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Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Steelers

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 19, 2011 – 5:41 PM

It’s the marquee matchup of the week and it’s being played on the game’s biggest stage, Monday Night Football. Both teams are 10-3 and need a win for playoff positioning…so what’s not to like about tonight’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Two of the stars for each team are banged up. Ben Roethlisberger will play despite his high ankle sprain, but Patrick Willis is inactive (hamstring). Here are the inactives for both teams.

49ers inactives – QB Scott Tolzien, WR Braylon Edwards, CB Tramaine Brock, FB Moran Norris, LB Patrick Willis T Mike Person, DT Ian Williams

Steelers inactives – CB Curtis Brown, C Maurkice Pouncey, LB Chris Carter, DE Al Woods, OT Jamon Merdith, WR Emmanuel Sanders

I spoke with Ted Robinson before the game about the impact some of the injuries will have on tonight’s game. Here’s our Teddy Football podcast.

It was certainly an interesting start for the game as the power went out in Candlestick. After roughly a 20 minute delay, the lights came back on and the Steelers and 49ers took the field with speedy pregame festivities.


FIRST QUARTER:

Ben Roethlisberger limped to the huddle after the 49ers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Steelers converted on 3rd and 1, as Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller in the right flat. The Steelers picked up 36 yards after Wallace caught a quick slant and broke the tackle of Culliver. It looked like Bowman may have recovered a fumble, but Harbaugh chose not to challenge it…and the replay may have been inconclusive either way. It worked out well as Carlos Rogers picked up Roethlisberger’s pass in the end zone on the next play and took it back to the 27.

The 49ers picked up a first down as Alex smith hit Vernon Davis on a short cross for a gain of 7. The next first down came via a fly sweep to Ted Ginn. The Steelers had good coverage, but it still moved the chains. The 49ers converted their third first down of the drive as Smith stepped up and hit Williams on an out route inside the Steelers 40. The 49ers picked up their fourth and fifth first downs of the drive thanks to Gore who found daylight behind Joe Staley inside the 15. The 49ers have struggled in the red zone, but Smith kept the drive going, hitting Crabtree for a gain of 12 on 3rd down. But when they got down to the 2, the offense stalled and they had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by David Akers.

49ers 3 – Steelers 0

On 3rd down, the Steelers converted as Roethlisberger hit Brown underneath against the coverage of Culliver. Mendenhall picked up another first down with a physical 8-yard run right up the middle of the 49ers defense. This Steelers drive ended the same as the first…with an interception by the 49ers secondary. This one was by Dashon Goldson and it was his sixth in the last 8 games.

The 49ers ran one more play before the end of the quarter as Smith hit Crabtree (gold cleats and all) for a gain of 9.

Standout Stat: The 49ers had a 17-play opening drive.

Highlight Reel: Dashon Goldson got the 49ers second pick of the game, diving to catch the overthrown pass.

Put it in Perspective: Much has been made of the 49ers struggles in the red zone and it continued on their first drive tonight. They have good field position and need to get seven after moving the ball at will against this Steelers defense.

SECOND QUARTER:

Vernon Davis picked up another 49ers first down, breaking a tackle and spinning down to the 23. Gore couldn’t haul in a pass on third down and Akers came on for another field goal attempt. Akers connected on the 38-yard attempt and became the 49ers single-season scoring leader with 141 points.

49ers 6 – Steelers 0

The lights went out for a second delay. After about another 20 minutes, the lights came back on and the 49ers jumped offside on the first play. Roethlisberger hit Miller for a first down past midfield and the Steelers have had all the momentum since the delay. The 49ers had the Steelers in a 2nd and 25 when Aldon Smith got a sack…but the Steelers got a first down after Goldson was called for illegal contact. The Steelers crossed midfield once again as Roethlisberger hit Wallace crossing for a gain of 3 and another first down. Wallace was deep on 3rd down, but Roethlisberger’s throw was short and Rogers knocked it away at the goal line. Ginn called for a fair catch at the 12.

Kyle Williams picked up a first down for the 49ers and Alex Smith scrambled and dove for another. The 49ers were backed up after a chop block and couldn’t make up for the 15 yard penalty. Lee’s punt was downed at the 5-yard line.

The Steelers moved the ball right from the start with a 21-yard run by Moore followed by a reception by Brown that got Pittsburgh out to the SF 45. Roethlisberger took one last shot deep and hit Brown, but he was tackled well short of the end zone as time expired.

Standout Stat: The 49ers have two interceptions and have not turned the ball over.

Highlight Reel: Akers hit a 38-yard field goal to become the 49ers single-season scoring leader.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers defense has come up big and the 49ers offense will get the ball to start the second half. They’ve shown that they can move the ball against the Steelers…with the exception of that last drive when they were hurt by the chop block penalty. A strong opening drive will be important to regain their momentum they had in the first quarter.

THIRD QUARTER:

Ginn returned the kick, but was hauled down at the 9. After a false start, the 49ers went three and out. The 49ers went three and out, but the special teams did a great job to flip field position. Spillman and Gooden closed to make the tackle. Tack on a holding call and the Steelers got the ball at their own 15.

The Steelers picked up one first down, but that would be it as Tarell Brown made a great play to break up the third down pass. Keenan Lewis threw Reggie Smith into Kyle Williams and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh was flagged for cheating and the 49ers got the ball. The entire Steelers team came out on to the field after that play for some reason.

Smith threw for Brett Swain and wanted an interference call, but didn’t get one as the 49ers went three and out after getting great field position. Lee’s punt was fair caught at the 10.

Roethlisberger his Miller on a wheel route for a gain of 39 to start the drive. On 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger hit Brown down the right sideline on a back shoulder throw. It was ruled incomplete, but Pittsburgh challenged. The ruling on the field was upheld. Former Niner Shaun Suisham hit a 51-yard field goal to cut the lead in half.

49ers 6 – Steelers 3

Kyle Williams returned the kickoff to the 21. Smith hit Davis on the first play of the drive to pick up 31 yards out past midfield. Smith hit Hunter on a screen pass and the rookie picked up 27. Smith hit Davis on a misdirection. He nearly got in, but the official marked him out of bounds at the 1. It looked very close on replay. The call was upheld, but the 49ers went back to Davis on the next play. Smith faked the handoff and had Davis wide open for a 1-yard touchdown.

49ers 13 – Steelers 3

The 49ers blew the coverage and Roethlisberger hit Cotchery who got all the way down to the SF 30. Roethlisberger was under heavy pressure and just threw it away on 3rd down. Cue Shaun Suisham for another field goal attempt. This one was wide left and the 49ers take over.

The 49ers will have a 3rd and 3 after a hard run by Gore up the right side.

Standout Stat: Vernon Davis has 6 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Highlight Reel: The 21-yard catch by Vernon Davis was fantastic and he nearly got in the end zone. It was about as close as you can get to staying in bounds. It worked out fine for the 49ers who scored on the next play.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers got a much needed touchdown and now it’s in the hands of the defense to hold this two-score lead.

FOURTH QUARTER:

The 49ers went with a run on 3rd and short and were stopped. Culliver downed Lee’s punt at the 8.

Roethlisberger picked up 20 on 3rd and long to keep the drive going. He hit Cotchery down the seam. He was hit immediately by Whitner, but held on for the catch. Aldon Smith dropped Big Ben for the sack and Justin Smith came in to recover. The 49ers got the ball at the 17.

The 49ers offense couldn’t manage a first down and Akers came on for a field goal attempt. The Steelers were called for leaping. Harbaugh accepted the penalty and the 49ers scored on a five-yard touchdown run by Frank Gore.

49ers 20 – Steelers 3

Aldon Smith picked up another sack and forced another Steelers punt.

That’s it for the blog as we have to go down to the field. 49ers need to hang on.


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256 Responses to “Live Game Blog: 49ers vs. Steelers”

  1. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>LETS WIN THIS ONE, PLAY SMART

  2. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I finally get a chance to blog a little bit “during” the niners game! They are getting very little love tonight, hope they play tough and bring home the win!!

  3. By Keith Wood on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s Go 49ers!!!!! Show the world, shut up all the nasayers and Niner haters out there! Lets show them we are for real, let it all hang out tonight men! Leave NOTHING on the field out there. Take advantage of EVERY given opportunity and come away with TD’s instead of Field Goals in the red-zone! Come on you can do it! Lets get it done! GO NINERS

  4. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We really need this win to keep 2nd seed and possibility for home field through-out…am I dreaming??? Alex we need you more than ever in this game. I may not be your biggest fan, but I am your biggest supporter tonight!!!

  5. By OHIOninerFAN on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    WHOOO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US????????

  6. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Black-out!!!!

  7. By OHIOninerFAN on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    wow, power outage at the stick

  8. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I guess we do need a new stadium!! :-)

  9. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Is the game going to be on KNBR 680 or KNBR 1050?

  10. By OHIOninerFAN on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    man i hate the squeelers, lets go men! Lets make a statement!

  11. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    AMEN Keith Wood!

  12. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s hope what Steve and Trent just said is not actuality…delay hurts the 9ers more than Steelers

  13. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta love what the Monday Night guys on ESPN just said. MAYBE, the 9ers are starting to get respect…AND, please let us prove them right!!!!!!

  14. By james on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s go niners!! We can do it. Let’s show that we are for real.

  15. By Ray M. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    They just caught Ben “Tebowing!”

  16. By Ray M. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    The tv guys said, “If you goole toughness, there is a picture of Ben Rothlesburger.” If you google “rapist” there’s Big Ben’s picture, also.

  17. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    YES, YES, YES, YES

  18. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Go Niners! This is a BIG game!!!!

  19. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Way to go team – just keep moving it down the field! Make the redzone count tonight!!!!

  20. By PCerie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Come on 9ers get 6 points!

  21. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Here we come Red Zone….get ready Akers…..we are going to need you for the extra point. BOOYA!

  22. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We need to break the redzone curse! FG’s DO NOT win SUPERBOWLS!!!

  23. By Ray M. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    One more point and Akers will move ahead of Jerry Rice for Most Points Scored in 1 Season!!!

  24. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Same ole crap. Field goal fest

  25. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    What a nice methodical drive…really think the game plan is great!! What a TOUGH outcome!

  26. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lets just stay out of the Red Zone tonight. Start throwing deep when we hit the 50.

  27. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Dam it smith thanks for the 3 points

  28. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Good drive guys.
    The butterflies are out now lets get a TD NEXT TIME ALEX…..
    Lets get Rothlesburger

  29. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    They need to throw on 1st down on their next posession.

  30. By les on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Smith chokes twice, equals 3 points. Come on man…

  31. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    It’s hilarious how methodically this team moves the ball down the field, then when they get inside the 20, it comes to a grinding halt.

  32. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    If the 49ers really trust smith enough to keep making him the starter. Thne they should let him air the ball out more and make some big plays. really thats what kills others teams morale.

  33. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I called it whoooooooooooo
    Yea buddy!!!!!

  34. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    defense comes through again. OMG the D is hot tonight!!!!!

  35. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Nothin’ but love for the 9er D. Get Goldson a new contract.

  36. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Way to go D. Now we’ll drive to the 20 again, then grind to a stop, and get another 3.

  37. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Gotta love our “D”!!!

  38. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Smith needs to throw on 1st down and see what happens. He,s to start now!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get it in the end zone this time Niners youve done it before now do it again. This is your game in your house. You own the steelers tonight!!!!!

  40. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Defense is getting it done – let’s step up offense!!!

  41. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Post play

  42. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go alex

  43. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Great job Vernon!!

  44. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Second field goal. Come on man!!!!!!

  45. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    David Akers AGAIN!

  46. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Suprise suprise!!!! 3 points i didnt see it comming

  47. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the franchise kept that ball!!

  48. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Two field goals, recipe for losing.

  49. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Need to keep on throwing in the end zone guys. DONT GIVE UP

  50. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    You can doooo ittttt

  51. By DetroitRaisedME on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Another 3 Point Red Zone Drive

  52. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I think that I have got the field goal thing figured out…Someone out there must have Akers on their fantasy team and that person is just praying a whole lot harder than the rest of us…….”Dear Lord, Please bless Alex Smith and the 49er offense to score more touchdowns. Amen.”

  53. By les on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex, you just missed a wide open Crabbtree. Should be 14-0. You are killing this offense.

  54. By Clutch on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    two pick= two fg’s. good luck winning, teams who score td’s win. love the niners but lets score some td’s

  55. By Clutch on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    alex in the red zone is like him jumping out of a boat an not hitting water.

  56. By DetroitRaisedME on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    No Power Once Again!! Time For A New Stadium 4Real!!

  57. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    The Red Out turned into a BLACK OUT!!!!

  58. By PAninersfan on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    power again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! really!

  59. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    No more night game at Candlestick.

  60. By Tevita on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Go 49errssss! were going to the champions!!!

  61. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Just call the game…Final Score 6-0. Done Deal. Make it happen Goodell.

  62. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I guess I can see how a kicker beats J R in for the points record

  63. By DP on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    It’s lights out, folks!

  64. By PAninersfan on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    B.D. ——–screw that let them play!!!!!!!! lol i know what you mean though.

  65. By les on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Football Gods must be angry at how inept our Red Zone offense is…so they are trying to hide Alex in the shadows..come on ..man…

  66. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    This were we should be planning for the next play aginst rothlesburger. What down was it last

  67. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    lol

  68. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Good one Les.

  69. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    That call is bull crap

  70. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    DEFENCE BABY

  71. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I second that bull crap!!!!

  72. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ben, WILL be getting another shot at halftime, no matter what they are saying!! LOL

  73. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    D-III

  74. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Kyle Williams, best reciever on the roster

  75. By Da Booko on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Why can’t Vernon Davis catch the ball he can be one of the greatest to play the game but he can’t catch a cold

  76. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    This is a situation for Frnkie to break one!!

  77. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Damn near called it!! :-)

  78. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    My heart is pounding 100 miles an hr!!!!!

  79. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    What BS!!!

  80. By Da Booko on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We need a touch down all of these feild goals won’t cut it

  81. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I second that BS sir!!!

  82. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Too bad he had to punt, but what a great punt!!!

  83. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Need to stop them they are known to throw the Bomb!!!!! Lets go DDDD

  84. By Da Booko on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I love my defense let’s stand up tall like we always do

  85. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Carlos we need you baby !!!!!! One more before the half

  86. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    LETS MAKE SOME NOISE NINER FAITHFULS!!!!!!!!!!

  87. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Stealers have not learned anything fro
    Us!! Lol once you get close go a field goal…. Lol

  88. By TK in Illinois on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Please someone tell Alex the field doesnt end at the 20.

  89. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We are a third quarter team. Come on Alex you can do it buddy.
    Deffence you guys keep up the good work!!!!
    NINER FANS WE NEED TO MAKE SOME NOISE OUT THERE COME ON GUYS WE CAN KEEP THEIR OFENCE OFF BALANCE. WE ARE PART OF THE TEAM
    GO NINERS!!!!!

  90. By TK in Illinois on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    You work so hard to get 6 points and they’ll bust a long one for a TD .

  91. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    MY QB ALEX IS DOING FINE

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  92. By Chris on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Not a bad half Offence is looking good against a top Defence of course I would like the TD’s too but we are scoring points off turnovers which is the up side. Defence is great just cant let Wallace get deep. And we need to catch the ball on hot reads. Go Niners

  93. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Come on guys.
    You killing me!!!!!

  94. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    😡

  95. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I am sorry BACA you are not watching the the same game as the rest of us!!

  96. By Samoan Rasta on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Good stuff 49ers! IF ONLY ALEX SMITH DIDNT SUCK SO MUCH we would be slaughtering the Steelers. Keep it going!

  97. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Time for some Red Zone O! Lets get it done!

  98. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I’M WATCHING, HE IS DOING FINE, NINERS WILL WIN, NOT CONCERNED, NOT FREAKING OUT, CONFIDENT IN OUR TEAM

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  99. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Im with You BECA.

  100. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutely no doubt about that one!!

  101. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    If we can manage at least one td, and some more insurance from Akers. We’ll be sitting pretty good. The D is SOLID!

  102. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I think we need more Frankie!!

  103. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I agree, give him the rock and watch him do work.

  104. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I love the guy, but Smith is really killing us.

  105. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    STOP FREAKING OUT, SMITH IS FINE

  106. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Who’s gonna run on us??? Nobody!!

  107. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Im not freaking out, Im just being real. We need to be productive. The chances of holding Roethlisberger touchdown-less are slim. We need to put some in the end zone.

  108. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Nobody is “freaking” out…we should have more points!!

  109. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron…at least we are on the same page!!

  110. By niner4life on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    DAMN ONLY 6 POINTS! AND IT SOUNDS LIKE HERMIE IS ON SOMEONE NUTSSSSSSSSSS!

  111. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you. I agree. Thank god for our D, because its the only thing keeping us in this right now. If we put up a TD, I will feel much better. I do not know how long we can nure this 6 pt lead.

  112. By Da Booko on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Defense Defense Defense

  113. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    The call on the field is “no catch” should not be overturned!

  114. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Out of bounds!!!!!!

  115. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Niner4life… :-) :-) :-) love it!!

  116. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Damn, I didn’t think he was going to make it. He’s not usually good over 45.

  117. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Look all those Smith fans out there face it he is not a chanpionchip player at all
    He is chkoing the 9ers ability to beat a good team. We should be well ahead right now. We need to start thinking about the team and not about putting so much trust in one player that obviously isnt getting the job done.

  118. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I freeking out!!!!😳

  119. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Gruden just said it all!!!

  120. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    494panther, I agree. We cannot continue to go 5-6-7-8 drives in games without a TD. If we can be more consistent in the red zone, we’ll be SO DANGEROUS!

  121. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Cant keep shooting ourselves in the foot. Smith connects deep, then we get a dumb penalty. So frustrating. **I LIKE THIS, Smith gunning down field** Give it to DAVIS, hell tear Pitts DB up.

  122. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    WOW what a drive!!! That was a TD!!!

  123. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    that better be a touchdown or im going the the refs house and killing his dog!

  124. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    His dog isnt making the call. Get the ref.

  125. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I am afraid the call on the field will stand!! Give it to Frankie!!

  126. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Its a TD BABY!!!!!🙌

  127. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    GOOD JOB ALEX

  128. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Should be a TD

  129. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I guess when you’re desperate in the red zone like us, you have to challenge

  130. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    F#^%**
    those refs

  131. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    OK – give it to Frank!!!

  132. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    TD Baby!!! nice play call i didnt see it comming!!!!!

  133. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    TOUCHDOWN TOUCHDOWN TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. By DMT on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Well I’ll be damned, we scored in the red zone.

  135. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    WIDE OPEN BABY!!!!
    High five all around baby!!!!!

  136. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    AWESOME! Lets go D, PLANT Roethlisberger into the TURF!

  137. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Nice call…good to see you back Lillian!!

  138. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alright then – Alex to Davis – that works!!!

  139. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    DEFENSE

  140. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I love watching Davis with the ball. The guy is a freight train!

  141. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    OK D – do your stuff!!!

  142. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Come on “D” need a play!!

  143. By Chris on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Come on D stop watching the QB and watch the receiver

  144. By NinersALLIn on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    This is why Alex throws perfect balls to Vernon, because they work in trainingcamp and preseason. Crabtree, realize how valuable it is to work in Trainin Camp?

  145. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    That’s what I am talking about!!

  146. By 494panther on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    NO GooooooooooD !!!

  147. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Third quarter to make a TD

  148. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome! IF we can put up some points, its really going to put the preasure on Pitt. I think we can get another INT!

  149. By judy on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Good Job by Alex Smith but i stll think he is a piece of Crap. Defense, our Kicker and Rush attack are what is keeping us in this game

  150. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Need to convert this one!! Still a lot of time, but big play coming up!!

  151. By judy on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Great Job by Alex Smith but i stll think he is a piece of Crap. Defense, our Kicker and Rush attack are what is keeping us in this game.

  152. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get another TD 4th

  153. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Andy is keeping the pressure on!!

  154. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t say he’s a piece of crap. But he doesn’t have the arms strength coupled with the accuracy to be a serious threat. No he’s not what we need, but he’s what we got.

  155. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I really think another interception would kind of deflate pittsburgh.

  156. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Grant really has come out of nowhere hasn’t he!!!

  157. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    D Fence

  158. By judy on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I disagree he is not what we want, We need a Quaterback to be a big playmaker and be able to move in and out of the pocket and run the ball if he has too Alex Smith thinks too much and makes too many mistakes that a 7 year veteren should know by now…….Period

  159. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ben definitely got another shot at halftime!!

  160. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We definitely have the best defense in football!!!

  161. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    YEAH BABY – down goes the QB & out comes the FOOTBALL!!! Niners ball!

  162. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Let go Alex good drive here baby!!!!
    You can dooo ittt

  163. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    BOOYA! Way to bring it D!

  164. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Chip Shot. 13 Pt lead in the 4th. Our D can put this one away.

  165. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Man – turnover in the redzone, another FG? Guess not – Steelers saved it for us!

  166. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    TAKE THOSE POINTS OFF THE BOARD!!! WE WANT A TD. BOOYA!!!

  167. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Frankie…Frankie…Frankie!!!!!!

  168. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah FRANK BABY!!!!! TOUCHDOWNNNNNNNNN!!!!

  169. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    HELLLLS YEA! Gore takin’ it to the HOUSE!

  170. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    F
    Yea baby gore in for a TD!!!!!!!!!
    High Fives and Chest Bumps all around !!!!!

  171. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Someone go shake Timmons’s hand for me. lol

  172. By Chris on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ok red zone Offence coming to life against one of the best Defences in all of football ill take it. D close it out now Go Niners.

  173. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    thank you gore and the O coordinator for showing guts and a different play from same look ….nicely done ….must be saveing those shade plays for the playoffs …keep it up we need em

  174. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    GOOD JOB ALEX AND FRANK, MVP-ALEX SMITH

  175. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    9 min left baby need to play the whole game its not over !!!

  176. By niner4life on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    GOOD WIN NINERS! IM OUT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE’S TRYING TO HOOK UP ON THE NINER BLOG! HAHAHAHAHA GOOD LUCK!

  177. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Aldon really should be in “high” consideration for defensive rookie of the year!! I think he should win it!! But, I am biased

  178. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Aldon Smith should be well acquainted by the time this night is over. GO 9ERS!

  179. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Hermie, you are not biased. Aldon is simply the greatest defensive rookie in pro sports history. BELIEVE IT!!

  180. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Nice Punt….

  181. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Has anyone else taken notice that Dixon has REALLY struggled all year. Hes had his number called a good amount. But really hasn’t done much with it.

  182. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    He really is…I sent that before the sack!!! Not that it mattered!!

  183. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Andy Lee clutch!!!

  184. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Alex should get the game ball !!!!!!!!!!!! Great job Alex.

  185. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    What a nice game by the 9ers!! They have really stepped up to the plate tonight.

  186. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Our special teams is solid, Lee, Akers, and Ginn Jr. on the other end. Good to Go.

  187. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    See you guys Sat!!!!

  188. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Aldon…Aldon…Aldon!!!! Lol

  189. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron.Albrecht. I have noticed. I didn’t like his so much last year. He stutter-steps too much. He looks good in the preseason, but cant do much against NFL starters.

  190. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I am IMMENSLY impressed that we have shut down Roethlisberger. Aldon Smith gettin’ Some!!! Again, and again, and again……

  191. By B.D. on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    b grant. Give the game ball to Any Lee.

  192. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    WOW!!! 4 INT’s tonight! Our DEFENSE is UNSTOPPABLE!!!

  193. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    This was the BIGGEST win of the season by far!! It has showed we CAN play with the big boys!! I was really impressed with the overall effort today. The O-line showed it could play and could protect Alex!! Continuity and health is premier right now. In all likely hood, we will have to play N.O. We want that to be a home game!!

  194. By b grant on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Actually the defense should get the game ball.
    Great job defense.

  195. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I thought momentum brought the ball out!!

  196. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    So, sorry people, didn’t mean to use “was”!! I know it is not over and I am soooo, sorry!!

  197. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    PItt. is going into survival mode.

  198. By lillian on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I will sleep like a baby tonight Stutter steps to start, but outstanding D! Offense stepped up second half. We just might do this. Last week made me nervous! See you al on Christmas Eve! Niners ROCK!!!

  199. By Aaron.Albrecht on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    KICK THE PISS OUT OF IT LEE!!!

  200. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    We have such a great defense, that maybe they should all go to the Pro-Bowl!!

  201. By judy on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    The only thing the Steeler are clinching tonite are their Butt Cheeks LMAO

  202. By Hermie on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I really enjoyed all of this tonight!! Take care all!! Who has it better than us??? NOBODY!!!

  203. By USArmyParatrooper on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Not taking anything away from our defense, but Roethlisberger’s high ankle sprain made him immobile, turning him into target practice for the most ferocious defense in the NFL.

    I’m excited about this season and I can’t wait to see what Harbaugh can do with the team next year. Let’s be real, we have some work to do on offense. We need to solve the frustrating red zone puzzle.

    I’m happy for these big wins and for making it to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. But we’re not Superbowl caliber (yet), but with some adjustments on offense we certainly can be.

  204. By Clutch on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    ALDONNNNNNNNNNNNNN SMITHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT A BEAST………………………

  205. By JOHN PEREZ on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Thats what I call TCOB. In a big way.Way to show up NINER NATION !!!! GO NINERS STAND UP AND BE PROUD OF OUR TEAM THIS NIGHT. NOW THE NATION KNOWS WERE NO F@#$#IN JOKE.

  206. By gary potter on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    great game. solid defense and great managing of the game by AS. i am not sure i was on the same blog. no 7yr itch, no turk, hard to believe they didn’t come out of their holes all game, maybe they sent judy to front for them.
    go niners 11-3

  207. By Clutch on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    Andy Lee is the man, man that guy is awesome.

  208. By MIKE L on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    THAT IS HOW TO PLAY BALL MEN,THATS HOW TO PLAY BALL.GO NINERS!!!!!!!! IM OUT .

  209. By gary potter on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    almost forgot to award the game ball to the OL, no sacks and great job of protection. big turnaround from last 3 games.
    go niners

  210. By MIKE L on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    P.S. WELCOME BACK GRANT.GREAT GAME DUDE.

  211. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    guys come on big boys really …they had a gimped QB and the offense stalled again in first quarter …..it was just like the ravens game and the cardinal game accept we were able to score 2 td’s and the defense was all over the place makeing plays to keep us in …..next 2 weeks will be key i hope we can pull one out on saints when we get em in playoffs ….will be much harder to win when the offense struggles to score TD’S

  212. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 19, 2011 | Reply

    I have to give the gameball to Alex Freaking Smith. He performed beautifully. There was some cob-webs taht needed swatting in the first drive, but he stepped up in the second half and played magnificent football. Way to go AS. Shout out to Grant on defense, he played some very key defense tonight. Alson Freaking Smith, what a beast as a rookie. I hope he will be humble and work to finetune his game so he would be a legend when it’s all said and done. Defense as a whole played magnificently, just awesome what they did to the Steelers. The offensive line was just awesome, no sacks, beautiful protection which allowed AS to move around in the pocket and buy time. Special team is unfreaking believable. That Andy Lee is just awesome. Does that guy even feel any pressures when he’s in a tough possition? How about that punt from the endzone that put the Steelers inside the 15 yrd line..If that’s not clutch, |I don’t know what is. This was the first game I’ve seen all year and I must say, our team was magnificent. The Ravens should hang their heads and their fans for beating us on a day where we were not well to begin with after that short week. Thanks Arizona for giving us practice to play this defense…lol. Did I forget anyone? Gore baby, nice punch in in the redzone. Williams was awesome. Crabtree should make AS his bestfriend since he’s the one holding the ball and has to distribute it to him. The whole freakin team played sooo well in a game where they we’re suppose to play well, against a defense that should have sacked Smith 9 times…lol.

    I love this game. Can we please hold those naysayers about Alex Smith out of here. Judy, pardon you being a woman and all, but you should go shoot yourself for doubting our QB after what he did for your/our team tonight. I can’t stomach idiots.

    Goooooooooo Niners

  213. By lightwaves on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @NinerFanFromTonga

    You’re joking right, “Alex played beautifully”, we must not have been watching the same game. He has improved and done well but just imagine if we had a good solid QB like Palmer (heck even Skelton looked great during our game with INT’s). Hell we don’t even need a Brady or Rodgers…think about that. We’d be putting up much more points.

    The rest of Smith’s problems aren’t coachable, they are inherent limitations that CAN fade with experience…

  214. By Gamebreaker76 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Now bring on the seahawks round two!!!! GOOOOOO NINERS!!!!!

  215. By rjdniner on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    214 comment not one form 7 yrs .wait till i see a steeler fan
    there useing that towl to cry into

  216. By rjdniner on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    That the reason i got so excited when i heard that staly was cleared to play ,
    he is consider the best left tackl in the NFC OH I FORGOT WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE 11-3 AND NOT WITH A ROOKIE HEAD
    GO NINERS

  217. By rjdniner on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    THAT LAST PART OF THE SENTANCE , COACH , SORRY ABOUT MISTAP

  218. By sdkota9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    great TEAM effort last night, it was nice to watch a live game!! Offense and Defense r 2 different animals, once we get a real off season and the receivers get on the same page as Alex and they work on there timing and how to play smart football with our playbook…..we’ll have 4 TD’S and 1 fieldgoal. but for now the coaches are doing great drawing up a game plan that has got us to the playoffs!! sure feels good to be 11-3!! and not turning over the ball and giving other teams a chance to score!!

  219. By L.G on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Aldon Smith is awesome! Man I did not care for there draft picks at first but goes to show how much I know. I will never question this coach again! They really know how to put really good players together…Good job Alex! Sorry for bashing you in the past, never again!

  220. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    THIS WIN WAS A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT TO MANY, BUT WE ARE NOT FINISHED, LETS FINISH STRONG AND WIN THE REST>>>>>>>SUPERBOWL IS AHEAD, I PRAY THAT THE FALCONS BEAT THE SAINTS NEXT WEEK AND WE WIN THE REST!

    GO SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>11 AND 3

  221. By sdkota9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Tonga that was awesome!!!! ur a great fan!!!!

  222. By rjdniner on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Sdkota 9er i totaly agree , i live in falcon land ,it going to be a good game
    jr baca . I coulden belive my eyes on how well the ol was doing
    niners

  223. By London_9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    T.O !!! T.O !!! T.O.!!! T.O.!!! T.O (81) !!!

  224. By Donna on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Great Game,. especially the Defense and Aldon

  225. By KDB on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I was there with my SMOKING HOT WIFE.

    Alex Smith–I rest my case–Should be Pro Bowl Bound. Give this kid wide outs like Pitt has and look out. Yes, he missed Crabbs, but hey who doesn’t miss a few. Big Ben 3 picks yep. Redzone play to K Williams, Linebacker was right in the way he had to throw it left.

    He is the MAN to have persavered through this negative Muck and to shut Dumbo Fans up it just feels so nice. and to hear Harbaugh support him that’s so SWESOME.

    Yes, he’s still young and needs to improve but he’s a top 5 QB in the NFL, NO DOUBT because its all about the TEAM.

    Go Niners!

  226. By les on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    A much better 2nd half by Alex. D is unbelievable. Spec.Teams awsome. Judy called it correct. Alex did not have a “Great Game”. He sucked up the 1st half and had an average 2nd half. How can you people say he is a Pro Bowl QB? OMG he is not even close. We would have had three more TD’s if he had thrown accurately. He is what he is..a seven year average QB in the NFL. Nothing more. The defense, punter and kicker won this game, NOT Alex. I am SO GLAD our team is Playoff bound, but we really need to improve those Red Zone opportunities if we expect to advance. GO NINERS

  227. By PAninersfan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    ok im really SICK of steeler excuses!!!!!! they are saying that worthlessberger is the reason that the steelers lost. but be4 the game they was saying that since he is going to play, there is a very good chance that the niners would lose to them. im sick of this shi*, seems to me know matter what the niners do, like hold the steelers to only a field goal in a 3 to 20 victory. know matter what, there is a excuse for the other team. im sick of this shi*!!!!!!! I SAY LETS GIVE THEM BASTAR** SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT AN GO GET OUR 6TH RING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2nd seed is looking very good. GOOOOO NINERS!!!!!!! love goes out to the niners an the true fans!

  228. By sdkota9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    KDB….its so nice to know that we have a QB that is in the top five in the league and has all this tallent and still room to grow!! i hate to see anyone get hurt but with the packers losing both of their tackles and WR…i really like r chances!

  229. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    JEROMY ALEX IS FINE, HE DID WELL, JUST SUPPORT OUR TEAM AS A WHOLE AND STOP TRYING TO BE A KNOW IT ALL. BE HAPPY THAT WE HAVE ANOTHER W. I HOPE THE 49ER OWNERS SIGN ALEX TO A 5 YEAR CONTRACT.

    NEXT GAME 12 AND 3, GO 49ERS>>>>>>>SUPERBOWL BOUND>>>>>>>

  230. By sdkota9er on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    dont mean to get a head of myself…..we still have to win the next 2 weeks….but the way that r D played last night we should put the seahawks and the rams in there place.

  231. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    well while the throws were aweful and non accurate the QB got one drive going …with a pump fake …dont see those often and the special teams and defense has been tremendous and getting it done and saveing the offense all season ….be real we might not make it past first round …need more points and need to score when it is there ….the playoff teams will not let up on scoreing and i dont think Alex can win in a throwdown ….gore scoreing was a plus …need to look real sharp next 2 weeks

  232. By hey, were going to try to do better on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    and you dont need 7 years to comment on QB it was all on national tv and commented on regularly over the game ….accuracy noo goood several times he could have thrown down field but elected to throw short and we did not get a 1st down to keep drive alive …but he keeps saying he will try to get better soo we shall see

  233. By Samoan Rasta on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith sucks! Our team is so good, we can let Coach Harbaugh be our QB and still win! Go 9ers!

  234. By 49 siempre on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    old kdb got to go to the best game in 10 years. lucky guy. once again very excited to be a fan. might even get the tat re-colored. and get a trip to the stick planned 4 next year. i realize the team can improve, but the team soladarity and toughness is something i havent seen in a long time. winter up here in canada is a lot more enjoyable with the niners on the tube

  235. By Stan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Frank Gore(illa) has a heart of red and gold……………

  236. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Samoan Rasta, You suck, please get that through that thick samoan coconut head of yours. What did AS do to you Sole? Did he forget to give you that quarter you always expect when someone uses the public facility you and “hey, we’re going to try to do better/seven” work at?…lol. Sole, He probably gave you some $ signs, but oh, you can’t count that high and always settle for coins….you go Sole, props to you bro…hahahaha.

    And Sole, I suspect you might even thing if you played the QB position we’ld keep winning as well right?….lol

  237. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    lightwaves, I’ve rebuttaled your post a few times but it won’t post because I guess was too long…lol. Yes i watched the same game, and if you thought AS played horrible, you might wanna brush up on your viewing abilities. he played magnificently. I probably saw things in that game you did not see, enough said

  238. By Samoan Rasta on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    NinerFanFromTonga What quarter and public facility are you talking about? Are you O.K.? Did someone drop you when you was a baby which let to your retardation? Im joking NinerFanFromTonga…I got a lot of respect for my Tongan cousins from Tonga. But I don’t know tamasii, I must be watching a different game. The game I’m watching, Alex Smith still sucks! Everyone has their own opinion. If Alex Smith was a good QB we would be on an even higher level than Green Bay.

  239. By Fuchi_Man on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    ALDON SMITH FOR PRESIDENT !!!! Yeahhh…Goooo Rookie…Amazing, Huge, ..Let’s Go For The Packs in January.

  240. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Samoan Rasta,

    I have nothing but respect for my Samoan Brothers, but Sole, give our QB some respect. We don’t need a high performance QB like Rogers, or Brees. He is doing just fine bro. We are 11-3 thanks to his hard work and commitments to our team. He has one of the best work ethics amongst NFL QBs. He is a good family man like our polynesian culture. He has taken just about every kind of abuse from his fans ever since he’s been drafted into the Niners. He’s been beat up, been kicked, been through all kinds of crap through his years as a Niners Signal Caller. For the first time he’s got someone who understand winning football and how to implement and gather all the neccessary pieces to make it happen in Jim Harbaugh. You know what? He’s finally in a system that will help him bring out those qualities that made us go with him when we drafted him first over-all in the first round seven years ago. We weren”t idiots when we did that. He was the best QB in the draft that year, are you so hard of remembering that he took Utah (the little known football team) and handed OU their lunch? That’s why we took him, and he’s beginning to show us those skills and talents.

  241. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Samoan Rasta, I saw Aaron Rogers play at Cal Berkley, he’s a good QB, but I don’t give a rats aaarrrssee about him because he’s not a Niner, Alex Smith is. Just the fact that you say “if Alex Smith was a good QB we would be on an even higher level than Green Bay,” tells me you are comparing apples to oranges and therein lays your problem with our QB. The Niners isn’t the Packers, and Alex Smith isn’t Aaron Rogers. Do you understand what I am getting at? Let me spell it for you. Theres a little song that says; “love the one you’re with.” There is some incredible truths to that. Last time you looked in the mirror you saw yourself as a Niners fan, not a Packers fan or any other fan in football. So love the one we have regardless what we think of him, on Sundays he dresses up and goes out to do battle not only for himself and for his family first, but he also understands that he is doing if for his fans as well. and the entire Niners organization. Someone does that for me, I give him some respect not hate on him….that’s all im saying my Samoan Brother….peace out

  242. By Oldninerfan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Great game. A win when we needed to turn things around. Great D. Great Special Teams. Good enough Offense.

    I’m tired of hearing negative Alex talk. He’s a manager of the game. Aldon and Justin are the Smiths that win games for us. I’ll take an Alex Smith that throws the ball into the ground when a receiver is covered over a Roethlesberger who throws picks when his receivers are covered any day of the week.

  243. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    LIKE I SAID OVER AND OVER, AGAIN AND AGAIN, IF YOU CAN’T SUPPORT OUR WHOLE TEAM “GET LOST”. ALEX IS DOING A GREAT JOB, WE ARE 11 AND 3, WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS, WE ARE NFC WEST CHAMPIONS, WE ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL, ENOUGH SAID, THE HATE FROM THESE LOW LIFE FANS MUST GO. STOP YOUR CRYING ALEX HATERS, BUNCH OF CRY BABY’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO ALEX, GO 49ERS>>>>>>> 7 MORE YEARS WITH ALEX

  244. By gary potter on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    les-rasta,7yr turk. read coach H interview today. if what he says about AS doesn’t get your attention you have no reason to say you know anything about football.lol in my humble opinion you clowns don’t know anything. he said AS is future QB on 49er team. if you can’t live with it get off blog and join cowgirls blog. ps take judy with you. go niners 12-3 after saturday

  245. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    KDB…

    too bad I don’t share the same p a s s i o n for Alex Smith as you do. No way he goes to Pro Bowl with Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Tony Romo ahead of him in popularity. Alex still has A LOT to prove before I can call him Pro Bowl Bound. One thing I like, however, is the vote of confidence Harbaugh has given him by saying he’s deserving. Just goes to show you how great Jim is in getting into the psyche of his players and getting them to believe in THEMSELVES. That’s the key to all of this. As long as Smith continues to prove he can do positive things for this ballclub and generate victories, I’m sure he’ll earn my utmost respect some day. And it’s gonna be hard earned because the barometer is Joe Montana and Steve Young, NOT Elvis Grbac, Jeff Garcia or Steve Bono.

    Other than that…GO NINERS!

  246. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    These players SHOULD end up in the Pro Bowl. Anything less is a travesty.

    DE Justin Smith
    LB Patrick Willis
    LB Na’Vorro Bowman
    CB Carlos Rogers
    S Dashon Goldson
    RB Frank Gore
    C Jonathan Goodwin
    P Andy Lee
    K David Akers

    Honorable Mention:

    PR/KR Ted Ginn Jr. ** Only reason he doesn’t get in is because Devin Hester plays in the NFC and only one spot is open.

  247. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    As I hav e said all season long…CK is Harbaughs guy…Even if, Alex gets us to the Superbowl, Harbaugh will end up inserting CK for one reason or another and that will be it!!! Until then, I look forward to seeing the team play and go as far as possible, which might only be one and out in the playoffs or the Superbowl…I will be very happy about this year either way!!

  248. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t necessarily mean he would insert him “this” year, but if things are solidified for the playoffs by the last game or even half-way through we will see a little CK this year. Otherwise, CK will b eat out Alex in the off season…or next year sometime and we will be scoring 30 point every game!!

  249. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    CFR…I agree with your Pro Bowl selections, each of those guys should be on that roster!! And, Aldon should be defensive rookie of the year!!!

  250. By KDB on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    sdakota9er–couldn’t agree more. Alex has REALLY caught many folks off guard and they are not sure how to act. Having said that, there are some that will NEVER give him his due and that really doesn’t matter. IMO they need to understand the game better because as I see it, NONE of us are going to out smart Harbaugh when it comes to NFL QB’s and like he said, Alex should be and I agree in the Pro Bowl, additionally, Pete Carroll said the same thing. thought that was pretty cool. He cited all of the obviouis reasons and minimized the Gaudy numbers of some because it’s about winning and here in SF in ain’t all about the Defense even though they are HUUUUGE.

    So in any case, I like our rookie QB and I think we should bring the Josh what’s his name from Tampa or draft another to keep Alex sharp but need to resign Alex for sure. And anybody SQUAWKING negative about that, needs to LEARN the game of football, and that is FOR SURE. You don’t get to be 11-3 without having an excellent QB.

    Sorry negative Ladies it’s time for some of you to go back to your hole.

    Go Niners.

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

    cfr. you say no way AS goes to pro bowl. why not?? he has 3 more wins than your man romo and a lot better stats. picks fumbles etc. plus the confidence of the onlyone that counts coach JH who said he is #3 quarterback in nfl. you and the rest of naysayers on this blog will have a fit when he is resigned.
    go niners 12-3 soon

  252. By sdkota9er on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    FELLAS……LOOK WHAT SMITH HAS BEEN THROUGH, IN HIS CAREER, IN GAMES, COACHES…YOU NAME IT, AND LOOK AT WHERE HE IS NOW….and yet he is still here and winning!!! you cant raddle him!! i’m not going to list stats and explain when you dont understand the basics…..Smith is Harbaughs guy! CK isn’t going to start unless Smith gets hurt….this is the NFL….the best guy plays…..we have a chance at winning the super bowl…if CK was better than Smith he would be playing…….join the ban wagon….the rest of the world just got on!!
    go 49ers!!

  253. By sdkota9er on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    for all you guys that are not happy with Alex and his 11-3 record that has also won us the NFC West……have u ever heard the phrase “keep it simple stupid” pounder that…..Smith does not turn the ball over and as a team we trust our D that gives us a short filed every time and alows 14 points a game…so short field….14 points…and stops the rush and we r killing everyone in the turn over battle that all equals a victory!!!

  254. By sdkota9er on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    we have an unselfish QB who plays for his team…with a game plan that he sticks to…not forcing the ball….turn over lose games!! would you rather have Romo that turns the ball over as soon as things heat up? Smiths 5 turnovers is his best stat!! that makes him elite!!

  255. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I AGREE WITH YOU SDKOTA9ER, WE NEED TO KEEP OUR BLOGS POSITIVE.

    12 AND 3 ON SATURDAY (WOULD BE NICE TO SEE A BLOWOUT BY OUR TEAM)

    GO SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  256. By NinerFanFromTonga on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    When all the different elements of a team come together as one voice, one belief, one goal, one objective, and heading in the direction of the playoffs…it is a sweet thing to behold, to experience, to feel and be a part of. We have that in our team the 49ers. All we need now are the fans to all gather round behind our team and support them….every one of them. I realize this will never happen since there are millions of us with different backgrounds and experiences. Still, it’s a nice thought…lol.

    Gooooooooo Niners

    And Merry Christmas to everyone, and I hope everyone will have a fantastic New Year from my Island Paradice of Tonga.

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