Week 11 Recap: 49ers fall to 4-6

What a disaster this season is turning into. The Cardinals are now running away with the division and the 49ers do not look prepared to challenge them. After the loss to the Packers on Sunday, Mike Singletary’s team falls three games behind the NFC champs. With only six games left to play, the chances for the 49ers to finish on their solid start looks slim.

What went right:

Although Alex Smith started out terrible, he was able to rebound and threw for three touchdowns.  He did throw a costly interception, but I was impressed with his ability to forget about it and not get caught up in the quicksand.  His three touchdowns followed the only turnover for the whole game.  While the offense can score points with Smith, as he can throw the ball down field and hit his receivers, the game always gets out of reach before those deep shots are called. Michael Crabtree scored his first NFL touchdown with a spectacular catch. Every week the young receivers seem to improve, getting more in-sync with Smith. We may have found our new return man in Josh Morgan.  The second year wide receiver took his first kick return of the day for 76 yards, setting up the first 49er touchdown.  Special teams has been seriously lacking a return game, giving bad field position for the offense.  If Morgan earns an extended look as return man, we could see a better kick return than ten yards. Other than the offense showing signs of life in the second half, everything else went wrong.

What went wrong:

Five carries for Frank Gore in the first half. That speaks for itself. At the beginning of the season, Singletary fired Mike Martz in order to run the ball the majority of the time. Show us, don’t tell us Coach. The 49ers were in the game for the entire first quarter, and only let the game get away from them in the second quarter. Gore only got five carries because of all the three-and-outs. But Gore should have been part of those three-and-outs. Understandably so, Jimmy Raye was probably afraid to run the ball because of his make-shift offensive line. Regardless of who is on the line, the best offensive player on the team should have more than five carries in the first half, and seven all together.

The defense really disappointed me. Before Sunday’s game, the 49ers were ranked third in the league against the run. Green Bay Packers half-back Ryan Grant gashed them for 129 yards and a touchdown. The tackling was sub-par. Greg Jennings turned a 10-yard gain into a 64-yard touchdown because Dashon Goldson took a bad angle and collided with his own man. On Jordy Nelson’s touchdown catch, two 49ers had a shot at him, and he broke the two arm tackles.

Just as disappointing, the defense only sacked Aaron Rodgers twice. The same Aaron Rodgers who is leading the league with 43 sacks this season. This performance leaves no room for doubt how bad the pass rush is. Rodgers did show some mobility and escaped the rush, but the man is getting sacked an average of four times a game. It was weakness versus weakness, and the 49ers’ pass rush turned out to be worse than the Packers’ pass protection.

The absolute worst part of the game was the last six minutes. Alex Smith just threw a touchdown pass to Frank Gore, to close the gap to 30-24. The defense was asked to stop the Packers and get the ball back for a game winning drive. Well, the suddenly hot-handed offense never got the chance. Much like Jay Cutler and the Bears last Thursday, the Packers marched down the field with ease. Only Rodgers didn’t choke like Cutler, and the Packers ran the remaining 5 minutes and 56 seconds off the clock.

The unbalance in time of possession was ridiculous: 41:39 to 18:21. How do the 49ers expect to win if they only have the ball for 18 minutes and 21 seconds? This is where running the ball helps the team. If they used Gore more than seven times, maybe the TOP would not have been so lop-sided.

I’m not ready to count out the playoffs at this point, but the 49ers have to start winning.  The Cardinals also have to start losing, but until December 14th, there’s nothing they can do about that.  On the positive side, the Cardinals find themselves in the tough part of their schedule.  The Tennesse Titans, who are on a four game winning streak, host them, and after that, the Minnesota Vikings pay Arizona a visit.  If the Titans and Vikings can beat the Cards, and the 49ers find a way to defeat the Jaguars and Seahawks, the Monday night game between them will be the 49ers’ chance to get back in the division hunt.   Their last remaining games are: vs. Jacksonville, at Seattle, vs. Arizona, at Philadelphia, vs. Detroit, and at St. Louis.  The Jaguars are on the up-swing, winning their last three games, and will be a tough opponent.  They need to approach the rest of the season with intensity, as they need to win most of the games to have a chance at winning the division.

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I have been a 49ers fan my entire life and will continue to be one long after I'm dead. My plan for the afterlife is to haunt the Dallas Cowboys and ensure they will never win another Super Bowl. My favorite 49er of all time is Steve Young, and my favorite current 49er would probably be Alex Smith. (I take a lot of sh** for that, even from Niner fans.).
  • Mas (Real one)

    Someone punch Scott Kegley in the face… Please.

  • chuckle49er

    the offense and the defense need to be balanced and help each other run the ball from the shotgun toss the ball back to the rb, do some screens and alex does well in the spread/shotgun trust the recievers one on one coverage and cmon the defense has got to pressure the qb too much time back there go niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • caribulou

    At somepoint the coaches have to take the panties off and put on a jock. They are so afraid of losing the dont let their players play to win. Alex can be the answer but they have to trust him and let him win the game. Yes there may be turnovers but you have to take chances to win.

  • Joe Gomez

    I’m done with this shitty organization. Until Smith is gone I will never watch another niner game. I’m going to the Raiders games on sundays now they have a better chance at the playoffs than this clown Alex. I wish Madden would put Alex on the cover so he would get a life threatening injury or something. Im just so sick of him!

    • redandgold

      hahahahahahahaha…. From what I remember, You are a “Die hard niner fan” hahahaha… I said it before and i will say again, all these ppl do is bitch when we lose and run away like lil bitchs hahaha. Its all good I hope you stay with the Raiders MR. “Die hard niner fan” hahaha. Before you go I just want you to tell me what smith’s stats were for the game and how he is the one to blame for the lose?

      RED and GOLD 4 life baby!!!!! even if they never win any more games cause thats what fans do, they stay and fight till the lights are out!!

      • chuckle49er

        i agree niners forever no matter who the qb is. go niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • redandgold

          Stand up baby show all these fake ass niners fans that we gonna be here till the END!!!!

          • caribulou

            Did you guys see Devin Hesters ass on sunday? glad i got tivo

      • Mas

        LoL.

        The 49ers may have a few holes here and there but the Raiders have craters…

        You might have to relocate further east in order to get to that team you want to follow. Some teams still have room on the bandwagon so from all of us, we wish you the best.

        • Indiana Jim

          What about Alex Smith's ass, anybody else notice it besides me? Mmmmmmmm……..real nice.

    • The REAL Joe Gomez

      Nice try Indiana Jackoff, as much as I hate your lover Alex I will NEVER I repeat I will never i will repeat again I WILL NEVER cheer for the sorry ass Raiders. Alex is 1-9 his past 10 starts, im just sayin he’s not the long term answer. I guess were STUCK with him for now so don’t cry Jimmy Boy, I just want winners!!!

  • redandgold

    wow just seen the hester video on youtube. I paused it and looked real close for a few minutes and thats defiantly bare ass.

    • dosia510

      i just saw it too, thas hella funny!!!!

      • redandgold

        hahaha thats hella funny, people on here even steal ur name and post comments hahahaha.. I think its joe gomez, its all good bro, Im not the one that said im going to the raiders, you did. And when you check back here in about 3 years, Im still going to be here rep’n my red and gold, cause no matter what, I bleed red and gold!!!!!

        Raiders, hahahahahaha

        • Mas (Real one)

          Name stealing – Hilarious. Small time identity theft.. it's like a gateway drug, Gomez. First you'll be pretending to be redandgold.. next thing you know, you'll be suckin' dick for coke.

          Not saying you do – just saying.

  • Mas (Real one)

    Interesting stats from Matt Maiocco's Site.

    http://blog.pressdemocrat.com/49ers/2009/11/singl

    Scroll down past the first two quick hits and there it is for your reading pleasure.

    …Or, in Indiani Jim's case, boner.

  • Mas (Real one)

    ..I bet Scott Kegley is Indiana Jim…

  • Devani

    Does everyone think Raye will be gone next season, what's your opinion on that Mas my freind. Dosia # 5 what did you see, I read your comment above. Dosia # 5, do you think we should get rid of Raye, or keep in for another year.

    • dosia510

      as much as we need the consistency at OC, it should at least be a decent OC. jimmy raye is a scared old man and if he is so reluctant to switch up the play callin when ur up by 4 points, i dont think the philosophy will change enough next year to make a difference. im eager to see which OC’s will be available for next year. this is where sing & co. will make more of an impact with a better OC selection. BTW, i was referring to devin hester gettin pantsed….really funny bro….

  • Chris

    I think that Alex did a great job Sunday. In the first half the line couldn’t block my 8 year olds pee wee team, thats why he only had 5 yards passing. The INT hurt but it wasn’t all his fault. If you look at it Davis ducked the pass. I mean the throw was on the money and could have been a big gain. I wish that these turds here would actually watch the game instead of looking for something to bitch about. Yes we played really bad on both sides of the ball in the first half, and that put us in a huge hole, but we were able to make it a game at least. They played really hard the 2nd half and could have won the game if the D could have gotten off the field. Hell this is going to be a growing process. This the first year that really this team has been together. In time if we keep these guys together, Smith, Davis, Crabtree and gore. We are going to win a lot of fucking games.

    Smith is throwing the ball great when he is given the time. You could have put any QB in the league back there in the first half Sunday and they all would have shitty numbers. I’ve played QB before and you need more than a half of second to get a throw off.

    Use the first two picks on line men and learn to protect the man.

  • Mas (Real one)

    I think we should keep in for one more game to be honest. They don't show him enough on camera for my tastes. I want to be able to lose myself in that pretty face.

    • Mas

      Okay. You fuckin homo – knock that shit off – it’s pathetic.

  • Indiana Jim

    Yea Chris were 1-9 with Alex starting, but we must give him a few more years to develop. He’s actually still a rookie. Those years don’t count because Nolan was really mean to him. I also agree people need to quit bitchin, Alex is doing fine. Speaking of fine, don’t you agree he has one fine ass?

    • redandgold

      dude stop with that gay shit

  • Mas (Real one)

    ..I spend way too much time on this site..

  • Joe Gomez

    I have plenty of condoms if anybody wants me to come over and "stuff" their turkey for them. I am a sick puppy and I love it.

  • Indiana Jim

    ID like to apologize to everyone for using their names especially you Joe. I’m seriously in need of psych help and im going thru therapy at this time. In the mean time please try to put up with me until I am cured.

    Thank you all and god bless.

    • Mas

      Go fuck yourself psycho. No one cares, stop being an annoying little bitch.

  • The Real Joe Gomez

    Yea take your pills dipshit you need it. You need a good ass whoopin thats what you need. Keep the shit straight football asshole, nobody wants to hear about your homosexual encounters. Faggot ass faggot.

  • Mas (Realest One)

    I come to this site to shoot the shit about football. Not clarify on what I did or did not comment on. No one cares if you’re, “retard”. No one.

    Say what you want but using peoples names, saying consistently gay shit and then saying you got a psych issue is weak. Excuses don’t explain and explanations don’t excuse so knock that shit off or go cut yourself.

  • Mas

    Oh my god.. This food is killing me..

  • dosia510

    thanksgiving, easily my favorite holiday. im so fuckin full…………..

  • dosia510

    HAPPY TURKEY DAY TO ALL US NINER FANS OUT THERE. HOPE U GUYS ENJOY UR TIME WITH UR FAMILY….AND I HOPE U STUFF UR FACES LIKE I AM….GO NINERS!!!!

    • redandgold

      Happy Thanksgiving bro

      • Mas

        To you two as well.

  • dosia510

    i remember before the season started i was hella excited with playoff aspirations. but little by little and slowly but surely, all of that has been drained out of me along with my soul. i now find myself not looking forward to sundays as much as i was 2 months ago. and a big part of me wants to put half of the blame on jimmy raye. im seriously dreading watching his play calling this sunday. any words of encouragement???

    • The Real Joe Gomez

      Heres some words for encouragement, Alex Smith wont be your starting QB next year and hopefully Raye and McClueless gets out of town too.

  • Mas (Realest One)

    Nope.

    Well… at least we don't have Eric Mangini. Scott McMc might pull a Tiger Woods and pull out of his driveway, hit a firehydrant and get seriously injured…

    • dosia510

      wishful thinking man….that would be an early christmas for us all……..

  • Devani

    Happy thanksgiving Dosia # 5, the food was great, but today I feel indegestion. Dosia # 5 I am also dreading the play calling this weekend. I wish someone would pull a Ronnie Lott and encourage and uplift our teams moral that would be splendid!

    • Mas (Realest One)

      This Sunday relies on one thing, DEFENSE. If we can't shut down MJD then we can pack up our stuff and call it a season. Not being negative, just realistic. The only way we can salvage this season is to beat every team remaining on our schedule(JAX, @SEA, ARI, @PHI, DET, @STL).

      At 4-6, that is the Everest of mountains to climb in order to stay in the Wild Card hunt. Arizona is playing ridiculous right now but with TEN, MIN, SF, DET, STL GB, there's a good possibility that they only pull off 2 or 3 more.

      10-6 is a bit of a stretch to the imagination, especially going to Philidelphia for week 15. Couple that with the fact that Jimmy Raye still has a pulse and a shaky hand holding on to our offense like a pedophile in a school yard. Yeah, I know, it's a stretch.

      I get it.

      I'm not on drugs, I don't huff paint and I have never had a psycological "episode" or lost my mind.

      What I am saying is simply that there are still possibilities. Whether or not they come to fruition doesn't matter.

      If we lose Sunday, yes, our season is officially fucked. Does it mean I won't watch the Niners against Seattle the following week? Fuck no. Do I get as aggrivated as anyone of you do when we come up short on fourth & 1?…Walk away with another notch in the loss column, absolutely. What fan wouldn't?

      But the fact of the matter is this. Every week, we pump ourselves up for a 78 yard Frank Gore TD run, a 38 yard Crabtree TD grab or an Aubrayo Franklin Red Zone INT. Just because it doesn't happen every week doesn't change a thing. This is still my team, your team and your kids team. Does it make a difference when one of you decide to go root for Oakland? No. It's hilarious.

      It's a game.

      Is a win going to give me a day off of work? When I go back into work, do I get a trophy, a hug or a quarterly award if we win? No. And to be honest, it doesn't bother me.

      I don't hang my head after losses, get shit talked to me because of the team I root for or beat up on my wife out of frustration with our play calling. Not my style.

      We have one of the most storied franchises in the league and some guys are talking about going to watch Oakland.. Root for Jamarcus. Al Davis lives man – he still says who they draft and who they don't… obviously. Have fun with that.

      We're so close to having a legitimate team and one game isn't going to change that.

      • dosia510

        thas the words of encouragement i needed. i feel the same way. no matter what happens i will ALWAYS root for this team. point in case 2004 when we went 2-14. i watched every single game and every single down that year as i have since i was 10. thanks mas for bringing me back to my ways and now im juiced for sunday. FUCK THE JAGUARS!! GO NINERS!!

  • Devani

    Dosia # 5, I am also juiced for this sundays game, it should be a momentum changer! Mas my friend those are some words of encouragment, I wish Ronnie could step into the locker room during half time and give his words of motivation. Dosia # 5 I am ready for some splendid football!

    • dosia510

      ya me 2. i hope we knock out these pussy cat jaguars. i like MJD, him being from de la salle and all, but not tomorrow….GO NINERS!!!!

  • Joe Gomez

    I am having a love affair with my frozen turkey from Thanksgiving. I was in the marines. WhooooooRahhhh! I am a legend in my own demented mind fo i am Joe Gomez the Great!

    • dosia510

      i wonder what happened to the real joe gomez.

  • Mas (Realest One)

    If I was coach Sing, I'd pull everyone who ever mattered to this franchise to instill some hope into these guys. Then, I'd have Mr T & R. Lee Ermey (Gny. Sgt. Hartman/Full Metal Jacket) light up Jimmy Raye.

    • dosia510

      y stop there mas, lets get tony robbins and and charles manson too…whatever will help the morale of this team. did anyone hear that takeo was saying that we will still make the playoffs?? not impossible. far fetched. but not impossible…

  • Indiana Jim

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/9889/co

    I'm highly upset over these numbers. Whoever researched this is my true enemy now. It shows Hill and my butt buddy Alex's QB rating when trailing or leading by 7 pts. in the 4th qtr when the game is on the line and the pressure is definitely on. It shows Hill's QB rating at about 135.0 or so and Alex at about 26.0. I think the 4th Qtr is overrated and really halftime is crucial. Watching Alex warmup on the sidelines in his tight pants is a dream come true. So yea I said it, stats don't mean shit, it's all about how good you look during halftime.

    • dosia510

      i wonder what happened to the real indiana jim.

      • Mas (Realest One)

        Dosia510, NinerPaul, RedandGold. What's on you're wish list for today's game? Frank Gore – 500 yds rushing? LOLine actually getting a push?

        I saw the saddest thing I've ever seen in Niner history today… NFL Network was doing a segment recapping week 11 and they played that 4th & 1 QB sneak and I almost threw up all over Indiana Jim's zebra skin rug and leopard print man-kini.

        Basically, Barry Sim's and (I believe) Adam Snyder got tossed into eachother from their (opposite) positions. It looked like a scene from Joe Gomez' home video collection, featuring: oversized guys in kid's pool.

        What I still don't get is who this guy is whose using other peoples names. It keeps me up at night. Gives me reason to come back to this site day after day after day. One day he or she or it will reveal himself/herself/itself and I want to be here. Until then, I guess we'll just have to speculate.

        • Mas (Realest One)

          *your (-you're)

          LOLine

        • dosia510

          off top i would like a win. but i would just like to see decent play all around. most importantly consistent play. i know what u meant about the o-line on that 4th and 1. love the analogies by the way. i never thought that at 29, i would be vulnerable to one of my blood vessels popping because of an OC. i hope jimmy raye calls todays plays like a fuckin man. pussys dont make it in this league. i would like our D to step up their play as well. theyve been way to inconsistent. i also hope i catch scott keigley breaking into my yard…..that would be worth it…..

          • Mas (Realest One)

            So, the games over.. we won and yet, I still want to kick Jimmy Raye in the mouth for what he did with the 4th quarter…

            We dominated the first 2 1/2 to 3 quarters with a pass happy, buttery spread but then didn’t apply any of (what was successful) in the latter part of the game.

            I know it was a 3 possession game but 3 and out after 3 and out doesn’t bode well for clock management. Our secondary needs to be shot by a military tribunal for how they played. They gave the second half to David Gerrard like Indi Jim gives it up at a Jonas Brothers concert.

            This talk of needing to address the QB position as the most important position of the 22 that take the field is a stretch. Alex Smith made some poor throws today & some horrible throws today. What he did do was avoid pressure, make the correct dump offs, distributed to everyone, and put the ball in position where the receivers could make a play. Crabtree had two critical dropped passes but also had some clutch catches. Same with Davis and Josh Morgan. It wasn’t always pretty but they are clearly making strides in the right direction.

            Jimmy Raye mixed it up fairly well but again, made a few calls early that were open for speculation.

            Offensive Tackle. WTF Sims and Snyder?? You gonna run block? So sad. Gore got the number of carries he likes but what good is it when there is no where to run? You could see him picking himself up off the ground on almost every play shaking his head saying, “WTF Sims and Snyder?? You gonna block??”

            Anyway, what about you dosia? What’d you think?

  • Mas (Realest One)

    Right…

    Fuck you homo.

  • Mas (Real one)

    I wonder what happened to my anal virginity

    • Mas (Realest One)

      Would the real Scott Kegley please stand up.

  • Joe Gomez
  • Mike Singletary

    You got enough room for me in there Joe?

  • Joe Gomez

    Mas, Joe Gomez here. Thanks for our latest sexual liason with our frozen bird Larry. He appreciates the attention as much as I. P.S. I think your cute. HeHe!

    • Mas (Realest One)

      Not sure what that means.