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On 19/01/2024 at 21:20, Macca said:

McCarthy is too QB-centric.  He was the same at GB but because Rodgers was so good, it always looked like it might work

And it did work early (SB win) and then we'd get close but ultimately our all-round game (lack of) got found out

And I'm not sure that Prescott is as good as Rodgers so it is a flawed strategy

To me it's when it gets to crunch time or the big moments.  McCarthy leans on the QB but here lies the problem, the opposition know it so the bluff is taken out

Dallas passing yards was 3rd in the league and they were 14th for rushing

Run defence was 16th and passing defence was 5th

So not too shabby but do SB winning teams lie mid table on rushing & run defence?  You'd maybe expect at least top 10 for both categories in order to win big

By contrast, the 49ers are 3rd in rushing and 3rd best on run defence.  Passing yards 6th & pass defence 14th

Tactical aspect of the game very important. Run game crucial (for e.g Ravens run defence were a brick wall just now against Texans) You have to have a plan fit for purpose. no arguments there. 

but you have to heart for the battle as well. The Cowboys are feeble when it comes to ticker. as soon the game isn't going their way, they fold. It's been happening for years. And McCarthy won't change it at this stage. 

P.S. are you feeling confident? Rolling the powder puff cowboys is one thing, shutting down Purdy and co is another thing entirely. I can't see anything other than 49ers win here.

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Just now, BDA said:

Tactical aspect of the game very important. Run game crucial (for e.g Ravens run defence were a brick wall just now against Texans) You have to have a plan fit for purpose. no arguments there. 

but you have to heart for the battle as well. The Cowboys are feeble when it comes to ticker. as soon the game isn't going their way, they fold. It's been happening for years. And McCarthy won't change it at this stage. 

Fair enough

The Ravens were excellent today and completely dismantled Houston.  Tougher next week vs KC or the Bills, but they're looking good 

Packers get a 3 pointer on the first drive of the game.  Not bad we're going to need TD's against this opposition

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6 minutes ago, layzie said:

Fundamental errors, Packers taking their chances. A score here would really send a message 

2 redzone moments for GB for 3 points (as opposed to a possible 14 points)

Your run defence held firm

And GB don't have the push-tush play!

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2 minutes ago, BDA said:

49er defence has come up with 2 red zone stops. Huge.

and while I understand the need for TD's i would have taken the 3 points there. 

On the road and in the playoffs, you've got to go for it and then back in your defence to make a stop with the 49ers having to go 86 yards for a TD

Only trouble was that we couldn't stop them!

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A blocked field goal attempt could be telling (or not)

49ers get the ball to start the 2nd half so GB will need to hold them out again

The difference so far has been the 49ers redzone defence.  Packers need to find a way through

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Excellent block from Wooden on the line, gives the Packers a lift in a very tough game.

For the Niners I thought Shanahan was too cagey on that drive and looked scared of giving the ball back. That's the time to take a risk.

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Was just about to comment on the 49ers run and then it emerges big time.  Looked a bit too easy too

And now a fumble recovered after an excellent run back!  Lucky

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Poor throw by Love there.  Timing to the WR was out.  Still, you often have to take risks to win

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Another throw where Love's timing was out.  Could have been an interception

49ers get the ball back with 13 minutes to play

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4 minutes ago, Macca said:

Another throw where Love's timing was out.  Could have been an interception

49ers get the ball back with 13 minutes to play

he's gone off the boil

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