San Francisco 49ers: Are We Still An Elite Team?


The San Francisco 49ers endured a difficult lost to the New York Giants. The lost has many people wondering if the Niners are still an elite team in the NFL. I believe they still are. The lost against the Minnesota Vikings was a game where the Niners were out played. The time of possession was controlled by Minnesota which made it difficult for the Niners to get a rhythm on offense. The game this past Sunday was just a case where everything went wrong for the Niners.

It started on the opening drive when pro bowl kicker David Akers missed a very makeable field goal and would missed another one just before halftime. If both those field goals go through the halftime score becomes 10-9 but instead the score was 10-3. The quarter that was truly a disaster was third. Everything went wrong for the Niners in the quarter.

It started with a kickoff return by the Giants that put them near the Niners thirty yard line. Two awful Alex Smith interceptions would occur which ended in the Giants having great field position and scoring on both possessions. Later in the quarter with the Niners trailing 17-3, CB Carlos Rogers had an interception hit him right in the hands with nothing but green in front of him. The potential pick six could have been a turning point for the Niners, would have made the score only 17-10 instead of 20-3.

Niners could not catch a break in the game and played very sloppy while the Giants were playing mistake free football and taking advantage of their opportunities. Again I still truly believe the Niners are an elite football team, especially if they can get a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Hawks are a very good team with wins over the Green Bay Packers (kind of) and just recently the New England Patriots. It’s a big game for the Niners to get a game lead on the Hawks in the NFC West. I predict a Niner victory 23-20 and a great way to bounce back versus a strong opponent.

Tags: Alex Smith Carlos Rogers David Akers New York Giants

  • Joe

    So Minnesota “outplayed” the niners and “everything went wrong” against the Giants ?? How about the fact that the Giants dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball ? How about the fact that the Giants ran it down their throat ? How about the fact the Giants sacked Smith (who proved he is not a big time QB) 6 times and never let the vaunted niners defense touch Manning ? Sounds like getting “outplayed” to me …

  • jrbaskett1

    Yeah I kind of disagree with your assessment. Everything didn’t go wrong with the Giants. The Giants thoroughly dominated them! After the first two drives by the 49ers the Giants made their adjustments and forced them to become one dimensional. We all know your QB is the weak link on this team. He can play with a lead but ask him to come from behind against a team with an elite defense. He is just not capable of doing that. He is a good game manager and even with elite receivers he will never be more then that.

  • Graylen

    Hmmmmm….Not sure where you came up with that assessment, but the score was 26-3 and the game wasn’t even THAT close! Your assessment is full of “woulda coulda shoulda’s” What if SF would have scored the game woule be 10-9 or 17-10 but what if NY scored TD’s on 2 of the four FG’s you WOULDA COULDA and SHOULDA been beat by a bigger margine! #learn2givecreditwherecreditisdue

  • the grammer cop

    It’s loss you moron.

  • Greg S

    Do you remember when the Giants beat the Niners 49-3 in the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl XXI? Bill Walsh was asked how the game might have been different, had Jerry Rice not dropped the ball on the way to an 80-yard touchdown. Walsh’s response: “It would have been 49-7″.
    You can make all the excuses you like and conjure up all the scenarios in the world. But when one team is better than yours, there’s no way around the fact that the better team will win.
    The difference in this game was, a slew of 49er players made enormous mistakes. Akers, Smith, and Rogers are just three of them. Meanwhile the Giants did not make as many mistakes, nor did they err on the magnitude of San Francisco. Better players make fewer mistakes. Better teams make fewer mistakes. The better team won on Sunday. San Francisco had everything going for it and still managed to lay an egg.
    There is no shame in being second-best in the NFC. So San Francisco, embrace it. The water’s fine!

    • Giants Suck!!!

      Haha!!! Every team has bad days. You can write all you want and talk history and statistics. Giants no matter what you say and think is not going to be in the Superbowl this year. Niners in the very end will make it farther for sure and you and your family and friends will be watching them come February. I will embrace it…embrace the fact that it was not that big of a deal to lose that game cuz we will beat the giants the next time around when the game is important.