No one who watched yesterday’s game in Green Bay will forget what they saw, but I felt sorry for Liz (my wife) because she barely got to see anything at all. She had to fly to Las Vegas for work, and left our apartment at 1 pm. That left me and our dog alone to watch the game, so the dog knew what to do — when the energy in the living room got tense, she left and headed for the bedroom for a long nap.
Meanwhile, Liz was at the airport, on a plane and then in transit to her hotel when the 49ers escaped with a thrilling 23-20 victory. And even though she had a meeting that evening, when she got to her room at midnight she started making GIFs of a game she didn’t even get to watch. That’s dedication, and with the help of Kyle “Ruthless Sports Guy” McLorg, we’ve got this game pretty well covered. Pretty impressive, since this game had plenty of wild moments.
Vernon Davis touchdown catch
After Colin Kaepernick was nearly picked off in the end zone earlier when he tried to lob one in to Vernon Davis, and then he WAS intercepted when he tried floating a pass to the 2nd-Team All-Pro tight end a little while later, this throw seems borderline miraculous.
Really, how did this ball make it through?
Lettin’ ’em play!
Let’s be fair — the 49ers got away with some physical play in coverage. But this end zone mugging of Michael Crabtree was silly.
The clutching and grabbing that went on early in the play was obvious, but what about the hand to the throat a split-second before the ball arrived? Who would ever think this was legal?
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) January 5, 2014
There was some healthy debate after that one between 49ers and Packers fans, the latter claiming that Crabtree was whining excessively, “just like his coach.” I don’t follow a lot of Packers fans, but I didn’t hear anyone claim that Ray McDonald didn’t get held on the 4th-and-2 pass to Randall Cobb.
Ah, who cares about the rules. Football anarchy is what we’re all looking for, right? Eh, maybe there’s a happy medium between games where each team gets flagged a dozen times each and what we saw yesterday.
The game-winning drive and field goal
Here’s where we check out two RUTHLESS GIFS that Kyle sent over this morning.
Kaepernick has never displayed better mobility in and out of the pocket than he did yesterday, which he showed on this 17-yard pass to Crabtree on 3rd-and-10 …
… and on this run on 3rd-and-8 that kept the ball out of Rodgers’ hands. Check out how both Frank Gore and Joe Staley sealed the edge for Kaepernick, who let his speed take over. Linebacker Andy Mulumba had no chance.
After four Frank Gore runs, it was Phil Dawson time. I’ll just let the GIFs take over from here.
If we make it to a game against Seattle, and the refs keep their flags in their pockets like they did in this game, I really can't see how we beat them in their house, unless we run for 300 yards. :)
Seriously, it's REALLY dumb that the officials basically take the game off when it comes to playoff time. I can see letting the ticky-tack stuff go, but when players are getting straight-out MUGGED, this is negatively affecting the game and it's AGAINST THE RULES.
I guess rules are for other sports leagues, eh?
@JoeComo Yes, I listened to the radio replay of the game last night, and after the first mugging of Crabtree, Eric Davis (who I think is a pretty straight shooter) said something like, "Wow, I'm all for letting guys play, but when you're getting tackled before the catch, you really need to call that." And I totally agree, no chance against Sherman et al if they get away with that in Seattle.
@BASportsGuy By the way, this post is awesome. The non PI and holding calls...garrrrr. Still shaking my head.
@greebs Thanks man, the officiating was pretty bad - but at least it was consistent!
I got the impression that the refs weren't going to be calling anything but the most blatant of penalties so the game would end as quickly as possible. No sense having a bunch of fans freeze to death watching a four hour grudge match.
@BASportsGuy Great post! And GIFs
@janey42168 Thanks for reading!
My mind was pretty blown by the "physical" nature of the pass protection in the first half. Don't really know what to make of it, actually. If memory serves (and I may have been intoxicated by my own yelling), at least one really obvious PI on Crabtree happened right in front of an official. I think 49er fans have a right to be particularly sensitive to those no-calls because of the kind of play the Seahawks secondary regularly gets away with at home. And also the overturned, game-losing non-penalty on Brees. It makes sense that we'd be watching pretty closely. I personally was on the verge of throwing the big screen into the street, quitting my job, and living the rest of my life in solitude. Luckily, we got some calls in the second half. That's what happens, I guess, when you can pay off the officials with lifetime supplies of free cheese, snow and car insurance.
I can see missing stuff at the line, even if it's a choke-hold. I can't see missing the PI's when you're standing right there.
I'm not that annoyed by the no calls, they were pretty consistent. The only thing I noticed js the Packers did a better job of taking advantage of that.
What would have been great to see is the video of Lacy trucking Whitner, not once but twice. Maybe he should change his name to "Hit the ground" cause that is exactly what he did when Lacy ran his rear end over!
@Pulgas de Brent Burns I blame Raiders' losses on Mark Davis' hair, which is clear evidence not only of signifiant childhood trauma, but also of the existence of evil. I mean, that is some crazy, crazy magically evil hair right there. Clearly the result of some sort of curse.
@LupeRubalcava Incorrect, Traitor fan. While it's true that Whitner didn't wrap Lacy up, he definitely stopped his momentum cold and allowed his teammates to catch up to the play and finish Lacy off.
Lacy is a quality back. He's gonna cause a lot of trouble for a lot of defenders for years. No shame in having a tough time bringing that hulk down.
Too bad we won't get a chance to see what the Traitors can do against playoff competition since, you know, the Traitors aren't allowed in the playoffs anymore due to suckage.