Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
FYI guys, Peter King's article is a must read by the way. LOTS of Joe Staley quotes about the game.
I watched the replay of Alex Smiths TD run (well okay, I watched it 50 more times), and its hilarious how much Joe Staley is hustling. I don't know how fast he was going, but I have no doubt it wasn't possible for him to run faster. Its pretty funny. Kyle Williams did have that great block, but so did Crabtree (took out the CB on that side of the field). Don't see Crabtree's block mentioned much.
OK, if you watched that play over and over like me on Tivo, did you happen to see the goat DB for the Saints who completely took himself out of the play without even being blocked? Can't remember the number, but I want to say 21. Playing on the side the sweep went to, around 10 yards off the LOS, right in position where you'd expect him to require a Niner block, and at the snap, the guy makes a beeline to the other side of the field oblivious to the keeper coming to his side. And I don't even know what he could have been reacting to because there was no fake to the other side. It was an empty backfield and Smith just immediately started sprinting for the sweep. The only thing I could think of was that he was trying to disguise a coverage and was hustling to another spot at the snap without watching the action. It was hilarious and fortunate. That play probably doesn't go for six if that guy requires a block. He may have even had a shot at stopping Smith short of the first down. Check it out. By the way, agree with you completely on the Crabtree block. No mention, but it was key.
[ Edited by BSofSF on Jan 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM ]