We’ve done a couple GIF-pilations from the 49ers’ 23-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday, one on Quinton Patton getting under Carolina’s collective skin, one on Frank Gore being a chatterbox (that was only one GIF, though) and another on the Vernon Davis touchdown and everyone’s reaction to the botched call and subsequent overturning of said call.
The defense deserves better. JIM TOMSULA DESERVES BETTER. And everyone will get the love they deserve here.
Here’s the interception from the guy who became the most underrated player on the team this season. That’s right, I said it. Patrick Willis has made several plays like this all season long, but people are talking about him now like he’s Takeo Spikes. Dude’s still got it.
This next one isn’t really about the 49ers defense, but that interception led to the following GIF. We’ve all heard of “Manning face.” Now we have “Cam face,” and it’s extra toothy.
The goal-line stand was fun, even though the 49ers were forced to punt out of their own end zone and the Panthers answered with a quick touchdown strike soon afterward. Either way, Ahmad Brooks stuffed Newton at the line after the 49ers showed the Panthers a look they hadn’t seen before.
“The un-scouted part of the whole situation was the defense itself. We went from a 6-2 defense on the goal line, everybody watched that movie All the Right Moves, 6-2 stankmonster, get a feeling. That’s been our defense on the goal line. For the years we’ve been here we’ve never shown a 5-3 look. By taking Ahmad and moving him into the center to create the 5-3 was what was un-scouted. We had not shown that and I thought it was a great move by [defensive coordinator] Vic Fangio. We talked about it during the week. This is something that would be very difficult for the opposition if we get in that position and Vic said, ‘well I hope we’re not in that position.’ Sure enough we were in that position two times, and that planning, that preparation by our players, especially by Vic Fangio and the defensive coaches was profound.”
In other news, Glenn Dorsey is probably thinking long and hard about adding an eye-shield to his helmet.
In case you want to see what Mike Tolbert’s recurring nightmare will be this offseason:
Let’s flip over to the offense for just a second. You know how so many people are freaking out about this (as if opposing defensive players haven’t been kissing their biceps after sacking Colin Kaepernick all season)?
How come nobody’s saying anything about this? Not that they should, just pointing it out.
Pro Football Focus named Tony Jerod-Eddie as one of their “Secret Superstars” from the Divisional Round.
A brief glance at the boxscore won’t tell you much about how well he played with the sack on 1st-and-10 with 7:11 left in the game serving as his lone statistical output. However, he also had a big impact in one of the most important sequences of the game, as the 49ers stopped the Panthers at the goal line. On 3rd-and-Goal with 14 seconds left in the first quarter he got the better of left guard Travelle Wharton, forcing running back Mike Tolbert to go airborne, where Willis was able to keep him out of the end zone.
Jerod-Eddie is one of the reasons why Justin Smith and Ray McDonald didn’t have to play almost every single snap this year like they did in seasons past. Here’s the sack PFF mentioned, which he shared in the official scorebook with Ahmad Brooks (who also had two others).
Tomsula’s reaction to the sack, which was probably more subdued because there was no one nearby he could smack (lovingly):
Donte Whitner collected his first postseason interception. Not only did Whitner ice the game here, he left Steve Smith in the dust. Broke his ankles, as the kids like to say. To be fair, Smith wasn’t exactly healthy at this point in the game. But Whitner probably doesn’t care.