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Niners receivers need to fight fire with fire


As the AFC title game seems to entail the officials letting the defensive backs push and shove in the secondary and the Broncos receivers run what Shaun King has flagged on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN as illegal pick plays, the message to the 49ers receivers for the late game becomes even more clear.

If the Seattle secondary plans to go old school (as cornerback Richard Sherman recently has explained it) and manhandle the 49ers’ pass-catchers, the 49ers’ pass-catchers need to do some manhandling of their own.

That could be the only way to effectively counter the Seahawks’ apparent strategy of repeatedly committing fouls against receivers with the understanding that only a fraction ever will be called.  With tough, physical guys like Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis along with a long-armed Michael Crabtree, the Niners need to push and shove and interfere and do whatever the Seahawks do, if it’s not going to be called.

That said, there’s a chance it will be called by referee Gene Steratore’s crew.  The league seems to be focused on ensuring that the rubber match between Seattle and San Francisco won’t get out of hand the way last Sunday’s 49ers-Panthers game did.

But there’s a difference between post-whistle antics and things that happen during the play.  Until the flags fly, the 49ers need to be ready to answer Seattle’s tactics with the exact same behavior.

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27 Responses to “Niners receivers need to fight fire with fire”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Jan 19, 2014 4:13 PM

    I don’t know if its just me, but the main stream media seems to be latching on to all these radio show pranks and stuff like that.

    Remember back when teams like the Bears and Packers, and Philly and NYG. Had rivalries that were about FOOTBALL.

  2. theysone says: Jan 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    Boldin is going to make Sherman his B.

  3. 509seahawks says: Jan 19, 2014 4:22 PM

    lets go hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 19, 2014 4:24 PM

    Either beat them at their own game, or give them enough rope to hang themselves.

  5. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 19, 2014 4:27 PM

    Kaepernick won’t have time to throw with Bennett, Avril, McDonald, Wagner, Irvin, Clemons, and Wright in his grill on every play. Niners WRs will play physical and so will Seattle’s DBs. This is the real Superbowl because these two teams are the best there is.

  6. 5trophysbythebay says: Jan 19, 2014 4:27 PM

    I’m ready for the game to begin already! GO NINERS!!! #questforsix

  7. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:30 PM

    The niners receivers push off every play but complain about contact every play . They won’t get all the calls like they did on the last 2 pt win at home . If you fall PI on the defense then call it in the possession receivers who are pushing off to get separation .

  8. fdugrad says: Jan 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    shaggy: I do for a fact, good point.

  9. thatfanyouhate says: Jan 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    I hope they do! then the whiners won’t be able to say we cheat Carroll’ed the game. and it will be sweet watching the LOB manhandle their over confident retrievers. t

  10. deltaoracle says: Jan 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    Teams from California don’t really want to hear about fighting fire.

  11. brazin99 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:35 PM

    Let them play. Let them play!

  12. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 19, 2014 4:44 PM

    Newsflash: Seattle isn’t the first defense in the NFL to have physical press corners. That style of defense has been around for a long time. Carroll just drafted well to fit his style of this defense. And the whole “perfecting the art of P.I.” thing is dead on. The Seahawks HAVE perfected it, and that in no way means that other teams aren’t trying to perfect it themselves.

  13. lynchmobb12 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:50 PM

    Enough of the hype and talking. Im ready for kickoff. Go hawks!!!

  14. hess97 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:52 PM

    a hold is a hold.

    good coverage should be rewarded. not holding to make up for not covering. look at the denver pass breakup of the long attempt to pat’s wr, slater. that was perfect d. the uncalled p.i. on mccourty against j. thomas in the endzone was the opposite of good coverage.

  15. liddogg33 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:52 PM

    As a die hard Seahawks fan I think I speak for the 12’s when I say I wouldn’t want to play anyone else for the chance to go to New York. I’m on my way to the game right now in the cab and haven’t been this excited about a football game in my 36 years. I hope the niners come to play and we win a great football game but There is a chance that Kaepernick gets RATTLED AGAIN and they get ROUTED!!! So happy to watch RUSSELL outshine that CLOWN yet AGAIN!!!!!

    Hawks 31
    Niners 10

    GO HAWKS!!!!

  16. snoqualmieterry says: Jan 19, 2014 4:59 PM

    Watch the penalties and turnovers. If the refs let them play, the Hawks should win. Wilson needs to be accurate and have time to throw. If we keep the bicep kisser in the pocket, we should win.

  17. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 19, 2014 5:01 PM

    If Kaep bombs again tonight he’ll never win in Seattle.

  18. beastmode5150 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:05 PM

    Kapernick will look to run all day, he wants no part of throwing in a game in Seattle, has 4 picks there the last two games.

  19. tacasey says: Jan 19, 2014 5:06 PM

    Hahaha…chirp all you want Seahawk fans. You haven’t done anything yet…or ever. #nochampionshipsinseattle

  20. ninerrob52 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    How does that help the receivers keep their timing and get open? Seems like spending their energy pushing the DBs plays right into what the Seahawks are trying to do. Take the Niners out of their game

  21. bert1913 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    joe montana said it best: kaep sucks as a qb

  22. 5xchamps says: Jan 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    On my way to this game finna go KO some hawks fan WATCH OUT!!!!!!


  23. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    whoever scores first fg or td, the game is over

  24. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 6:47 PM

    see ya later seattle, youre done. first score in a championship game win 96% of the time

  25. hess97 says: Jan 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    roughing the kicker.

  26. hess97 says: Jan 19, 2014 9:25 PM

    fumble recovery Bowman.

  27. hess97 says: Jan 19, 2014 9:25 PM

    staratore horrible.

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