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Game Blog: 49ers vs. Cardinals

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 11, 2011 – 12:53 PM

This is my first time at University of Phoenix Stadium when they’ve had the roof open and it’s a beautiful day to do so.

If the 49ers are going to get their 11th win of the season, they’ll have to do it without Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis who is inactive for today’s game.

49ers inactives: QB Scott Tolzien, WR Brett Swain, FB Moran Norris, LB Patrick Willis, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams

Cardinals inactives: QB Richard Bartel, WR Chansi Stuckey, WR Stephen Williams, FS KerryRhodes, LB Joey Porter, T D’Anthony Batiste, WR Jaymar Johnson

There are quite a few 49ers fans at University of Phoenix Stadium, including the ones below who proudly displayed their “Who’s got it better than us?” sign in the front row.

FIRST QUARTER:

The 49ers started on offense and gave it to Frank Gore for a gain of 8 to begin their drive. After picking up one first down, they were forced to punt after an incomplete pass on third and long. C.J. Spillman had excellent coverage on the punt, dragging down Patrick Peterson at the 13.

The 49ers defense performed well on their first series. Justin Smith hit Kolb right before he threw for a sack and forced fumble on third down. That backed the Cardinals up to the 8 after they recovered the ball. Ginn fielded the short punt and returned it to the AZ 43. The 49ers are winning the early battle of field position.

The 49ers offense stayed on the field on 4th and 5. Smith didn’t have anyone open early on, scrambled and was able to find Hunter on a check down for a gain of 9. Smith was sacked on 3rd and 15, but Adrian Wilson gave the 49ers a first down thanks to a face mask penalty.  Alex Smith was sacked three times on that drive, but the 49ers were still able to get three points on a 46-yard field goal by Akers.

49ers 3 – Cardinals 0

John Skelton came it at quarterback, replacing Kolb who went to the locker room with a head injury…and the Cardinals went three and out. Ginn called for a fair catch at the 33.

Frank Gore eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season after a 20 yard run. C.J. Spillman made a great play on the punt, downing Lee’s punt at the 1.

Skelton threw a nice ball for Doucet, but he was unable to make the grab on third down and the Cardinals went three and out. Ginn returned the punt 52 yards, all the way down to the AZ 4.

Standout Stat: The 49ers are 0-5 on third downs.

Highlight Reel: The last play of the quarter was the best as Ginn returned the punt 52 yards.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers have had opportunities, but haven’t been able to capitalize. Ginn couldn’t find a great ball from Alex Smith that would have gave them great field position, if not a touchdown. The 49ers have a good opportunity to punch this one in.

SECOND QUARTER:

The 49ers again struggled in the red zone, settling for a 22-yard field goal by Akers

49ers 6 – Cardinals 0

Skelton hit Fitzgerald for a gain of 17 to start the drive…that’s a guy the 49ers do not want to see get hot. The Cardinals drive ended as Aldon Smith chased down Skelton as he was scrambling and wound up to force a fumble. Goldson also delivered a good hit on the play and Ray McDonald recovered the ball.

Smith converted on 3rd and long, hitting Crabtree to get just enough to move the chains. The 49ers went with a fake field goal and Andy Lee hit Jonathan Goodwin for what would have been a touchdown. The Cardinals challenged the previous play and the TD was negated. Akers then missed a 50-yard field goal and Early Doucet scored on a 60-yard TD pass from Skelton on the very next play. Talk about a swing in momentum.

Cardinals 7 – 49ers 6

Smith hit Kyle Williams on 3rd and long for a gain of 15 to quiet the crowd. Smith then hit Crabtree on second down on a short cross for another 15 yards. Crab was fired up after the play too. On the next play, Smith hit a wide open Vernon Davis who turned up field for a gain of 32. The 49ers settled for another Akers field goal.

49ers 9 – Cardinals 7

The Cardinals opted to throw on third down as opposed to running down the clock and they paid the price as Dashon Goldson notched his fifth pick in the last seven games.

The 49ers got the ball at the 16, but again had to settle for a field goal as their red zone struggles continued.

49ers 12 – Cardinals 7

Standout Stat: The 49ers have four field goals on four trips to the end zone.

Highlight Reel: Aldon Smith made a great play to chase down Skelton from behind and force a fumble. Goldson also delivered a solid blow.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers have outplayed the Cardinals in the first half, but it’s still just a one-score game. The 49ers need to find a way to punch it in when they get down to the red zone. This game could be 28-7.

THIRD QUARTER:

The Cardinals backed up on their first drive of the second half after a holding call and a false start penalty. Aldon Smith dropped Skelton at the 1, giving him 10.5 on the year. He’s the first 49ers player with double-digit sacks since 2002.

On the first play of the drive, Frank Gore ripped off a 37-yard touchdown run. The 49ers faked the jet sweep to Ginn and that helped open up the middle for Frank. Gore also got a good block downfield by Crabtree.

49ers 19 – Cardinals 7

The Cardinals beat the 49ers defense on another big play as Skelton hit Fitzgerald down the middle. Goldson went for the pick, but Fitz came down with it and took it 46 yards for the score.

49ers 19 – Cardinals 14

The 49ers went three and out, not a good thing right after the Cardinals start to regain a little momentum. Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 35.

Larry Grant made a great play to knock away Skelton’s pass on third down and force a punt.

Smith hit Crabtree crossing on third down, but was just short of the first down marker.

Skelton his Fitzgerald down the left sideline on the first play of the drive, out near midfield. The promising drive for the Cardinals ended with a Tarell Brown interception, the sixth of his career.

Arizona nearly got a pick of it’s own, but Rashad Johnson was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting Delanie Walker after the ball was deflected away. Smith scrambled and found Walker wide open on third down, but the tight end couldn’t make the easy catch to keep the drive alive. The punt team had good coverage on a short punt from Lee. Peterson was tackled by Dixon at the 22.

Standout Stat: The Cardinals actually lead the 49ers in total yards, 227-207.

Highlight Reel: Gore showed good burst, going 37 yards for a much needed touchdown.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers offense hasn’t been clicking in the second half and the Cardinals are starting to make plays against the 49ers defense. This will be a big drive for the Cardinals.

FOURTH QUARTER:

Skelton hit Fitz for a gain of 53 to start the fourth. Doucet picked up another first down at the 3 on a bubble screen to the right side. Skelton then hit Andre Roberts on a quick play to the right side. Roberts lowered his should to give the Cardinals the lead.

Cardinals 21 – 49ers 19

Ginn returned the kick to the 27. On 3rd and 2, the 49ers took a shot deep, but Smith’s pass was well out of the reach of Davis. Peterson fielded the punt inside the 5 and returned it to the 14. That’s it for the blog as we have to run down to the field. We’ll have more after the game on 49ers.com.


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280 Responses to “Game Blog: 49ers vs. Cardinals”

  1. By Lori on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!! win # 11,,:-) have a good day and shout a cheer for me!!!!!!!!!!! Niners Rule!

  2. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    GO SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>LETS BLOWOUT OR SHUTOUT ARIZONA ON THEIR OWN TURF, AND GO 11 AND 2.

    FREDDIE P SOFT HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, SO LETS HIT THE CARDS IN THE MOUTH

    THEIR IS KNOW-ONE THAT HAS IT BETTER THEN US FANS AND OUR 49ER TEAM

  3. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    IT’S NINER TIME!

  4. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Why won’t you post what I am writing???

  5. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    We need to keep the #2 seed. Very important! We can beat New Orleans at home, they are almost impossible to beat in New Orleans on turf.

  6. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Take these last 4 games seriously boys!!! We need the #2 seed, if we get it we can very well be in Indy for Super Bowl 46! We Can Do This!!

  7. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Davis is right – this is a playoff game! We need home field advantage!!!

  8. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go guys! Come on, bring it this game. It’s time to hit the ground running, it’s week 14, we should be hitting our stride by now, it’s a must. Lets not limp into the playoffs, let enter “ON FIRE!” Very Important to go into the playoffs hitting on all cylinders!

  10. By jony woodword on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    its our time to shine if we beat those birds once well do it agin niners time

  11. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If the O line doesn’t start protecting AS this is going to be a VERY long afternoon!

  12. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    where are all the alex fans oh yeah blameing the o line of course are you watchinghe has no idea what to do ……….same old alex

  13. By MadDog619 on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Every teams now knows how to beat the niners BLITZ the QB

  14. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    omg the line cant block 9 guys when alex refuses to throw the ball …ravens game all over again thanks alex

  15. By jony woodword on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    we benn shoting them down for 3 years its going to be 4 now
    NNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNER TIME 123 9ERS

  16. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    uhhh everyone has known for 7 years how to beat alex most teams dont stick with the blitz enough though but the smart ones are showing all of alex’s pitfalls …..no worries alex your fans will blame the line like they have for 7 years oh and by the way it is mostley the same line accept they finally got chilo rachelle out of there he blows

  17. By jrparker on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our O-line has not been very impressive of late. This problem is looking serious.

  18. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    they are forceing alex to score with his throws and talent …or rather lack there of ……..what ya gonna do when the qb blows the game …..for you

  19. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    oh maybe the running game will save alex ounce again …man he gets carried by the running game alot and the defense

  20. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    oh boy here come the injuries come on alex grow a pair and make it happen your going to single handedly blow this season ….delay of game really alex wow

  21. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    what the hell was ginn looking at for sure not the ball

  22. By Ed on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Any place online I can listen to the game? Stuck watching Bears v Broncos here :-(

  23. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    thank u andy lee

  24. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    lol yeah ginn was not all there on that one prob a TD

  25. By 49ersALl_In on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Cmon Ginn, how do you play Punt Returner and then can’t locate the ball as a receiver?

  26. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    way to make up for your bad play wish alex could do that

  27. By Ed on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Too bad only two teams have done it MadDog

  28. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    take it back.
    go niners

  29. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa baby – you go Ginn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ok alex playaction and throw to the tightend at the corner …please score here dude

  31. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    So what is our problem in the red zone?

  32. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    really man well this is your playoff picture of alex smith …….come onn alex fans where are you support your guy……lol

  33. By 49ersALl_In on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Man I really wish Josh Morgan was back with us. Braylon with his alligator arms can’t even secure a dang back shoulder throw

  34. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    slow start they will get into thier groove. i like the positive comments before the game. come on faithful. i could be worse i dont get the game up here with the polar bears, gotta watch te-bow

  35. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    lol what do you mean you havent seen this all year ……..its your guy alex leading the way to field goal after field goal …..man the saints are going to love playing us …or rather wooping up on alex

  36. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    OK – great take-away – let’s go all the way with it!!!

  37. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i concur 49ersALI In josh was very good. edwards hasnt impressed me much

  38. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Great catch!!!

  39. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i think the coaching staff should get a bit more creative on offense if we wanna do some good in the playoffs.

  40. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Unbelievable! We won’t be able to pull that off twice in a row!!!

  41. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    We have been robbed!

  42. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    wow that is the biggest piece of bull i have ever seen in a football game the whistle was clearly late after the snap bull crap

  43. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    That was painful!!!

  44. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    yeah malfunction what malfunction they keep showing the replay

  45. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    THE REFS SUCK!

  46. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    THAT was even more painful!!!

  47. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    harbough should file a formal complaint this is rediculous

  48. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    the ol is going to get him hurt. all of them are to blame. up the middle on the corners like a sieve. no quarterback can perform with this kind of protection.

  49. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    SO DAMN TRUE GARY POTTER!

  50. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    We better go out and purchase a new o line before we play one more down. A new QB would be good too. One than can beat a blitz. I would be good if he would quit rolling his arms to signal tot he defence when its gonna be a run.

  51. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    LET IT ROLL!

  52. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    WTH get it in the end zone. another dam FG

  53. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Really? Another FG???

  54. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i thought we did buy an o line. at the draft? i thought? somebody might wanna get them playing up to par. i hope we dont try to coast for the next 3 and half games

  55. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    David Akers for NFL MVP highest scorer of the decade

  56. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    This redzone crap is giving me a headache. How the heck can we move the ball up and down the field at will and can’t do NOTHING inside the 20! Greg Roman needs to pull his head out of his butt and figure something out NOW! This has been going on for 3-4 weeks now. There is NO WAY we can compete with Green Bay or New Orleans by kicking field goals all day long, this is CRAP! and is making me MAD! Seriously, come on man, do SOMETHING!!!! Spend the whole week on it in practice, I don’t care, but do something to FIX THIS!!!! *$&%!!

  57. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    lol you guys seem surprised …really ….alex has been doing this for 7 years ….3 and outs …stalled drives bad decisions and what the heck is a replay malfunction ….bs if you ask any one

  58. By Keith Wood on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah Goldson!!!! thank you!!! NOW GET IN THE REDZONE AND SCORE A TD THIS TIME &$^# IT!!!!!

  59. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Another GREAT takeaway! PLEASE get this in the ENDZONE!!!

  60. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ounce again the defense is carrying alex and ounce again alex hangs on to the ball

  61. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our defense ONCE AGAIN puts our offense in position to capitalize. Great pick Dashon, who has been playing like an All-Pro the last few weeks. But I bet we get another FG in this possession

  62. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ounce again alex can only play 1-2 quarters so hopefully he plays average in the 3-4 quarters so we can barely win against a team with a loseing record and in our division

  63. By drgnfb on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Where is the JUMBO OFFENSE near the goal-line????

    Alex has been great in the redzone except for this year. To me it is the play calling. It seemed that wilth Walsh, every time the Niners where inside the 10 they always put it in the endzone. Most of the time it was with Rice going in motion and Montana hitting him just past the line of scrimmage.

    Need to have receivers that can catch the damn ball!

  64. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Another FG, just watch

  65. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    wow what a run of horrible red zone performances by alex

  66. By drgnfb on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Points are points. Yes, I would like to see more touchdowns, but the Niners defense plays great. Stay ahead and win, field goals, TD’s, Int’s whatever!

  67. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Are you KIDDING ME??? A few yards & can’t trust offense – have to kick a FG? We are division leaders? What is up with this??? I agree with you Keith – spend the entire week on this in practice. NO & GB will EAT US ALIVE!!!

  68. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    not a pretty 1st half. i know we will get our game together in 2nd half
    go niners

  69. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    The good thing about this is I have David Akers on my FANTASY TEAM.

    But if Alex Smith cannot figure it out in the red zone, we will lose to Green Bay or New Orleans with scores resembling this: 16-27, 12-28, 19-24, 6-14.

  70. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    alex is not doing anything he hasent done all season as well as the past 7 years hangs on to the ball way to long and takes forever to throw

  71. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    O-LINE NEEDS TO STEP IT UP IN THE 2ND HALF!

  72. By drgnfb on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Snyder is better than Rachal, but the Niners biggest need is a Rt Guard that can block. Snyder NEEDS to keep his head on a swivel. He missed two blitzes right up the middle when he and Goodwin are double teaming.

  73. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Verrrry Ugly…too many missed opportunities. Come on Man…Game 14 of the season and you still cant get your plays called in time..WTH? Put the ball in the end zone dudes. Is it the OC or Alex who cant get the plays off in time. This sucks. You do not want to play the Saints in New Orleans…..that should be motivation enough to beat the turd birds.

  74. By drgnfb on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    @ chicken

    It is not Alex fault they cannot score. Two dropped balls in the endzone.!

    CATCH THE DAMN BALL!

  75. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    would you stop with the o line excuse please really …i mean the o line doesnt throw the ball or make the calls at the line and shift the line to block …..the QB is horrible and ounce again a team has watched the film and seen that alex blows and is easy meat to bust ….stop blameing the o line they are quite good

  76. By drgnfb on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    People, they way the Niners play they can beat anyone. Defensive turnovers and continued stops that keep the niners in excellant field position… they will win. It may be ugly, but it is what it is!

    Just kepp winning!

  77. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    defense need to share some heart witht the offense. The offense is suppose to be the scoring team. The team of the 80’s is come and gone that is obvious. If wish they could be a more complete team. Unless they can get there, like the others said we wont get past the first round in the playoffs. NO, and the packers have it strait. Rgith now no way the 9’ers can compete

  78. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    it is what it is is not going to get us tot he superbowl and beyond.

  79. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    hopefully harbaugh is chewing alex out right now for his ounce again below average ability …try some hard counts head fakes …pump the ball be a real nfl QB and bring something special to the offense not just ….duh read arm band run play that is called …suck real bad and do it all over again …thanks alex for the 7 years of lackluster attempts at being a real NFL QB. oh and by the way …..cant wait to see him in the probowl and of course canton he is awesome …says the alex fans

  80. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i agree with drgnfb, ugly is how we play now. joe and jerry quit remember

  81. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    do you all forget how many millions fof dollars thses guys get paid to catch a ball and get touchdowns. I have no sypathy for them when they critiized for not getting the job done

  82. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Love the niners but settling for field goals wont get you very far in the playoffs, Red Zone= FG. Come on and score some freaking TD’S.

  83. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thats what im talkin about!!!!!!1 Go Frank

  84. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  85. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    by that man a cigar

  86. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Second half team!

  87. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    they get paid to win, but i still think they should mix it up on offense. the teams they are playing watch film and the offense comes out and use the same plays they did week one. and now frank makes me eat my words

  88. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    These refs are birdbrains!

  89. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ounce again the running game saves alex …thank you gore for all your hard fought years of service …and haveing to watch a 80 million dollar QB suck it up for 7 years…..thank you gore for being the rock and helping this team succeed

  90. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    good block crabtree. congrats to aldon smith. 10.5 sacks

  91. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    lol 49 siempre

  92. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    refs are horrible in our games makes you want to question them on how they afford that nice car they drive

  93. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    chicken fr not AS fault in red zone he isn’t the one calling the damm plays. they will get act together before season is over. i have faith
    go niners

  94. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Just like that it’s 19-14, when the score should be 27-14.

  95. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    yeah well we have to keep scoreing larry is gonna get his he is just that good …..come on alex u have to run us down the field and score it back in their face

  96. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    The reason our offense is struggling is because of the absence of Josh Morgan, who is the team’s best all-around receiver imo.

  97. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    oh heh nice bacon neck

  98. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    you are right cfr. that play should never gone for touchdown. we will get it back.

  99. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    come on work it down field and stop these announcers from grabbing their pom-poms and cheering for the cards

  100. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our secondary is still highly susceptible to the BIG PLAY. I’ve seen it time and time again this year. DeSean Jackson did it to us. And now Doucet and Fitzgerald.

    Something to keep an eye on. Because I guarantee you NINER FAITHFUL that you guys will be nervous when our secondary has to match up with either New Orleans’ or Atlanta’s high powered receiving corps let alone Green Bay.

  101. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    thanks again alex for that stellar answer to the cards TD

  102. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    yes we are succeptible to the big play because alex settles for field goals instead of putting teams away like he should we should have 2- if not 3 more TD’s on the board by the 1st half

  103. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I def feel that CFR. Our defense is not at all impervious. thats why the offense need to be able to keep the point commin. not stall in the red zone.

  104. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    One thing I don’t understand is WHY the 49ers don’t run more screen plays to Kendall Hunter. This is a highly effective weapon against an opponent who has found a way to utilize an effective p a s s rush against our OL.

  105. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    going bad all ready in 2nd half defense is getting tired being on the field so long for all these 3 and outs alex has under his belt

  106. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    we need a pick 6 and a special teams TD …alex is not going to do anything

  107. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    watch alex will throw a 3 yard check down on the first play from scrimage

  108. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    alex has trouble throwing screens …he telegraphes too much and they end up being losses

  109. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    secondary does alot of gambling. but i like it. it just really is apparent when they gamble on a pick and loose

  110. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If you look at all the QBs in the NFC who will enter the postseason this year, tell me who you guys think has the least chances in advancing past the first round:

    Green Bay (Rodgers)*
    New Orleans (Brees)*
    Dallas (Romo)**
    NYGiants (Manning)*
    Atlanta (Ryan)**
    49ers (Smith)

    * has won a ring
    ** battle tested in playoffs

  111. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am still not 100% sold on Alex Smith.

  112. By seven years with Alex again on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    thanks chicken

  113. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Me either he just dosent know what to do with the blitz. Thats been he weakness since the baltimore game. The cards picked up on that. As will the teams they play the rest of the season.

  114. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If Alex Smith had Larry Fitzgerald, what do you guys think would Smith do with him?

  115. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutely gut wrenching…Turnovers are keeping us in the game, but we need to take control and score.

  116. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith – the master of the incomplete p a s s

    John Skelton – the master of the INT

  117. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I predict 3 and out for Niner offense.

  118. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    man is this thing busted

  119. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    cfr: probably nothing with the OL that showed up today. you have got to give the quarterback a little time and AS isn’t getting it.
    go niners.

  120. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    dont matter who alex is throwing to he will still throw short of the 1st down every time on 3rd down

  121. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Start docking pay of those idiots that drop balls

  122. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    where have you been checken fried been saying alex is average at best for 7 years

  123. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ill take smith over romo. haha. lets see how things go. it is the first year of the new niner dynasty.

  124. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    just dont blow the game alex defense and running game have saved you again ….just dont blow it

  125. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    oh and special teams is even playing better than alex

  126. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    worst thing is this is going to be our best run with the guys we have …alot are only 1 year guys cant resign em all especially when the dumb niners are going to sign smith to a 5 year deal for prob 75 million more dollars and will ounce again be giveing money to the best ponzi schemeing QB there ever was

  127. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    any more 3 and outs and this game will be lost

  128. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    See what happens when the offense is pathetic, your defense gives up big plays since they’ve been on the field most of the 2nd half. Wake up offense

  129. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    4th quarter & AZ just went ahead:( Come on Niners – we till have battles to win!!!! Get on it again! March it down for a touchdown! Look like division champs!!!

  130. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    no im mad as well

  131. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i cant watch the game….but i do listen……and it seems like the TEAM has took this game off…….we r not coming out in the second half like we have in the past……well we r down….lets see what we can do!

    ur back is against the wall!!
    getem 49ers!!

  132. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    yes im agree lillian. lets look like we can. not like indy

  133. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    the team is champs ..alex is showing he is a sub par QB with no apptitude for the game as it is played …i hear he practices great

  134. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    3 and out again, SHOCKING

  135. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    thanks for the loss alex not very surprised

  136. By seven years with Alex as well on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t care if we win the super bowl this year….Alex Smith has got to go!! He’s terrible!!

  137. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    defense back on the field …same old alex …

  138. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    game over were about to be 2 scores down

  139. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    what u live in canada to sdakota9er. jk. yes this is time to see if this team can come together and pull out a win

  140. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    dont know if i wanna even watch the playoff game rather just be suprised the day after.

  141. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    and ounce again the loss will be blamed on the o line even though it is obviously alex he has plenty of time and is throwing the ball around like a sophmore QB in highschool

  142. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex has not showing any greatness this year at all. Just showing avg. at best. Not going to win super bowls with that. He may be a great guy and has overcome a lot but not an elite qb. I have been waiting all year for it, but in my eyes there is no sign of it

  143. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    49 siempre…..good ol south dakota…..but i work for a communication company…..it wouldnt look good if i bought direct tv……Canada??…common man!!

  144. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    start the buss even if alex gets the ball back he will throw 2 checkdowns and run to the sideline

  145. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    7yrs: out of your hole are you??? why don’t you wait till game is over. didn’t hear any noise out of you in 1st half.
    go niners

  146. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    expect it to be real ugly against the steelers and even the seahawks

  147. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    alex will probably come back and win this game but that shouldn’t make him heroic or look any better, Go niners, Lets go Alex

  148. By Enzo on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith is a good back up QB not a starter.

  149. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    sad day for the alex fans he is no good

  150. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    what does it say about us as fans when ur team is 10-2 and as soon as they MIGHT lose a close game….we jump ship and want the QB’s head…..little surprised…..except for seven years….he will sleep good tonight because we MIGHT get beat………….

  151. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    what a waist of 3 hours …watching alex go down in flames

  152. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Smith sacked again because we have no screen plays to our running backs.

    Pathetic.

  153. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i think harbaugh should throw on a uni and play QB

  154. By seven years with Alex on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    why kick

  155. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    This game is making me sick to my stomach!!!

  156. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Well maybe Alex can show up in the last 2 minutes of the game like Tebow has just done. lmao

  157. By BIG BOB(NORCAL) on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    WE NEED TO GET OUR BEST PLAYER ON THE FIELD TO GIVE US A SHOT. AKERS!!!!

  158. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tebow is better than Smith. FACT

  159. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I know harbaugh wants to show his trust in Alex but what about the rest of the team. I bet they wanna win instead of making sure alex get playtime to lose the game.

  160. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i will agree….our O needs to get it going…..we need TD’s….not field goals….but there are 10 other guys out there and all of them need to step there game tonight….including our QB…..but he doesnt drop the ball or fumble.

  161. By BIG BOB(NORCAL) on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    THINK AKERS CAN MAKE A 75 YARD FG?

  162. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If Smith can lead this pathetic offense to a FG in the final minutes to win the game, I will create a nickname for both Akers and Smith.

    “Three and Out”

  163. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Really! Akers, SF has made a 1st down in days

  164. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    actually sdakota9er i think im glad i didnt watch the game.

  165. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Akers and Smith = “Three and Out”

    Three, because Akers will get you 3 points EVERY time.

    Out, because Smith is known for averaging 3 yards per p a s s therefore he’s 3 and out EVERY time.

  166. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    wow what a time to fall apart!!!!!!!!!!

  167. By dave (va) on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i can’t believe this @#$%^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    OL gets pushed 5+ yards into backfield and a couple of you clowns keep bashing AS get a life and learn something about quarterback position.
    go niners

  169. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    niners lose, joke of a game, like i said earlier “you can’t settle for fg’s in the red zone” and thats why we lost today, good luck with the steelers cause it’s gonna get worse. Alex isn’t the guy, i’ve said it all year, don’t let the w/l record fool you, haven’t been a big fan all year of him.

  170. By 494panther on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Well see you guys when we get killed by the Steelers. Maybe well get lucky and alex will get a cold and cant play.

  171. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    A GREAT team FINDS WAYS TO WIN without their defensive leader (Baltimore, Ray Lewis).

    A PRETENDER finds ways to LOSE when their defensive leader (Willis) is out.

  172. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    well if u dont score TD’s in the red zhone….it is going to catch up tou u….and today it did….the O did not play like pro’s today……but it is one game…….they’ll pull it together…….but today we should have won….period.

    i’ll be here next week supporting my team….go niners!!!!

  173. By randybwong on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    all those blitzes, no offensive rhythm … better get that straightened out

  174. By MadDog619 on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    niners need more plays in the play book.

  175. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    AS didn’t lose game OL helped a lot.
    go niners

  176. By lillian on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    OMG – this is EMBARRA$$ING!!!!!!!!!!!

  177. By dave (va) on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    i agree with you clutch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  178. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ALEX AND THE 49ERS BROUGHT US THIS FAR AND ALL I HEAR IS A BUNCH OF CRYING, SAINTS AND 49ERS ARE TIE, WE CAN STILL DO IT!

    GO ALEX, GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  179. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    come on niners. they could tweak a few things. haha, but still proud to be a fan

  180. By Tim on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    the refs really screwed on this one, calling a sack when alex was still on his feet, and calling for review when we had a fake feildgoal but it turns out that was not supposed to happen period. What a bunch of crap by the NFL who is becoming a huge joke.

  181. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Gary- The offense sucks, defense on the field way too much. Alex isn’t a play maker, if the play isn’t there for him he takes a sack. Jeff Garcia made plays and extended drives, Alex doesn’t do that. Am I wrong?

  182. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex had FIVE – count that – FIVE legit chances in the red zone and he came away with HOW MANY TDs? lol

    I dont give a flying f*** if the OL had an off game. There weren’t a lot of penalties. Arizona’s p a s s rush got owned by our OL during the first meeting between the two teams.

    Alex is NOT the QB that will lead this team to glory. I promise you.

    Tom Brady’s OL is mediocre. And yet he still manages to lead his team despite having a mediocre running game.

    Look what Tebow is doing IN THE CLUTCH with a C- supporting cast on offense.

    The Niners defense CONTINUES to give the offense chance after chance to capitalize yet Smith does NOTHING with it. And the moment he’s faced with pressure from opposing defenses, he gets worse. A GREAT QB knows how to neutralize great defenses by being ELITE in the read and react category. Alex has never been and will never be ELITE when it comes to timing his receiver’s routes and putting the ball directly in their hands and most importantly…ON STRIDE.

  183. By KDB on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Both the O and the D didn’t play that well. This ncludes my man Alex but he’s still a top 5 QB in the NFL and my man.

    Team loss all the way. A loss at times is good but given that MNF game coming up, we need to play good ball from here and out.

    I’ll take 10-3 right now, wish we had no losses but where were we last yr?

    Tam Loss all the way.

    Go Niners!

  184. By JOHN PEREZ on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    THE O LINE COACHES BETTER GET THIS O LINE PROB FIXED IN A HURRY OR ITS GONNA BE ONE AND DONE IN THE PLAYOFFS. CARDS STILL S@#K WITHOUT NUM 11 THEIR NOTHING, AND THEY KNOW IT.

  185. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    arizona always plays us tough at home. this team is so close to being a really good team its not even funny. makes these loses harder to take

  186. By JOHN PEREZ on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    SECONDAY DIDNT HELP MUCH EAITHER.

  187. By ogre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    YOU PUSSIES DON’T ALLOW CRITICISM DO YOU?

  188. By KDB on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    CFR good to finally see you come out of the wood works. I guess it took Alex to have one and count it only one not so great game and you came out swinging on him. Common homey your’e better than that, I thought anyway. Good to know you are alive, your’e WRONG but good to see you alive.

    I’m out until after MNF because I’ll be taking my Fine A$$ wife and sitting 30 rows behind the Niner bench.

  189. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Well maybe if Ginn catch’s that deep ball, we aren’t discussing all this, haha. Never see receivers run deep and not find the ball. Come on they are pro’s, do your job.

  190. By mark on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    our line is so pathetic that it’s not even funny!

  191. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tim Tebow…

    Rookie.

    7-1 as a starter with a multitude of fourth quarter comebacks.

    Broncos lead division after EVERYONE thought they’d have one of the worse records in football.

    Tebow is 7-1 with a NO-NAME OFFENSIVE UNIT

    Broncos defense is slightly above average AT BEST.

    Alex Smith…

    Seasoned Vet.

    10-3 as a starter but 1-2 in his last 3 games.

    Niners win division after EVERYONE thought they should have done it LAST YEAR.

    Smith is 10-3 with Gore, Davis, Goodwin, all three players with Pro-Bowls on their resume.

    Niners defense is arguably the best in the NFL

    Tebow is better than Smith? You make the call Niner Faithful.

  192. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    KDB says Alex Smith is “still a top 5 QB in the NFL”

    What kind of football have you been watching? If the consensus top 5 in football are Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees…are you saying that Smith is better than

    Cam Newton?
    Joe Flacco?
    Phillip Rivers?
    Tim Tebow?
    Mike Vick?
    Tony Romo?
    Matt Ryan?
    Eli Manning?

    Smith looks good BECAUSE OF the Niners defense and the defense’ ability to keep the Niners in football games.

    Smith does not TAKE ADVANTAGE of field position unlike the elite QBs. And this is because he is a mediocre p a s s e r. That’s the bottom line.

  193. By mark on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    this loss is totally a product of our o-line. Cannot pick up blitzes, cannot block against a 3 man rush. I watched several guys just turn away from on-coming rushers, thinking their responsibility was elsewhere. I love this team, but the reality is the better play off teams will annihilate us if we can’t give the qb a few second to look down the field

  194. By nad zooks on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    our season is over…….don’t see us winning another game. The Harbaugh magic has worn off…..

  195. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Alex had 3 possessions in the final 9 minutes thanks to our stellar D. He failed all three times. Sucks, sorry to say, he just sucks. Delay of game after a timeout. Come on Man, play the game. You look terrified compared to other QBs in the league. He is the weakest QB entering the Playoffs and none of you Alex lovers can deny that.

  196. By 49 siempre on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    good to see my buddy old kdb. i agree they just gotta stick together as a team. dont fall apart now

  197. By gary potter on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ogre: sure when it is deserved

  198. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    KDB…nice going back at it with you again. Glad to be here. But guess what…you’re WRONG.

    The moment Smith leads this team to a Super Bowl, that’s when I’ll admit I’m wrong.

    But if we’re one and done in the playoffs, I will continue to be right.

    We shoulda made the playoffs last year. But we had Singletary.

    Now we have the coaching. Now we have the defense. We still have Gore. We now have Edwards and a host of other fine receivers. And what does Smith do with it? Not as much as we need in order to beat Green Bay or the Saints.

  199. By MIKE L on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    being from seaside calif. and being transplanted to yuma az.a 49er fan for over 30 years my family is really proud of the job the team has done this season we will be in san diego at ucsd hospital (hillcrest) for our daughters kidney transplant but all of us will be going for the 49ers next win .we will get #6 sbt hang in there fans everything will be o.k. go niners!!!!!!!!!!!!

  200. By shad on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Exposed… Alex Smith, lack of versatility in offensive play calling and an O-Line that is average.

  201. By Chris on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    We played down to the cards today plain and simple… It does happen time to time even the great teams do it. Look at the Pats and Bills game early in the season as a prime example. I also think the play calling on offence was a little off today. We went away from our power run game wich I dont understand after Gore brakes off a long TD. This game will be our big wake up call for Mondays win and will start the momentum going into the playoffs.

    Go Niners

  202. By Compose on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tebow better than Smith? Smith better than Tebow? Seriously? That’s like arguing does this crap smell better than that crap.

    They’re both horrible quarterbacks.

    While I’m thrilled that the Niners have finally returned to the playoffs I continue to look forward to the day when #11 is no longer a member of this team. I don’t want him gone because he lost today, I want him gone because he’s been horrible since he got here. Feel free to continue to try and excuse that steaming pile out there, I’ll just focus on the day that’s not too far off when we land a real quarterback.

  203. By jrparker on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Ogre, it doesn’t take a lot of balls to call another person a pussy on line.

  204. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I believe any of the QBs that CFR listed would have won this game for us today.

  205. By Trevor on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Niners still have the upper hand. The offense needs to start playing though. Catching footballs and blocking up front to give Smith some time to look, usually helps.

  206. By Mike W on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Because I live in So.CA and am a NINERS-faithful, I can only see them on the NFL.com site with “play-by-play” analysis. So was it mostly Alex who appeared ugly, the WR’s who couldn’t catch the ball, the offensive live who couldn’t protect Alex or the combination of all 3 and then some? It read really UGLY today.

  207. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe I should’ve celebrated the division title last week, because that’s as far as I see this team going. The offence is, well offensive. Smith gets out played by the “GREAT” John Skelton! If any one has an explanation as to how this team will beat a 5 or 6 seed in the playoffs kicking 4 to 5 field goals per game, and don’t even mention New Orleans, or Green Bay, I would love to hear it. Call me a fake fan or whatever, I don’t care. I just stating what I see on the field.

  208. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Pathetic loss, plain and simple.

  209. By niner4life on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    uhhh do the niners watch any film?? the cardinal defense did exactly what the ravens did. why did gore run the ball only 10 times?? why cant ginn catch?? oh yeah tarell brown you shouldnt be covering fitzgerald at all. the secondary is weak!!

  210. By KDB on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    CFR hey bud NO actually you won’t because you said we’d never make it and now that A. Smith is a top 5 NFL QB your’e WRONG again no matter what.

    With all of that being said, as stated in the post game show MANY balls hit the carpet that should have been caught, even though I can say A. Smith could have played better.

    You think I dislike the Cards so much because they were the last team to cut me LOL?

    Alex is all good and the Niners are all good and sorry but in this case, my opionon carries more weight at least in basic understanding, sorry.

    Go Niners and at least we are having fun.

  211. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    KDB….garypotter….Trevor….i swear guys………… where were we last year……we live in a world that if we dont have it now then i will through a fit like a 3 year old…..teams take time……u have to work to get to the top….it doesnt happen over night….. with that R O LINE REALLY NEEDS TO PICK IT UP……..

  212. By MIKE L on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    CFR CHILL ITS A TEAM SPORT I BASHED ALEX FOR THE LAST 6+ YEARS WERE DOIN OK LETS SEE WHAT HPPENS DUDE . I THINK ALL OF US WILL DO FINE BRO.

  213. By Rowdyone on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I think everyone lost sight of the picture. three out of the four times in the redzone inside the six were was the Heavy package overload one side with O-line and Sopuanga at fullback and run the dam ball i blame Romans play calling you got to let it Roll guys!

  214. By KDB on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I still think we are 2 yrs away from being a super organization again and that’s with Alex, I hear ya Gary, it’s all good.

    And last time for you CFR. Where the H_____LL u been during the 10 wins, and now u gonna come out taking a cheap shot? No I don’t think so. You are on the bench in my book for the rest of the year. At leat Seven yrs albeit dosn’t really know the game too well, my opinion, but he states his case in wins as well as losses so I give him credit for that. I mean common. Your Fired CFR for just this season because you haven’t been present for the W’s.

    I’m out–Late.

    Take it EZ.

  215. By KDB on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sdakotaniner I’m with you brother, it’s all good. 10-3, I’ll take it. We need to learn and grow. In fact, Green Bay went 1 and out in the playoffs the yr AZ went to the Bowl and now look at them, plus we can beat GB.

  216. By steve on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    red zone ??? that the blow out that dident happen what are you going to do 9ers ?

  217. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    KDB…when the Niners win, it’s expected. I have no need to praise them and in case you missed it, I commented a few weeks ago when you were wondering where I was during our win streak.

    I expect the Niners defense to dominate. I saw the makings of a great defense starting to develop 2-3 years ago.

    I expect Davis, Gore, and Crabtree to be productive. I expect our coaching to be top notch.

    You gotta remember…I’m a Lakers fan as well. My standards are high. and when we go on 8-9 game win streaks, I expect it. Just because Im not commenting here, doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention.

    Now when the team fails to deliver, that’s when I become critical because all I want is to see the team get better at different facets of the game WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT. And right now, the facet that has not shown signs of significant improvement this season is the p a s s i n g attack.

    Our defense and special teams have been consistent. Our offense has not.

  218. By MIKE L on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    LES WE GOT ALEX AND HE IS GETTIN ALOT BETTER WE’LL BE O.K. DUDE

  219. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Even our Offensive Line has improved DRAMATICALLY from last year. Gore having a very solid season is testament to that.

    Yes, Smith has thrown less interceptions. And that’s because the OL has given him more time and confidence. And Smith has gotten rid of the ball quicker than in past years.

    HOWEVER, Smith still can’t CONSISTENTLY FIND THE TIMING with his receivers. And this leads to inaccuracy. It also leads to low third down conversion rates. And it will lead to DOOM once the NIners face the likes of New Orleans and Green Bay and maybe even Atlanta and Dallas (who didn’t use DeMarco Murray in their win against us).

    I see signs of the Niners starting to feel the HEAT of the postseason.

  220. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If you’re offense can only muster 15-20 points per game, I don’t care how dominant your defense is. Perfect example: defense gives up ONLY 14 points, but you still lose the game 13-14. Check Baltimore game. We’ll see against Pittsburgh as well.

    If your number two rated defense gives up, say, 20 points on an off game but you have a top five offense, you can still win 30-20 no problem. But the Niners STRUGGLE to put up 20-25 against teams who are COMPETITIVE.

    This is a huge problem moving forward.

  221. By Zion, th Lion. on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    offense SUUUCCCCKKKSSS!!!!!!! EXECUTE, K.I.S.S. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. DELAY OF GAME after a time out???? come on man!! flat,flat, flat!! cant stand this offense. tooo fancy in the red zone. punch it in!! man that was painful. EXECUTE,EXECUTE,EXECUTE….THIS O IS OUT OF SINC. QB and Receivers are not clicking, so is OL. oh, so painful….

  222. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I thought Harbough knew something about offense. The offense is no better with him than with Singletary.

  223. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Freddy P. Soft is in the building.

  224. By les on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s take the ball out of Alex’s hands when he is on the sidelines..we can replace it with a stop watch so he can tell how long he has to call a play. This part of the game absolutely drives me mad. How many timeouts are waisted because of this? Why cant we run a screen when they blitz? How bout a slant route?

  225. By D on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I was going to give Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt before I blag to see if the red zone issue would be address, but let the truth be told, our offensive production has been suspect in the red zone since the second half of the Cleveland game. I would like to know how to they prepare for red zone plays during practice. Its has be come TERRIBLE

  226. By abe37 on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree the 9ers played horrible.. but to single out Alex is just making him a scape goat… The defense was not the same without willis out there.. Defense has those big plays.. The whole team needs to play better.. RedZone NEEDS TO IMPROVE TO DO GOOD IN THE PLAYOFFS… 9ers have a BIGGER game vs the Steelers next week and we need to win it so we can have that first round bye.. Saints are tied with us for that…. CMON 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  227. By Clutch on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    kapernick could do the same as alex. alex cant manage a game like dilfer did we he won the super bowl and we know dilfer wasn’t a great qb by any means. kapernick can make plays and keep drives alive. not saying we need a qb change but when colins time comes it will be fun.

  228. By rjdniner on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    EVERY BODY STILL ON BOARD , NOBODY JUMPING SHIPE
    IAM STILL GOING TO WEAR MY NFC WEST CHAMPION S CAP
    KDB DID I READ THAT RIGHT ABOUT THE CARDS , I THOURGHLY ENJOYE READING EVERY BODYS BLOG. KDB ILL BE IN MY RECLINER DRINKING RUM AND COKE , MNF

  229. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you very much D, I’ve said on numerous occasions, the Offense is no better under Harbaugh than it was with Singletary

  230. By SamoanRasta on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been saying this for a while now. Alex Smith will cost the 49ers a Superbowl ring. He sucks but since we are winning , no one wants to admit it. ALEX SMITH SUCKS!

  231. By MIKE L on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    CFR SLOW ON THE WINE YOU SPEND TO MUCH TIME BEING NEG WE’LL BE OK I DID THAT FOR A LONG TIME AND THATS OVER

  232. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our Redzone Offense needs serious work. We won’t win a game in the playoffs this way. Gore needs more rushing attempts. He’s only averaging about 15 attempts/GM over the past 6 weeks. I don’t know if Harbaugh is trying to get Smith more arm time or what, but it doesn’t work. Smith is very intelligent, but I am not confident that he has they physical ability needed to put up good (not even big) numbers on a consistent basis. I always have, and always will believe that SF made a huge mistake choosing Smith over Rogers last minute. Oy Vay! Go Niners

  233. By Mike G. on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    C`mon, it`s week 14 and yes Alex Smith is playing like my Grandpa. Are the Niners going to do like the S.F. Giants did at the end of their season? Put in Kepernick. Smith is back to his last years bad habits. He needs to call an audible when he recognizes the blitz ( if he can ) and make the other team pay seriously for blitzing him!. He panics, and looses all control. He`s just not cut for post season play, let alone the end of the season. Just because they have the division don`t mean shi-!!! C`mon coaching staff…get it together!

  234. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    After this dud, I’m sure the Steeler fans will have no problem getting tickets. Sorry, just sayin.

  235. By sdakota9er on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    crabtree had a great game…..catching the ball and throwing so awesome blocks…..good to see he’s a baller!!!

  236. By Jon on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    patghetic loss. if we play like we have since the ravens game we will get killed once again on national tv. No creativity, no nothing. almost like hey we are in the playoffs lets just give up, I blame coaching,. and Hey O line. can we please block someone?????? alex doesnt have a chance…. Hey coaches lets use our brains,,,,,,,,,,, If we play like this we will be a one and done in the playoffs. I thought we were legit for a while, but since baltimore showed us who our daddy is so will every one else. if we play the rams in the playoffs we will be ok but if we play the packers, giants, saints, dallas we will get killed….

  237. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Wow!!!!!

  238. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Ok we lost we need to cocentrate on the endzone. Lets get back to work its just a loss. Alex dont get down on your self it was a team loss. Remember we are still NFC WEST CHAMPS we can do this guys.
    GO NINERS

  239. By DMT on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Well said Jon!

  240. By craig noble on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    OK, The 9ers where a aggressive team that dominated the first half of the season. As of late they have looked worn out not as the dominating team from the first half off the season. I know they have lost the leader of the D, but the offense line looks nothing like the O-line I saw in the first half off the season. D-lines have penetrated & got to Alex & have no solution. This is concerning. There opponents have stepped it up, but the 9ers have stayed on the same level, or I think have regressed. Harbaugh needs to get this team whipped up to shape on the last 4 games or they will get dominated in the play offs!!! What gets me is I go to the web site & you see Division champs. Yea that is great but you need to keep your eye on whats at steak. DON’T GET COCKY or you will loose sight. am a long time 49ers fan & love the season but PLEASE keep your focus & don’t loose sight on what you want to accomplish.

  241. By oldninerfan on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t want to make excuses for Alex, but am I the only one who has noticed that our O-line isn’t giving Alex much to play with?

  242. By By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    SamoanRasta, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!

  243. By rjdniner on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    THESE BLOGS ARE CRACKING ME UP

  244. By craig noble on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    The best thin about the 49ers games off late are the cheerleaders! Can I get an Amen!!!

  245. By Bear on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our offense has too many weapons to be that anemic. The only reason why we even score as often as we do is because either our defense or our special teams gives us outstanding field position. We won’t get out of the first round if our offense continues to be pathetic in the red zone. New Orleans or Green Bay will kill us if we continue to play like this!

  246. By craig noble on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Can I get A BLOCK!!!

  247. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    ENOUGH VENTING AND CRYING, LETS STAY FOCUSED ON OUR NEXT GAMES>>>>>>> WE ARE TIED WITH NEW ORLEANS, WE DEFINITELY NEED TO WIN THE REST. SOME OF YOU ALEX HATERS SEEM TO FORGET HOW FAR ALEX HAS BROUGHT US AS A YOUNG TEAM, YOU PRAISE HIM WHEN HE DOES WELL AND YOU CRAP ON HIM WHEN HE DOES NOT SO WELL. YOU ALEX HATERS ARE JUST AS BAD AS SEVEN YEARS WITH ALEX, WHAT A SORRY BUNCH OF NO NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL FANS, CFR YOU THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL, YOU DON’T KNOW A THING ABOUT FOOTBALL, YOU HAVE SUPPORTED ALEX IN THE PAST, THEN YOU CRAP ON HIM. TRUE SAN FRANSISCO 49ER FANS WILL BACK THEIR TEAM WIN OR LOSE! BUNCH OF PATHETIC FANS, GET A LIFE!

    SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS 11 AND 3 NEXT WEEK

  248. By Bear on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Also, that’s the second time in two games that we’ve gotten the ball inside the ten-yard line of the opponent, either on a punt return or a turnover and couldn’t punch it in. But then again, if I could predict what the Niners were going to do, no wonder the Cards could too. Misdirection, play-action, something! Please!

  249. By mark on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    bottom line is the o line has to protect the qb. so receivers have time to run routes, so qb has time to find the one with space. didn’t happen today, better happen soon or this season’s big finale will be already over, west conf. champ!

  250. By Bear on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    OK. I’ve been telling my son that Coach Singletary built this defense. It’s awesome! Grant has filled in for Willis admirably. Jim Harbaugh is a motivator, but that may not be enough. Alex Smith may want to wear the hat forward, but he has to make plays and earn it. CK could probably do no worse at this point. If you are a defender, looking across the line of scrimmage at Edwards, Davis, Crabtree, Gore, Hunter and Williams, it should pump fear into your heart. Montana had less. Young had less. But no one fears our offense as they did in the past. The offensive coordinator may have a West Coast offense playbook, but he clearly does not trust Alex to run it. My God, it takes Smith 40 seconds to call a play! Delay of game after a time out? Ridiculous!! I hope Coach Harbaugh is not in denial about AS. He may want to start, but may not be capable of it, or proficient enough for it. If he is, pen up the playbook you have or find a new one you can implement. But this 3 and long every offensive series, and stalling in the red zone is unbearable to watch.

  251. By Gordo on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    If the O-line can’t deal with the Cardinals, how are they going
    to deal with the Steelers??

  252. By jerome on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    The only thing that bothers about this game was were in the multiple times but we didnt even make one TD. Offense you gotta do better than that and defense good job but try to mimize the big plays.

  253. By NinersALLIn on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Man you realize how fast these haters jump as soon as we lose? It’s like Seven years gets a big hard on when we lose and jumps on A Smith. What I say today was an Offense who couldn’t block, locate the ball (ginn), couldn’t make the decision, and couldn’t stop Fitzgerald. Seriously, to the haters, the wagon is about to take off to the playoffs and there isn’t any more room. You’re either in or out. We really need a dominant WR. Did you see how Fitzgerald took over that game? Heck, I bet you we would have a deep threat if Ginn knew how to find the dang ball. But it aint over, through adversity comes a victory. Again, the wagon is about to take off soon to the playoffs, get on board or get off. (Seven years, if you jump on, I’m pushing you off)

  254. By fan on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    7 years and samoan rasta i guess we are the only three people that know alex smith if flat garbage. i think alex smith gives jr baca tickets to the game.

  255. By fan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    i knew people would call out the defense on this one but everyone would forget that the offense had all those redzone possessions and did nothing.SAD

  256. By PAninersfan on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    we need to put this behind us asap. we have a very good test for us monday night. we need to play the steelers like its the playoffs. it will kinda give us something to work with when we do play in the playoffs. the steelers will come out an give it there all bc they dont have a sure playoff spot. so please guys dont let this lose bother you, get stronger from this. lots of love to the fans an team. GOOOO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i do believe we will beat the steelers. :)

  257. By Jake Akin on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    What kind of officiating was this?! I cannot believe how many times we are going to be hurt by awful rulings by the officials. I know it shouldn’t matter at the end of the day, and that we have missed a lot of opportunities in the red zone, but come on now!!!

    There have been far too many bad calls that have cost us points in the past few games and it is infuriating to watch these idiots lose games for us (or at least make them far closer than they should be by the 4th quarter). What the heck happened with the Cardinals throwing their challenge flag after the ball was hiked?! That fake field goal attempt should have been a touchdown, or at least a first down, and that right there could have made the difference for us. It just got me jumping off the couch and screaming at the TV. What ridiculousness (if I can make up a word for this situation). Was anyone else completely annoyed at this total BS?!

  258. By rjdniner on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    HEY JR BACA, DO YOU GET TICKETS FROM ALEX , NICE
    YOUR LAST COMMENT IS VERY TRUE ,BETTER TO BE 10-3 THAN 3-10

  259. By Hermie on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    I am definitely looking forward to seeing CK play the last 2 games of the season. Excited to see what he can bring to the offense. Love the people that can criticize the O-line, but can’t be critical of Alex! I didn’t expect the 9ers to “necessarily go far in the playoffs, but definitely wanted to see an improvement. Still need to shore up the DB’s!!

  260. By niner mike on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    alex smith is still a bust this team is where they are because of the defense. if alex smith is asked to win a game he cant do it he let the cardinals walk all over him this guy is a joke. i hope he saved the money he stole from the 49ers because no one is going to want him.

  261. By seven years with Alex on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    7 years later still blameing the o line for the obvious lacking of alex smith …why dont you guys do this wait for the season to end and see how many teams come crying to get alex smith on their team ….none of em will be calling …the film dont lie he is terrible wont throw the ball cant read the blitz and addjust and fails to score TD’S on a regular basis.

  262. By seven years with Alex on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    the steelers are going to do the same thing to alex and ounce again the o line will be at fault for alex not scoreing td’s

  263. By seven years with Alex on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    the redzone is his fault watch the games and watch exactley what he does it is really pathetic

  264. By seven years with Alex on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    he gives up on plays and gives up on drives and refuses to make completions while under pressure …wich makes the defense bring more pressure

  265. By Bob on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith, man he is awful, no arm strength and he looks scared to death out there. The 49ers Mgt. need to get a grip and get a Quarterback. How much longer are they going to deal with this crap, he sucks. He looks like a boy playing in a mans game.

  266. By rjdniner on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    7 YEARS, YOUR AT IT AGIN
    ARE YOU APPLYING TO BE HIS QB COACH , AT THE MONDAY NIGHT GAME CAN YOU BE ON THE SIDELINES TO TELL HIM WHAT HES DOING WORNG
    SURE WOULD APPRICAT IT , CAN YOU DO THAT FOR USE
    ALL THAT QB KNOW LEDGE YOU HAVE

  267. By sdkota9er on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    some of u guys r crazy…………..

  268. By niner4life on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    YOU GUYS KNOW YOU CANT SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT ALEX SMITH! THERE ARE TO MANY CYBER GEEKS ON HERE WHO THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING! O-LINE SUCKED AND ALEX WAS SCARED AGAIN! I THINK THEY ARE JUST HAPPY TO WIN THE WEST! PLAYOFFS 1ST ROUND KNOCK OUT IF THEY KEEP PLAYING LIKE TODAY!

  269. By gary potter on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    7yr: you blame AS for everything that goes wrong, i say BS. if he called the plays he would shoulder the blame but he doesn’t. OC or JH call run from 4 with a stacked defense, not to smart OL can’t protect can’t open holes, yes i am blaming the OL they have sucked 2 of last 3 games. you and your blah blah show you no nothing about quarterback position. i will say that no quarterback with the exception of vick, tarkinton, maybe steve young would have made it these last 3 games 18sacks enough said.
    go niners

  270. By rjdniner on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    EVERYBODY TALKS BIG WHEN YOUR STANDING ON THE SIDE
    LINS 10-3 ILL TAKE IT

  271. By Tarcules on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    NEED GONE: Edwards Braylon, Rachal, Chilo, Smith, Alex, Williams Madieu, Lupati Mike?

  272. By Fuchi_Man on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    If We’re going to play like the past sunday, ….We are fried against Steelers !! SORRY !!!

  273. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    BLA, BLA, BLA, MOST OF YOU DID NOT RESPOND TILL NOW, TILL WE LOST, BUNCH OF CRY BABIES, YOU PRAISE OUR TEAM WHEN THEY ARE DOING GOOD, YOU CRAP ON THEM WHEN THEY LOSE BY 2 POINTS, WE ARE 10 AND 3 PEOPLE, NOT 3 AND 10, WE MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS, WE ARE NFC WEST CHAMPIONS. A BUNCH OF SORRY FANS. SEVEN YEARS IS STUCK ON THE PAST, I REALLY DON’T CARE HOW ALEX DID IN THE PAST, HE HAS A NEW COACHING STAFF, ALEX HAS HAD TO LEARN A NEW SYSTEM, KIND OF LIKE TAKING BABY STEPS, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN SEVEN YEARS, KIND OF LIKE WHEN YOU PULL OUT YOUR BABY SPOON TO EAT. AND THEN OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND CRAP COMES OUT OF IT. ALL OVER ALEX AND THE TEAM. SEVEN YEARS, WHEN YOU CRAP ON ALEX, YOUR CRAPPING ON THE TEAM. I HAVE A GREAT FEELING ABOUT THIS NEXT GAME AGAINST THE STEELERS.
    I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE WHOLE TEAM WILL LOOK AT THESE LOSSES, PUT THEM BEHIND THEM AND BLOWOUT THE STEELERS NEXT MONDAY NIGHT. IF ANY ONE IS TO BLAME IT IS THE WHOLE TEAM, NOT JUST ALEX. BOTH OFFENSE AND DEFENSE DID NOT DO WELL PLUS WE PLAYED IN ARIZONA AND THEY WANTED THIS WIN REALLY BAD, IT WAS A DOG FIGHT.

    I LOVE MY 49ER TEAM, I WILL CHEER THEM ON WIN OR LOSE, I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR 36 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TOO TILL MY LAST BREATH!

    GO SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 3 NEXT MONDAY NIGHT

  274. By gary potter on Dec 12, 2011 | Reply

    JR Baca: i agree with you. i have been fan for65 years. i was 13 years old when they came to the city. From all american conf. i have enjoyed the lows and the great highs. they have been the only football team that i have rooted for. this team will be a great one in year or two. they have the foundation and a great coaching staff. one more draft like last one is all they need.
    go niners

  275. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    So we lose against the Cardinals. They are not a bad team, we played in their house, they have studied our game tapes, they better know how to play us by now. At the same time Niners faithfuls, lets not bag on our team win or lose. We are still going to the playoffs, we are still in the hunt for a first round bye, we still have the same guys that played and coached for our team in the first half of the season. They will get things corrected.

    Heres what I think; the game of football is a hard, hard game to play. It is cruel and tough everytiime our guys suit up on Sundays. They will get dinged and get battered as the season rolls along. I pray that they will come around when the playoffs starts. I know our defense is a very good one. I know our offense is good enough to win us games in the playoffs and into the super bowl. I know our special team is very good. I know our coaching staff is a very good unit. I also know that I need to keep faith with my team no matter what happens for the rest of the season, and in the playoffs.

    How about us fans, can we lift up our team when they need us most. losing a game like this is harder on the team than it is on us. We don’t know what it’s like to be a player in the NFL (well, most of us don’t know). I SAY WE NEED TO KEEP SUPPORTING OUR TEAM WIN OR LOSE.

    Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Niners!!!

  276. By Bob on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I too am a 49er lifer I will pull for them whether they win or lose however this Quarterback thing has gone way to far, yes the OL line has been awful but our man panics when the pocket closes around him. He holds the ball to long. Maybe its time to try the guy from Nevada they drafted

  277. By SamoanRasta on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been doubting Alex Smith even when we won games. Look at these hard core Alex Smith fans…Alex Smith could burn their house down and these fools will still root for him LOL Alex has improved, no doubt but he still sucks. Alex Smith fans are remind me of little children believing in Santa. Yes, there is no hurt in it but there comes a time when you have to grow up and be a big boy and face the truth. Alex sucks.

  278. By Zion, the Lion. on Dec 13, 2011 | Reply

    THROW THE BALL OR RUN….OL IS FINE! ALEX BE DECISIVE! DO SOMETHING! D- AWESOME SPECIAL- TEAMS GREAT OFFENSE- MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS FOR LIFE…..GO NINERS! SUPER BOWL!!!

  279. By sdkota9er on Dec 14, 2011 | Reply

    heck ya!! JR BACA……i would support what ur saying but i cant seem to get more than a sentence to post!!! go niners!!

  280. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    here we go Niners. Lets dominate the Steelers just like we did to them in 1981 when everyone was still cocky about the steel curtain defense. We dominated them in that game thirty years ago, we will dominate them again thirty years later. As I recalled, we went on to win our first super-bowl that year as well. Same senario this year.

    Gooooooooooo Niners

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