Who’s got it better than us? Nobody! Yes sir, not only did the San Francisco 49ers record their first shutout of the season versus the St. Louis Rams, they clinched the NFC west for the first time since 2002. I want to take a moment with the entire Niner faithful that stayed true to the red gold throughout the last nine years. Those were some very tough years, but we hung in there waiting for a season like the one we are having this year. It feels f***ing awesome to be back in the playoffs! Now to the game, it went as expected. The Rams were out matched throughout the game. The best stat line of the game was the Rams never crossed the 35 yard line of the Niners. Think about that, it’s insane!!! The Rams were never in good position to even attempt a field goal. Shows how dominate the Niner defense was in the game. The game had many moments to keep in mind for Niner fans.
A milestone moment occurred during the game when RB Frank Gore became the Niners all time rushing yards leader, breaking the mark set by RB Joe Perry. Congrats to Frank. What a great career he has had for the Niners. It will be nice to see Frank in his first playoff game after years and years of productivity. Scoring a touchdown would have made the day a little more memorable for Frank, but clinching a divisional title is not so bad either.
The oh s**t moment of the game happened when perennial pro bowler and the heart and soul of the Niner defense, LB Patrick Willis went down in the first quarter with a right hamstring injury. I, as well as the rest of the Niner faithful, held my breath praying that Willis was alright. He was pacing up and down the sideline with virtually no pain throughout the second quarter. So signs pointed to him being ok. After halftime, Willis was in street clothes but that was because the Niners had the game well in hand and there was no reason to risk further injury to Willis. Reports on Monday suggest Willis might miss a little bit of time. The way I am interpreting the report is that he will at least miss this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sucks for me because I am going to the game in Arizona, not to brag, and it would have been awesome to see him play live. Please get well soon Patrick.
The pleasing moment of the game was watching QB Alex Smith put together a great game. Alex was solid against the Rams; he went 17 for 23 passing for 274 yards and throwing 2 touchdowns. Alex could have had 3 touchdowns if TE Vernon Davis did not drop a wide open pass in the end zone. Giving fantasy owners grey hairs in the process. It is very gratifying seeing Alex play well, gives Niner fans the confidence to believe in him come playoffs. A recipient of one of Alex’s touchdowns throws was WR Kyle Williams. Williams turned a simple comeback route into a 56 yard touchdown grab. I wrote in my last post to give the man more playing time. He would be an upgrade for the Niners as their third option at wide receiver. Possibly even as their second option, but in think he will be more useful in the slot as the third receiver. PLAY THE MAN!!!
One last note, for the second time this season the Niners had to sit out their starters towards the end of the game. When was the last time Niners did such a thing twice in a season? How awesome is that?!?!?! Keep it up San Francisco. GO NINERS!!!!!!