Thursday Night Football Grades and Reactions

Thursday Night Football: Gore Has a Monster Game, and Harbaugh Kills Gamblers Everywhere

10/19/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Oct 18, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) is pursued by Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 13-6.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards and led the 49ers to a 13-6 win over the Seahawks.


 
This week’s Thursday Night Football match up between the 49ers and Seahawks had a little bit of everything: a great performance by Frank Gore, two miserable performances by Alex Smith and Russell Wilson, a great defensive battle and a weird and out of the blue decision that cost gamblers all over the world a lot of money. Let’s grade a few performances from last night’s game.


Frank Gore: A+
 
Gore had a monster game against the hard nose Seahawk defense. He rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries, had two break away runs (one for 37 yards) and added another 51 yards receiving. When Gore can have games like that, the 49ers are awfully tough to beat.
 

Defense: A+
 
Both the 49ers and Seahawks defenses played great. Fans might not enjoy a 13-6 grind-out-fight-for-every-inch defensive battle, but those ugly games are a thing of beauty. The NFL axis of power is slowly being tilted away from the flashy offenses teams and back to the hard nose defensive teams that play tough football.


Alex Smith/Russell Wilson: D
 
Both these Quarterbacks are in a similar position. Both play for teams with an upper echelon defense, both have a super star running back to carry the offensive load, and both are expected to be merely game mangers. Wilson could only manage to complete a couple of passes in the second half, and Smith threw a red zone interception that could have come back to cost the team a victory. If either of these guys can figure out how be a consistently good quarterback the rest of the NFL would be in a lot of trouble.  


Jim Harbaugh: F
 
During last few minutes of Thursday’s game Jim Harbaugh managed to pull off one of the biggest gambling bad beats of all-time and singled handedly crushed gamblers all over the United States. The 49ers were either a 7 or 7.5 point favorite across various sports books heading into the game versus Seattle. During the final play before the 49ers ran out the clock, Seattle (trailing by 7) was called for a penalty in their own end zone, which resulted in a safety and two points for the 49ers. That is until Harbaugh decided to decline the penalty and take the points off the board, and turn a nine point lead into a seven point lead. So gamblers, who had thought they had just won the game, either lost it completely or pushed.
 
Leave it to Harbaugh and his ridiculously outlandish decision to help remind gamblers everywhere that they probably shouldn’t have been gambling in the first place.
 
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10/19/12   |   Jess   |   34505 respect

GeorgeMon wrote:
You're right about the Seattle defense... I think I was grading on a curve for that one... They missed tackles and were pretty tired by the end of the game. I was really excited for that match up, and now that the hype in my own head has died down, I would lower the grade.

They're not used to that warm, dry weather ;)

10/19/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

You're right about the Seattle defense... I think I was grading on a curve for that one... They missed tackles and were pretty tired by the end of the game. I was really excited for that match up, and now that the hype in my own head has died down, I would lower the grade.

10/19/12   |   Jess   |   34505 respect

(Edited by Jess)

I'm not a RW apologist, but I think a D is an unfair grade to give him. He played very well, save one bad pass. His completion percentage would be a lot better if his receivers would quit dropping the ball when he throws it right where it needs to be. People who are blaming Wilson for the numbers aren't paying much attention.

And I would have given the Hawks defense a B - here. Granted, there's no stopping Gore no matter how good you are, but they missed some tackles and I saw a couple of plays (specifically KJ Wright on one) where they just gave up on their coverage. They were okay, for the most part, but not their best, and definitely not A+ in my book.