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?

Gregg Williams and the Saints’ bounty get serious

Do you recall my post when the Saints beat the 49ers in the preseason? Well, it didn’t happen so easily in the playoffs. In an audio recording revealed earlier Thursday, Gregg Williams was heard talking to  Saints defenders about several 49ers on the eve of their NFL playoff game last season.

Whatever defense that Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt went to New York with yesterday for their appeal of NFL discipline flowing from the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal might have been blown to shreds. Now the world can hear Gregg Williams’ sinister plans.

With the audio released by documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, there is no disputing the intent that Williams conveyed during a fiery pre-game speech to his defense on the eve of the Saints’ playoff game in San Francisco nearly three months ago. Listen to the video…  Continue reading “Gregg Williams and the Saints’ bounty get serious” Gregg Williams and the Sa…

Could the 49ers pick up a Steel?

(.. do you see what I did there? Steal? Steelers? bwahaha…)

The expiration date to lock up the NFL’s franchise players has come and gone, and there are a few receivers to take a look at in free agency. I wrote about Marques Colston from the Saints, but there’s another possibility out there that won’t break the 49ers’ bank.

This is the most enticing argument for chasing after a young, talented restricted free agent such as Mike Wallace, who might qualify as the best deep-threat receiver in the NFL. NFC West fans might remember Wallace’s 95-yard touchdown reception against Arizona last season, or his 53-yard reception against Seattle, or his 46-yarder against St. Louis. Wallace would give the 49ers the deep-threat wideout their rotation has been lacking.

There are a few factors to consider for both the team and the free agent:  Continue reading “Could the 49ers pick up a Steel?” Could the 49ers pick up a…