Originally posted by midrdan:
Originally posted by crake49:
Here's something that perplexes me about some Niner fans:
On the one hand, you've got a 3rd and 22 and then a 4th and 7. To allow a TD in that situation is a huge breakdown; a huge defensive collapse.
On the other hand, you've got less than a minute to go, you need a TD to win the game and you challenge a one-on-one situation with a shot to the end zone. It doesn't work because the pass, while a pretty good one, was not quite long enough and the corner, who is the best in the league, made a great play on the ball.
And yet some Niner fans look at those two sequences of events and somehow come away believing the Niners lost the game more because of the pass and less because of the defensive breakdown. From a critical thinking standpoint, this just doesn't make sense to me.
To need 80 yards and a TD in the waning seconds of the game is not where we should have been. I agree that the momentum swing in this game happened on those two defensive plays. And I agree that Carlos Rogers was horrible. He played his last game in SF.
I thought our defense had a great season and was really the reason we went 12-4 and won two road playoff games. But those two plays were sorry.
Agreed to all of the above.
The game plan for the defense going in was to stop Marshawn Lynch. You could see during the game that once Whitner and Reid had the lapse and gave up that bomb downfield, the defense began to play to stop Wilson. That is why Lynch was running about 2-3 yards before ever being contacted. Eventually, he busted one wide open.
I think this loss goes more on the defensive lapses than the offense. The offense got an early lead and if you take out 3 BIG defensive mistakes, the Niners probably walk away with a win.
The offense does not go without blame, because you would never expect three consecutive turnovers to end the game. I just think that the defensive mistakes are what set the tone for the rest of the collapse.
[ Edited by TheRatMan13 on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM ]