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Pats D came out and overwhelmed the 49ers O-line for a great three and
out. "We came out early with energy, but that doesn't matter how much
energy you have in pregame and Kickoffs," McCourty said. "You
have to go out there and make plays. Guys stepped up and made plays. WE
got off the field, and I think you can build off that." Branch got
his hands on Kaepernick and forced him outside on 1st down. Malcolm Butler
brought him down for nothing.
tried to run on 2nd down, but Malcolm Brown hit him behind the line, and
McClellin knocked him down. "Shea's
shown a lot of versatility in his career going all the way back to
college. He's played at the end of the line as a linebacker, as a
defensive end. He's played off the line of scrimmage as a base-down
linebacker in a 3-4, which he did in Chicago, and as a sub-linebacker.
He's also played all of the units on special teams," BB said.
"So he's a smart player that runs well, is athletic, has good size
and power. So he can do a lot of different things. We've used him in all
of those roles, more on the line of scrimmage, and then at the beginning
of the year and I'd say a combination of both as we've gone through I'd
say the last, I don't know, month to six weeks or somewhere in there and
in the kicking game.
his overall versatility and the number of different roles, which that
could change within the game, or weekly, or I'd say anywhere going forward
because of his versatility, and skillset and intelligence. That could
change so it could be a little different physically. Last week he was,
again, off the line more than he was on but he's a very versatile player
and he's helped us in multiple ways on defense and in the kicking
down was the best. Chung blitzed from the edge and grabbed Kaepernick by
the foot. "Patrick played well, played productively, pretty much as
he always does," BB said. "He gives us that week after week,
makes plays in the kicking game, makes plays in the running game; makes
plays in the passing game. He's a good tackler, he's around the ball. He's
just a productive player and it seems like it's pretty much like that
every week." Chung needs to step up even more in the run game with
I love to say I told you so, as rising star Tre Flowers dived onto top of
Kaepernick as he fell. "Well, there was pressure on the edge. They
didn't have it picked up. He had good patience with it and all of that,
but I'd say the harder part of the play was tackling the
quarterback," BB said. "We've had a number of situations this
year where we've been in that situation, where we've had players come in
and block off the edge, and we just weren't able to get the quarterback.
He escaped somehow. So I think that's really [the key]. Kaepernick almost
got out of there on that one, too.
tackled him, kind of wrapped him up around the leg or the ankle, and then
somebody else, I think it might have been Trey Flowers, or somebody else
was there to kind of help finish the play. But when you're coming out of
space like that, you can't really let the quarterback outside when he's as
athletic as Kaepernick or Tyrod Taylor or guys like that. It's a tough
open field tackle on a player like that, so it was another good tackle.
Chung is one of our best tacklers. He's got to be one of the best tacklers
in the league whether he's in line or in space or whoever he's tackling.
He's very good. I thought that was a very good tackle on the play and not
an easy one." Ninkovich reached him as well.
fielded the ground ball punt at the 43. It seemed to surprise the coverage
team. He broke the ankle of the gunner, as he juked up field towards a
swarm of six or seven Redcoats. Then he dipped and dashed outside, like a
rookie returner for 30-yards sideways. But he had Jonathon Jones, Chung,
Brandon King, Bolden, Ebner, McCourty, Grissom, and McClellin waiting in
ambush. They controlled Amendola's right flank at the numbers. They formed
a moving wall down the left sideline, and Amendola followed their blocks
for a great 30-yard return down to the 27.
stern Brady then walked out onto the field. The Pats lined up in a 4-Wide
Strong shotgun with trips left in a business like fashion. The O-line
blocked well. Cannon got beat to his outside shoulder, but was just able
to turn and wash the DE past Brady as he threw. However, the guy Shaq
stuffed a couple yards past the LOS reach his big mitts up, and slapped
the pass down. Brady had Dion Lewis breaking open short in the box.
and 10, Brady looked around in the pouring rain as they motioned into a
trips left Weak shotgun. He hit Edelman on a bubble screen. Amendola
missed his block, but Edelman was able to juke Eli Harold. Mitchell had a
nice block outside. Solder and Shaq got outside in front of Edelman, but
it was too late to help.
and 3, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Winged Shotgun, which was nasty,
because Brady was being winged by Lewis and White. "It felt good. It
was great to be back out there playing with my teammates. I had a great
time," Dion said. "It's just like riding a bike, I've been
playing this game for a long time." The O-line allowed some pressure,
but held their blocks.
had to throw quickly to Lewis in the left flat. "We did a good job
offensively," BB said. "Moved the ball. Had plays from our skill
players. Ran the ball well. Had good balance. Tom played well. It was a
good offensive performance." Lewis caught it, and broke the tackle of
Keith Reaser for the First.
and 10 from the 11, Brady went under center in a Weak formation. Develin
shifted into a Strong formation. Then Brady called timeout. The Pats lined
back up in a Singleback with Blount behind Brady. Blount tried to run a
Smash right, but Andrews was overwhelmed by Glenn Dorsey at the point, and
a few LBs where able to jump on him as well.
and 10, Empty. Three guys rushed past Brady and the whole middle opened
up. He took off and slid down at the Five. Cannon and Solder gave up their
outside shoulders, but were able to wash the rushers past Brady. Thuney
got beat badly by Dorsey with a Swim move outside. But Thuney was able to
turn, and just shoved him past Brady as he stepped up. Brady was able to
run around Dial as Andrews held on.
and goal from the Four, White motioned into a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady
had time to three step, hitch, and throw, as the line formed a perfect
pocket. Edelman was lined up outside all alone. He skipped past the CB,
faked inside, and then broke free outside. He was running out of field
fast, but Brady threw with perfect timing. Edelman snagged the ball, and
wiped himself out getting both feet down and inbounds.
missed the extra point to make it Pats-6. 49ers-Zip. But he slammed the
kickoff through the Endzone, instead of trying that pouch kickoff. Which
has been so effective trapping opponents inside 20, but has caused a hitch
in his swing. This was likely the first step to getting his swing back.
one thing we learned in this game is that the problem with this terrible
San Fran team starts with their O-line. They are just terrible. The 49ers
lined up in a 2-wide I-Pistol. The Pats matched up in a 3-4, with a Chung
in the Box. They run a Dive to Mr. Hyde. By
the time he reached the LOS, four defenders are in the backfield.
and Brown shot in from the Strongside, and Branch up the middle. Flowers
held the point, as McClellin turned up field and set the edge. Flowers
shed and hit Mr. Hyde in the side. Then McClellin jumped onto him on his
other side. Mr. Hyde incredibly dragged them for six yards.
and 4, the OC dropped the ball as he tried to hike it, and Flowers bent
down and pick it up with both hands. Then it slipped out of his hands as
the whistle blew. They called it a false start, and not a fumble for some
and 9, San Fran stayed in the I-Pistol, and the Pats stayed in the 3-4.
They ran Mr. Hyde off tackle. McClellin beat the tight end inside on the
edge. He headed up field as the tight end held him and turned him sideways
with his back to the play. McClellin turned his head back to see Mr. Hyde
running towards, but the TE was Holding his shirt and he couldn't turn to
face the play. Mr. Hyde smashed into McClellin's outside leg from behind
and tackled himself. He somehow fell forward for a yard. And for some
reason the refs ignore the obvious Hold.
and 8, San Fran lined up in a 3-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats lined up in a 2-4
Nickel, with only three guys on the line. They shifted into a bunched up
Strong-Pistol. The Pats brought four, and got some nice pressure upfield.
But Kaepernick found a crack and moved forward past the rusher. He spotted
ex-Patriot Chris Harper crossing the field and flicked it to him. He
caught it and headed up field to the 46.
and 10, 49ers lined up in a 2-Wide I-Pistol, which they have been running
out of. The Pats matched up in a 4-2 Nickel, with Chung and McCourty in
the box. They ran Harris, and he tackled himself. Hightower jumped on top
of him just in case. Branch and Long did a great job holding the point. So
he had to try and cut back, and tripped himself up.
and 9, the 49ers lined up in a 4-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats matched up in a
3-3 Nickel, with two LBs standing up outside on the Blindside. They ran
DuJuan Harris again, and the three D-linemen held the point again. Which
allowed Logan Ryan to slash in from the side and make the tackle. Now I
know that San Fran's line sucks, but if Branch, Brown, and Flowers can
continue to dominate like this inside, the Pats defense is going to
continue to get better (well, except for Branch).
and 9, the 49ers lined up in a Bunched up Strong shotgun. The Pats matched
up in a Dime, with 2-down and 3-up on the line. They send four but got no
real pressure. Kaepernick had to stand calmly in the pocket, survey the
field, and threw deep down the sideline to the RB. Shaun Draughn caught
the ball. He was being covered by Hightower. But he was lined up inside
the Bunch, and Hightower got blocked/picked by the TE Clark. Hightower was
able to catch up and slammed him head first into the turf.
and 10 at the 27, the 49ers lined up in the 2-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats
matched up in the 3-3 Nickel, with two safeties in the box. Flower,
Branch, and Brown held up the O-line again. Mr. Hyde had to bounce it
outside. Ninkovich fought off the ORT, and grabbed Mr. Hyde. But he shook
him off like a wild beast, and got outside. He ran right over Chung for
the First. Chung was able to hold onto his leg and stopped him from
and 10 at the 16, the 49ers stayed Pistol, but put both WRs outside on the
left. The Pats went 3-4, with McCourty in the box. The Pats dominated the
49ers O-line again, as they ran a Zone toss outside. Branch powered the
ORG back and got in Mr. Hyde's way. Ninkovich set the edge and turned him
inside. Hightower burst through the traffic and got an angle. Chung got in
front of him. But Mr. Hyde shifted into something dangerous, and cut back
leaving five or six defenders in the dust, like they had just been
violated by something evil (that was a long way to go for that joke).
Harmon was just able to dive and wrap-up his legs as he ran inside the
and Goal at the Three, the 49ers lined up in the 2-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats
matched up with an aggressive 4-3 with 7 guys on the line. Hightower
dropped his mouthpiece on the turf spitting out signals. Valentine burst
up the middle, and finally got a hand on Hyde in the backfield. Flowers
helped take him down.
and goal from the 7, they went into a 4-Wide I-Pistol. The Pats matched up
in a 2-4 Nickel. They were looking for the pass. But Kaepernick handed the
ball off to Harris. He sprinted outside as the middle was clogged again.
McCourty and Logan took him down hard outside. McCourty held him up, and
Ryan slammed him with some force.
and goal from the 6, the 49ers lined up in a 3-Wide Weak shotgun. The Pats
matched up in a very aggressive 3-4 with six guys on the line showing
blitz. The Pats brought five. Then Hightower delayed a little as he read
the RB staying in.
charged the blocking RB, knocked him back, and ran through him to strip
sack Kaepernick. "The passrush was great, [and] the coverage was
married up with that," Logan Ryan said. "So I think a lot of
guys took the challenge that was brought upon us, and played this offense
pretty well. It wasn't perfect obviously, but just think guys went out
there and tried to get this win." But Kaepernick was able to fall on
the ball to force the field goal. Pats-6. San Fran-3. Strange Days, Calls,
and Non calls-3.
Pats lined up on the 23 in an I-formation. The entire O-line dominated the
LOS, and before the defense knew what was happening Blount was on the 2nd
level. He cut outside so quick he made the Safety miss, and crashed into
the LB who was trying to grab Blount from behind. That was a great move by
Blount, and he was suddenly running down the numbers with no one in front
flew over 50 with Mitchell still blocking the CB in front of him. "I
felt great," Blount. "Once again my offensive line and my tight
ends and my receivers were out there with amazing blocking. They opened up
a lot of big hoes for me, for me to make the plays I made. And they're
going to continue to do that. They've jelled together, and they've worked
hard. They go out there and they take just as much pride in the run game
and the pass game as anyone else does. And their the anchors of our team.
That's what we need. We need those guys to continue to play that way for
us to be successful." He tried
to cut back a little, but Bethea caught up with him from behind.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a I-Formation. 49ers crowd the line. They ran
play action, and Brady turned and saw Edelman running free. He hit him in
a gut on a In cut. Edelman strangled the ball as he got tripped over the
and 10 at the 20, the Pats lined up in a Strong Formation. The O-line and
Bennett open up a big hole right in the middle of the line again. But
Blount got submarined sooner that I thought possible.
and 7, the Pats lined up in a 2-Wide Weak shotgun. Edelman just ran down
to the marker, and cut Out. Brady had a perfect pocket and calmly threw.
But the pass was a little short, and Edelman had to come back about a yard
to catch it.
and 1, the Pats lined up in a 2-TE I. Blount slammed over Dorsey for the
1st to end the 1st quarter. 1st and goal from the 9, they ran a fake
screen to the left, and the 49ers' D over pursued. Then Brady turned and
flipped it to White on the other side. No one really got a block on that
side, except Mitchell. White just ran to the pylon with speed. He smashed
into Reid at the goal line and they both twirled into the Endzone.
really was the end of the 1st Half. The 49ers scored a TD on a ugly drive
that I really don't feel like going over. The 2nd quarter was just ugly to
watch from start to finish.
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