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49ers erase some doubts in win over Giants

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The big knock on the 49ers this season has been that they can’t win a big game by relying on Alex Smith at quarterback.

They went a long way toward putting that criticism to rest on Sunday against the Giants. With Frank Gore felled by ankle and knee injuries, the Niners put the game in Smith’s hands and were rewarded with a 27-20 victory that puts them in very good shape in the race for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

Smith completed 19-of-30 passes for 242 yards and a big touchdown to Vernon Davis to lead his team to a victory. The Davis touchdown touched off 61 seconds that changed the game. Smith’s score put them up 18-13, Michael Crabtree’s two-point conversion extended the lead to a touchdown and then Carlos Rogers picked off Eli Manning for the second time in the game to put the Niners back in business deep in Giants territory. Kendall Hunter ran the ball in on the next play and the Niners had a two-touchdown lead to protect.

They did, but just barely. Manning led the Giants to one score and was a Mario Manningham drop away from tying the game in the final minutes. Despite that drop, the Giants converted two fourth downs to move the ball all the way down to the 10 before Justin Smith knocked down a Manning pass to seal the deal for the Niners. That stinginess in the red zone has been par for the course for the Niners this season, although they did bend a bit more than normal against the Giants.

But they won, they beat a good team and they did it by playing a very different game than we’re used to seeing from them this season. Smith wasn’t perfect, but he proved he could handle a heavy load against a stiff pass rush and come out the other side a winner. That’s big, especially with the game giving the Niners a two game plus tiebreak lead on the Giants for a first-round bye come playoff time. There’s much football to be played, of course, but the Niners have to feel great about their position right now.

The Giants, on the other hand, might be hearing some footsteps. The Cowboys played their best game of the season Sunday and have a fairly easy three-week stretch while the G-Men must play the Eagles, Saints and Packers. The two teams will meet in Week 13 and it isn’t difficult to see that one-game division lead disappearing before that game gets underway.

There’s no reason to expect they won’t bounce back, though. They lost a tough game on the road to a very good football team on Sunday and that’s nothing to hang your head about for too long.

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  1. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 13, 2011 7:46 PM

    The Giants are gonna win next week vs. the horrible Eagles then have a slide…

    49ers may not look great on paper, but they believe

  2. bluefan204 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:47 PM

    Didn’t really erase any doubt. That 8-1 record is paper thin. Once the playoffs start, you’ll see what I mean.

  3. gcsuk says: Nov 13, 2011 7:47 PM

    Great game. Hats off to the ‘9ers. Gutsy call by Harbaugh on the on-sides kick. Giants did a great job on the SF running game. Alex Smith was pretty cool in the pocket, and his receivers got open. Both QBs looked good. Thought Eli was going to pull it out at the end, but it was not meant to be.

    Oh well. At least Philly lost, so it isn’t a complete wasted football Sunday.

  4. stampede101 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:47 PM

    The 49ers are for real…and if you didn’t believe before…now’s the time.

  5. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 13, 2011 7:48 PM

    The way the 49ers are winning speaks volumes of how bad a head coach Singletary was.

  6. rcampore says: Nov 13, 2011 7:49 PM

    I knew this was going to be a very tough game. The Giants had their chance, but unfortunately came up short. I think they both played very well and there were some good things that I saw from the G-Men. Hats off to the 49ers. Now the g-men need to beat the Eagles next week so I didn’t waste my money on a ticket.

  7. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    I still cant take them seriously in the playoffs with Alex Smith under center. Do you trust him on the road in New Orleans or Green Bay?Their defense is awesome. Harbaugh is a great coach and Frank Gore is a warrior. Alex Smith’s luck is going to eventually run out though

  8. goldrush36 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    Damn they weren’t lying when they said game of the week. Helluva fight G-men, but I must say you need to eat some crow saying that Alex couldn’t get this team a win if Gore didn’t hit over 1oo yds rushing. He only played like 12 snaps

  9. theysone says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    Alex Smith good enough for you today Justin Tuck?

    Did Tuck even play today? Didn’t see him or hear his name at all today…

  10. norcalmafia says: Nov 13, 2011 7:53 PM

    Green Bay here we come..Any of you haters want some ketchup for that crow?

  11. theysone says: Nov 13, 2011 7:54 PM

    Good game by the Gmen, they shut down the niners run game.

    Offensively, Eli looked good other than the 2 bad INTs. The run game was non-existent, but that was expected. No one can run against the Niners’ front seven.

  12. cmb79 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:55 PM

    There are no moral victories. It doesn’t take much to see that self-inflicted mistakes can loom large.

    Cruz’ drop with no one around him hurt (especially since Rogers knew they were going to test him again and made the play on the next snap), but the big one is Manningham quitting on his route. If nothing else, he needed to continue and at least knock the ball down.

    He beat the safety clean on the last drive, too. They always say if a receiver gets his hands on the ball he needs to pull it in.

    So, yeah, frustrating. Credit to the ‘9ers, though. If you told me that Gore would’ve been a non-factor and they still won, I would’ve thought you were nuts.

    Gotta have a short memory here, because the Eagles always tend to show up when everybody writes them off.

  13. jigwig13 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:57 PM

    One game at a time..but I must admit I’m feeling good about this one

  14. smithmike4 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:59 PM

    This was a good game. Couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen.

  15. jetsarestacked says: Nov 13, 2011 8:02 PM

    Doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. Their record speaks for itself. Though I will say after seeing them play for the first time today I wasn’t blown away or anything. They got a solid front 7 on d but that secondary isn’t that good.

  16. cmahdavi says: Nov 13, 2011 8:06 PM

    Hat’s off to the 49ers. The game could have gone either way but this time they earned it. It’s games like these that come down to details at the end that I reminds we why I love football so much…Personally I’d vote justin smith for defensive player of the year. It isn’t too often that a DE in a 3-4 gets the credit he deserves and although willis brings the awesome on a regular basis, that run defense relies on Smith for quite a whole lot…

    And this may get me a few thumbs down but I think Eli is a top 5 qb….At least in the last two minutes of the game…I don’t know about the other 58 yet but definitely last 2 minutes…

  17. naeem42 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:06 PM

    Really good game. Niners just made a few more plays than NYG. Hopefully we could see a rematch in January.

  18. taco87 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    49ers are 8-1 beat the giants passing defense held up and created turnovers. Justin tuck can talk about how Alex smith is asked to not win on their plane trip home. All the doubters can keep talking 49er faithful don’t care cause who’s got it better than us?

  19. bossplayer213 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:17 PM

    I don’t get when people say 49ers don’t look good on paper or aren’t that talented.

    This team has LOADS of talent. Gore, Vernon, Delanie Walker, Crabtree, Braylon. Smith has a lot of weapons to play with.

    Then on the defensive side they have AT LEAST 3 pro bowl players in Willis, Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers (what a pick up he was). Bowman playing next to Willis is also 2nd in the league in tackles. Talent was never this teams problem. They just needed a coach.

  20. mondzy805 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:19 PM

    We better start getting some RESPECT, nation wide. We can only beat the team we play. Go 49ers. 49ers Faithful, stand up.

  21. hom49er says: Nov 13, 2011 8:26 PM

    This reminds me of the 80’s. Nobody saw it coming!

  22. clevername1 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:29 PM

    Are you kidding me? Paper thin? I suppose 8-1 is an accident.

  23. mrplow3 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:31 PM

    “The big knock on the 49ers this season has been that they can’t win a big game by relying on Alex Smith at quarterback.”

    Ummm…..so I take it you missed that game winning TD Smith threw with less than a minute to play a couple weeks ago?

  24. fruityromo says: Nov 13, 2011 8:31 PM

    There are a lot of “but’s” in this story to describe the win by the San Francisco 49ers. Can you please tell me what the score was again and who was in control for the majority of the game?

    Maybe I missed something?

  25. eric12401 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:33 PM

    Giants fan here. Definitely was a good game, 49ers are a scary team and can easily go deep in the playoffs. Hopefully this game will be repeated in the playoffs with a much different outcome than the 2002 playoffs. Hats off and much respect to SF.

  26. bluefan204 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:36 PM

    taco87 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    All the doubters can keep talking 49er faithful don’t care cause who’s got it better than us?

    —–

    The Packers?

  27. oaktown49er says: Nov 13, 2011 8:41 PM

    Niners are just a product of their undefeated NFC West schedule. Without that they would only be 7-1. Teams usually don’t make the playoffs with only 7 wins.

  28. goldrush36 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:48 PM

    @dlmcc1010 If they see the Saints in the playoffs it will NOT be in New Orleans. The 49ers now have 5of7 games remaining against the NFC West. Baltimore is wildly inconsistent and the 49ers match up well against Pittsburgh which is another SF home game. They will be #2 seed in the NFC provided Green Bay doesn’t suffer a few casualties themselves along the way. Green Bay is the only game with a high possibility of being on the road…. but go ahead and keep doubting. In case you haven’t noticed Harbaugh and the 49ers like it better that way. Green Bay was the heavy underdog last year.

  29. jdandcoke says: Nov 13, 2011 8:49 PM

    nothing against the niners, but aside from the eagles next week and the skins late, this game was probably the easiest the giants were going to get for the rest of the season…and they lost. the pats win was great so this loss isnt THAT bad….but the giants probably cant give away anymore games. the giants HAVE to probably go 3-1 in the rest of their division games and win one of the three vs GB, NO, and the jets to make the playoffs….it wont be easy.

  30. tdrundmc says: Nov 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    sorry to burst your bubble but edwards and crabtree are garbage and alex smith is captain check down…this team won’t go far in the playoffs.

  31. rap49er says: Nov 13, 2011 8:59 PM

    Great win Niners. Now get kaepernick some playing time just in case Alex gets hurt.

  32. goodguyjohn says: Nov 13, 2011 8:59 PM

    As a lifelong Niner fan I can tell you anything that happens the rest of this year is gravy on the potatoes. All of us expected 8-8 and maybe 9-7 this year. I couldn’t have ever imagined we’d be 4-0 on the road and sitting at 8-1 at mid season. I’m loving it.

    What I’m happiest about though is the solid concrete foundation coach Harbaugh and his staff have built in such a short time. These guys are going to be around for a long, long time and we’ll be a confident good team for years to come. Nothing breeds confidence and success like prevailing in big games on the road and at home. And we’re YOUNG!

    Grateful for everything I’m seeing! Go Niners

  33. zaggs says: Nov 13, 2011 9:02 PM

    They erased doubts because the other team lost a starting linebacker and a starting corner?
    Even with that it took 2 non calls for defensive holding to win? Color me not impressed.

  34. goldrush36 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:09 PM

    Gee I’m so so so shocked Zaggs would make more excuses… Mr. you can’t win unless Gore tears it up. Reality check, but you are probably the absolute only Giants fan on earth making excuses right now

  35. icewalker946 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:16 PM

    49ers….meet the Packers…you two are the class of the NFC.

    You deserve to be in the same class as the Packers. Heck, the way the Packers are playing defense the 49ers may be better.

    Hope to find out in the NFC Championship game.

  36. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 13, 2011 9:23 PM

    This is frustrating now. The 49ers beat a good team(who were thought to be able to beat the 49ers) and still some people want to say they are overrated or not a contender.

    At this point they could win the rest of the games this year and make the NFC Title game or better and there will still be people who will stubbornly say they aren’t as good as their record says.

  37. bobhk says: Nov 13, 2011 9:33 PM

    niners fans why do we even care what other guys say about “not being impressed”.

    Who cares. Our team won, theirs lost. Gints will probably be watching the playoffs from home anyway.

  38. jayman35 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:41 PM

    The 49ers are the real deal, and now the rest of the country knows the 49ers have more than a game manager in Alex Smith and don’t need to rely solely on Frank Gore. That onside kick took some real cojones to call. My hats off to Jim Harbaugh for bringing a winning tradition back to San Francisco.

  39. nyyankeedave says: Nov 13, 2011 10:13 PM

    @ bluefan204 & tdrundmc

    It’s getting old fellas.

  40. gcsuk says: Nov 13, 2011 10:14 PM

    bobhk says:
    Nov 13, 2011 9:33 PM
    niners fans why do we even care what other guys say about “not being impressed”.

    Who cares. Our team won, theirs lost. Gints will probably be watching the playoffs from home anyway.
    ———————————————————-
    Sorry, bobhk, but most (unfortunately not all) Giants fans came on here, manned up, and paid their respects and hats off to the ‘9ers. Why do you have to come back with attitude? Can’t you just take the win and be the bigger man? It’s “sore winner” fans like you that really get under peoples skin.

  41. bobhk says: Nov 13, 2011 10:20 PM

    zaggs says:
    Nov 13, 2011 9:02 PM
    They erased doubts because the other team lost a starting linebacker and a starting corner?
    Even with that it took 2 non calls for defensive holding to win? Color me not impressed.
    ==================
    zaggs thinks loss of Boley to the giants is more than loss of Gore to the niners.
    If you notice carefully, you’ll notice lobotomy marks on his head. LOL
    We’ll color you as not watching the playoffs this year.

  42. go49ers says: Nov 13, 2011 10:28 PM

    Hooray, Niners won! They beat a good football team in the NY Giants. Everything you see here is real and not on paper.

  43. nitnitr says: Nov 13, 2011 10:37 PM

    What a difference a year makes for the talent to gel, and for a new coach to really bring it all together.

    I don’t think Singletary could have done as much as Jim Harbaugh has done this year with the talent the Niners have collected; maybe 5 and 4 at this time if Singletary was lucky. The Niners needed a more offensive minded head coach to bring the offense alive (not to mention some of the tricky things Harbaugh tries now and again). The defense has been building over the past few years, so thanks to Singletary for that, but the offense struggled, and Singletary just didn’t have the acumen to make the offense work, regardless of what offensive coordinator he worked with.

    Kudos to Alex Smith. He had a great game. If it weren’t for Ted Ginn allowing the ball to bounce off his helmet for a pick, the stats would look better for Smith.

    For Niners fans, lets hope Frank Gore’s knee and ankle injuries heal quickly. Kendall Hunter did a decent job filling in, though the rushing game lacked today. Alex did a good job with a few yards too, scrambling out of the pocket when needed.

    What is good about this game is that the Alex Smith naysayers can see he can get the job done with this offense. He had decent yards in the air today. My only complaint is the passes to the end zone that weren’t completed that wound up in a David Akers field goal. Maybe that was a side line call to keep going to the left, but one of those could have been caught if thrown to the right spot.

    Speaking of Akers; what a great addition to the staff. That onside kick was brilliant, and he placed it perfectly. His kicking this year, along with Andy Lee has been superb. The special teams play has been excellent on the SF team this year.

    Looking forward to seeing more from the Niners as the season plays out. They appear to be a real contender after so many years in the basement.

    After all is said and done, I’ll agree with bossplayer, this team just needed a coach. The talent has been there, but didn’t have direction. Harbaugh has brought that to a team that has been talented, but needed some spirit and gumption to make it all happen and win consistently.

  44. alldayaldon says: Nov 13, 2011 10:41 PM

    anyone else notice the outflow of giants fans after this loss? giants had the game close and the ball in eli’s hands @ the end of the game, but came up short. maybe east96st took the 6 train down to zuccotti park. or maybe he changed his user name and jumped off the bandwagon. i’ll take the hi road. great game, giants fans.

  45. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 13, 2011 11:32 PM

    Every week the fans of the 49ers opponents come to these boards with excuses and the 49ers walk away with the win.

    If you had told me that Gore would sit for most of the game and run for 0 yards in 6 attempts and the 49ers would still be able to beat the Giants I wouldn’t have believed you. Gore does so much and is the heart of this offense, but today the 49ers showed they are a better team then just one player.

    Hope Gore’s knee injury isn’t bad.

  46. alldayaldon says: Nov 13, 2011 11:34 PM

    “SF won’t go far in the playoffs”? they will be the 2 seed @ worst. so that’s a bye & then a home playoff game. that’s getting pretty far even before the playoffs start for SF !! stay classy giants fans.

  47. sixjak says: Nov 13, 2011 11:46 PM

    Yeah who cares what the nay sayers think. The reality is the 9ers strength of schedule to date has been one of the toughest in the league. This team is a team that no one wants to meet in the post season. Their defensive front is a nightmare and they have too many weapons on offense to be able to shut them down.

  48. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 12:05 AM

    I love these (some of them like zaggs) giants fans trolling after their team LOST.
    These guys are more concerned about how impressed they are not with the niners than whether their team will make the playoffs. LOL.

    I bet that, with the cowboys coming with their easy schedule and Lily Manning no match for Rodgers, Brees, and even Romo, Dwarfs fans will be bitter these holidays, decided who they are not impressed with.

    @gcsuk, I’d love to discuss 9ers-giants game on a even keel. But trash talkers like zaggs, tdrundmc have spoiled it for a lot of people.

  49. bobhk says: Nov 14, 2011 12:06 AM

    @gcsuk hats of to you if you manned up. I actually prefer Giants to win NFC E rather than Crapboys.

  50. mondzy805 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:33 AM

    For all you 49ers hater out their, we played only 1 division game so far. Seattle. Week 1. So, know the facts, before you say something. 49ers Faithful, we Back!

  51. nekelund says: Nov 14, 2011 1:00 AM

    Given Eli Manning’s elite QB status, I nominate every single 49er defender for immediate Hall-of-Fame induction.

  52. east96st says: Nov 14, 2011 1:11 AM

    alldayaldon – Actually, I posted a congrats post five hours ago. Why it never appeared is beyond me. No nastiness, just a congrats for 9ers and an expressed frustration with Giants special teams play, which I think we can all agree was poor.

  53. zillabeast says: Nov 14, 2011 2:16 AM

    What’s even scarier is that the 49ers play much better, more focused football on the road. The scores might not be the best indicator of that but if you’ve seen them in the road, you know it’s true.

    If this game was played at the Meadowlands, the 49ers would have won by three touchdowns.

  54. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 14, 2011 6:25 AM

    The lack of respect drives me nuts. Most of it doesn’t even make sense.

    Coughlin said this insinuating that the 49ers won because they were healthy: “You need all your people, San Francisco has played with everybody, all year long.”

    Nevermind that Gore, the centerpiece of the 49er offense, was out for almost the entirety of the game, or that the top 3 WR’s on the 49ers depth chart have all missed time, including Morgan going on injured reserve and Edwards missing most of the first of the season.

    But I suppose the rest of the league can keep on underestimating the 49ers all the way into the playoffs.

  55. 6thsense79 says: Nov 14, 2011 7:13 AM

    Damn you Carlos Rogers. For years with the Skins I watched you drop interceptions like you dip your hands in grease. Now when you leave you’re threatening to lead the league in interceptions.

  56. brooklynniner19 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:00 AM

    Hats off to Eli & CO. they definitely played hard !! 49ers had to buckle down and make sh*t happen and they did !

  57. gmen5280 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:18 AM

    It is about time Alex Smith started playing like a No.1 overall pick, it’s only taken 7 years. It is amazing the job Coach Harbauh is doing there in SanFran. He gets my vote for Coach of the year! Basically the same players from the past few seasons and he is getting results. 9ers only have 2 tough games left this year, Balitmore and Pittsburgh. Even if they loose both games, they end up at 13-3. Or split and get to 14-2. Hats off to taking care of buisiness yesterday. You are lucky that Smith wasn’t cut over the last 3 years for playing like a 4th round draft pick.

  58. alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 10:37 AM

    east96st. class act. as i find most giants fans to be. (unlike the jets). it was a great game. i can see a new nyg-sf rivalry brewing like in the 80’s & 90’s. we need a qb and harbaugh knows that. josh johnson will be a fa & he played successfully for harbaugh in college @ San Diego. i think he’s the qb the 9ers will target in the off season. good luck the rest of the season.

  59. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:07 AM

    zaggs says:
    Nov 13, 2011 9:02 PM
    They erased doubts because the other team lost a starting linebacker and a starting corner?
    Even with that it took 2 non calls for defensive holding to win? Color me not impressed.

    —————

    You won’t hear them admit that, but we’re not making excuses for Boley and Ross (who was getting ABUSED) being out. We had three ROOKIES playing linebacker for the entire second half — Jones, Paysinger, Williams — and aside from Paysinger blowing his gap assignment on the Hunter TD run, they played well.

    I’m not impressed with SF, but they play to their strengths and don’t beat themselves with turnovers. I will give them credit for that. We have too many option routes in our playcalling, which was really the cause of that second INT.

    Whatever though, Cruz has to make that catch and Eli HAS to make that simple pass to Nicks to keep that drive going.

    The nonsense offsides call and not getting SF for AT LEAST illegal contact or holding — if not PI — on Manningham’s jaunt to the end zone on the last drive, was the difference, basically.

    I’m not worried about our guys. SF will be one and done in the playoffs. They are a mirror image of the Falcons last year with just a better defense loaded with first round picks and guys like Rogers who have finally learned how to CATCH INTs.

  60. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:10 AM

    But please SF fans, don’t think I’m hating. We got beat at our own game, basically. We did what we needed to do for the most part, but the turnovers set up 10 of the 27 points for SF. Without those, we’re at least playing for a game winning drive instead of desperately trying to push the game to OT.

    They’re a good team and are solid fundamentally. I find no fault there. I’m just not all that impressed, because I don’t think they will be able to play the checkdown game when their running game inevitably gets stuffed in the playoffs.

    They’re not in Green Bay’s strata and the Giants overall are still the slightly better team. SF only had one turnover and we had two. That’s what it boils down to.

  61. alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    mrwright, the giants lost to a team playing without its best offensive player and your making excuses about playing without your linebackers? the giants haven’t had any good linebackers in years. the sf defense is 1st in the most important def stat of all, points allowed and are 8-1. “you are what your record says you are” …Bill Parcells. giants lost this game, just own it!

  62. alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 1:28 PM

    and if you have been “rooting” for the 9er$ all year,you haven’t lost yet.

  63. 49erlifer says: Nov 14, 2011 4:54 PM

    Can you imagine if the niners played on the eastcoast maybe they would have more than 15 second highlights on ESPN but i guess the USA ends at the mississippi river apparently GO NINERS!

  64. n0hopeleft says: Nov 14, 2011 6:01 PM

    alldayaldon says:
    Nov 13, 2011 11:34 PM
    “SF won’t go far in the playoffs”? they will be the 2 seed @ worst. so that’s a bye & then a home playoff game. that’s getting pretty far even before the playoffs start for SF !! stay classy giants fans.

    ___________________________________

    Actually, losing after your first round bye proves you didn’t belong there in the first place, so that isnt “pretty far”.

    And don’t talk about class (your line is the most abused line on this site).

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:55 PM

    alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 1:16 PM

    mrwright, the giants lost to a team playing without its best offensive player and your making excuses about playing without your linebackers? the giants haven’t had any good linebackers in years. the sf defense is 1st in the most important def stat of all, points allowed and are 8-1. “you are what your record says you are” …Bill Parcells. giants lost this game, just own it!
    —————–

    He played an entire half and didn’t do anything. He wasn’t going to do anything anyway. The Giants’ rush defense stats are misleading as is, as they’ve come against teams where we were playing prevent against deep passes — that’s how Fred Jackson got 80 of his 135, how lynch got half of his 98 on one run, how Wells got his, and McCoy as well, as we were trying to keep the deep pass in front of us. SF doesn’t have that threat, so we could focus on the run.

    Hunter scored with ROOKIES across the board at LB with Boley out.

  66. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:56 PM

    49erlifer says: Nov 14, 2011 4:54 PM

    Can you imagine if the niners played on the eastcoast maybe they would have more than 15 second highlights on ESPN but i guess the USA ends at the mississippi river apparently GO NINERS!
    ————-

    They’d be the Falcons from last year — everyone knowing the other shoe will drop soon and that they’re not as good as the record indicates.

  67. alldayaldon says: Nov 14, 2011 10:58 PM

    hopeless: so let me get this straight. if a team wins it’s division and earns a 1st round bye…after the wild card weekend & then the 1st round of playoffs, you must win your playoff game to justify that you belonged in the playoffs? so a team with a bye must make it to the championship game or you didn’t belong in the playoffs in the first place. got it. ( and don’t tell me what to do or not to do)

  68. tdbavaro says: Nov 15, 2011 9:31 AM

    I don’t know who’s worst Detroit or 49ers fans with coming out of the woodworks!!!!! 49ers fans have been dead for over 20years and know they sound like Jet fans…I tell you what I’m glad I am a fan of a classy organization were fans are fans win or lose…..now we were one catch away from a manniham catch for Eli’s 17 career come back 4th quarter tie and possible win. Its also apperent Coughlin prepared our defence against the run. Our last 3 wins we have given up an average of over 115 rushing yards. Note to coughlin stop changing what works. I’de rather give up 200 yards to gore and win then stoping the run and allowing there QB to look a pro-bowler. Do what we do best destroy QB’s…..I firmly beleieve we will meet you again and you 49ers fans know we will be healthy……….

  69. alldayaldon says: Nov 15, 2011 12:22 PM

    “1 catch away, not healthy”….why make excuses. just tip your cap & hope to see 9ers again. it was a great game. rookie hc harbaugh out coached coughlin by coming out passing. there is no way to predict who will be healthy week to week in the nfl. ask the texans.

  70. alldayaldon says: Nov 15, 2011 12:48 PM

    nfc leading tacklers: 1. navarrow bowman
    5. p. willis
    17. m. boley

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:16 PM

    Just means they’re on the field more. And Boley is in coverage against the pass.

    Boley has more IMPACT PLAYS.

  72. alldayaldon says: Nov 15, 2011 3:18 PM

    willis, 2 sacks & 3 forced fumbles
    boley, 1 sack & 1 forced fumble
    boley (in coverage) 0 int’s & 0 passes defended.

    *stats provided by nfl.com

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