San Francisco packs a victory in Green Bay

Who said the San Francisco 49ers did not have the offensive power to outscore the Green Bay Packers? Critics, I tell ya. The Pack abandoned the running game midway through, and left their fate with Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers had a solid ground game with Frank Gore, yet still found room for Alex Smith to complete touchdowns to Randy Moss and Vernon Davis.

Heck, even kicker David Akers contributed with an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal, bouncing off from the cross-bar but in nonetheless. It’s hard to kick outdoors, or in places that will soon see snow on the field; in this case, Wisconsin. Akers with 3 field goals, Mason Crosby with none.

The last time the 49ers played an official game, they had 1 pass for 3 yards to a wide receiver. Moss was one of three receivers with at least 4 catches, so I’m sure the passing game is figured out now. I’ll even give Michael Crabtree some credit, having 7 (the most of the day) receptions.

Alex went 20-for-26 with 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns; Aaron also had a pair of touchdowns but also threw an interception with his 30-for-44 day. I’d have to comment that, while Alex Smith didn’t throw as many times or for as much yardage, he bested one of the greatest quarterbacks in the league.

Was this a preview of a possible NFC Championship game? If it is, the 49ers have locked a tiebreak victory by winning today, and would host the game in San Francisco in January.

Next week? Sunday night football, Jim Harbaugh against Jim Schwartz. Do we remember the famous handshake last year?

Megatron’s Megadeal

Megatron. That sums up the new contract that Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson Jr extended to yesterday. Last season’s breadwinners were Michael Vick (6 years / $100 million) and Larry Fitzgerald (8 years / $120 million). The Cardinals receiver was the highest paid receiver of all time.

Johnson has signed an eight-year deal worth up to $132 million, making him the now-highest-paid receiver in the NFL. He had a year remaining on a deal he signed after being drafted in 2007, but this extension starts immediately and runs through the 2019 season.  Continue reading “Megatron’s Megadeal” Megatron’s Megadeal

The 49ers are the only ones to tame the Lions

Chew on this: The San Francisco 49ers are second place in the entire NFL (5-1), behind only my Green Bay Packers (6-0), and even ahead of my New Orleans Saints (4-2) after their loss this weekend.

After walking into Ford Field in Detroit, and doing what the Chicago Bears could not, the 49ers are now no longer under the radar in the NFL. They are the threat that no one took seriously for the past month, and the team that the bay area has been looking to re-find for the past decade.

I was watching the game yesterday and couldn’t help but cringe at the offside calls, due to the loud crowd noise and dangerous defensive linemen that the Lions employ. I saw why Jay Cutler was sacked so many times, but the offensive linemen for the 49ers got it done in the end. They held the quarterback sack and hit counts to a minimum, and opened up holes for Frank Gore (15 carries, 141 yards, 1 touchdown – his best game of the year and second straight 100+ yard week).  Continue reading “The 49ers are the only ones to tame the Lions” The 49ers are the only on…