a game after getting punched in the face on the very first play. Aldon Smith stripped Russell Wilson and recovered the fumble, and the “12th Man” sounded like another other disappointed crowd. The 49ers performed well in the first quarter, but didn’t come away with enough points. Then it became clear that their offense was based completely on Kaepernick.
When he got free and started running, things looked great. When he found open receivers, things looked great. Otherwise, the offense was a stinking mess. That’s mostly because Seattle’s defense is the best in the league (they proved that once and for all tonight), but there were some failures on the 49ers side that they’ll need to remedy next season.
Frank Gore has gotten so much love this season, from this site and many others, and when they needed him most he wasn’t there. Granted, the offensive line didn’t exactly have their best game on run plays where Kaepernick wasn’t the ballcarrier, but even Kendall Hunter looked better in his three carries (and Hunter has almost been a forgotten man for most of the season). Gore has been dealing with ankle problems for several weeks, and he may have suffered an injury to the same ankle or something else early on.
Boldin had two drops early and Vernon Davis was nonexistent. Davis has a spot on the team, but Boldin quickly went from “GUY WE MUST SIGN NO MATTER WHAT” to “well … let’s do a little research before we offer him three years and $15M guaranteed.”
Where was the creativity from Greg Roman? This didn’t even kill the game, but a handoff to LaMichael James on the first play of the season’s most important drive? Are you kidding??? It seemed like Roman’s plan was: “Let’s let Kaepernick run like we know he can. Otherwise, we’ll figure it out on the fly.”
The safeties were also horrendous. Doug Baldwin getting open for that 51-yard pass after Wilson ran around for a while was the kind of stuff that happens during a two-hand touch game. Eric Reid got juked out of his shoes on the Marshawn Lynch touchdown. Whitner was called for a penalty on a play where the safeties didn’t do a great job of covering Luke Willson.
Carlos Rogers probably played his last game as a San Francisco 49er. He’s a great quote, and played some amazing football in 2011. Maybe the silver lining here is we won’t have to watch this 49ers secondary go against the Broncos, a team with far better receivers than Seattle.
This 49ers team was really close to making it to their second straight Super Bowl. Painfully close. And to lose a game in this fashion, to this team, will probably do more damage than their Super Bowl loss to the Ravens. The Ravens aren’t the Seahawks, and the 49ers aren’t new to this anymore. Now there’s a real potential this team that seemed so close and so tight going into today’s game could get ripped apart.
People are going to start wondering about extensions for several key members of the team, including Jim Harbaugh and Kaepernick. The transition from Gore to Marcus Lattimore could get messy. Justin Smith isn’t getting any younger, and their best defensive player of 2013 will have his knee cut open in a matter of days. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are getting ready to finish the job the 49ers couldn’t last year, and in the process make every non-Raiders fan in this region nauseous.
It’s a bad night. Perspective will come soon, but no one’s in any mood for that right now. A close loss in Seattle was exactly what the doctor advised against, and the post-loss malaise is just now kicking in. Now all that’s left is to root for Peyton Manning, the guy the 49ers wanted in the first place.
I'm missunderstanding Sherman I'm frenimes with this guy Karma... This is just a topic that is confusing
About the failed catch-turned-interception by Kap attempted for Crabtree, the pass attempt was an indication of a high level of trust between Kap and Crabtree, what is the point of having Crabtree on the team if Kap cannot trust him or even stick with the playcall? I know they failed twice with Kap-to-Crabtree in two successive games in the postseason two years in a row, but that is not going to diminish their significant trust between them.
After all they played championship football all season long. Their accomplishment shouldn't be overshadowed.
The only thing that should be overshadowed is Sherman's angry look coming off a loss.
I am a Seahawks fan who watched the game for a second time just so I could get a clearer view of the action without the horrible stomach churning feelings which probably make us (on both sides) have inaccurate takes on things. I'm here because I typed Aikman Luke Willson into a search engine and this is what is spat out. I take nothing away from your right to complain about issues as you see fit. I did plenty of that after Super Bowl XL I can promise you.
Nevertheless, I assert that Aikman was dead wrong about that hit. Whitner was called for a hit into the head and neck area. It doesn't matter if he led with a shoulder pad, forearm, or anything else what was called was a blow to the head. Which clearly happened. He also launched himself horizontally in order to make the hit, which is going to get you called just about every time.
Coming away from the game i was convinced the 49ers got JOBBED on calls. Such is the convincing nature of Harbaugh's machinations on the sideline. However I think they got both calls right on the Wilson grounding (or not) and the fumble, although a bad call and brutal to watch, was just bad luck due to not being reviewable. They had the ball back in better position than they would have on the next play after it was fumbled away. The push by Rogers on the sideline seemed to be a bit much but was sort of a makeup call in a way for when they missed the weird hit on the Seahawks player that got pushed out of bounds (guy in a 49ers sweatshirt).
The 9ers had some luck in that game. Gore and Kaep fucking up an exchange and Gore hanging on somehow despite getting caught in the backfield. Kaepernick desperately kicking the ball forward after getting strip-sacked and it getting recovered by the lineman and advanced forward 2 yards. Recovering the fumble that occurred on the punt.
Regarding the point of whether this team will ever be a Super Bowl winner it's hard to tell. Kaepernick puts the fear of god into me when he takes off. he reminds me of Usain Bolt with John Elway's arm. But elite defenses are sometimes going to be able to keep him in check running the ball even if the Hawks couldn't do it in the first half. I don't know if he'll ever have the touch to really make "all the throws" on a consistent basis from the pocket. They need some young corners, probably a young running back, etc. but I really do feel that Harbaugh is among the top coaches in the game. Just as they made a gutsy call going away from Smith, they need to make a call on Kaepernick. Whether they stick with him or draft another QB or something, they need to make the right call.
I think a myth has grown- about what a "Great" play Sherman made on the interception.
It was a GOOD play on a bad pass. The pass was into coverage and falling short of where it needed to be and Sherman was where he needed to be and performed the needed athletic move to tip it.
Irony is both Sherman and Kap supporters are most vocal in their use of the word "great" because they have a mutual interest in the myth. Sherman to boost himself , Kap supporters because it gives Kap cover for his mishap (OK the coaching staff too, benefits from the myth)
I believe Kap and Crab are SO Close that they have a secret vibe that THEY are going to win the game and not the whole team.
Doubt that? Look at the final drive in Super Bowl and this game's pick - there were better options than Crab on those plays.
Clear as a bell: With time running out, the 2 minute warning and two time-outs remaining and with the success that CK had running the ball WHY didn't CK run the ball on first down which eventually would have set up a play action pass on 2nd or 3rd or 4th down? KP may say this loss was on him for his three turnovers but Harbaugh and Roman are definitely to blame for the worst play calling at the most critical point in any game. I haven't yet heard Harbaugh publicly say the loss was on him? Even that jerk Belechek put his team's loss on himself!
Talking with a fan friend who was near the popcorn incident.... said it was a young SF fan who was just trying to get a better look at bowman over wall above. Had popcorn and some fell. nothing intended at all.
Seahawks fan here. A couple points regarding your post:
“Yeah, they missed the first of Russell Wilson’s two intentional grounding throws” – Just watched the game replay on NFL Network, both Buck and Aikman said it was the right call on the broadcast. Wilson was out of the tackle box and threw the ball past the line of scrimmage. Maybe you know something that the Hall of Fame QB doesn’t.
“but the worst play was one where the officials took the play out of the replay booth’s jurisdiction.” – Great play by Bowman, but the officials followed the book. It’s a non-reviewable play. Heard tonight that this happened a few times this year, and the league will look at a possible rule change for next year. Also, you actually benefited from this call. Bowman controlled possession on the 1 yard line or so. The Hawks fumbled the following 4th down play and recovered around the 15 yard line. Guess you prefer the ball at the 1.
“The 49ers already had to figure out how to play without their best defensive player, but they weren’t even able to benefit from his last great play of the season.” Props to Bowman, but like I said above, you benefited because the play wasn’t reviewable per the rule.
“Andy Lee gets hit in his plant leg (a textbook roughing the punter penalty) and it gets the lesser, five-yard flag.” – Saw the replay tonight and agree with you 100%. Missed call.
“Aldon Smith stripped Russell Wilson and recovered the fumble, and the “12th Man” sounded like another other disappointed crowd.” – Were you at the game? You couldn’t be more incorrect. Ask Niner fans who were at the game. Of course we were upset with the first play, but the volume was crazy loud on the first defensive stand. The atmosphere was electric all night.
The fan throwing popcorn at Bowman was really bad. It's not a good representation of the 12th man fans at all. It was likely one drunk idiot. EVERY fan base has a few rotten apples. BTW, you forgot to mention this in your article - http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/seahawks-player-49ers-sideline-hit/
@EliDrabman“Wilson is about half the qb Kap is.” – All I have to say is you’re crazy! Please enlighten me.
BTW, after the game, almost all Niner fans in my section said to go beat the Broncos. Guess some fans share a different opinion than you.
Looking forward to our next meeting. Go Hawks!
Can someone please explain to me by what metric Greg Roman is a good coordinator? Statistically? The team succeeds in spite of his mediocrity. Had really hoped to see something creative done with Patton out of the slot, and now we seem stuck with that stubborn idiot indefinitely.
49er fans have to admit one of two things: Either CK regressed this season, or Seattle is simply a better team. CK did not look at all like last years CK, and play calling may be to blame, but aside from running, his decision making was off. Less photo shoots, more offseason prep.
Stop boo hoping about officiating, even though that call on Bowmans fumble was horrible, as was the running into the punter call. 3 turnovers in the 4th did the Niners in. How about halftime adjustments? Apparently the Seahawks made them, while the 49ers plotted handoffs, and went to sleep.
That pass to Crabtree was poor, never mind Crabtree's dinosaur arms earlier in the drive.
Crabtree's greatest asset is as a distraction so Boldin and Davis can get open. He is NOT all that, and Sherman is spot on, even if he sounded like douche. Crabtree had one good season, and although serviceable, is far greater in his own mind than on the field.
I SO wanted the Niners to win this game, and pound Denver.
While I am still brooding after a game of inches and non-reviews, I have some classic pointers:
1. Berths to the Super Bowl are decided by execution by inches. That is what makes a great quarterback, by making the throws that beats the defender by inches. Kap's "underthrown" pass missed Crabtree by inches and of course the mouthy Sherman will obviously capitalize on it. KAP is a great quarterback, but he will not be as good as Joe Montana or Steve Young if he misses by "inches" everytime. Peyton doesn't have a strong arm like Kap does but Peyton knows inches and feets. Peyton will loft the ball just enough to meet the "inches criteria."
2. Why did Reid try to strike the receiver with Bowman's legs in the process of getting tangled up on fumble possession with another player? Isn't that the 2nd time this season (including postseason play) that Reid engaged in "friendly fire" inflicting one other major injury of one other player? Tell me if I am wrong. Reid needs better instincts although I like Reid's aggressive approach in the pro game. Just so that he doesn't inadvertently cause injuries unwittingly to players on his own team.
3. Vernon Davis is a difference maker with two great wideouts in Boldin and Crabtree. ROMAN has to design better playcalls for Davis. There was one play Roman should have re-used where Davis ran a post inside the red zone for a touchdown earlier this season, perhaps using that for a final play instead of challenging Sherman with a 1-1 matchup with Crabtree. Kappy insists he would challenge Sherman on this same play anytime and again, but sometimes we have to respect a corner like Sherman who would make the one play when it really counts - as opposed to Crabtree's assertion that Sherman just made one play (on that "Sherman is just a TV-guy" comment). That one play Sherman made, it counted and awarded the Seahawks a ticket to the Super Bowl.
Galling loss... easy to say the Seahawks rivalry has surpassed Green Bay, Dallas, and LA Rams rivalries. It will I suspect force the 49ers to scrutinize thier team in ways they may not have or overlook things that need to be addressed.
Sea will be a force to contend with for several seasons 49ers need to make changes, clearly. The division is not theirs to own (that was fast) no longer.They will need to forcefully reclaim it. The process starts now.
If I could throw stones at one player it would be Vernon Davis, the guy always disappears in big games. All the other key 49ers showed up and battled their asses off. If Kaep is so crappy to you spoiled Niner fans, cut him and start Colt McCoy. The Raiders would LOVE to pick him up.
CK reminds Tony of Manning...Eli that is. Tony is gravitating to CK due to the stories tony read about how CK will command a 20 million dollar/yr contract IF he wins against the c hawks. Shoulda, woulda, coulda...what's his fair market value now?
Tony says in reality, the game was a team loss- offense, defense, special teams + some really piss poor officiating.
another 49er choke job....getting good at this
kap will never win a super bowl....can't throw the rock...o well
This was a rough loss, but an amazingly competitive game. I liked the play calling and thought the offense played well given the fact that Gore got shut down. This was the loosest Kap has looked all year, and I'll take the interceptions if it means he's actually taking his shots. Lots of nice, gutsy throws, including the final interception. Crab could very easily have caught that.
Kap had a great game, especially considering the circumstances. How many sacks did he avoid? How much pressure did he negate? How fearless was he, especially on the run?
That Bowman's utterly heroic strip not only went unnoticed (by officials), but also resulted in a life altering injury, puts a whole different spin on this thing.
In spite of the loss, the 9ers are the better team, in so many ways. Harbaugh was just as classy and graceful in his press conference as Sherman was boorish and crass after the game. Wilson is about half the qb Kap is.
But........ Still..... Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.
Regarding the non-reviewable play - that's the ongoing product of a deeply flawed system based on the assertion by the referees that they 'must' have absolute control of the calls on the field. That assertion is not based on what's best for the game, but based on the refs maintaining their own power. All calls at all times should be reviewable in a remote booth in NY or somewhere so the right calls can be made and the game is played fairly. Plus, that would speed up the game. Instead, the NFL routinely uses 'TV timeouts' throughout the game and pretends that more reviews would slow down the game. What a joke.
Additionally, the NFL needs to rethink it's policy on having referees call 'defenseless player' hits whenever they are close because they are undermining the integrity of the game. If they want to have such a policy, then they MUST subject these plays to review - just about every game this season has had a play where a defender makes a good play and gets flagged for it.
The niners looked good and seemed to be able to move the ball when they got more aggressive. Seattle forced the CK fumble, but CK threw two bad passes for picks. Consequently, it's silly for the media to say Seattle 'forced' 3 fourth quarter turnovers. I can see Seattle having a lot more problems against Denver and Manning than what the general buzz is saying. The league has seemed to figure out Wilson - seal off the edge and put pressure on him. The big difference between his and CK's play is that Wilson didn't force any throws into coverage and if Seattle has lost, the Seattle QB situation would have come under much more offseason scrutiny.
And, as much as CK wants to say he liked Crabtree one on one with anyone, that was a stupid pass attempt. It was first down and they had 2 timeouts and Seattle's D on their heels. Much other better plays to call - that's the pass you make on 4th down in desperation, not on 1st.
I agree that there is no excuse for the safeties not breaking up that long pass to Baldwin - that's the most basic element of their game and yet they lost focus.
Going forward, the biggest questions on offense are about CK and Roman: can CK develop into 1) a more accurate passer and 2) develop the ability to read through his progressions? And, is Roman the right guy for the 49ers and for the development of CK? The offensive play calling always seems unstable, but that might be the product of having too many cooks in the kitchen. Beyond that, however, all the crazy formations are a bit gimmicky. And, lastly, why don't the 49ers use check-down receivers? Having that kind of option for CK might help him feel like it's not always up to him to make a play when he drops back.
As much as I think Eric Reid gets too much hype, can't blame him or Whitner for the 51-yard completion to Baldwin. Wilson was scrambling for EIGHT seconds! Who can cover for eight seconds?
As much as the Niners had a team win last week, they had a team loss today. Everyone is accountable including the coaching staff. Kap had the bad miscues, but the last throw wasn't a bad throw at all; just a great play by Sherman. The actual play call itself was poor as he had Patton uncovered on the other side. Why not call a timeout before that play? Why throw at Sherman? Why did Crabtree not go out of bounds a few plays earlier?
Special teams wasn't so special in this one. No one has really talked about it, but Andy Lee has had a very inconsistent year. He had two brutal punts in this one. Also, Dawson's inability to kick out of the end zone cost the Niners. Regardless, he still should be re-signed.
Between Vance McDonald and Patton, they had 13 total receptions this season. This coming from two of their top four picks in the draft. One of the other top four picks (Tank Carradine) never saw the field, so basically Baalke drafted for the future and not so much for the present. Please....stop drafting for the future and start addressing needs now. Start consolidating draft picks and go for quality instead of quantity.
Time to re-evaluate Greg Roman as well. He never seemed to put two great halves together this season. Not quite sure he's the guy to help Kap take his game to the next level. No screens (to the RBs or WRs), slants, rollouts to the right, misdirection/dig routes, pump fakes, sweeps (Gore's too slow to get outside), very few crossing patterns and not many guys in motion. Just not innovative enough to beat Seattle.
Fangio did a great job this season rotating his defensive players, but when Justin Smith was out of the game (he was on the sidelines on the long completion to Baldwin), the Niners fell apart. Time to get more aggressive with the blitzes and allow them to make plays.
Here's who shouldn't be coming back: Whitner (too old and slow in coverage for a multi-year contract, but could get Franchise tag), Ray McDonald (would have to take a pay cut), Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown (hard to see him wanting to re-sign after bonus snafu), LaMichael James, Jonathan Goodwin (should probably retire), Eric Wright, Parrish Cox - just to name a few.
Offer Boldin another one-year deal at $6-8 million or a two-year deal worth $13 million. If he doesn't re-sign, then you franchise Whitner and draft a WR (Beckam from LSU or Benjamin from FSU). Should be able to re-sign Culliver and Ian Williams on the cheap as well.
Analyze this, critique that, bottom line is the 49ers had the game in their hands. Plenty of time on the clock with a chance to win, similar to how the Super Bowl ended. Great team, coach, just not a championship team and may never be with this current mix of players. I think Kaepernick will get better and there's no doubt in my mind he's the 49er QB for now and years to come, but draft or sign a decent backup in free agency, transition from Gore, etc.
I didn't know that the fans threw food at Bowman on his way out. This team, Sherman and the fans have managed to turn most of the country into Denver fans.
I'm devastated and heartbroken... The niners were one game away from being half way to tying the Buffalo Bills four consecutive Super Bowl losses. That is a hard record to reach, and they were on their way!
I wish Kap gave himself and the TEAM 2 more opportunities to cash in on their trust in each other.
They had time-outs and enough seconds on the clock for at least 2 solid plays if in this down they did not score.
The ONLY thing that would take that leverage away would be a turnover. Whoops.
In any pass like this - especially when a pic is a season KILLER - you throw the ball to where no one - BUT the reciever can catch the ball - NOT a D-back.
He trusts Crab probably because of his routes and great HANDS - but if he is unable to get his HANDS on the ball - he can't use those great HANDS to wrest it away from a D-back, in case one also had a hand on the ball.
Boldin and Davis are proven pass catchers in play-off situations for Touchdowns, they deserve at LEAST as much trust in an important situation like this.
Maybe they would still not have scored, but all their hard work to get there would have had a couple more bites at the apple.
P, I think the distinction you make about Sherman's play works for Kap's pass as well. Clearly it was not a great throw, since it got picked off. But it was a ball that Crab could have made a play on, makes it a good one, and it is a clear improvement on the super bowl's final red zone attempt.
My guess was that was what happened as I have noticed not one video exists showing where the popcorn came from! But it does make one hell of a mythical story for those whose team did not make it to the Super Bowl! But as I say whatever helps them to feel better I guess!
@DebbieUnlistedhahaha. Yeah, right. It's pretty obvious the popcorn did not fall, it was projected.
@Jeremy Schroder @EliDrabman Your post is on point except the last one...do you really think those 49er fans would say "I hope the Broncos beat you"? It's sort of an NFL fan version of the Stockholm Syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome). They told you what you wanted to hear and what you think will happen at Met Life in two weeks. GO BRONCOS!!!
@Slamyeah, "always disappears in big games" is ridiculously inaccurate.
@Slam He hasn't done well in Seattle, but "always disappears in big games" sounds strange for a guy who went for 292 yards and four TDs in his first two playoff games, has four 100-yard games in the postseason and is tied for the all-time lead in postseason TDs for a tight end with Dave Casper.
@paperback writer The salient point is Kap and Crabtree thought they could beat Sherman, they did not, Sherman made a helluva a play that most corners couldn't. You can talk all about how you think your team is better position by position but you lost two more games than the Seahawks did this year and you got beat by them 2 out of three. The Seahawks are better, plain and simple. They made the big plays when they had to and the 9ers did not. The stats over the season bear out that the Hawks are better, our O scored more points, our D gave up less and our special teams got the job done including a 69 yard return in the Championship game. Even our QB is better overall because he doesn't turn the ball over like Kapernick odes in crunch time.
I still have yet to see the video where a Seahawks fan is throwing the popcorn who knows maybe it's a pissed off 49ers fan who was mad cause he was no longer to play the game! Better yet maybe we should call mythe busters and test out Debbie unlisteds theory! Considering there is no video showing where it is coming from! After rewatching the game there are more 49er fans than Seahawk fans above that tunnel! Just thought I would point that out!
@AdrianReynolds Some did say that, but you're right, everyone in red will be rooting for the Broncos. I rooted hard for Baltimore last year, and would definitely be rooting against you again if you made it this year.
@Bay Area Sports Guy @Slam I think the point all you 49ers fans are missing is that the last 3 trips north, the 9ers are O for Seattle. Your QB and your D melted under pressure. Bad calls equal out (2 to 3) holding calls against your O line weren't called) or did you miss our Defensive ends running in place with 9er O linemen BEHIND them? Odds are if you do get the ball on the fumble at the 1 by Kearse your team gets stuffed for a safety. So the non call actually got you the ball far further up the field. Also, your player blocked/tackled the Seahawk into Bowman or did you not see that. Sherman, may be mouthy and the player you love to hate but he is the best corner in the NFL, the numbers don't lie, especially in picks over his 3 years where he LEADS the league. Also he gets less chance for picks because most QBs have learned not to try him. Is he perfect NO. Did you like him at Stanford, probably unless you were a Cal fan? Seattle made the adjustments to beat your team since the 2 point loss at the Stick. Your Niners did not to beat us here. Trust me, I understand hated rivals because as a kid before the Seahawks were born I loved a team with a left handed gunslinger they called the Snake. Admired the Montana 9ers for their body of work. it became all about Hawks in 1975 before they even had a name. I still can't stand Pittsburgh or Denver. So this Super Bowl will be fun. We'll just have to agree to disagree. Ah, in closing after 4 trips through Fife I actually did see your billboard: It said, "We are coming. over a photo of the niners." Unfortunately that was a half hour after the Niners loss at the Clink.
Good luck next year.
Nice try, brosephina. The Seahawks were the better team on that day, under those circumstances. That's all. And I'm fairly certain you're not paying Wilson's salary. But hey, y'all can stay puffed up until the air starts leaking out, if that's what you need to do, Puffy.