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Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:11 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 10:08 pm
 
49ers defensive end Justin Smith was all over Brees Saturday. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The 49ers victory over New Orleans on Saturday might very well go down as one of the all-time great playoffs games. And Alex Smith is going to get a lot of credit for morphing into Joe Montana and leading the 49ers to a pair of lead-grabbing drives with less than 150 seconds on the clock. He deserves that credit, but let's not forget the effort that the Niners defense put forth against Drew Brees and the Saints for the majority of the game.

As we noted at halftime, San Francisco's physical play disrupted Brees, shut down any sort of rushing attack for the Saints and led to 13 points for a Niners offense that lost its identity for most of the game.

In fact, the Niners could've blown out the Saints if the offense had shown up for the first three quarters; even the Niners long scoring drive in the first quarter came off a Pierre Thomas fumble forced by Donte Whitner.

The secondary was resplendent with the exception of giving up two big plays to Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles, and Carlos Rogers so many big plays you could practically hear the general area of Washington D.C. groaning in collective misery.


Justin Smith showed precisely why many people believe he was the best defensive player in the NFL this year and through most of three quarters, the Niners played what might've been the best defensive football this season. And rookie Aldon Smith continued to flash big-time potential, forcing his way through blocks to pressure Brees.

The offense simply didn't come to play for the second and third quarters, and for much of the game, the playcalling was curious. That's not to knock Greg Roman because the plays he busted out in the final three minutes more than made up for it, but the Niners still only ran the ball 22 times. That makes zero sense, especially with a 17-0 lead early on.

Whatever, the offense came through when it needed to, but in the wake of handing Smith all the due credit he deserves, let's not forget to give props to the defense for not just keeping the Niners in the game early, but actually offering San Francisco a chance to run away with an upset victory that eventually came anyway.

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Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:24 pm
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

Absoutley love your post. I dont know if you caught the last 2 td's in the game. But when the saints scored with 1:37 left there was a lot of trash talking going on from the saints players and aslo after the 2 point convert. I hate that. Then when smith threw the game winning td with 9 seconds left and they pilled in the end zone I noticed smith walk away towards the saints players giving them an ear full. Man did that make my day. lol. Take care my friend.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:37 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

nfc title game 2009 vikes 5 turnover vikes wouldve beat you by 100 duh.....you sir are the moron



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:41 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

He was out on his feet......



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:38 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

Man did the 49ers' defense put the "physical beatdown" on Brees and the rest of the Saints! The hit that really set the tone for the game was the one that Whitner put on Thomas in the first quarter of the game........Dammmmmn!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:21 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

the 49ers are in their element... playoff football is their bread and butter.  Dominant run defense, ball hawking secondary, superb special teams, and complimentery offense that doesnt make big mistakes, and can make big plays in the clutch (6 4th Quarter comebacks.. 4 of them on the road.)

this team is dangerous....and the best part for them - is all the high flying offenses lack good defenses.... meaning if the 49ers defense keep it close - the offense will be able to move the ball and score when they need to.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:29 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

First, let me congratulate the 49'ers on the great win today.  I was hoping that I would get to post this today in the event of a Saints loss so I consider myself lucky.  Why? Well let me just say that being a Falcon fan that I never harbored any ill - will towards the Saints, in fact it was the polar opposite.  Trust me when I say that I hate the Buc's far more that I ever did the Saints, I always respected what they have accomplished down there under Peyton and Bree's.  Class guy's I thought.  Well that all changed recently, and boy am I glad I get too pound this out.

On Decmeber 26th I settled in with some Kona Longboard Lager at my house and prepared to watch what I was hoping was going to be a classic rivalry war between the Saints and Falcons.  In fact, it started out that way and thing's looked pretty good for awhile for my birds.  But, quickly things went bad just as they had for 8 teams that came to the Superdome this year and to my suprise we got blown out.

Now, I had a deep down feeling that this was the Saint's big night before the game ever started, with Marino's record about fall.  What I did not forsee was what I perceived as piling on by the Saints.

Fast forward to the fourth quarter with about 4 minutes and change left in the game.  The Saints have the ball on about their on 37.  At this point Brees was I think 40 yds short of the record, with a 22 point lead.  Now, I know every Saints fan in the house is gonna say go for it, and in many cases, Falcons included it would he hard not to want the QB of your team to go for it.  That's where the coach steps in and restores decorum.  See, Peyton would have to of OK'd the Saints to throw the ball and get the record.  In my personal oppinion only,  IF HE DID NOT GET THE RECORD IN THE COURSE OF THE GAME WHEN IT MATTERED THEN SHOW SOME CLASS AND RUN OUT THE CLOCK KNOWING YOU PLAY THE PANTHERS AT HOME NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!  ( I realize oppinions will vary on this)

Now lets move ahead to the playoff game against the Lions.  The Lions turn it over inside their own 45 with less that 6 minutes to play and an 18 point lead for the Saints.  Brees then proceeds to throw the ball 40 yds down field to the 1 or 2 yard line and then they punch it in.  WTF!  Are you kidding me, you really needed to rub the Lion's face in it that much.  I then hear a quote from Bree's on the radio the next morning stating that they had put the pedal to the metal and they are not going to apologize to anyone for that.  Well, you must have heard something if you had to state that in a radio interview.  I am a huge Karma guy, and I feel like Peyton and Brees got a little full of themselves the last several weeks of the season and go what they deserved!  A BIG FAT L!!!!  Enjoy the seat on the couch Taint fans!!!!  You only played 3 more hours than my birds this year after 14 wins and all the records!!!!!!!  REAP IT!!!!!!!  The Karma Train rides again!!!




Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:15 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

Never saw a team work so hard to lose a game, and win it to such a good, hot team, But alas it is the NFL. So many mental mistakes by everyone upstairs, and the sidelines by San Fransisco, you'd think it's their first trip here in well 20 years. Orleans had no penalties. They were stoked for this. This is one weird game I will promise you. Orleans were too confident, too relaxed, and ran out of time. They knew they average close to forty, and were white hot going in, and it is Brees back there. Perplexing play by the Niners, but like I said it is the NFL. No, let me say it, after it was 17 zip, Niners played stoopid. There. I'm happy though, picked em to go to the Super Bowl at mid season. Remember I picked the Boston Bruins last year going into the NHL playoffs and they won. To  boot I'm picking the Chicago Bulls for the NBA championship.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:15 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

Never saw a team work so hard to lose a game, and win it to such a good, hot team, But alas it is the NFL. So many mental mistakes by everyone upstairs, and the sidelines by San Fransisco, you'd think it's their first trip here in well 20 years. Orleans had no penalties. They were stoked for this. This is one weird game I will promise you. Orleans were too confident, too relaxed, and ran out of time. They knew they average close to forty, and were white hot going in, and it is Brees back there. Perplexing play by the Niners, but like I said it is the NFL. No, let me say it, after it was 17 zip, Niners played stoopid. There. I'm happy though, picked em to go to the Super Bowl at mid season. Remember I picked the Boston Bruins last year going into the NHL playoffs and they won. To  boot I'm picking the Chicago Bulls for the NBA championship.



Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:00 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

that same defense destroyed your steelers too, i guess brees just must be that much better the big ben



Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:18 am
 

Don't forget to give Niners defense credit

saints fans can complain about them 5 turnovers. remember the vikings in the nfc championship? you had the refs also so shut the fuck up and take the L


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