Originally posted by baltien:
A whole week means much less once you factor in travel time, and little thing called practice. Not to mention trying to tweak the scheme on the fly because of injuries. You make it sound as if the 49ers hit the beach after leaving new New England.
Also (and no disrespect), losing our pest d-lineman hurts our defense way more than the 'Hawks losing theirs does. There's a reason why he makes the Pro Bowl every year at two different positions. And don't forget that our best pass rusher (Aldon Smith) who was on a roll with getting after the QB was playing gimped.
Don't get me wrong, a loss is a loss is a loss. Still, I feel like fate essentially dealt you guys spades that day. San Fran had a lot go wrong during the week, and I seriously doubt any other team would have fared much better given the circumstances.
Everything just went wrong in that game, the Hags played great, the Niners didn't and the other stuff like the blocked kick and the injuries compounded it. Offense couldn't do crap and they weren't on the field for 92 plays in the NE game. They flat out stunk. Gore almost loses a fumble, Kaep throws a late pick on top of having problems with the clock and changing the play.
It isn't like the Hags haven't run on our defense before. It seems to me that they have had some success on the ground in the last three games, the difference in the December game was Wilson and the passing game. Those WR's were catching everything, dragging feet and knees to stay inbounds, Baldwin recovering a dropped pass in the rain while falling down. Yikes... That Baldwin guy gives me total fits. I honestly believe the Hags would have won that game regardless if both teams were healthy and all that, but it would have been a lot closer.