SB 48: Seahawks @ Broncos REPORT CARD

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    SB 48: Seahawks @ Broncos REPORT CARD

         I skimmed through the Denver newspapers, and couldn't help but notice how no one bothered to draft a "report card" for he Broncos in the aftermath of their embarrassing 43-8 pasting suffered at the winged hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Having composed report cards after losses on multiple occasions, I can appreciate how difficult it is to conduct an analytical review after a devastating defeat. Therefore, I've decided to lend my skills for Bronco fans everywhere, and especially for the number of trolls that have infiltrated our forum over the past few weeks. Hope y'all enjoy! Here are my grades: 

    I. OFFENSE: Practically non-existent. The number one scoring team of all-time led by supposedly the greatest QB of all-time sewed their fate by putting up a scant eight (8) points for the game. This group couldn't overcome perhaps the most inept first quarter in SB history...as it had the ball for just 3:19 seconds of the 15 minute quarter. On the game's first play rom scrimmage, the Denver center snapped the ball far over Peyton Manning's 6'5" frame, resulting in a saftey. From there, the rout was on.

    1.) QB: Even the Peyton apologists in the media will have a hard time reconciling this performance with the "greated of all-time" tag, which they crave to pin on him. For the game, Manning completed 34/49 passes for 280 yards, one TD, and two (2) interceptions. Though his 34 completions were a SB record, it was as hollow a record as all of those he set during this 2013 season. With his team down 8-0, Peyton was picked off by Seattle safety Kam Chancellor, on the last play of he first quarter. The turnover gave the Seahawks a first and 10 at the Denver 37. It took Seattle less than a minute to negotiate the final 37 yards, putting them up, 15-0. On the very next series, Manning's passing arm was hit by Seattle DE, Cliff Avril. This reduced Peyton's aerial to a wounded, floating duck. Seahawks' LB Malcolm Smith hauled it in, and raced untouched 69 yards into the endzone, upping the Seattle lead to a seemingly insurmountable 22-0. That was the halftime score, and things got no better for Peyton or his Broncos in the second stanza. An 87 yard kickoff return for a TD by Percy Harvin at the start of the half was the coup de gras, raising the Seattle lead to 29-0...and the rout was on. The Seahawks' game-plan of roughing the Denver receivers at the line, and getting just enough pressure from their front four to hurry Manning worked to perfection. Though other teams had tried the same formula previously, unlike those other teams, Seattle had the personnel to make it work. Having an enforcer at SS like Chancellor who stands 6'3" and weighs over 230 pounds, with coverage skills, certainly helped their cause: GRADE: F; 

    2.) RBs: Has anyone seen Knowshon Moreno? Did he miss the team plane into NY? His five (5) carries for 17 yards performance was a disaster. But, when compared to Montee Ball (6 carries for one (1) yard), Knowshon looked like Adrian Peterson. In desparation, the Broncos went to C.J. Anderson, who carried twice for nine (9) yards in garbage time. Thirteen (13) carries for 27 yards is hardly getting it done: GRADE: F;

    3.) OL: Unforgivable bad snap past the 6'5" frame of Peyton Manning gift-wrapped two (2) points for the Seahawks, gave them good field position on their opening drive (which resulted in a FG), and squandered a chance to set the tone for the game with a long opening drive. That aside, this group that had protected Peyton so well throughout the regular season (allowed just 13 sacks) seemingly did it's job once again, in allowing just one sack. But, stats don't always tell the story. On several other occasions, Peyton was made to rush his throws, and had his arm hit while in the act of passing. This resulted in the aforementioned pick- six. Still, it was an adequate job overall of pass protection, unless your QB is a statute in the pass pocket...and Peyton is that. As also noted above, this group of Clydesdales couldn't pull their wagons well enough to open any rushing lanes for their "B" grade RBs, which spelled disaster: GRADE: F;

    4.) TEs and WRs: The Denver TEs, Julius Thomas And Jacob Tamme, were targeted only eight (8) times, and had a combined six (6) catches for 36 yards. Their blocking prowess was negligable. At WR, Demaryious Thomas was targeted 18 times, and had 13 receptions (setting a SB record) for 118 yards, and scored Denver's lone TD. But, late in the third quarter, with his team driving and down 29-0, he had a terrible fumble after a 21 yard catch...which occurred after he began running after the catch. This turnover gave Seattle a first and 10 at their own 42. Approximately six (6) minutes later, their would finish a 58 yard march for a TD, to increase their lead to 36-0. Wes Welker was targeted ten times, and had eight (8) catches for 84 yards. He also caught a two point conversion pass. WR Eric Decker (one catch for six (6) yards), and was nowhere to be found. He likely played his way out of Denver with this performance: GRADE: D;

    II. DEFENSE: Did a reasonably good job of keeping their team in the game during the first quarter. When you consider that two (2) points came on a safety given up on a bad snap by the offense, that this group held Seattle to two FGs in the redzone, and that four (4) TDs were pretty much a direct result of two Manning interceptions (one a pick 6), one Demaryius Thomas fumble, and an 87 yard kickoff return...the Denver "D" wasn't all that bad.

    1.) DL: Though the Denver front line had a tough time in corraling QB Russell Wilson at times, it shut-down RB Marshawn Lynch (15 carries for 39 yards) cold. But, selling out on Lynch had it's drawbacks...as the DL applied little or no  pressure on Wilson throughout the game. This at times allowed him to extend plays, and was the main reason why Seattle was able to convert 7 of 12 attempts on 3rd down. Getting no QB hits or sacks on Wilson certainly didn't help the cause: GRADE: C-;

    2.) LBs: This group had it's problems maintaining containment on Russell Wilson, who scrambled three times for 26 yards. They also were asleep at the switch on the Percy Harvin 30 yard run down the left sideline, which set up the first of two Seattle FGs, early in the first quarter. They also assisted the secondary in a Pop Warner example of poor tackling in the late third through 4th quarter. Danny Travathan led the Broncos with 12 tackles, including seven (7) solos. Nate Irving had four tackles (three solos). Little else was accomplished by this group: GRADE: D;

    3.) SECONDARY: It's tough to play from behind...especially from far behind. After the offense had all but spotted Seattle 22 points in the first half, the special team spotted them another seven (7). With that, you can imagine how the Denver defense had a hard time of keeping a still upper lip. This likely had something to do with all of the poor tackling that we saw relatively late in the game...after the Seahawks had been spotted a 29-0 lead. Safety Duke Inhenaco led the secondary with nine (9) tackles, including five (5) solos...and FS Mike Adams added six (6) tackles, all solos. Seattle WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kerse combimed for nine (9) catches for 131 yards and two TDs. The Seahawks averaged 7.9 yards per pass play, to Denvers' 5.3 yards per play: GRADE: D;     

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: When it comes to Special Teams, there are three things that cannot be condoned: muffing a kick, fumbling a return, and/or allowing a lengthy punt or kickoff return. The Broncos did one of these unforgivables on the opening kickoff of the second half, allowing Percy Harvin to race 87 yards untouched on a kickoff return. Already down 22-0 at the time, this upped the deficit to 29-0, which, for all practical purposes, ended any hopes of a Denver comeback. Unaided by the thin air in Denver, PK Matt Prater couldn't kick those automatic touchbacks. So, he tried to get cute with Seattle, and kicked short, hoping that he'd get a good roll. But instead, the ball hit the ground and bounced perfectly into Harvin's hands...and, with a couple of nifty cutbacks, he as gone. Denver return man Trinidad Holliday was okay on returns, and WR Eric Decker had a punt return for nine (9) yards: GRADE: F;

    IV. COACHING: Though Seattle proved to have  much better team, Denver still had the #1 scoring offense in NFL history. But, for whatever reason, the Broncos didn't appear ready to play. They lacked the eye of the tiger that Seattle had, and were obviously tight at the start of the game. Folks, you can't give up a safety on a bad snap, two TDs due to interceptions, a kickoff return for a TD, and have your star WR fumble away a chance to score, and expect to win. I don't know what the coaches did in the two weeks they had to prepare. Yet, it appeared to me that Denver came out scared. The game plan should have been to use Demaryious Thomas and Julius Thomas deep, and employ Wes Welker and Eric Decker  underneath. Decker in particular was hardly used in this game. That said, the fact the Broncos couldn't run a lick on the Seattle "D" really hurt, and made their offense completely one-dimentional. On defense, the Broncos were constantly pushed into a corner by the pathetic play of their offense. Seattle had short fields to negotiate most of the game, and had 16 points directly handed to them by their "D", and special teams. Though Denver successfully shut-down Marshawn Lynch, they had no answers for Russell Wilson. The unexpected futility of the offense was too much to overcome: GRADE: F-;

    V. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Though several members of the Seattle "D" and QB Russell Wilson played well enough to qualify, my choice is SS Kam Chancellor. The guy set a physical tone for the Seattle "D" early, tied for the team lead in tackles with 10, and had a key pick early...leading to Seattle stretching it's lead to 15-0.

    VI. PLAY OF THE GAME: Percy Harvin's 87 yard kickoff return was nice...but the 69 yard pick-6 by LB Malcolm Smith was a back breaker...and put Seattle up, 22-0.

         Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=340202007.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome...especially from you "visitors". Omaha to y'all!!               

         

        

             

     
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    Re: SB 48: Seahawks @ Broncos REPORT CARD

         Here's a SB Report Card from USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/super/2014/02/02/super-bowl-grades-report-card-seahawks-broncos/5173333/

     
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         The Great Bronco Meltdown: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/oh-the-statistical-humanity-denver-broncos-aerial-machine-goes-down-flames/28509/

     
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    some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed. Seattkle gets a A for energy and The broncs an F

    The play of the game was the pick 6', and the route was on 

     
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    In response to seawolfxs' comment:

    some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed. Seattkle gets a A for energy and The broncs an F

    The play of the game was the pick 6', and the route was on 

         I wonder where all the trolls who were with us for the past three weeks went?

         Do you think that the Denver Post will publish my Report Card for it's readers?

         LOL!!!

     
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    Well that was a fun read. The game not so much. Epic fail by the giddyup boys.

     
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    In response to darwk's comment:

    Well that was a fun read. The game not so much. Epic fail by the giddyup boys.



         And now the media will attempt to ride to Peyton's rescue to salvage his sagging legacy. How many more times will the Richard Sherman "Manning is a nice, classy guy who had an off game" sound byte be played? Of course, Tony Dungy was trotted out to give his stamp of approval on Peyton. It makes me sick.

        Sorry...but Peyton didn't have an "off game" Sunday. He just looked and played old and tired.

         The media can say what they want. But Manning's legacy is that he chokes in the biggest of games...going back to his college days at Tennessee. The one championship he has was stolen away by the officials from the Patriots in 2006...and Peyton only had to beat a pedestrian Chicago Bears team, quarterbacked by the immortal Rex Grossman, to win that SB.

         Furthermore, Peyton played an average at best game in that SB, and was bailed out by RB Dominic Rhodes and his defense. Yet, good ol' Mr. Wonderful was awarded the MVP in that game. What a joke!  

     
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    no grades for the seahawks? Give them some credit for making the Broncos look bad.

     



         A quick report card for Seattle:

     

    I. OFFENSE: This unit took advantage of the numerous short field opportunities presented to it by it's defense...and aggressively cashed in.  

    1.) QB: Russell Wilson made all the plays necessary to get the job done. Though his defense directly provided him with 9 points and gave him short fields to work with throughout, Wilson made plays when called upon. He seemed to be particularly effective on third down. For the game, he was an efficient 18 of 25, for 206 yards, 2 TDs...and ran three times for 26 yards. Though, relatively speaking, just a kid, Wilson played like a veteran, and played well enough to garner MVP consideration: GRADE: B+;

    2.) RBs: The one good thing that the Broncos did was to shut-down Marshawn Lynch...holding him to just 15 yards on 39 carries. Robert Turpin added 25 yards on nine (9) carries. Percy Harvin had a huge 30 yard run down the left sideline that set up a Seahawk FG, right after the gift safety. He finished with 45 yards on two rushing attempts. Counting Russel Wilson's 26 yards on three carries, the 'Hawks gained a respectable 135 yards on 29 carries, for a 4.7 yard average per run. But, when you take away the Wilson yardage and the two runs by Harvin, the RBs had just 64 yards on 24 carries: GRADE: C-;

    3.) OL: The Seattle Clydesdales couldn't spring their running game, as discussed above. Though they were aided by their young QB's mobility, they did provide good pass protection...as Russell Wilson was neither hit or sacked throughout the game: GRADE: B-;

    4.) TEs and WRs: TEs Zack Miller and Luke Willson combined for three receptions for 27 yards...as the bulk of the Wilson throws were aimed at his WRs. Doug Baldwin led the team with five (5) receptions for 66 yards and a TD, and Jeremy Kearse added four (4) catches for 65 yards, and a TD. Both scored after catching medium range passes inside the Broncos' 10 yard line, with each making brilliant, determined runs to get into the endzone. GRADE: B; 

    II. DEFENSE: Domination...pure and simple.

    1.) DL: This unsung group put itself somewhat on the map Sunday with a strong overall performance. They completely shut-down Denver's attempts to establish a running game, and applied sufficient pressure on Peyton Manning to make him hurry his throws. The biggest play of the game came about when Seattle DE Cliff Avril struck Manning's passing arm as he threw, resulting in a floating, wounded duck, which landed in the arms of Seahawks' LB Malcolm Smith...who ran it in for a TD, from 69 yards out. This play boosted the Seattle lead to 22-0, just before halftime: GRADE: A;

    2.) LB: This corp was fast, quick, and nasty. The aforementioned Malcolm Smith tied SS Kan Chancellor for the team lead in tackles with ten (10), six (6) of which were solos)...followed by MLB Bobby Wagner with ten (10) also...five (5) of which were solos. K.J. Wright added seven (7) tackles more, five (5) of which were solos. These guys hit people all day, making the Denver receivers pay for catching those short Manning passes. they severly limited the YAC for the Broncos' receivers throughout the game. Malcom Smith's aforementioned 69 yard pick-6 was the play of he game: GRADE: A+;

    3.) SECONDARY: The "Legion of Boom" was personified particularly by the Seattle LBs, and by SS Kam Chancellor. Chancellor set the tone early when he unloaded on Bronco's WR Demaryius Thomas on a crossing pattern...knocking him five yards back after his short reception. For the game, Kam finished with ten (10) tackles, six (6) of which were solos. He also had an interception, giving his team the ball at the Denver 37. It set up the first Seattle TD. FS Earl Thomas (seven (7) tackles...six (6) of which were solos), was all over the field. CB Byron Maxwell had four solo tackles, and, late in the third quarter, punched the ball out of the hands of Demaryious Thomas after a 21 yard gain, forcing a turnover. Maxwell's play killed what appeared to be a potential Denver scoring drive, and gave the ball back to the Seattle offense at the Seattle 42. Less than three (3) minutes later, the Seattle offense converted this turnover into a TD, expanding the Seahawk lead to 36-0. The "Legion of Boom" indeed: GRADE: A+; 

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: Leading 22-0 at halftime, the Seahawks were poised to received the Denver kickoff. Denver PK Matt Prater, unable to trust a sure touchback as he could in Denver in that thin aired stadium, got cute. He tried to bounce his kick in front of Seattle return man Percy Harvin, hoping that he would get a favorable roll, or cause Harvin to mishandle the ball. But, instead, the ball hit the ground and bounced directly into Harvin's hands. Harvin then put the special in the term "special teams" by making a couple of nifty cutbacks, and racing 87 yards untouched for a TD. This upped the Seattle lead to 29-0, and dashed any hope of a Denver comeback. Seattle PK Steven Hauschka was 2/2 of FG attempts...and the Seahawks allowed nothing on Denver kick returns: GRADE: A+;

    IV. COACHING: Credit Pete Carroll for having his team ready to go from the start. Good choice in deferring after winning the coin toss. This put his defense on the field first, and gave his offense he ball to start the second half. Carroll supposedly "practiced" SB halftime with is team, thereby getting them ready for the 30 minute delay...and prepared as to how to "warm up" before the second half began. Whether this had anything to do with the great success to start the second half, who knows. But, it certainly showed that Carroll left no stone unturned in his preparations. Carroll had the personel to jam the Denver receivers, prevent YAC and punish them after receptions were made, and get some pressure on Peyton. His boys carried out his game plan to near perfection. On offense, Carroll's team survived without a significant contribution from RB Marshawn Lynch, thanks to their defense scoring points and giving his offense great field position...and to his special teams. Pete's team was young and hungry...while the Broncos appeared to be old, tired, and completely outcoached: GRADE: A+;

    V. PLAY OF THE GAME: The 69 yard pick-6 by Malcolm Smith;

    VI. PLAYER OF THE GAME: SS Kam Chanceller set the physical tone early, and had a pick which set up Seattle's first TD.    

         Here again re he game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=340202007

          This is for you Seattle fans. Thanks so much to Pete Carroll and his boys for sparing us from an unending Peyton Manning love feast. See y'all come draft time! Have a great day!

     

         

     

     
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         Gnashing of teeth in Denver: http://www.denverpost.com/hochman/ci_25055920/hochman-pain-from-broncos-loss-could-have-real

     
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    The safety was on Manning... Watch the line... that was on Manning.... And while he was pressured the greatest pressure was created by coverage... and Manning tried to dink it off ... not the lines fault as much as you suggest... The run blocking was not good.. pass blocking fair at best.. A D+ perhaps... not an F.

    Manning was just HORRIBLE. had a good QB played in that game it would not ahve been quite so bad.. But Manning was truly horrble.. Bad choices... like on 4th and 2 with an open receiver and he throws a duck to someone else... And bad passes like the two picks... the second one he should have taken the sack.. It was a Sanchez moment...

    As for play of the game.. the KOR was maybe the most electrifying and seemed to all but close the door... (but the D had to get back on the field and keep it up.. a whole half left)... I think the play of the game was the first pick.... it was 8 - 0. Denver had held Seattle to 2 FGs and so kept within VERY real game.. What is ONE or TWO scores to the record setting offense? So it was truly ONLY 8-0. ANd Manning makes a truly horrible pass. The result is not only to give the ball back to Seattle but Seattle finally puts it in the end zone... 15 -0.

    BUT MORE THAN THAT.. the pick was on Manning!!!! the ONE guy that had to play well and he was COMPLETELY responsible for the pick... a slow start.. and with a chance to get the game in hand Manning of all people losses the game for them... puts them in the deepest hole... the guy who they have to rely on.... And he is the guy who kills them... Demoralizing.

    The second pick was also on Manning... He should have taken the sack or thrown it away or anything but what he did.... Sanchez play... yes it was pressure... but is he Sanchez or his he Manning the Infallible.. the GOAT? Clearly not GOAT...

    But the first pick I think was the biggest play of the game... if you ahd to pick one.. Hard to do that when the game was won more on the back of the D but with a reasonably good O. When your D is leading the team towards victory you have to make a WHOLE bunch of plays.. When it is a tight game one or two plays can make the difference... The KOR was a dagger... absolutely.. but the play that most embodies the game.. the fall of Manning to a level of not at all good and the rise of an aggressive Seattle team was the first pick...

     
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    some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed. Seattkle gets a A for energy and The broncs an F

    The play of the game was the pick 6', and the route was on 

         I wonder where all the trolls who were with us for the past three weeks went?

         Do you think that the Denver Post will publish my Report Card for it's readers?

         LOL!!!



    wouldnthold my breath on the dener post  lol

    have heard alot of stuff on the whys'

    Sherman said that it was the simplest gameplan nithing new

    lastnit on on Playbook,they showed D formations that they had never used

    this morning i heard seahags say that they knew what was coming cause they knew the hand signals

    We do know that pm couldnt do his usual pre act snap

    We also know he looked oldand Denver is going to get hit hard with FA's

    Wat it tells me for the Pats - WE need more phyicallty and spped

     

     

     
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    The safety was on Manning... Watch the line... that was on Manning.... And while he was pressured the greatest pressure was created by coverage... and Manning tried to dink it off ... not the lines fault as much as you suggest... The run blocking was not good.. pass blocking fair at best.. A D+ perhaps... not an F.

    RESPONSE: With the statute that is Manning as your QB, the pass-blocking must be prestine...especially when he's unable to unload his passes quickly. Manning's arm was hit on his pick-6. He also suffered a strip sack fumble. The Broncos couldn't run the ball at all, because their OL couldn't get any push. Therefore, I felt that an "F" was well deserved.   

    Manning was just HORRIBLE. had a good QB played in that game it would not ahve been quite so bad.. But Manning was truly horrble.. Bad choices... like on 4th and 2 with an open receiver and he throws a duck to someone else... And bad passes like the two picks... the second one he should have taken the sack.. It was a Sanchez moment...

    RESPONSE: Two interceptions, one pick-6, and a strip sack fumble. A passing rating of 24. Plus, Seattle DC Quinn states that, by watching film, he picked up Manning tipping his passes with his eyes. Manning also complained after the game that he wasn't able to call audibles at the line due to crowd noise. He got a  well deserved "F".   

    As for play of the game.. the KOR was maybe the most electrifying and seemed to all but close the door... (but the D had to get back on the field and keep it up.. a whole half left)... I think the play of the game was the first pick.... it was 8 - 0. Denver had held Seattle to 2 FGs and so kept within VERY real game.. What is ONE or TWO scores to the record setting offense? So it was truly ONLY 8-0. ANd Manning makes a truly horrible pass. The result is not only to give the ball back to Seattle but Seattle finally puts it in the end zone... 15 -0.

    RESPONSE: Certainly arguable. It was a big play.

    BUT MORE THAN THAT.. the pick was on Manning!!!! the ONE guy that had to play well and he was COMPLETELY responsible for the pick... a slow start.. and with a chance to get the game in hand Manning of all people losses the game for them... puts them in the deepest hole... the guy who they have to rely on.... And he is the guy who kills them... Demoralizing.

    RESPONSE: Yeah...but he couldn't call his audibles because the crowd noise was too loud...LOL!!! This is why I can't stand this guy. There's always an xcuse. Had the Patriots played Manning's Broncos in Foxborough for the AFC Title, the Pats would have beaten them.  

    The second pick was also on Manning... He should have taken the sack or thrown it away or anything but what he did.... Sanchez play... yes it was pressure... but is he Sanchez or his he Manning the Infallible.. the GOAT? Clearly not GOAT...

    RESPONSE: No question that his legacy was badly damaged due to this pathetic performance. Peyton Manning remains "the Picasso of Choke Artists".

    But the first pick I think was the biggest play of the game... if you ahd to pick one.. Hard to do that when the game was won more on the back of the D but with a reasonably good O. When your D is leading the team towards victory you have to make a WHOLE bunch of plays.. When it is a tight game one or two plays can make the difference... The KOR was a dagger... absolutely.. but the play that most embodies the game.. the fall of Manning to a level of not at all good and the rise of an aggressive Seattle team was the first pick...

    RESPONSE: You get no argument here from me. Both picks were huge. But, the pick-6 by Malcolm Smith was absolutely devastating. 




     
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    LOL. Thanks TP. Laughing

    Seriously, gotta give Seattle some credit here.  Just like the two SB losses to the Giants. Seems like people forget to give credit to the winners.



         True...but it was more fun to tear into the Broncos. LOL!!!

     
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    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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         I skimmed through the Denver newspapers, and couldn't help but notice how no one bothered to draft a "report card" for he Broncos in the aftermath of their embarrassing 43-8 pasting suffered at the winged hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Having composed report cards after losses on multiple occasions, I can appreciate how difficult it is to conduct an analytical review after a devastating defeat. Therefore, I've decided to lend my skills for Bronco fans everywhere, and especially for the number of trolls that have infiltrated our forum over the past few weeks. Hope y'all enjoy! Here are my grades: 

    I. OFFENSE: Practically non-existent. The number one scoring team of all-time led by supposedly the greatest QB of all-time sewed their fate by putting up a scant eight (8) points for the game. This group couldn't overcome perhaps the most inept first quarter in SB history...as it had the ball for just 3:19 seconds of the 15 minute quarter. On the game's first play rom scrimmage, the Denver center snapped the ball far over Peyton Manning's 6'5" frame, resulting in a saftey. From there, the rout was on.

    1.) QB: Even the Peyton apologists in the media will have a hard time reconciling this performance with the "greated of all-time" tag, which they crave to pin on him. For the game, Manning completed 34/49 passes for 280 yards, one TD, and two (2) interceptions. Though his 34 completions were a SB record, it was as hollow a record as all of those he set during this 2013 season. With his team down 8-0, Peyton was picked off by Seattle safety Kam Chancellor, on the last play of he first quarter. The turnover gave the Seahawks a first and 10 at the Denver 37. It took Seattle less than a minute to negotiate the final 37 yards, putting them up, 15-0. On the very next series, Manning's passing arm was hit by Seattle DE, Cliff Avril. This reduced Peyton's aerial to a wounded, floating duck. Seahawks' LB Malcolm Smith hauled it in, and raced untouched 69 yards into the endzone, upping the Seattle lead to a seemingly insurmountable 22-0. That was the halftime score, and things got no better for Peyton or his Broncos in the second stanza. An 87 yard kickoff return for a TD by Percy Harvin at the start of the half was the coup de gras, raising the Seattle lead to 29-0...and the rout was on. The Seahawks' game-plan of roughing the Denver receivers at the line, and getting just enough pressure from their front four to hurry Manning worked to perfection. Though other teams had tried the same formula previously, unlike those other teams, Seattle had the personnel to make it work. Having an enforcer at SS like Chancellor who stands 6'3" and weighs over 230 pounds, with coverage skills, certainly helped their cause: GRADE: F; 

    2.) RBs: Has anyone seen Knowshon Moreno? Did he miss the team plane into NY? His five (5) carries for 17 yards performance was a disaster. But, when compared to Montee Ball (6 carries for one (1) yard), Knowshon looked like Adrian Peterson. In desparation, the Broncos went to C.J. Anderson, who carried twice for nine (9) yards in garbage time. Thirteen (13) carries for 27 yards is hardly getting it done: GRADE: F;

    3.) OL: Unforgivable bad snap past the 6'5" frame of Peyton Manning gift-wrapped two (2) points for the Seahawks, gave them good field position on their opening drive (which resulted in a FG), and squandered a chance to set the tone for the game with a long opening drive. That aside, this group that had protected Peyton so well throughout the regular season (allowed just 13 sacks) seemingly did it's job once again, in allowing just one sack. But, stats don't always tell the story. On several other occasions, Peyton was made to rush his throws, and had his arm hit while in the act of passing. This resulted in the aforementioned pick- six. Still, it was an adequate job overall of pass protection, unless your QB is a statute in the pass pocket...and Peyton is that. As also noted above, this group of Clydesdales couldn't pull their wagons well enough to open any rushing lanes for their "B" grade RBs, which spelled disaster: GRADE: F;

    4.) TEs and WRs: The Denver TEs, Julius Thomas And Jacob Tamme, were targeted only eight (8) times, and had a combined six (6) catches for 36 yards. Their blocking prowess was negligable. At WR, Demaryious Thomas was targeted 18 times, and had 13 receptions (setting a SB record) for 118 yards, and scored Denver's lone TD. But, late in the third quarter, with his team driving and down 29-0, he had a terrible fumble after a 21 yard catch...which occurred after he began running after the catch. This turnover gave Seattle a first and 10 at their own 42. Approximately six (6) minutes later, their would finish a 58 yard march for a TD, to increase their lead to 36-0. Wes Welker was targeted ten times, and had eight (8) catches for 84 yards. He also caught a two point conversion pass. WR Eric Decker (one catch for six (6) yards), and was nowhere to be found. He likely played his way out of Denver with this performance: GRADE: D;

    II. DEFENSE: Did a reasonably good job of keeping their team in the game during the first quarter. When you consider that two (2) points came on a safety given up on a bad snap by the offense, that this group held Seattle to two FGs in the redzone, and that four (4) TDs were pretty much a direct result of two Manning interceptions (one a pick 6), one Demaryius Thomas fumble, and an 87 yard kickoff return...the Denver "D" wasn't all that bad.

    1.) DL: Though the Denver front line had a tough time in corraling QB Russell Wilson at times, it shut-down RB Marshawn Lynch (15 carries for 39 yards) cold. But, selling out on Lynch had it's drawbacks...as the DL applied little or no  pressure on Wilson throughout the game. This at times allowed him to extend plays, and was the main reason why Seattle was able to convert 7 of 12 attempts on 3rd down. Getting no QB hits or sacks on Wilson certainly didn't help the cause: GRADE: C-;

    2.) LBs: This group had it's problems maintaining containment on Russell Wilson, who scrambled three times for 26 yards. They also were asleep at the switch on the Percy Harvin 30 yard run down the left sideline, which set up the first of two Seattle FGs, early in the first quarter. They also assisted the secondary in a Pop Warner example of poor tackling in the late third through 4th quarter. Danny Travathan led the Broncos with 12 tackles, including seven (7) solos. Nate Irving had four tackles (three solos). Little else was accomplished by this group: GRADE: D;

    3.) SECONDARY: It's tough to play from behind...especially from far behind. After the offense had all but spotted Seattle 22 points in the first half, the special team spotted them another seven (7). With that, you can imagine how the Denver defense had a hard time of keeping a still upper lip. This likely had something to do with all of the poor tackling that we saw relatively late in the game...after the Seahawks had been spotted a 29-0 lead. Safety Duke Inhenaco led the secondary with nine (9) tackles, including five (5) solos...and FS Mike Adams added six (6) tackles, all solos. Seattle WRs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kerse combimed for nine (9) catches for 131 yards and two TDs. The Seahawks averaged 7.9 yards per pass play, to Denvers' 5.3 yards per play: GRADE: D;     

    III. SPECIAL TEAMS: When it comes to Special Teams, there are three things that cannot be condoned: muffing a kick, fumbling a return, and/or allowing a lengthy punt or kickoff return. The Broncos did one of these unforgivables on the opening kickoff of the second half, allowing Percy Harvin to race 87 yards untouched on a kickoff return. Already down 22-0 at the time, this upped the deficit to 29-0, which, for all practical purposes, ended any hopes of a Denver comeback. Unaided by the thin air in Denver, PK Matt Prater couldn't kick those automatic touchbacks. So, he tried to get cute with Seattle, and kicked short, hoping that he'd get a good roll. But instead, the ball hit the ground and bounced perfectly into Harvin's hands...and, with a couple of nifty cutbacks, he as gone. Denver return man Trinidad Holliday was okay on returns, and WR Eric Decker had a punt return for nine (9) yards: GRADE: F;

    IV. COACHING: Though Seattle proved to have  much better team, Denver still had the #1 scoring offense in NFL history. But, for whatever reason, the Broncos didn't appear ready to play. They lacked the eye of the tiger that Seattle had, and were obviously tight at the start of the game. Folks, you can't give up a safety on a bad snap, two TDs due to interceptions, a kickoff return for a TD, and have your star WR fumble away a chance to score, and expect to win. I don't know what the coaches did in the two weeks they had to prepare. Yet, it appeared to me that Denver came out scared. The game plan should have been to use Demaryious Thomas and Julius Thomas deep, and employ Wes Welker and Eric Decker  underneath. Decker in particular was hardly used in this game. That said, the fact the Broncos couldn't run a lick on the Seattle "D" really hurt, and made their offense completely one-dimentional. On defense, the Broncos were constantly pushed into a corner by the pathetic play of their offense. Seattle had short fields to negotiate most of the game, and had 16 points directly handed to them by their "D", and special teams. Though Denver successfully shut-down Marshawn Lynch, they had no answers for Russell Wilson. The unexpected futility of the offense was too much to overcome: GRADE: F-;

    V. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Though several members of the Seattle "D" and QB Russell Wilson played well enough to qualify, my choice is SS Kam Chancellor. The guy set a physical tone for the Seattle "D" early, tied for the team lead in tackles with 10, and had a key pick early...leading to Seattle stretching it's lead to 15-0.

    VI. PLAY OF THE GAME: Percy Harvin's 87 yard kickoff return was nice...but the 69 yard pick-6 by LB Malcolm Smith was a back breaker...and put Seattle up, 22-0.

         Here are the game stats: http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=340202007.

         As always, your comments and opinions are welcome...especially from you "visitors". Omaha to y'all!!               

         

        

             



    Spot on Tex. Loving the F - for the Coaches. Seattles O and D coaches deserve kudos for coming in with a creative gameplan that still relied on Lynch but got their newly returned guy Harvin involved which was key to opening up the offense IMO. With the threat of Harvin on reverses, the donkeys couldnt attack the line later in the game and lynch was able to have a little success. Russel was smart with the ball. He completed short passes but they had ZIP on them. Peyton was throwing ducks as we all expected. Im glad we didnt have to watch our team get embarrased like that. We would have scored more than 8 but it would have been same results.

    Still wondering why Joshy never ran a reverse to offset Denvers linebackers stacking and flowing to the run.

     
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    Seattle rushed for 135 yards, on 29 plays 4.7 avg. Hard to believe.

     
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    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         Though the 49ers have a great team, I thought that Seattle was the more physical team in the NFC Title game. It seemed like a ton of 49ers left the field hurt in that game. SF played a good first half, but left some points on the field. In the second half, Seattle outplayed them, and outscored them, 20-7. Aside from Colin Kaepernick's long runs, the 49ers couldn't run the ball at all. Frank Gore was completely shut-down. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards.

         There's only one way for the 49ers to get past the Seahawks. They must win their division. Whenever you have two defensive minded, physical teams going at it, home field advantage is huge. So...if I'm the 49ers, that's what I'd aim for. Gain at least a split with Seattle, and win the remaining games in the division. Assuming inuries are not a major issue, the 49ers must go 14-2 to ensure winning the NFC West. 13-3 or 12-4 may put them in tie-breaker mode. Anything less, and they'll likely be visiting Seattle again.    

     
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    In response to TexasPat's comment:

    In response to SFBostonFan's comment:

    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         Though the 49ers have a great team, I thought that Seattle was the more physical team in the NFC Title game. It seemed like a ton of 49ers left the field hurt in that game. SF played a good first half, but left some points on the field. In the second half, Seattle outplayed them, and outscored them, 20-7. Aside from Colin Kaepernick's long runs, the 49ers couldn't run the ball at all. Frank Gore was completely shut-down. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards.

         There's only one way for the 49ers to get past the Seahawks. They must win their division. Whenever you have two defensive minded, physical teams going at it, home field advantage is huge. So...if I'm the 49ers, that's what I'd aim for. Gain at least a split with Seattle, and win the remaining games in the division. Assuming inuries are not a major issue, the 49ers must go 14-2 to ensure winning the NFC West. 13-3 or 12-4 may put them in tie-breaker mode. Anything less, and they'll likely be visiting Seattle again.    




    Your analysis and perception is excellent; however, regardless of Seattle being more physical, no running game for SF & 3 turnovers, the losing team had a chance to win the game on its last possesion...that in itself proves SF was a great team.

    So,as you said above, they know they can beat Seattle, at least at home. Know that they stand toe-to-toe with the best team in football.

    But the downside is that the obstacle in the 49ers' way just got that much bigger. The one thing - really the only thing - the Seahawks lacked was championship experience. Now they have it. They were able to do what the 49ers couldn't do a year ago in New Orleans. The 49ers can take solace in the fact that few teams repeat as Super Bowl winners, but they must realistically view Seattle as a team that can stand in their way for years.

    Windows close, no matter what Jim Harbaugh thinks. But right now, the Seahawks' window is wide open. They are young, and their roster is relatively inexpensive. Though their defense can't get much better than it is, their offense can and probably will - Russell Wilson has so much upside, Percy Harvin showcased his playmaking ability and Marshawn Lynch is in his prime. The 49ers' window, on the other hand, has been wide open for three years. Can it stay that way? Kaepernick can run but his passing in crunch time has failed i.e. 4 passes vs Ravens in SB from 5 yard line and this interception on 1st down vs Seahawks.


    I think SF would have won with Alex Smith who tosses very few picks and is mobile enough to get 5-10 yards for 1st downs. He did get KC 44 points...not his fault Indy got 45. If 49ers had Brady, they'd won the SB last 2 years. I'd trade Kap(10+ years perhaps) now for Brady(2-3 years left) so he could be in his home town, Santa Clara, with a new stadium winning a SB with his idol, Joe Montana's team. California Dreaming I guess !!!

     

     

     
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    In response to SFBostonFan's comment:

    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         Though the 49ers have a great team, I thought that Seattle was the more physical team in the NFC Title game. It seemed like a ton of 49ers left the field hurt in that game. SF played a good first half, but left some points on the field. In the second half, Seattle outplayed them, and outscored them, 20-7. Aside from Colin Kaepernick's long runs, the 49ers couldn't run the ball at all. Frank Gore was completely shut-down. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards.

     

         There's only one way for the 49ers to get past the Seahawks. They must win their division. Whenever you have two defensive minded, physical teams going at it, home field advantage is huge. So...if I'm the 49ers, that's what I'd aim for. Gain at least a split with Seattle, and win the remaining games in the division. Assuming inuries are not a major issue, the 49ers must go 14-2 to ensure winning the NFC West. 13-3 or 12-4 may put them in tie-breaker mode. Anything less, and they'll likely be visiting Seattle again.    




    Your analysis and perception is excellent; however, regardless of Seattle being more physical, no running game for SF & 3 turnovers, the losing team had a chance to win the game on its last possesion...that in itself proves SF was a great team.

    So,as you said above, they know they can beat Seattle, at least at home. Know that they stand toe-to-toe with the best team in football.

    RESPONSE: Standing toe to toe with them won't get it done...unless the 49ers get to play at home. Seattle has the #1 home field advantage in the NFL.

    But the downside is that the obstacle in the 49ers' way just got that much bigger. The one thing - really the only thing - the Seahawks lacked was championship experience. Now they have it. They were able to do what the 49ers couldn't do a year ago in New Orleans. The 49ers can take solace in the fact that few teams repeat as Super Bowl winners, but they must realistically view Seattle as a team that can stand in their way for years.

    RESPONSE: I don't see that as such a big deal. Seattle went through their growing pains experience wise last year...as did the 49ers. My concern would be the health of Navorro Bowman, who sustained a terrible knee injury. I'd also be conserned over how much milage DE Justin Smith (turn 35 in September) has left, and about the health of OG Mike Iupati.  

    Windows close, no matter what Jim Harbaugh thinks. But right now, the Seahawks' window is wide open. They are young, and their roster is relatively inexpensive. Though their defense can't get much better than it is, their offense can and probably will - Russell Wilson has so much upside, Percy Harvin showcased his playmaking ability and Marshawn Lynch is in his prime. The 49ers' window, on the other hand, has been wide open for three years. Can it stay that way? Kaepernick can run but his passing in crunch time has failed i.e. 4 passes vs Ravens in SB from 5 yard line and this interception on 1st down vs Seahawks.

    RESPONSE: Kap is going through some growing pains. But, he'll get better in time. He could use a stud RB. Frank Gore may be done (turns 31 in May). Furthermore, Kap's running is the thing that kept the 49ers in the NFC Title game this year. Some poor calls by the refs hurt the 49ers. too.

    I think SF would have won with Alex Smith who tosses very few picks and is mobile enough to get 5-10 yards for 1st downs. He did get KC 44 points...not his fault Indy got 45. If 49ers had Brady, they'd won the SB last 2 years. I'd trade Kap(10+ years perhaps) now for Brady(2-3 years left) so he could be in his home town, Santa Clara, with a new stadium winning a SB with his idol, Joe Montana's team. California Dreaming I guess !!!

    RESPONSE: I'd be tempted to make that trade, but only if the 49ers threw in at least their #1 draft pick. Remember, the 49ers would also have to take on Tom's contract, which would seriously impact their salary cap. Trading Tom could free up lots of cap space for New England.




     
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    Seattle rushed for 135 yards, on 29 plays 4.7 avg. Hard to believe.



         When you consider that 45 of those yards came from two end-around running plays from Percy Harvin, and 26 of those yards came on three Russell Wilson runs, it's not so hard to believe. The Seattle RBs carried 24 times, for just 64 yards (2.7 yards per carry).

     
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    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         Though the 49ers have a great team, I thought that Seattle was the more physical team in the NFC Title game. It seemed like a ton of 49ers left the field hurt in that game. SF played a good first half, but left some points on the field. In the second half, Seattle outplayed them, and outscored them, 20-7. Aside from Colin Kaepernick's long runs, the 49ers couldn't run the ball at all. Frank Gore was completely shut-down. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards.

         There's only one way for the 49ers to get past the Seahawks. They must win their division. Whenever you have two defensive minded, physical teams going at it, home field advantage is huge. So...if I'm the 49ers, that's what I'd aim for. Gain at least a split with Seattle, and win the remaining games in the division. Assuming inuries are not a major issue, the 49ers must go 14-2 to ensure winning the NFC West. 13-3 or 12-4 may put them in tie-breaker mode. Anything less, and they'll likely be visiting Seattle again.    



    Please check out the thread entitled "games rigged since 2000" its very compelling. All I can tell you is San Fran SHOULD have been in another SB this year.  The Refs gave Seattle the game. I guess they didnt want them their back to back season.

     
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    The defense deserved better than a D.  Special Teams and the offense gave up 16 points.  Sure, that still leaves 32 points given up by the Defense, that's going to happen when the Offense can't move the ball - at all.

    And I don't see how you give the receivers anything more than an F.  How many times did they lose yards after a catch?  And that fumble at the start of the second half was the twisting of the knife (the kick off return to start the half was the knife).

    That was the funniest game since the Cowboys destroyed the Bills (featuring Thurman "has anyone seen my helmet" Thomas).

     

     
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    The defense deserved better than a D.  Special Teams and the offense gave up 16 points.  Sure, that still leaves 32 points given up by the Defense, that's going to happen when the Offense can't move the ball - at all.

    And I don't see how you give the receivers anything more than an F.  How many times did they lose yards after a catch?  And that fumble at the start of the second half was the twisting of the knife (the kick off return to start the half was the knife).

    That was the funniest game since the Cowboys destroyed the Bills (featuring Thurman "has anyone seen my helmet" Thomas).



         Well have to agree to disagree, particularly on the Denver receivers. Demaryious Thomas had 13 catches for 118 yards, and Wes Welker had 8 for 84 yards. They didn't throw those interceptions. Peyton did. Nor were they responsible for Denver's non-existent running game. The Denver OL and the RBs were. Though the receivers were far from great, giving them an "F" wouldn't be fair. They played against the best secondary in football, and put up some stats.

         As for the Denver "D", I thought they wore down in the second half...which explains all the poor tackling. Though they got no help from their offense, they couldn't stop the  Seattle offense.  

     

     

     
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    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         SF...here's an article that you may find quite interesting: http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/detailed-look-49ers-seahawks-conspiracy-video?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

     

     
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    Re: SB 48: Seahawks @ Broncos REPORT CARD

    In response to TexasPat's comment:

    In response to SFBostonFan's comment:

    -- Richard Sherman lavishes rival with praise.

    Yes, the Seahawks' cornerback said it late Sunday night, according to Sports Illustrated"The NFC championship was the Super Bowl," Sherman said. "The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL."

    That was the obvious takeaway from the Seahawks 43-8 victory over Denver. The NFC is the king conference, the NFC West is the premier division and the rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers is the very best the game has to offer.

    The 49ers were a shadow participant in the Super Bowl, a team that came within an outstretched finger of beating Seattle and facing Denver. With every achievement by the Seahawks, the 49ers had to be thinking, "That could have been us."

    As a 49er fan (Pats fan 1st), I do think that the Seahawks and Niners were the NFL's two best teams this year, and I also think that the Niners would have beaten the Broncos if they had made it to the Super Bowl. My opinion for what it is worth.


    Sherman has redeemed himself a bit in my eyes after his obnoxious behavior after thet beat SF.

    Kap  gets SF from the 20 yard line to the 18 with 1:25 on the clock and 3 time outs and on the 1st down tosses an Alley Oop almost like a Hail Mary in front of a 6'6" defender to Crabtree at 6'1"...stupid !!!  Harbaugh's fault too. And scoring a TD then with over a min on the clock and only 1 point behind would have given Seattle a chance for a winning field goal. That pass would have been OK for a last ditch 4th down gamble, not 1st down.

     



         SF...here's an article that you may find quite interesting: http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/detailed-look-49ers-seahawks-conspiracy-video?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

     



    Thank you for the link but as a 49er fan I will continue to be upset at Kaepernick/Harbaugh that despite the calls/penalties seemly favoring the Seahawks that SF had a chance to win on the last possession when Kap gets the team down the field from the 20 yard line to the 18 and with 1:25 on the clock on 1st down tosses an Ally Oop type pass short to 6'1" Crabtree with 6'6" Sherman in front of him. Also, with 3 timeouts although I'd liked a TD, Seahawks would have had over 1 min left and 2 time outs to try and get a field goal as they would only have been 1 point behind.

    Then again, without a couple of the egregious penalties that led to scores, SF might have been coming down the field only to kill the clock or just to try a tying or winning field goal.

    Got to get over it as I need to do so with the Pats and as they say, "Wait until next year". Thank God I'm an avid Sox fan too.

     
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