The Silver Bullet

An opinion in popular sports

Big Winners in a Little Way

The San Francisco 49ers pulled it off… though, it wasn’t pretty and I’m not convinced. The 80s clad niners stepped onto Bill Walsh Field and put together the most disappointing opener with most exciting results.

The offense was too conservative and was unable to effectively move the ball (until the end).  Alex Smith was ineffective, but lucky.

49ers SecondaryAs the last two minutes ticked down and Alex Smith engineered the 80+ yard final game winning drive, fans were reminded of the 80s clad predecessors that did the same things so many times. The final drive was reminiscent, but lucky.

But these are not the boys of the eighties… these are not those boys. they aren’t as effective, they aren’t as dominant, and they aren’t as convincing. They may be undefeated, but it was a victory tainted by a ridiculous offensive performance on football’s national stage.

The 49ers outlasted the Cardinals… and got damn lucky.  They may have been the Big Winners on this night, but they showed me nothing to indicate this is a better team then last season. 

Niners win 20-17.

Most impressive stat: Arnaz Battle rushing (1 rush for 1 yard with 1 td and long of 1)

Most Disapointing stat: Both starting quarterbacks only completed half of their passes or less. Alex Smith (15-31), Matt Leinhart (14-28)

The Bullet’s Player of the Game: 49ers secondary, who held Boldin and The Fitz to 42 yards combined.

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September 11, 2007 - Posted by | 49ers, danharris, Football, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Sports, thesilverbullet

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