Originally posted by Niners6262:
Ok, first I'm not dwelling on the past but I wanted to point out these 2 plays because I feel it has been over looked. I was so pumped after they FINALLY called the intentional gounding seemed like they didn't want to call it as clear as it was. On 3rd & 22 we give up the 15 yard completion to their TE. I remember yelling tackle him as it seemed like Miller ran forever. On 4th $ 7 They take the kicker off the field instead of attempting a 53 yarder. Seattle is probably just trying to get a first down, Smith jumps off sides which gives Wilson the ability for force a throw into good coverage and it's one of his best throws for a TD. Sorry to point this out but I just feel like people of forgetting what happened on these 2 plays. Total change the rest of the game. We force a punt or even a FG and I think the rest of the 4th quarter is played differently.
It hasn't been overlooked, at least not by myself and quite a few others on here who have stated those two plays--regardless that the Niners still had a shot on the final drive--were they key turning point for the Seahawks and their idiot fans. And you're right that it's not just the 4th & 7...to give up 15 on 3rd & 22 was borderline criminal. Sure you're going to play a little soft, but not THAT soft.
From that part of the field, FangBaugh had to know Carroll going for it on 4th was a very real possibility...why? Because HE ALREADY HAD on a 4th & 6 from almost same spot on the field. So if they suck up just a little tighter to cover the underneath stuff, maybe they only give up 8-10 yards....now not as likely that he goes for a 4th/10+ from the 40-42 yd line, and if he does, it's 12+ yards to go, so you can still play it with a little cushion.
But 4th & 7, now you have to play it more straight up, not much room for error, and we know what happened. Rogers actually had decent coverage but that was a terrible pass breakup attempt he made, basically just a feeble wave of his arm...but besides that, you had A. Smith jump offsides which was bad enough because now it's everyone on automatic go routes with the free play, but then for him to just stand there and not realize there's still a play going on just compounded his mistake.
[ Edited by DelCed2486 on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM ]