What’s up sports fans? I guess this game was a game of answers. Because even though the Niners closed out the season with a 19 – 17 win over St. Louis, there were still questions over whether or not San Francisco would last in the playoffs, and if Alex Smith would move to the next level amongst the quarterback leaders in the NFL Everyone in the NFL knew what the Saints could do. The question was if San Francisco could perform at playoff level on the bigger stage. Instead of New Orleans running through the Niners defense with their high flying offense. It was the Niners who scored first and actually was leading 17 – 0 just out of the first quarter. Both scores came on Drew Brees miscues and the Saints turning the ball over.
After this game I have to say that Alex Smith is my favorite 49er. I know a lot of you will say well Richard your just saying that now because they’re winning. The truth is, I thought he was my favorite after the first 4 games of the season. Simply because you have to like a guy like Alex. He endured a very tough road with this franchise. When he was losing I was like most people ready to throw him underneath the bus. I didn’t realize the complexity of his situation. The fact that the guy went through 7 offensive coordinators. It hard to be successful when you have that many people over time calling play and mixing things up so much that you can’t figure out your offense. He endured that and didn’t quit. He stayed with this franchise and continued to go out everyday practice and learn and develop. Same goes to Vernon Davis. He also was with Alex through that time and continued to persevere.
San Francisco has without a shadow of a doubt proven to sports spectators that not only do they belong in playoffs, but they are a serious contender for the Superbowl. Anytime you have a team come up with a win the way they did against a scoring machine like Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, if I’m the other two teams in the NFC right now I wouldn’t take these guy from the Bay Area lightly. The Saints did and look at what happened. The Niners didn’t run away with this one, but the team that was favored to win lost! That too me says that this season is anybody’s season right now. Vernon Davis had almost 200 yards receiving, and two touchdowns. He had a big day with one of those receptions being the game winning touchdown with just 13 seconds left in the game. After the catch Vernon ran over to the 49ers bench in tears. Why in tear you may ask? Consider where Vernon Davis was when he came to this franchise. Consider that he and Alex Smith along with Frank Gore were called the laughing stock team in the lowly NFC West division.
They were told for ten long years, ” The Phony Whiners. You don’t have what it takes to compete in this league, let alone the NFC West.” Tell that to the New Orleans Saints. They’re not thinking that now. This game was emotional from the start, a real roller coaster ride. And now Vernon can get emotional. He has every reason to be. He and the 49ers have earned their right to compete for the NFC title. Alex Smith finished with 24 of 42 for 299 yards passing, he threw three touchdowns and he ran for a 28 yard touchdown, that threw New Orleans defense off because they didn’t see it coming. Alex Smith was providing the offensive leadership this team wanted to see from him in a long time. When the game was on the line he delivered. If your like me a Niner fan, you should be proud of San Francisco. Even if they don’t win it all this year, we as Niner fans have been given a lot to celebrate this year, from the team by the Bay.
They’ve worked hard, endured the tough seasons but we got something to celebrate because of guys like Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Justin Smith, Dashon Goldson, Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Delanie Walker, Michael Crabbtree, Isaac Sopoaga, Parys Haralson, David Akers, Andy Lee, Adam Snyder, Aldon Smith, Kendell Hunter, Moran Norris, Bruce Miller, Carlos Rogers, Ray McDonald, Donte Whitner, Tarell Brown, Ricky Jean Francios, Mike Iupatti, Navarro Bowman, Larry Grant, Ted Ginn Jr., Demarcus Dobbs, Chris Culliver, Anthony Dixon, Tavares Gooden, Anthony Davis, Collin Kaepernick, Ahmad Brooks, Blake Constanza, Tramaine Brock, Chilo Rachal, Jonathan Goodwin, Justin Peele, Joe Hastings, Frank Kilgore, CJ Spillman, Scott Tolzien, Shawntae Spencer, Ian Williams, and none of these NFL players would be able to accomplish what they’ve done this year without Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff.
I also wanted to add that Justin Smith is a Beast!! Can you read this? A BEAST!!! On one play I saw him single handed push the Saints offensive lineman all the way back into Drew Brees, reach over the lineman, and pull down Brees that almost resulted in a sack. The guy is a one man wrecking crew. Our Boys by the Bay deserve a big pat on the back for redeeming in the Bay Area. So thank you San Francisco 49ers, we appreciate your hard work, perseverence and tenacity on the playing field. But they have another opponent to contend with. Will it be the New York Giants or the Green Bay Packers? And regardless of who it is, can the 49ers get the NFC title game? What’s your take on the playoffs? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM Bay Area Sports Magnified!