Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Actual question. Last week, we unveiled our new-age offense to the tune of the greatest dual-threat performance in the history of quarterbacking. Our offensive line was utterly dominant, Crabtree achieved superstar status, and our defense got stop after stop against an elite offense. Basically, all of our most obvious "strengths" were on display at the same time at a high level, making us unstoppable.
This week? Kaepernick was very sharp and efficient, but played more like a "normal" QB (impossible to knock his brilliant game, but still, you'd have to acknowledge Nolan "succeeded" in what was to be his biggest challenge, and/or we left our biggest advantage in our back pocket). Our line opened up some holes, but all in all they performed worse than last week despite facing an inferior D this time around. To top it off, the "key" of the game I was most sure about was that we would have to contain the big 3 receivers to have a chance. Abject failure. And yet we're on our way to New Orleans.
So while last week was a sort of "identity solidifying" performance, today we basically played just well enough in all phases to scrape by. As my euphoria is slowly subsiding, I'm trying to decipher what this means going forward. I'm inclined to think it's awesome that we can win in different ways and despite not playing perfectly. On the other hand, part of me thinks we were lucky to survive an all-around "off game."
I think your analysis is right on, I'm highly energized by Kaeps performance based on the limited starting experience and the adjustment he had to make in a hostile environment on the road spotting the Falcons 17points. I am a long time fan and veteran of the Super Bowl years and had the same feeling when Montana played
from behind. By no means am I comparing but think about what this kid is doing only starting so few games, I think its fantastic! His ability to give Gore the rock
knowing the Falcon defensive ends would not pinch down so he would'nt have an alley to run shows his maturity in the Pistol. Different matchup again vs the Ravens with a highly physical but slower defense..should make for interesting fun not only this year but for decades to come!