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Super G-Men!!!!

Life is magical and full of joy!


What a game. What a bloody great game. THIS is what football is supposed to be like. Real smashmouth kickass old-fashioned duel to the death. DAMN but that 49ers defense played great. I don't think I have ever seen Eli take such a hammering, but he kept getting up and fighting on. And my man Cruz was magnificant as well... though the Niners obviously made adjustments at the half to clamp down on him, or else the win would have been much more lopsided.

The Giants D played great as well. They did not get nearly as many sacks on Alex Smith as I had expected/ hoped for, but they kept him under constant pressure, held Gore in check for the most part, and stifled the 49er receivers... well, except for those two times when Vernon Davis got loose.

But it was turnovers that won the game. Turnovers, and Big Blue's special teams. I never could have called that. Our special teams have been a weakness all years. Weatherford's a decent punter but not a great one. Ditto the Scottish Kicker (bad luck to say his name). And we get NOTHING on kickoff returns or punt returns. But it was the coverage teams, and the turnovers we got on those two punts, that made the difference in the end... and once again the Scottish Kicker came through! (My heart did stutter a little when we got that stupid delay-of-game penalty just before the FG attempt, adding five yards to the distance).

Who would ever have thought it? Not me, I admit. Not after that four game losing streak in mid-season and that dreadful December defeat by the Redskins. But then something funny happened. The Real Giants showed up.

So now we're off to Indy, and a rematch of SuperBowl XLII with the Patriots and Evil Little Bill. Why, it's like an epic fantasy... the heroes from NYC against the Dark Lord and his minions.

But that's two weeks away. Right now, I'll just enjoy the win. And hats off to the 49ers too. They had a great season, and Jim Harbaugh deserves all the credit in the world for turning that team around. I think they will be contenders for years to come.



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Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
Giants vs Pats Rematch!
I love your books, Mr Martin, but I sincerely hope my Patriots give your Giants a good thrashing. Saint Bill Belichick and his disciple, Tom Brady, will have the last laugh.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Giants vs Pats Rematch!
^ This.
(no subject) - indigofan - Jan. 24th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Giants vs Pats Rematch! - Michael Howley - Jan. 24th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
Yay! So happy for you! :) This has been a magical year for you! (Not 2012, that to, but in the sense of 12 months)
Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Congrats VERY much to your Giants! As a lifelong Niners fan, I have to give much credit to your team and for the VERY edge of the seat game! (Still trying to breathe normally!)

And next year with Harbaugh at the helm I think we may be very happy also - already am! You're right, Niners got the team turned around, nobody's snickering at Alex Smith anymore, we did more than a-ok, almost coming out of nowhere! Hope your Giants make YOU very happy at the Superbowl!

(and sorry for the over-use of the word "very" but I am still spinning from that game! WOW...)

Edited at 2012-01-23 04:55 am (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Congratulations to you and the Giants! We, of course, were pulling for the '49ers, but it was still a great game even though we lost. Hopfully, some sanity should now return to the Bay Area. Things have been a little crazy here the last couple of weeks.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
The scales will be righted. The bad guys will finally lose as they were meant to years ago. That agent of evil David Tyree has returned to the netherworld and will not use his physics-bending hocus pocus to change the outcome of what is meant to be.

The Giants are going to get stomped, and rightly so.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Congrats, George. I'm not necessarily a fan of the G-Men, but I'll certainly be rooting hard for them against Belicheat and friends, just as I did four years ago when they wrecked the perfect season.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
What a disappointment. I'm not sure who was the bigger goat, Williams with the two fumbles, or Goldson, who broke up two interceptions his teammates were about to make AND knocked one of them out of the game at the same time. I will grant you that it was an epic game, though, as it seems like it often is when these two teams meet.

I hope you're right about being contenders for years to come - it's been a painful eight years to be a Niners fan.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Live by the sword...

I'm currently of the opinion that Jim Harbaugh's methods and personality will grow old fast.

I don't like the Niners and didn't like Harbaugh when he played so my opinion is not based upon reason. He did a masterful job of turning them around... for this season anyway.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Eli's tough. He's played tough ever since Jerry called him skittish. Now he's also playing smart. He's simply amazing. He's not the greatest QB. But, I'll take this Eli Manning as QB over any other... in history.

I was wondering why they weren't running more max protect in the second half after the Niners adjusted.

If it wasn't for Vernon Davis (that guy's a beast) this game would have been no contest for the Giants. It's a good thing that best thing Alex Smith could do was run. As Tuck said post game, "Defense doesn't win championships. Teams do."

The next game should be a doozie. The last time they had played their best earlier in the season. The Patriots are playing their best football of the season now. Belichick and Brady are scary good.
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
In HISTORY?? Seriously? Eli over any other QB in HISTORY? Wow. I'd take Steve Young, personally. :)
(no subject) - medianisntmean - Jan. 25th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
life is meaningless...
was a great season for the 49ers, but it's a shame Kyle Williams can't hold on to the ball. Still a good game, I guess : (
Jan. 23rd, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Congrats! Is there a more underrated coach in recent NFL history than Coughlin? He is the anti Norv Turner, in that his team is always ready to play come playoff time no matter what happened during the regular season. He puts together a mean gameplan as well.

As a Patriots hater (like most people out there), I'll be rooting for your boys in two weeks.
Kara Wild
Jan. 23rd, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Life is meaningless and full of pain
I hope the win inspires you to churn out chapters at a breathtaking rate.

Otherwise, as a 49ers fan, I'll just borrow one of your expressions (see above).
Michael Henry Perez
Jan. 23rd, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
C'mon, GRRM. Kyle Williams lost this one more than the Giants' special teams won it. That and a quicker than usual whistle for forward progress. Sleep well. I won't.
Jan. 23rd, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)
Mazal tov! Didn't get to see this game (Monday here) and glad to hear your guys pulled it off. I did get to see the last half of the Patriots/Ravens game was feel sorry for the poor Ravens kicker: no one ever remembers all the other bad plays that got them into the situation where a kick had to tie it. OTOH, a 32-yard FG shouldn't have been a big ask.

As a Dolphins fan, I guess I should be supporting the AFC team but my hatred of the Patriots outweighs that consideration so I hope the Giants go all the way!
Jan. 23rd, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
As a Saints fan, the loss last week was heartbreaking. Brees will have that stigma as a "dome qb" until he wins a playoff on the road, even though he played well enough to put 30+ points on the NFC's best defense "in the elements" with all those 2-4 seconds he had in the pocket.

But heartbreak is nothing new, and it heals. Mostly everyone here in Louisiana loves the Mannings and roots for their teams when the Saints are out. We let Archie down, I think, and it's great watching Eli play to his potential as we've seen Peyton do in the past and hopefully the future. (unless they're playing the Saints!)

To see the Giants in the Superbowl again is great, and I'll be wholeheartedly rooting for them. I admit a grudging respect for BB and Brady, who've dominated so much this past decade, but I believe in the uplifting spirit of the underdog before I believe in the resentful spirit of revenge.
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