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Super Bowl 49

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 31, 2015

Predictions? I’m out for the weekend so this thread will linger and toil in infamy or dominate in someone’s face. I think Seattle handles New England rather easily.

Not sure about the O/U of 47. If I had to, I’d go under.

But I think Seattle beats them by 7+.


Only SB I ever went to was this one. My old man took me:


I’ll check in this weekend. Have a good one.


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  1. pawliekokonuts said, on January 31, 2015 at 6:54 am

    No predeliction to make a prediction. I’ve been hearing a lot of stuff marveling at Russell Wilson as a person, a leader. What a DEAD ZONE is the time after SB till ST. Enjoy, all. And thanks for keeping this going.

    • xoot said, on January 31, 2015 at 11:17 am

      That’s exactly why SI invented the swimsuit edition, isn’t it?

  2. blade3colorado said, on January 31, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I’m not emotionally “invested” in wanting to see the Seahawks face plant, as perhaps some of you are. On the other hand, I can’t stand Tom Brady (and any comparison of him to Joe “Cool” Montana) or Belicheat. Consequently, I am rooting for the Seahawks to win this game by 3.

  3. wilcojoe said, on January 31, 2015 at 7:29 am

    The fact that you went to a super bowl is pretty awesome in itself…Going to a Super a Bowl in your backyard, with your dad and seeing your team win, well like the commercial says: priceless.

    Very cool Flav!

  4. Bozo said, on January 31, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Nice one Flav. I have never been to a Super Bowl, and probably will never be able to afford it, but I do think I’d enjoy the circus atmosphere, so I’ll keep playing the lottery.

    I have no money on this game at all, not even a low end pool (strange but true), I have never cared about the commercials or half time show, so the only thing I can root for is that Sherman, Carroll, Brady and Belichick are somehow out of the game by the first quarter. I know it isn’t proper to wish ill of anyone, but if Pete Carroll was run over by three linemen, it would probably make me smile.

    I’m sure someone already posted the Charlie Williams obit but if not, here is a bit of Giants history.

    • DJLoo said, on January 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Bozo. I actually hadn’t heard this. Sad news. What a shock that trade was. I remember my mixed emotions watching Willie’s Met debut which of course was vs. SF – and of course he hit a GW homer…

      • Bozo said, on January 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        Yeah Loo, I don’t think anyone ever thought Mays would be traded. I do love it though that Charlie Williams kept reminding his pals that he was traded for Willie. If it was me, I’d make sure they put that on my headstone.

  5. Nipper said, on January 31, 2015 at 10:10 am

    These games are frequently one-sided. Last years game was a dud unless you’re a Seattle fan. The lack of a true home crowd diminishes this game for me. It’s really not about sports at all. It’s more about spectacle, commercials, showbiz half-time shows etc.

  6. xoot said, on January 31, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I attended Super Bowl I, at the LA Coliseum. Twin and the Seal Clubber did too, as I recall. I see that a program from that game is for sale on ebay for $400. My recollection is that most of the programs handed out got soiled at half time. Viet Nam war era–the nfl released hundreds of “doves.” The birds circled the bowl endlessly, trying to figure out how to escape. I know, I’ve recounted the story about the terrified birds before. Sorry. Only thing I clearly remember about the game is that Jim Taylor was one bad-ass running back.

    • DJLoo said, on January 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Seal Clubber is a Splash classic…

  7. snarkk said, on January 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I never went to a SBowl, have no interest now unless maybe I had a free ticket. It’s not about the game anymore, it’s two weeks of fluff and feathers, with a game that frequently is suckage (like last year), bringing up the rear. I remember watching SB II, Raiduhs v. Pack, on B&W TVs sprinkled around the Cow Palace, at the old SF Boat Show circa Jan ’68. My Dad used to bring us there every year to see boats we’d never get. I do remember that people were not at all glued to the TV sets, even with the Raiduhs in the Game. Vinny and The Pack handled the Mad Bomber and company with ease, maybe that was part of it. Gleaming new cabin cruisers and Chris Crafts were certainly more bling than Oakland getting waxed in the Orange Bowl. That’s why the next one, SB III, was so big, the first two looked like the AFL teams were minor league. The Jets and Namath changed the landscape with that game, which was a pretty boring game, BTW. Namath is debatable as a HOFer on stats, but he earned his ticket with that win and pre-game prediction. I really liked the Raiduhs in those days, especially after the Snake got the keys to the truck. I paid attention to the Niners, but the Raiduhs were way better and more fun after SF smoked pole in the those playoffs against Big D. These days, the NFL action isn’t near as good as the mid ’70s Silver&Black pulling out 4th quarter Ws. If anybody remembers that Oakland v Colts playoff game in Baltimore, with the Ghost to the Post pass, you know how good football in the NFL used to be. Now, it’s yellow flags, dudes getting tons of attention by pretending to not want attention (by not talking, sorta), and oh yeah, more yellow flags…

    • DJLoo said, on January 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Super post, snarkk…

      • snarkk said, on January 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm

        Thanks, Loo.
        The old memories come back once in a while, triggered by who knows what, like BF’s SB story. It’s what happened last week that escapes me. The SF Boat show is still going on these days — it was outside last week near ATT Park…

  8. snarkk said, on January 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Well, I should stop being such an old mossback. I suppose the modern Super Bowl still has something to offer the football purist…

    • DJLoo said, on January 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Too bad John Facenda’s not alive to introduce her…

      • willedav said, on January 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        Good one, that guy’s voice on highlights shows was awesome.
        Old AFL had tons of cool players and coaches.
        I saw Vikes Tommy Mason died the other day. I used to like them when they first came into league, and during Tarkenton days.
        Snarkk’s right too, Raiders were often way more exciting and King at the mike was great.
        In his own way, especially when the Niners were losing, Simmons was too.

      • snarkk said, on January 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      • ewisco said, on January 31, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        what happened to the replay?

  9. Alleykat said, on January 31, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Yeah the Raiders were an exciting bad ass team in the late 60’s early 70s
    Mad Bomber to Warren Wells for the big bomb with King on the call, just fantastic.
    While the 49ers were very blah, some nice work by Ken Willard running and Gene Washington, ocassional big game when John Brodie would get rolling, and a great underated LB in Dave Wilcox, ( glad he got the respect later and made the HOF)and their shutdown corner Jimmy Johnson, another HOF , but they never dazzled quite like the Raiders back then.

  10. ewisco said, on January 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I remember how exciting it was when Blanda entered the game. that guy was money! throw a winning td? sure. kick a winning FG? sure. just pure entertainment.

  11. zumiee said, on January 31, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I can’t root for either of those teams tomorrow. The match-up of New England’s offense vs. Seattle’s defense is interesting, though. I’m picking the Patriots to win. Brady gets his 4th ring. Somewhere Peyton Manning will not be having a good time.

  12. zumiee said, on January 31, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Today’s Puig gif:

  13. zumiee said, on January 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    After the “Holy Roller” play to win the game, the Raiders had to be laughing hard in the locker room that they got away with that. That’s some hilariously bad refereeing going on there. And a loophole in the rules that got closed during the off-season.

  14. willedav said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Saw interesting column on Yahoo from LA Times, on Greinke vs. Friedman with differing views on Dodgers winter makeover. Potentially LA will have new starters at 2b,SS,C and CF to replace Hanley Kemp Gordon and Ellis, with Puig moving back to RF and Grandal taking over behind plate.
    Friedman makes a comment about trying to make LA, “a highly functional team instead of a collection of good players.” Greinke says he thought they had best team in playoffs last year and that it sometimes takes months or year for team to come together and have new guys fit in even if they are great clubhouse guys.
    Further he says that there weren’t issues with the guys that left and there was more positive than negative vibe in clubhouse with them.

    He also says something about the defensive improvements that Friedman lauds, noting that Kershaw did pretty well with the SS and IF they had last year. His comment was, “Most important guy on defense is pitcher.”

    Also, that since he does have an opt out option after this year he was paying close attention to Lester and Scherzer deals. He is 31 and can opt out of deal for 3 more years at $71 mil to test market, which certainly resulted in long term high $$$ deals for two guys he mentioned. Wasn’t sure he would have answer for LA writers, and might not talk about it during season.

    • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Greinke’s not digging a 90+ win team getting blown up in the off-season. Maybe he senses the offense won’t be as good, and more than ever it will be on the Dodger pitchers to carry things. Sounds like it’s highly likely he’s leaving L.A. after this season.

  15. willedav said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    All things Wazzu:
    Watched U of VA game yesterday vs. Duke, UVA coached by Tony Bennett, son of Dick Bennett who was at Washington St for a while, and whose teams played great D but weren’t very flashy while keeping scores low but were very competitive in Pac 10. Pullman in far NE Washington is tough place to recruit, and now that son is in ACC and has better players they are dang good and suffered first loss of season yesterday.

    Klay Thompson is one of only 2 guys from WSU to appear in NBA A/S game according to recap of game story I read on Stanford vs. WSU game I saw first half of last night, eventually won 89-88 by WSU.
    Without cheating I could not name the other guy, who was a post guy we used to reference after his name ” and his big butt.” Any guesses who it is?

    • unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Chocolate Thunder? Dr. Dunkenstein? Darrell Dawkins?

  16. unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Had I been living here, I woulda probably gone to the Stanfoo Super Bowl. But that was during my sojourn to Colorado . . . I remember hustling home from work and getting there 30 seconds before kickoff. . . It involved cleaning up the restuarant, getting on a chairlift, skiing down the mountain 4 miles, catching a bus for 20 minutes, and walking the last 2 miles up a hill. In the snow.

    • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

      “Back in my day, we had to walk to the Super Bowl, uphill, in the snow!”
      –“Oh there goes grandpa again, talking about the old days.”
      🙂 🙂

      • unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

        Bingo! It was pretty funny. And true. Best part were all the people from Miami that were in Colo on a ski trip,

        I told ’em all week we’d kick their ass since we were practicing against a much better defense than theirs,

        And, in honor of our new OC, and I totally dig this song, . . .

      • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

        Cool song.

  17. gianthead said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    It may be a nail-biter but I think the Pats are going to stuff the run and force Russell Wilson to run and throw and think he has a bad game. I think Pats are going to win big. I got 10-1 odds that they win by 14-17 points and 14-1 odds they win by 18-21 points.

    I have Pats winning 30-13….

    • gianthead said, on February 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

      One thing about Bellicheat…he loves sticking it to people and they have biggest chip on their shoulders of all time. They will run up the score as needed to prove they are the smartest football minds of the century…

  18. willedav said, on February 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Unc, I don’t think Dawkins went to college, maybe JC.
    Only other guy from Wazzu in an AS game was James Donaldson, who played for Sonics and then was on really good Dallas team.
    Only other guy at all from WSU I remember was Don Collins, who lit up the CBA and had few years with Bullets and Dubs.
    Both these guys played for George Raveling in late 70s, who went on to coach USC and do commentary for Pac 10 b-ball. Funny guy, good coach and was actually on podium with Dr. King in Washington before his big speech and has a copy King handed to him of it.

  19. Nipper said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Yeah Pats win it big. Their offense takes off despite Hawks D.

  20. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    24-20 Seattle…

  21. Alleykat said, on February 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Pats are going to key on stuffing the run,they stop Lynch and force Wilson to beat them throwing which I doubt he can do!
    Seattle is also the most penalized team in football, which will hurt them as well today, and they give up a lot of TD’s to TIght ends( hello Gronk, who will also draw penalties) so with that said: Pats win 27-13…

  22. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Pats are smart enough to run the ball at Sherman with a bad elbow, get it messed up, and then pass his way later. I doubt they’ll stay away from him, unless/until he can prove he’s not physically impaired…

  23. zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Interesting talking to some 49er fans around town this week about the game. Brady winning his 4th ring was basically no big deal to them; they just want to see the Seahawks lose. I can appreciate that. I guess it’s a small number of us Niner fans that don’t want to see Brady get his 4th. But then again, I don’t want Seattle to win either. Man, this game is just my worst-case scenario of teams in the Super Bowl. 🙂

  24. zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Today’s Puig gif:

  25. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Even if Brady wins his #4 today, I don’t really care. He’s great, but I’ll still say Joe was the best I’ve seen. Two totally different eras of football. In Joe’s time, the WRs got mugged, and it was OK. DLinemen actually could touch and then pound the QB without getting penalized. The Pats have played in a dogmeat division for over a decade, so IMO they have an EZ road to the playoffs every year, and get home field. Sure, the Niners then had a bad NOrleans team and so so Falcons in the division, but the Rams were usually pretty good, and having to travel across country twice a season for division games is not easy. Pats have the Bills and Jets nearby, and only Miami is a bit of a trip, but not across time zones. And, this BS about Joe having Rice and Taylor, where Brady doesn’t have good WRs over the years is just that, BS. Joe won two SBs before those guys were on the team. The first SB win against the Bengals — the Niner wideouts were Mike Wilson, Eddie Solomon and Mike Shumann along with Clark. Gimme a break. And, the SBowl year that ended in Palo Alto — it was esentially the same dudes with Nehemiah, who was useless. None of those SF WRs were close to HOF material. And, Gronk is better than John Frank or Russ Francis or Charlie Young…

    • blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Excellent post. Here, I get the Elway argument. Hilarious for that drunk to even be compared with Joe. Brady same deal.

  26. Flavor said, on February 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Not only do I stand by my 7+ pt victory for Sea, I’m rooting for them too. They have gone to back2back Sb’s–Sherman and his cronies have earned the right to shit talk if you back it up. And the Absurd NFL has managed to actually make me feel sorry for Lynch. They are straight up bullying him with these escalating fines. And who doesn’t like BeastMode?
    Brady’s too much of a girl for my tastes.
    Go Seattle! Jed York doing a slow burn if they win makes me happy too. Fuck him

    • blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Down with that (see my 6:56am post from yesterday). Go Seahawks!

  27. Macdog said, on February 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    No Giants to ruin another Super Bowl for the Pats: New England 34-26.

  28. Irish Kevin said, on February 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Well being a Niners fan, I am hoping Seattle loses big time!! 45 – 21

  29. giants54 said, on February 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve no problem considering Brady as great as Montana. The poise, the accuracy, the vision….all there. And he has the longevity.

    • Flavor said, on February 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      the 4 for 4 by Montana, to me, trumps anything Brady has ever done, even if he wins today. Shit, if he loses, he’s 50% in SB’s? Joe didn’t ever do anything 50%….

  30. xoot said, on February 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I think the Oakland man Marshawn will make the difference now. Very entertaining game, so far. But wtf cares.

  31. blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Hell yes! Brady’s legacy is heading toward Manning’s. lqtm.

  32. blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    The “Stash Data” commercial with “fill in the blank” Kardashian is like finger nails across a chalk board. Arrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhh!

  33. willedav said, on February 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I’m with zum, I can’t watch anymore after end of first half TD in 29 seconds. Seahawks cannot lose no matter what happens… aarrggh.
    Oh, btw Jed and his new OC might want to take a look at how Brady dominated first half with passes to the running back while getting rid of ball quickly, and not running around.

  34. giants54 said, on February 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Impressive montanaesque drives.

  35. blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Seattle play calling = STUPID

    • ewisco said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      it’s 2015. don’t you mean #STUPID?

      • blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

        Can anyone recall where a team literally gave away a Superbowl game like Seattle did? Seriously, I have seen games where the other team made a heroic comeback, a plain dumb luck comeback, and even a garden variety comeback. However, I’ve never seen a “sure thing” comeback with the best running back in the league given away like this one was. Seattle had this game 7 ways from Sunday and frickin’ blew it. Go figure . . .

        Ditto on getting rid of the OC. What an idiot.

    • Flavor said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      that OC should get canned for that. And for Carroll to let that play go? Unreal…..

  36. Nipper said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Damn……did I see that?

  37. Irish Kevin said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Tell me why M Lynch was on the field? Stupid play call their

  38. Nipper said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    How to blow a season on one last play……Hawks did it! …….Ouch!

  39. James said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    It’s too bad the brawl at the end of the game didn’t spin totally out of control.

    My favorite moment was being introduced to the phrase “unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant.”

  40. gianthead said, on February 1, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Well not as I thought but hit two of my prop bets and had the Pats! As a Niner fan, great to see Seattle lose and I don’t think anyone can make the argument even with Brady throwing for 4 tds that he is a greater QB than Montana. Plus everyone will think Seattle blew this game so that will lessen the Pats win, especially with deflategate’s forthcoming fines….

  41. xoot said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Marshawn Lynch would’ve won the game if they’d given him the ball. wtf?

    Side note: I heard Collinsworth call Lynch’s uncanny sidestep a “jump cut.” Goddard would be amused. back to the main point: I’m still just amazed. wtf? A risky pass when you have Marshawn to run it? wtf?

    • xoot said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      sorry. Godard.

  42. willedav said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Can’t stand the guy, but props to Carroll for standing up and saying that was our call vs. their D, 1 pass and 2 runs. “I said ‘Throw it’.” Wilson had the ball in his hands and didn’t get it done. Stand up move.
    Lynch as anti-media hero? No. Besieged by linebackers and defensive tackles every time he handles a football, sure. 5 minutes in front of media geeks=cruel and inhuman punishment? BS run and hide move.

    • James said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      It looked to me like Wilson threw the ball right where the receiver would have been had the CB not bumped him out of the way by stepping forward towards the ball. A lower throw might have been safer, but a great defensive play, and nearly as unlikely as Kearse’s catch right beforehand. It was in any case a much better throw than the one that should have been picked off by the Bengals against Montana in the first SF Super Bowl win. Montana was very lucky . . . .

      • blade3colorado said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        Lucky? A better throw? Hilarious . . .

      • snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

        James, come on dude. Yeah, Joe was one lucky stiff to throw NO interceptions in 4 Super Bowls. In that one he was 23/36 for 357 and 2 TDs. Ickey Woods should have scored 3 TDs against the Niners in that SBowl, but the Niner defense got lucky and held him to 79 yards and zero TDs…

      • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        James, that was the 3rd Super Bowl win. The ’88 season. The second Super Bowl against the Bengals.

  43. James said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    How risky are 1 yard slant passes? Is it that much more likely to be picked off than Lynch is to fumble? Wilson threw 7 picks in 452 attempts. Lynch lost two fumbles in 280 rushing attempts.

    • snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      You don’t throw a pass with Lynch as your RB right there. You just don’t with 1+ yards and 3 downs to a SB win. A tipped pass, a batted ball, whatever, a pick could happen far more than a fumble with the defense bunched up in the middle where the slant is headed. Hand off to Lynch – he’s in big time ball protect mode anyway. The guy is a human one yard gain…

  44. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    That Seattle play call on the one yard line makes the dumbass calls Roman and Harbs made at the 5 yard line in NO against the Ravens look like brilliant moves. May go down as the most dumbass play call in the history of the NFL. Sheezus, it needs capitalization. Just flat DUMBASS…

  45. unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    First thing I thought was Carroll wanted RW to get the MVP, not Lynch, so he called a pass. Lynch and the rest of the coaching staff and front office don’t really get along all that much.

    Then again, they sure changed their stance on him after this season and are set to offer him a huge deal to keep him on the team for a long time.

  46. unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I mean, why risk that? Even a one yard slant can go wrong. As it did. But that was a great play by Butler to jump the route.

    Good to see the refs keep their flags in theor pockets for the most part. Wish the rest of the season was called so clean.

  47. zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Interesting counter-programming by the MLB Network today. During the Super Bowl hours, they broadcast a new documentary about the history of the World Series. They’re rebroadcasting it tonight. It’s a good documentary, other than being narrated by Bob Costas. 🙂

    That MLB Network Presents documentary series is off to a good start. The first three have been very good. Bochy and Flan; the ’90 Reds; and the 2015 Marlins and Cubs. In that 3rd one, Peter Gammons does an excellent interview with Stanton, and Verducci does a great interview with Rizzo. Those two players have gone through a lot. Stanton, of course, with the horrific facial injury; and I didn’t know that Rizzo is a cancer survivor.

  48. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    If you pass at all on that down, you roll out Wilson with an option pass. If he dives in and scores, cool; if he sees an open guy he passes and the ball has no chance of getting tipped — if nobody’s open he throws the ball out of the EZone. But, a slant pass with a bunched up formation and Lynch available to bulldoze into the Ezone off tackle. That’s crazy…

    • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Yeah, teams will sometimes run the play where you fake to the running back going the other direction and then roll out with the option to pass to a tight end or whoever, if the guy’s open, or run if it’s there, or just throw it away. It’s a very low risk play, and real good play for second and goal on the one.

      • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

        I’d still have rather given the ball to Lynch on that, though. Then if he gets stuffed, use the last timeout, and you still have time to make two throws into the endzone.

      • snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:51 pm

        I agree, they run the ball on 2nd down. If it’s stuffed, then maybe you call the option play pass the next two plays, if needed. They had a time out to play with…

  49. zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The Seahawks had a run of about 2 years where everything bounced their way. That look on Carroll’s face at the end said it well: the look of someone whose two-year run of fortune had run out.
    They’ll probably regroup OK eventually and make another playoff run next year and beyond, but that’s a tough loss to wear all off-season.

  50. James said, on February 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Blade, here’s the video of the throw I’m talking about. It was a poorer throw than Wilson’s. He and the 49ers were very lucky it wasn’t picked off. Zumie, yes 1988:

    • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      The situation was pretty different, though. That play was in the middle of the 3rd quarter, if I remember correctly.

  51. sportdude said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Strong work James. You were right. I’d forgotten that play as time went by. Niners and Montana very lucky there

  52. unca_chuck said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Doesn’t mean the Niners lose that game, James. The Niners shot themselves in the feet all that game. Shit, Brady got picked twice today. His first one was terrible.

    • zumiee said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Yeah, that Niner game was 13-6 at the time, with a lot of time left.
      That near-interception was not on the final drive. On the final drive, there was nothing close to an interception.

  53. Macdog said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    BTW, with all due respect to Saint Joe, didn’t some guy named Bradshaw also go 4-for-4 in the Super Bowl?

  54. James said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Looks like early 4th quarter when Billups screwed up. I brought it up in response to WillieD’s comment and in defense of Wilson’s throw, which looked good to me, i.e, I don’t think he’s to blame. Of course, I don’t really think the coaches are particularly culpable either. I don’t get the overwrought reaction to the decision to throw a pass that, it stands to reason, is almost never intercepted, thrown by a QB who is rarely picked off. Lynch does very occasionally fumble the ball, at about the same rate as Roger Craig did in 1990 before the NFC title game.

    An incomplete pass on the quick slant would have saved several seconds over another type of incomplete pass and the timeout. It would have provided more options for the other two plays. If Lynch had been stuffed on the second down — a not totally unlikely result at the goal line — the final two plays would have had to be passes.

    I’ve never looked very closely at latter day NFL stats before. They sure don’t provide much detail. I was hoping to see which team had the most stops by the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant.

  55. snarkk said, on February 1, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    How many passes of Montana’s got dropped by his receivers?…

    • James said, on February 2, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Rice dropped one just about every game, or so it seemed. “You won’t see *that* happen very often!” was a broadcasters’ refrain I know I heard more than a couple of times over the years.

  56. zumiee said, on February 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

    ” I don’t get the overwrought reaction to the decision to throw a pass”

    Lynch had just gained 3 yards on first down. Maybe Lynch wouldn’t have gotten into the endzone on second and one, but Lynch has to be given the ball in that situation. The Patriots were still reeling from that amazing catch down to the 4 yard line.
    One of the most basic things in football, maybe THE most basic thing in football, is can the other team stop the run? And, at that moment, I don’t think NE could stop the run. At least, it was worth trying. And it’s not second-guessing. The second it became apparent that Seattle was going to throw the ball, I, and just about all of North America, couldn’t believe it.

  57. zumiee said, on February 2, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Worst play-call in NFL history according to this article:

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