Ok, I was in the lower reserve section 34. It was a heart-breaking loss, don't think I need to tell you guys that. But for the people who were there who watched Alex Smith drive down the field to score the game tying TD and Crabtree's 2 point conversion...there was a moment where they were reviewing the play, nobody thought that it was good. And then when the call was reversed, it was the most amazing moment I've ever witnessed. Everyone went nuts for a good minute! And then the defense couldn't hold down the fort in the closing minute.
I watched the game very closely. Here are my observations...
Delanie's fumble in the red zone really hurt.
But clearly, what lost this game was the fumbled punt in the 4th quarter by...was it Phillip Adams? Every time the Saints punted the ball, I thought the punt returner was going to fumble the ball. On that particular punt, it was high and angled toward the sideline. That punt fumble was the reason why we lost, in my opinion.
Alex Smith made things happen with his legs.
Crabtree finally got into the game with a few clutch catches
Josh Morgan had a very solid game, he won a lot of points with me today.
Frank finally punched in on a couple goal line TD's.
The defense held the Saints in check the entire game apart from the final drive.
The goal line stance with the Saints facing a 1st from the 4 yard line was incredible. Without that stand, the offense had no shot at tying the game. They held the Saints to 3 points from the 4 yard line when the game was on the line, think about it.
That INT after the pass interference call was a killer.
There was one missed connection with Alex and VD. It looked like Alex expected VD to go inside on a post, and VD went outside, so the ball fell incomplete. The same thing happened in the pre-season.
It's clear that the Niners can't get it done with just VD and Gore, they need Crabtree to get involved to get defenses thinking more. While I like Delanie, he fumbles the ball in clutch situations. It happened last year too.
It still bothers me that Ronnie Lott went to go speak to the Saints before they played the Niners.
This was one of the most exciting Niners games I've ever seen. Sadly, they lost. I don't think it was as painful to watch as the Minnesota game last year. But after getting beaten badly in Seattle, this game proves the Niners are for real. They can hold their heads up high because they went toe-to-toe with the defending Super Bowl champs and were an inch from pulling out a win. Nobody expected them to compete. They earned a lot of respect on national tv and will come out of this experience hungrier than ever.
I will post videos once I get my sync cable. I also filmed a video and recorded audio of Jerry Rice's retirement ceremony at halftime.