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It’s Round 3 with the 49ers for a spot in the Super Bowl

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm with 86 Comments »
January 12, 2014 1:03 pm
San Francisco and Jim Harbaugh will return to Seattle for the NFC title game. / AP photo
San Francisco and Jim Harbaugh will return to Seattle for the NFC title game. / AP photo

San Francisco is coming back to Seattle. It seemed inevitable.

The 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers, 23-10, today and will face the Seahawks in the NFC title game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks pounded the 49ers 29-3 in a Week 2 matchup at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers countered with a 19-17 Week 14 win, in which the Seahawks failed to hold a late lead.

Repeatedly asked in the lockerroom Saturday, Seattle players said they didn’t have a preference of opponent for Sunday. More so just a warning.

“Whoever is coming here, just be ready to play because we damn sure will be,” Red Bryant said.


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  1. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Let’s go baby!!!!

  2. Gonna be a GREAT GAME!!!

  3. GO HAWKS!!!

  4. There’s nobody I’d rather beat to get to the Super Bowl than the 49ers! If you want to be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. On the flip side, I can’t imagine the anguish if that’s the team we lose to. It’d be a rough couple of months coming up if that were to happen. I have a good feeling about beating them though. It ain’t gonna be easy, but not many things in life worth anything is easy either. And us fans aren’t even playing!

  5. Percy has to play and the Seahawks Defense has to catch every ball Kaepernick puts in their hands because he will put at least 3 there.

  6. RW better wake up.

  7. HeatherHawk says:

    Great pic choice of Harbaugh.

    My 5 year old daughter was watching the game with me today and asked “What is wrong with him?”

    I’m nervous! Defeating the niners at the NFC Championship game would be the sweetest thing short of a SB win, but losing will be really really hard to take.

  8. how about the fake punt attempt by the niners up 13 w/30 seconds left?

  9. EzraMelech says:

    I’ll post what I said on another thread…
    Note from SanFran-Carolina game. I love how SF fans always complain about the Hawks and their physical play and how our players chat and try to get in opposing teams head. Yet looking at todays game, it looks like SF took a cue from Hawks playbook. Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle black.

    Next week is going to be brutal but fun to watch.
    Whining, Harbaugh and Head Filled with Helium Kaper****
    God I hate 49’rs
    Go Hawks


    Read more here:

  10. CDHawkFan says:

    Hope the refs let them play next week, not a bunch of calls dictating the flow or outcome.

  11. SnakeDoctor says:

    Leave the 49er players wearing the black and white shirts in Carolina.

  12. Let the smack talking begin! I would have rather played the Panthers…but this is good too! Will be an awesome matchup. Yes, RW needs to start playing better. We need a huge game out of him. I hope Percy recovers quickly because we need him. He showcased what he is capable of doing! Let the BEAST loose and let’s head to NY!

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    We match up well with the 49ers. Kaep is lucky he didn’t have a couple picks today.

    I think the Seahawks will be more than ready for this game. Especially after losing a close game down there.

  14. I’m seeing some rumors floating around on twitter that a seahawk player was arrested for DUI last night. I’m hoping it’s just someone starting rumors. Huge mistake at the worst time possible if this is true.

  15. thursday says:

    Yeah the flags were definitely going the Niners way and mysteriously letting them get away with the same things they were /calling/ on the Panthers. I’m beginning to wonder at the curiously selective flagging in the playoffs so far.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Actually we don’t need a huge game from Wilson to win. He didn’t play great last time up here when they got beat 29-3.

    They got some players back but we got some back too.

    Basically all we got to do is stop Gore and catch those 2 or three Ints that Kaep will throw our way.

  17. thursday says:

    on the arrest, i think it was spencer ware

  18. Thats what King 5 is reporting. He’s on IR.

  19. Yup it’s ware

  20. I just wonder did Wilson start the film at half time? or after the game?
    BanBam meet bicep kisser


  21. I didn’t see the game today – who were the refs?
    I thought the officiating Saturday was reasonable, except I don’t remember seeing a replay when we recovered a fumble, but there was a flag on Wagner – the announcers were too busy mumbling in their beer to explain what happened.
    I sure dis-appreciate so many of the network announcers. . . .
    I thought Wagner’s early defense was a main contributor to the first half shutout. . . .

  22. shanewyer says:

    Bring it!

    Forget Blue Friday, it’s Blue WEEK!

    Go Hawks!

  23. Everyone knows that the two best teams in the NFC are the Seahawks and 49ers so it’s only fitting that they play each other in the conference championship game. So begins a nerve wracking week that will culminate next Sunday with happiness or depression.

  24. Agree it will be the sweetest victory and most bitter defeat. Got to love being here!

  25. If Percy Harvin plays then the Seahawks win. If not, this will go down as the most disappointing season in team history.

  26. ChrisHolmes says:

    Well, these are the two teams everyone thought would be there at the end for the NFC before the season started. Seems fitting. A couple of hard-nosed defenses, strong running backs and young, mobile QB’s.

    We’re at home. I hope that does it.

  27. wazzulander says:

    Boldin was being such a pink today that aikman called him out for it, which was good. I’d expect the refs to have a shorter leash with him on Sunday. Hopefully no reporter asks the refs right before the game if they are going to let Seattle DBs get away with holding this game…

  28. wazzulander says:

    Pink=punk, no idea if he’s a commie

  29. Hammajamma says:

    Clash of the Titans, as foretold by prophecy…

  30. Russell Wilson gets too much credit and too much blame. However, he is the QB so it goes with the territory.

    Wilson isn’t going to put up monster numbers next week. He’s facing a defense that’s simply awesome (Tatoo won’t be putting up big numbers against us either) and we don’t have WRs who can expose their secondary. He simply needs to avoid the costly turnover while making enough key plays to get the job done.

    However, if we win, Wilson has a chance to put up monster numbers against the Broncos though because I think their defense sucks and we’re going to need to score more against the Broncos (if that’s who we play, for example) than we will in one week.

    I’d say we’re 60/40 to win if Percy doesn’t play, but those odds go up to 75/25 if he plays (and stays healthy for the duration of the game).

    Todd – get ready for about 39,172 questions about the availability of Percy this week. And when you answer this question, be prepared to get the same question and answer it with the same answer about 5 minutes later.

  31. yakimahawk says:

    From Pabs
    If Percy Harvin plays then the Seahawks win. If not, this will go down as the most disappointing season in team history

    …I agree 100%, our offense was different with him in there. And niners are staunch but not fast. They have nobody to match up w him.

  32. The 49ers opened up as 3 point favorites for next week.

    Wow!! If that’s correct.

  33. What a gut check game…wow. The 49ers are on a roll and they can obviously play on the road. Carolina was not ready for prime time, inexperience showed. The Saints were better yesterday than the Panthers were today.

    The Seahawks should have no issues with motivation.

  34. ChrisHolmes says:

    Agree with all you just wrote BobbyK, but I don’t think Denver will get past the Patriots.

    Bellichick + Brady = Manning Kryptonite.

    Not sure why that is, but they just seem to have his number.

  35. It is good that the Niners open as favorites. And not surprising. The Niners are playing better than the Seahawks since early December. Their offense has more weapons, better game plans, and better blocking. And at the risk of being flamed…from what we’ve seen this year, Kaepernick is a better, more consistent and more dangerous (with his legs) quarterback.

    The 49ers should be favored…but that doesn’t mean they’ll win.

  36. I’m glad they are favorites. It only adds fuel to the fire for our guys (not that they should need it when a trip to the Super Bowl is on the line).

  37. Yeah, imagine the Seahawk locker room…home underdogs! Against the 49ers! There’s going to be some anger.

  38. CDHawkFan says:

    I thought I saw Hawks -3 about an hour ago.

  39. Hawks are favored by 3.

  40. freedom_X says:

    I also would be glad if San Francisco is made a road favorite. I think the guys do need fuel for the fire. They didn’t close the New Orleans game out well at all. I think they mentally slacked the 4th quarter. Do hopefully a disrespect card will get them back in line.

    I don’t think the 49ers have turned some magic corner and are a far better team than they were six weeks ago. Better, but not a magnitude better. If Harvin is available, he more than compensates for the boost Crabtree gave the 49ers.

  41. Apologies…we were going on what Pabs said…haven’t seen a line yet myself.

  42. tealskin says:

    The advantage Kaepernick has is playing behind a much better O-line and having better receivers doesn’t hurt either. Definitely going to be a challenge considering how things have gone for each team the last month or so.

  43. I see us at 3.5 favorites on vegas site

  44. freedom_X says:

    Seattle by 3 makes more sense. They’re saying the teams are basically even with that spread. I expect the line to shift though, because fan money will do go to the 49ers. So a die-hard Seattle fan might be better served to wait a bit.

  45. You guys were right. Seattle opens as 3.5 point favorites.

  46. Not going to flame you, but I suspect you may have had too many of those complimentary drinks in Vegas if you think Craperstink is more consistent than RW. ;-)

  47. Its going to be a WAR.

    I hope the defense and special teams can continue their terrific play and the offence can “find its groove”.

  48. Ha Ha, I might have…but he has certainly played better than RW in the last six weeks. How much of that is due to having fewer weapons (until Harvin), questionable line play and a very conservative coach is definitely open to question.

  49. guywhothinksheknowsitall says:

    Sure hope the receivers figure out how to get open. The saints blanketed them yesterday giving rw nowhere to throw. I’ve been down on rw lately but after being at the game yesterday I’ve gained new perspective over watching it on tv. Our receivers make outstanding catches but getting open is not a strength for any of them. Getting Percy healthy and keeping him healthy the entire game will be key to our offensive success. As well as the saints covered our receivers the niners will be even tougher.

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  51. Objectively, the 49ers offense is more balanced and better than ours (minus Harvin). Better line, better receivers, better TE. At RB & QB I’ll take the Hawks. Add Harvin and our WRs are much closer to equal. So their offense is still better than ours but not by much with a healthy Harvin.

    Defensively we are better than they are but not by much.

    What separates these teams? Not much.

    Home field counts. This match up has been written on the stone tablets for thousands of years. Let’s have the game of our lives because I for one am not ready or willing to be miserable over these Hawks. We NEED this more than anyone else does!!!

  52. RW needs to play better.

    More importantly Bevell needs a game plan that will help RW. Give him more options on intermediate routes, let him actually throw the ball and get into some sort of rhythm.

    I also agree they need Harvin. RW was 7-9 with him in the game, 2-9 with him out of the game.

    SF knows everything we do, and likewise for us. Harvin gives us a little bit of mystery. Could really use a decent kick returned too.

  53. Pabs, I’ll bet you Hawks win even if Percy doesn’t play.
    Without 1 long run down by Gore in SF we probably would have won that one..

  54. tealskin says:

    There seems to be a continuing complaint that the receivers don’t get open. Maybe I’m showing my ignorance but isn’t that a function of playcalling and scheming also? I watch all these other games where receivers are running open and have to think it’s not just great route running. If it is a playcalling problem it is at least improvable, in theory that is.

  55. Play calling is a huge problem. Too predictable, doesn’t help the WRs at all

  56. Beachhawk says:

    DEFENSE wins championships. RW has been clutch over his career he will do fine against the 49ers. Lynch at home and the best defense in the league I like our chances. I agree with bobbyK on playing the 49ers. GO HAWKS

  57. chkn_liddle says:

    Fantasy football and constant commentating are part of what creates these weird whiny blog feuds. Fans get inundated with so much data and analysis that it is easy to be disappointed in statistical mediocrity even in the face of the only meaningful measure of performance, victory! The reason football is so exciting and compelling is that it is a game of both intellect and violence and at the pro level, played by relatively evenly matched teams. It is amazing to me to read and listen to all of the analyses of games and then to see something completely different and unexpected happen in the game. It is at those times that I have been most impressed with the guts, intellect, determination, enthusiasm and optimisim of our players and coaches. I know that whatever the statistics say about the relative merits of Kapernik vs. Wilson, Harbaugh vs. Carroll, Boldin vs. Sherman and on down the rosters the Seahawks have the edge in the intangibles that it will take to win! Bring on the unicorns! Bring on the rainbows!

  58. thinwhiterope says:

    Todd, do you have access to the snap counts yet?

    I’m curious about Miller and Willson. It didn’t seem like either made much of an impact yesterday (one memorable catch from Miller). I really think that RW3 would benefit from some help from the TEs as playmakers, not just in protection. Seems like they could open up the short/mid range passing game more effectively than whatever it is we have been doing for the last 5 games.

    Defenses are not playing us honestly. They can smother our WRs and keep at least 1 lb home to spy on RW nearly every passing down. We keep trying to stretch them with the long ball with limited success.

    Maybe Willson is hurt worse than they let on.

  59. The early vegas line is Seattle by 3.

    That’s a dead-even matchup, plus 3 for home field advantage.

    Its working out just the way we all knew it should, right?


  60. This game will not be won or lost by amazing quarterback plays.

    It won’t be won or lost by play calling.

    This will be trench warfare.

  61. SandpointHawk says:

    @chkn_liddle…nice post, glad to see someone gets it…

  62. thursday says:

    Lol I like that, “weird whiny blog feuds”. I think you hit the nail on the head though. You can analyze yourself blue in the face, but in the end, a win is all that counts. It doesn’t matter how ugly you look getting that win either. I think that’s kinda what Sherm was saying not too long ago, about the Seahawks being a team that isn’t out to pad their stats, but to win the game.

    I like our chances for a few reasons. One, the Clink. I think it’s in Kap’s head and it’s going to be INSANE on Sunday. A Championship is one thing, but against the team most Seahawks fans hate most? Are you kidding me? Lol. Two, they barely beat us in their own house. Paper and stats only means so much.

  63. ChrisHolmes says:

    “There seems to be a continuing complaint that the receivers don’t get open. Maybe I’m showing my ignorance but isn’t that a function of playcalling and scheming also? I watch all these other games where receivers are running open and have to think it’s not just great route running. If it is a playcalling problem it is at least improvable, in theory that is.”

    Some of it, certainly, is play calling and/or play design.

    But sometimes it’s just nothing more than a guy “winning” on his route. An example is the slant play that Wilson threw to Tate, where he threw the ball way behind Tate. If you watch that play start to finish, that’s a simple slant rout, but how open a guy gets on that route is a function of the defender’s positioning and leverage, and how the receiver runs it and how he sells the route.

    In that particular instance, Tate really got the defender to over-commit toward the sideline, and Tate cut it inside very sharply. He was open by a couple yards, which is rare in the NFL on that particular route. It was a really good example of a receiver vs. defender and the receiver “winning” on that route. RW made the right read, saw Tate had one-one-one in the right slot, Tate made a great move, and then RW made a horrible throw. How much did the wind play into that pass? I have no idea, but it sure looked really bad and uncharacteristic of RW missing on that route that badly.

    But, as I said, it was a great example of a WR winning.

    The intermediate routes are harder; anything where a receiver has to run 10-15 yards and make a move. There are a LOT of routes in the playbook where our guys have to run that far, and various route “combinations” are designed to work together to thwart a man or zone defense coverage.

    Problem with all of those routes is that our offensive line hasn’t been good enough to block for them long enough to allow those routes to develop. If those routes develop, and the receivers can make their breaks and the route combinations can “work together” to spring a guy open, then what you see on TV is “oh man, he was wide open!”.

    But you gotta have an O-line that can stand up long enough in pass protection to allow those routes to develop. Our guys fail at that quite often.

    On top of that, there’s the whole element of reading through the progressions. You need your O-line to last long enough so you can get through all of them. RW frequently can’t make it through all the options because the pocket collapses too fast.

    And then there are times I see him bounce through all his reads, and guys just aren’t open. He’s going, “1, 2, 3, 4, damn, I have to run”.

    So… it’s a combination of things. This is why I think it’s valuable to look at all the individual plays and see what happens on a play-by-play basis. Because guys watch the TV broadcast, can’t see the whole field, see RW go 9-for-18, miss a couple of slants, and immediately they’re down on him. And it’s just way more complex than that. It’s a lot of factors, and you have to grade everything on every play to really know where things are breaking down or why a particular play didn’t work.

    Our guys “can” get open. But maybe they’re not consistent enough getting open to “be open” on every play. But sometimes that’s just good defense too. Rob Ryan has taken that defense and turned it around.

    I mean… we have a pretty good secondary ourselves. How come we erased Jimmy Graham? How come we made Brees look pedestrian? How come we erased Bolden in the first matchup?

    I think it’s worthwhile to look at all the factors.

    Bottom line: we won. Defense played really well, Marshawn had the kind of game you hope he has in inclement weather, and Wilson made a key throw late to Baldwin that helped seal the deal. It was a team win. Bennett was a monster, Wagner was a beast, and ET continues to treat us fans to an elite performance. I mean, how fired up does that dude get? Wow.

    We won. We’re playing for the Superbowl next week. I like our chances.

  64. shanewyer says:

    Has there been any talk on why we did not call for a challenge on the fumble that we caused and recover (no fumble called) and then we got a 15 yard penalty?

  65. ChrisHolmes says:

    @shanewyer There was some chatter about it. Apparently it was not review-able because he was ruled down by contact?

  66. freedom_X says:

    Scheme can’t compensate for lack of talent in the passing game. Schemes and plays might get players open for a handful of plays, so you save those for the right moment.

    But you have only 3 or 4 of those magic bullets per game. The rest, the player(s) have to do their jobs and beat the guys across from them. It’s possible that the opposing defense has some weakness or blind spot that can be constantly exploited, but quality defenses are unlikely to have such a thing.

    Certainly scheming can make players more effective, but in the end, talent still matters. Other than toughness, there aren’t any particularly outstanding talents on the Seattle receiving corps outside of Harvin.

    Just look at our opponent. They were even more desperate for receivers than Seattle, but they had to wait until Crabtree came back to get their passing game going. They couldn’t “create” something from nothing. It’s not just Seattle.

  67. thinwhiterope says:

    He was ruled down by contact, then took another step and was engaged. It was the contact that took place after being ruled down that led to the fumble, not the contact that supposedly brought him down.

    If these two things happened simultaneously, then the play is reviewable. Since the fumble occurred after the play was declared dead, the play is not reviewable.

  68. shanewyer says:

    Thanks ChrisHolmes and thinwhiterope

  69. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks ChrisHolmes.

    It’s nice to hear intelligent football analysis on this blog and you come through again and again.

    It’s a breath of fresh air from the tunnel vision posters that have little or nothing to back up their opinions.

  70. “Defense wins championships”…. Maybe. Lots of analysis has been done on this statement and it is not so clear. Teams with a better defense get into the playoffs more often but when two strong defenses face each other it comes down to who has the better offense. Case in point: The CAR-SF game today. Carolina was ranked #2 in defense in both yards and points but SF still put up 23 points on them.

    The NFC championship game will be a dog fight but I think SF has been playing very well lately and we will need our offense to be firing on all cylinders.

  71. GoldenGate_Nate says:

    We all got the matchup we wanted next Sunday. Best two teams in the NFL going toe-to-toe for the right to play in the Supper Bowl. Seahawk defense is playing out of their minds, but Niners have a ton of momentum going right now. Crabtree’s return has made the Niner offense down right lethal. Kaepernick has been clutch. And when Seattle has the ball, you certainly looked better with Harvin in there, but can your O-line hold up against our pass rush?

    If we’re all honest with ourselves, I don’t think anyone is 100% confident in a win for their team. But it sure will be fun. I wish this game were being played at the Stick, it would be a great way to retire a historic building. But I think we’ve been up there enough times to deal with it this Sunday.

    I sure am looking forward to the week ahead.

  72. You’re right – the two best teams in the NFL are playing next Sunday. I think we’ll win, but I don’t know that we’ll win. Already looking forward to next Sunday.

  73. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m a 100% confident that the Seahawks are the better team and will win Sunday.

    No offense to the 49ers because they are the second best team in the NFL. But unfortunately for you the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL.
    The only way they lose is to beat themselves.

    This really should be the Super Bowl imo.

  74. When we’re younger, we all heard the “defense wins championships” garbage. What a bunch of crap. There is no such thing as one unit winning a championship. Teams win championships.

    I don’t care how great your defense is – if you’re offense is totally inept, you’re not going to win a championship. Even the poster team for “defense wins championships” in the Baltimore Ravens team quite a while back had an offense that made just enough plays to win. They didn’t go 3-and-out every time they got the ball. Even the ’85 Bears defense wouldn’t have won a Super Bowl with a defense that went 3-and-out every time.

    The opposite is true for teams with great offenses, they’d better have a defense that makes enough plays to get the job done.

    We’ve all watched equally contested games where the outcome was basically decided on special teams (blocked kick, made kick, bad hold, punt return, you get the idea).

    I get tired of the stupid arguments that Russell Wilson has a great record as a starter. Tim Tebow had a great record as a starter two years ago, is still young, and nobody in the NFL wants that guy. Does anyone think Wilson would have as many wins if he were the QB for the Jaguars? Hell no! Some of “his” wins last year were in spite of him, not because of him.

    I also get tired of reading about how he sucks because he’s pretty damn good, IMO. Has he made a few crap throws in the last month? Yes. He has. I saw Brees make some bad throws (granted he was facing a better defense) yesterday, too.

    However, as has been noted, not every number that seems to be lacking on paper is Wilson’s fault either. The WRs aren’t anything special and the playcalling yesterday certainly wasn’t designed to get Wilson numbers in the second half. They were called with the idea that there would be no risks/turnovers because the way our defense was playing – the only way we could lose was by giving them the ball or an easy TD. Call me funny, but I’d rather the Seahawks win and he throws for less than 100 yards than the Seahawks lose, but Wilson gets 300 yards passing and two costly picks.

    One camp drives me nuts because they seem to think that Sherman, ET, Wagner, Mebane, Lynch, Chancellor, Miller, Bennett, and the SeaGals would be cut tomorrow and that Wilson would still win every game if he could take the field all by himself.

    The other camp doesn’t remember his heroics in Atlanta last year and the fact that he has some “it” factor to him. He’s sure as heck helped us win plenty of games, too. If we had Weeden or someone in the draft last year – there’s no way we’d be hosting the NFC Championship Game next week. Even for the people who have bashed Wilson – I doubt they could, in all seriousness, list 10 QBs they would rather have than him for the Hawks moving forward, which means (worst case scenario) he’s still in the top 1/3 of any QB for them (as much as he gets bashed sometime).

    Sometimes luck happens too. Look at the Manning family. No way in hell is Eli better than his big brother. If you think Eli is better – then would you be willing to start an expansion team moving forward with a 22 year old Eli instead of Peyton? I don’t mean to call names, but I think only a fool or a moron would honestly take Eli as a 22 year old because in his former football life “he” won two Super Bowls.

    Russell Wilson isn’t perfect but he doesn’t suck either and he’s definitely more good than bad. However, I have a right to get mad at him if he misses a wide open Tate on a slant, just like I have a right to get mad at Lynch for fumbling, ET missing a tackle, or Sherman getting burned for a TD. I’m pretty sure I’m not a “hater” if I get mad and cuss out Okung in my basement if he gets called for a hold at a bad time.

  75. Well said, BobbyK.

  76. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “One camp drives me nuts because they seem to think that Sherman, ET, Wagner, Mebane, Lynch, Chancellor, Miller, Bennett, and the SeaGals would be cut tomorrow and that Wilson would still win every game if he could take the field all by himself.”

    I challenge you BobbyK to bring up one post much less a so-called camp that has said what you claim up above.

    You can’t so why do you make crap up?

    No offense. Just trying to understand where you are coming from.

  77. How about the camp that says we are very lucky to have management that built this young team from scratch including taking a chance on a 3rd round QB ( shorty).

  78. GeorgiaHawk says:

    cerjam- That’s the camp I’m in!

    Go Hawks!!!

  79. ChrisHolmes says:

    Great post Bobby. Well said.

    I, personally, have no issue with you, or anyone else, getting mad at Wilson for missing a throw. I was irked when he blew that slant to Tate and Tate had two yards his defender. That was going to be 15 yards and had a chance for a lot more if Tate makes a guy miss. That stuff drives ALL of us fans nuts.

    I just dislike, as I’ve overstated already, the sheer volume of negativity by some specific people. You are not one of those guys :-)

    And you’re absolutely right: Wilson as QB for the Jags wouldn’t have the 2-year starting win record. No way. But, I think it’s fair to say he’d have more wins than any of the other guys the Jags have tried. Like you wrote: Wilson has an “it” factor that you can’t measure. I like that. These guys don’t come along very often.

    The thing I really appreciate about this team is the defense. I grew up on this team, and we have almost always had a pathetic defense. Especially in the secondary (those Brian Russell years and such were tough to stomach). Now we have the Legion of Boom! How awesome is that?

    I love this team. We have some great depth. These guys seem to genuinely love playing together. Chemistry matters in team sports like this. This is a rare team, a rare treat for us long suffering fans. I love it.

    And yes, I sure hope the offense picks it up next week. A lot. And two weeks after that. Because if we are fortunate enough to make it to the big show, we’re going to need some points. Patriots or Broncos, we’re gonna have to score.

  80. juliusvrooder says:

    I don’t think we would be here with Blaine Gabbert at the helm, although he does have dreamy hair.

    However, Russell has not been playing like Russell of late, and that concerns me. We need Russell to get his mojo working against the whiners and the pats. (If its the broncos, it won’t matter. The league will not allow south Alaska to beat a manning.)

    Loved your post Bobby, and I would not have even started reading a tomb of such weight without your byline on it. But, and this may just be an old d-line guy talking, I do believe that old trope. As the post-season ramps up, things get exposed. You can pass your way into the tournament, but at this level, everyone’s got game. No D=no trophy.

    I like our chances this week against Kap, as he gets jumpy up here. I am hoping we draw NE in the big game. Since Madison Avenue hates us equally, we may get a fair shot.

  81. thursday says:

    Absolutely agreee @chrisholmes. I also definitely get mad at players at times, any of them, but the “volume of negativity” by so many on this blog is beyond annoying.

  82. juliusvrooder says:

    Uh, make that ‘wouldn’t be here with Blaine Gabbert at the helm.’ Typo. But he does have dreamy hair…

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