1st down & 10
22 personnel with Snyder as second TE. 49ers run counter right to attack the weak side of the formation while pulling Iupati with Miller also coming across the formation.
After faking to the left for some counter action, Gore comes back to the left to take the handoff. Iupati will pull to lead. Miller will follow.
#95 Charles Johnson shoots Iupati's inside shoulder to gain penetration, to be disruptive. Miller will get the kickout block on the LB #56. #21 of CAR will come up to fill.
Once Gore sees #21 coming up to fill the hole, Gore stops and cuts back against the grain to find some daylight.
Gore for +5.
2nd down & 5
49ers: Playaction left while sneaking VD behind the line of scrimmage against the flow of the play. Mesh concept with Boldin and Ham. This play was discussed rather in depth during the season.
CAR: Looks like cover3 zone although the FS quickly will abandon his zone.
Kap completes the play fake to Gore and looks up to see this. VD has gone against the flow of the play, trying to sneak himself open. As Ham gets into his route, a poster (I want to say Joecool) said that Ham should have ran a bit of interference on the blue defender (FS). Just to get that blue defender to sidestep Ham. Ham does not do this.
Kap is mid windup, targeting VD. I think this is cover3, but the FS (blue defender) quickly has abandoned his zone to zero in on VD. Boldin and Ham are about to create the mesh, but it's not man coverage so no pick is set.
Same time as picture above. The three defenders in blue are flowing towards the sideline. Is Boldin open? It would be a tough throw for Kap to throw it across his body.
VD gets a concussion. Incomplete pass.
3rd down and 5
49ers will pull Staley right to lead for Gore. This is 11 personnel.
The key blocks here are Boone's and Goodwin's as the hole is to be in between ADavis and Boone.
Staley pulls. Boone and Goodwin double team block the DT.
Boone moves off the double team in order to block the LB #58. Boone needs to clear the lane for Staley to lead through (yellow arrow). Goodwin must sustain his block, but #99 will put up a mean fight.
Notice how much #99 has been able to flow to his left and collapse the hole that was supposed to be there for Staley to come through. Boone is about to block his man into ADavis and that will affect the play.
ADavis is seen stumbling over because Boone blocked his man into ADavis. Gore doesn't see the hole where it's supposed to be and bounces it a bit outside (yellow arrow). Gore runs right into #95, the defender that ADavis was blocking.
Gore for +4 to make it 4th & 1. The 49ers would then line up to act as if they were going to go for it on 4th down, trying to draw CAR offsides. It did not work. Bring on the FG unit.