Is it just me, or did our offense turn into an absolute juggernaut from about the Patriots game on?
I mean, first of all, we are going to have a great running game next year for a handful of reasons:
a) Gore, LMJ, Hunter (Gore will be 30, LMJ and Hunter should see a lot of carries to keep Frank fresh)
b) best run-blocking offensive line in football
c) dual-threat quarterback in Kaepernik
Second of all, it seemed like over the last three games, our offense passed the ball at will. I don't know if it was better play calling or what, but we seemed to do a remarkable job of stretching the field with our fast receivers and getting guys open. Some of the throws Kaep is able to make are just unbelievable. I'm not trying to generate controversy here, but there were countless throws he made yesterday that I could never dream of Smith making.
I mean, the sad thing is, our offense carried this team through the playoffs. The defense, especially in the Atlanta/Baltimore games, looked very suspect.
Anyway, here's my question: is this offense legit? Do we legitimately have a borderline-elite offense? Or was it somewhat of a mirage, being that we played relatively poor defenses in Green Bay, Atlanta, and Baltimore (while BAL had very stout red zone defense, their age and speed were completely exposed in the open field).