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Unsung heroes/plays

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Just wanted to have a thread dedicated to plays that may have flown under the radar but were just as important to the W:

One San Fran's KR after Jacoby's 108-yarder, [b]Anthony Allen[/b] blew up two players (forcing one of them into James) and allowed Ihedigbo to make the tackle.

[b]Jimmy Smith.[/b] A pass break-up covering Moss. Separating Crabtree from the ball on the goal-line stand and slowing him on on the last year. 9er fans will be calling holding/PI till the end of time but there were no-calls all night.

[b]Bernard Pierce. [/b]He did something positive on every one of his carries. On the the possession after Rice's fumble, Joe made some fine throws but Pierce was the catalyst on that drive.
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3rd and one pass to boldin... SB baby... and the rest is silence!
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[b]Courtney Upshaw[/b] strip

[b]Ed Dickson[/b] with a couple big catches.

[b]Bernard PIerce [/b]running hard and playing smart

[b]Justin Tucker [/b]for coming through like always
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Ed Dickson was huge in this game, especially after being basically phased out of the offense entirely this year. O-line was solid once again this game, only 2 sacks allowed against another excellent pass rushing duo.
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Everyone did their part. No one was flawless, no one was terrible. Jacoby had 2 TDs but muffed (two I think) returns. Koch had a bad punt but a good tackle and a good delaying of the safety. Boldin had good grabs but also a drop or two. Same with Pitta. Ellerbe had good splash plays but also a bad whiff. Cary and Jimmy had some passes defensed, some not. Pollard made some tackles but had a few mistakes in coverage. McKinnie made some great blocks but let Brooks rush free.
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The Unsung heroes would be Dickson with those big, tough catches. Allen did a great job blocking on special teams.
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Upshaw played the most snaps in his career. He was our best linebacker. All the edge runs were to suggs side.

Art jones balled out.
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Cary Williams played pretty well but missed that tackle. Art Jones was pretty beast. On another note, Pollard was very very poor in coverage today, but hey who cares.

Michael Oher shut down the man with 19 sacks on the year.
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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Ellerbe's shoving Gore out of bounds to save the TD and setup the goal line stand.[/i][/font]
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[quote name='hawkprey' timestamp='1359952051' post='1343365']
Everyone did their part. No one was flawless, no one was terrible. Jacoby had 2 TDs but muffed (two I think) returns. Koch had a bad punt but a good tackle and a good delaying of the safety. Boldin had good grabs but also a drop or two. Same with Pitta. Ellerbe had good splash plays but also a bad whiff. Cary and Jimmy had some passes defensed, some not. Pollard made some tackles but had a few mistakes in coverage. McKinnie made some great blocks but let Brooks rush free.
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Pollard certainly helped get us to the Super Bowl but he was generally horrible today especially in pass coverage
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Lots of guys, but Art Jones, Corey Graham, and Osemele all had great games I think. Osemele was a man alive.

Ellerbe also had some big overlooked plays, particularly the hustle despite all the injuries he's playing with to keep Gore out of the end zone in the 4th quarter. I was wondering if it wasn't better to let Gore just score there so our offense would have a chance, but our defense made that miracle stand so it ended up saving us.
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Everyone on that defense. Sure, they allowed 28 points, but they made plays when it counted. Great defense today. We were friggin great on third down and in the red zone.
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John Harbaugh amd the call for a safety to kill the clock to 0:04. Harbaugh thought outside the box and the 49ers were not prepare for it. It was a great decision.
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Benard Pierce first down. (play he got injured on) was HUGE. One of the top plays of the night!
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I gotta say Jimmy Smith on the red zone stand. All three passes were in his direction. And his hit on Crabtree was immaculate. A thing of beauty and what football needs to be. And the last play was not a defensive hold or DPI on Smith. Crabtree shoved him down. And Courtney Upshaw's strip was huge too. A lot of young guys stepped up.
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Ellerbe on making sure Gore doesnt go in for the score. That touchdown and we dont have our goal linie stand and maybe no victory at all.
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You know, I think classy old veterans like Considine, Bobbie Williams and Kemo etc were a really good stabilizing presence for our locker room. Sometimes what happens off the field dictates what happens on.

They won't be back next year but i'll never forget their contributions... EVERYONE CONTRIBUTED, even the guys on IR or the practice squad.
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I love ray as much as anyone, but I'm kind of glad he is retiring he is becoming a liability.
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Pierce had 33 yds on 12 carries.(2.8 avg). I think a better unsung hero woulkd be Kruger who had 2 sacks and 3 solos tackels. Kruger absolutely smoked Anthony Davis for a sack while crashing down around end.
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[quote name='msufan' timestamp='1359989712' post='1344365']
I love ray as much as anyone, but I'm kind of glad he is retiring he is becoming a liability.
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A I heard one reporter say this week Ray still makes a lot of tackles but they are 5 yds upfield
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[quote name='rayrayven' timestamp='1359996092' post='1344601']
Pierce had 33 yds on 12 carries.(2.8 avg). I think a better unsung hero woulkd be Kruger who had 2 sacks and 3 solos tackels. Kruger absolutely smoked Anthony Davis for a sack while crashing down around end.
[/quote]pierce and a Couple of key third down runs breaking a tackle and moving the chains.
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[quote name='horus13corvineus' timestamp='1359951564' post='1343325']
3rd and one pass to boldin... SB baby... and the rest is silence!
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that really showed much we need boldin on this team, they need restructure his contract sign him long term, it looked like when ever we are in hole boldin is the one the pulls us out.
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it was a great team effort, the only thing u worry about now is re-signing players like Boldin, JJ, Krueger and others
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I think McKinnie should win playoff and Super Bowl MVP (the teams awards, not the won Joe Flacco won). With him in at LT our team took a new life. Flacco had time to throw. Flacco had had up and down games almost always based on the Oline. Oline was fixed in the playoffs and he shined. Mckinnie is the unsung hero. no question
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Jimmy Smith played incredible on the goal line stand. Hopefully that'll shoot his confidence up for next year and he could become a shutdown corner like we all know he can be.

Cary Williams also played really good, I think he showed he can be a #1 corner, too bad he probably won't be in Baltimore next season.
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Courtney Upshaw....wow. Dude is a winner!

That fumble he forced he will remember the rest of his life. His confidence should be out the roof next season!
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[quote name='arnie_uk' timestamp='1359996747' post='1344640']
pierce and a Couple of key third down runs breaking a tackle and moving the chains.
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Pierce really made something from nothing at times. That third down pickup was beastly. He could've been stopped short three times!
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[quote name='reed20' timestamp='1359984271' post='1344217']
That call for Koch to run out of bounds and take a safety was awesome.
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I was going crazy on that call. I was concerned because if the kick was bad, they could fair catch and get a free kick from there and after a safety they would only need a FG to tie.

Who knew the 49ers would let Koch run around the end zone and take all that time off the clock? I guess John did lol
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I am a huge Pitta fan but my hat's off to Dickson for the big catches he had. I was like holy crap! It's Dickson!
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One play I haven't seen anyone mention is Cary Williams on the deflection in the end zone. I think he came off his assignment once the pass was in the air to tip it before Ginn could get it. This was right before what should've been an Akers miss.
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John Harbaugh was absolutely excellent. First off, the safety was a great decision. If we punted it, they'd have a good chance to get one more hail mary pass in. Also, the fake kick was also a very good decision. At the time I hated it, but as Harbaugh himself said, it was low risk, high reward.
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Suggs.
Stats won't reflect what he did. He was often the contain man and more often than not he got in and hit kaep keeping sf honest on their option plays and making sure everything had to run inside of him to allow the defense to get to the ball carrier.

Upshaw was also strong in his assignment in doing his job to keep things contained

Leach is always an unsung hero and of course the ol did great in not letting flacco succumb to pressure

Last but not least
Tucker made all his kicks.
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[quote name='CosmicRedPanda' timestamp='1359954806' post='1343576']
[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Ellerbe's shoving Gore out of bounds to save the TD and setup the goal line stand.[/i][/font]
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Absolutely! Especially because a year or two ago he was benched in part for not trying to make a similar tackle against the Bengals or Falcons. He's grown.

Also, Tucker for hitting all of his kicks and forcing multiple kneel downs on the kickoffs, if only he had better wheels :lol:

And Ed Reed for fighting through his knee injury to return
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Ellerbe made some great plays. His hustle to shove Gore out of bounds saved the TD, and his pressure on Kaepernick led to the poor throw to Crabtree.

Ellerbe gets a gold star from me.
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[b]Art Jones [/b]- Big bro of your UFC LHW champ. Played tough and relentless. Never gave up on plays. Family of champs (too bad his little bro plays for NE).

[b]Ed Dickson [/b]- Big catches and plays.
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Our O-line: Mckinnie-Osemele-Birk-Yanda-Oher

These group of guys on this specific formation. They turned around our offensive woes to 180 degrees. Im not sure how low the hurried/sack #'s are vs. Flacco, but they've played perfectly.
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[quote name='CosmicRedPanda' timestamp='1359954806' post='1343576']
[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Ellerbe's shoving Gore out of bounds to save the TD and setup the goal line stand.[/i][/font]
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Actually... it is/was credited to Reed. Ellerbe stopped him at the 5, Reed pushed him at the 12-ish and caused him to step out at the 7 (never saw a second camera angle, but that's where the put the ball and that's who NFL credited the tackle to). Either way, good by both of them.
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[quote name='RavensFanInCA' timestamp='1360021151' post='1345404']
Actually... it is/was credited to Reed. Ellerbe stopped him at the 5, Reed pushed him at the 12-ish and caused him to step out at the 7 (never saw a second camera angle, but that's where the put the ball and that's who NFL credited the tackle to). Either way, good by both of them.
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[i][font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Potater... Tomater... Potato... Tomato... Regardless who gets credit, as you said... it was a game saving play.[/font][/i]
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[quote name='CosmicRedPanda' timestamp='1360021480' post='1345406']
[i][font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Potater... Tomater... Potato... Tomato... Regardless who gets credit, as you said... it was a game saving play.[/font][/i]
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Agreed
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