Originally posted by Stanley:
Originally posted by JDMathews49ers:
Had Kap open up to his left where Vernon and Q were, those defenders would have also open up to them. Plus most folks are thinking these guys were open after the ball was released on replay, but if you watch it from the beginning, you will see they weren't. The best thing to do in that situation that's going un-talked about is that they should have taken a timeout but that's on Harbaugh and the coaching staff.
Nah I gotta disagree with you on that one. The body language of the corner and lb on the left side looked like they let Boldin loose after he was even with them. Kap looked Thomas over to crabtree, the LB reacted to Vernon running the out, and guy over Boldin let him through and step out and in towards patton, all before they knew what Kap did.
That being said it was a doable but would have been a tight play. Kap would have had to look off Crabtree then come back to Boldin blindly with that pass rusher already on his heels.
Had Thomas went with Kap's eyes to Sherman's side and Kap then went to the other side, Kap doesn't get that ball off. As he released it to Crabs, Avril was hitting him. No way he has time to make a second or third read. Again if he opens up with his head to the left, Seattle has every route covered and Kap doesn't see that Anthony Davis has gotten beat. QP was only open because he didn't run a route (I'm assuming because he was the end man, he couldn't release out) and had Kap turned to him to complete a pass...he gets 5 yards max and we're down to about 15 seconds.
The best solution on that last play was to call a timeout right after Vernon's catch to run a better play. Had Harbaugh taken the timeout at that moment, it's 48 seconds left from the 18 and 1 more timeout in his pocket. That's what blows my mind!