Originally posted by Marvin49:
1) Kap: Packer Slayer. Dunno whats up with that team, but they just can't figure him out. Refs were keeping those flags in their pockets so I think the stats would be different had they not, but it went both ways. There is a reason Rodgers only put up 177 and one of his biggest completions was on a play in which Ray McDonald was forcibly removed by the neck from the QB.
All in all, I'd say he had a good day...althoough that near pick at the end makes me nervous. Not sure why he even let the ball go. Looked like he was looking that way all the way and waiting for Anquan to turn.
Still...considering the conditions and the way the refs were calling the game, it was a pretty good outing. Those clutch runs at the end and the third down pass to Crab were particularly impressive.
2) Crabtree: Resign him. As soon as possible. He has moved way up to the top of pending free agents that need to be resigned. The difference in Kap with and without Crab is astounding.The trust Kap has in him and his ability to find open spots is exactly the kind of chemistry you home for when you draft a QB and a WR. They do stuff off-script for huge plays simply because they are on the same page. I thought he was a guy who would play one contract in SF. He needs to be a long term player here. Replacing him would be far harder than simply resigning him.
3) Conditions: Damn...that looked cold. LOL. Not as cold as advertised, but the Niners have to get some credit for traveling cross country and beating the Rodgers led Packers in Lambeau. Yeah, they were 8-71 and they had injuries all over the place, but Outside of the games he played against the Niners Rodgers was 6-1 and undeafeted at home. Yeah, the game probably shouldn't have been that close, but a win is a win. If they advance that far, that game may have been a pretty good practice for the Super Bowl. Cold weather game vs an all-world QB with a questionable defense. Denver? New England? Getting there is a tall order, but if they do this may have served as a good "warm up".
4) Aldon/Brooks: So nice to see those guys dominate a playoff game. 3.5 sacks between the two of them. Got pressure all day. They were a big reason Rodgers couldn't even eclipse 200 yards despite haveing all his WRs back and a true running threat.
5) Cox: I gotta give the guy credit. Yeah, he missed the sack. Yeah, he didn't play a perfect game...but he held up against possibly the best QB in the game. Not bad for a guy that was unemployed a week ago. It does concern me though that they had no confidense in Wright.
6) Reid: It didn't get much pub, but IMO Eric Reid had himself a pretty damn good game. Made so pretty good hits in run defense and made some tackles that limited the damage in a few cases. The run by Lacy might have scored if he doesn't make a sure tackle. The long reception to Cobb was also a tackle by Reid. Cobb scores without it. Not bad for the rook. He allowed Cobb to make the reception, but you aren't going to cover a guy all day.
7) Gore: Just gets the job done. Grinding out those tough yards. Made really key blocks on several of Kaps runs. Man we are going to miss him when he's gone.
8) Justin Smith: Yup. Still a monster.
9) Roman: The sites favorite whipping boy. I'm sure there are some screaming about his redzone playcalling. I'd say if the refs didn't glue their flags to their pants the redzone calls would have looked much better. He did get away from Gore at times which frustrates me, but all in all I can't be all that upset with his playcalling.
10) Carolina: Rematch. It will be a tough game...no question, but I think it's winable. Crabtree back. Vernon Back. Celek back (remember, Niners lost 2 of their 3 TEs in this game). Kap has more experience, better weapons, and is on a hot streak. He won't be running like he did in GB, but I think they'll be able to muster up enough points to win. Should be fun.
Haven't been able to re-watch the game, just about an hour of highlights but here we go:
1) Kap does seem to have green Bay's number and he played great. I forgive him the pick and near pick simply because in those weather conditions throwing the ball is different and I think in the case of the pick, Boldin ran a lazier route than he should have and the near pick was Kap trying a very difficult throw in very cold conditions and coming under that fine line of success and failure. I am going to go a little further though and say I think he's a big game baller, I really hope it continues next week against Carolina, but I look at this game, and then the 3 post season games last year where he dominated GB after throwing a pick 6, and then came back against Atlanta and nearly pulled it off in the SB. I think he's mentally tough and finds a way to win, and the GB defense played better this time than on the previous 2 games I think. They were certainly fired up and playing with heart, they did a lot of things right.
2) Crab resigning is a must, I would sacrifice Iupati for him as I think Iupati has been patchy this season and is weak in pass blocking. Scary news for the Panthers is that he's just hitting game fitness now after being out so hopefully more of the same.
3) They played the game well, I think the lack of officiating made more of an impact than the weather.
4) Aldon was double teamed all day and struggling with cramps but still was putting the pressure on. Going to be interesting seeing him going after Cam because Rodgers is more elusive than Cam and Aldon ain't going to be shrugged off easy. Brooks is having a monster year and I think the pair of them are enabling our 4 man pressure.
5) Agreed that Cox played well, didn't hear his name called much which is good.
6) This guy is legimitate star in the making and what stood out for me was his tackling on Lacy against Whitners attempted knock out blows. Donte better get some technique training from the rookie because Reid showed exactly how to stop a load like Lacy/Lynch, you wrap up and drag them down you don't try and hit them.
7) I want to see more of Hunter just to try and keep Frank fresh for the grind, but Frank is heart and soul of the offense.
8) Heart and soul of the defense. We need to get a ring for him and Frank.
9) The officiating was horrible, but 3 pass plays in a row inside first and goal when we have an Oline and RB of this quality in the run game. I think we should have put the ball in Frank's hands on at least one of the two visits in the first quarter. However it is hard to argue that the play calling was bad when it was blatent holding that stopped the TDs.
10) I think the Carolina game is going to come down to how our Oline holds up in pass protection. I think we can beat them on our defensive side of the ball, particularly with Aldon back, but for Kap to find Crabs, Patton and Vernon he's going to need longer than 1.5-2 seconds. I think we will need to run similar mis-direction plays as we did against Arizona and more quick slants etc.