NFL Playoffs Open Thread

We’re moments away from the Niners vs. Falcons for the NFC title. A “meh” on both their houses, but I’ll be marginally rooting for the Falcons. I guess.

Next, the Patriots vs. Ravens at 6:30 PM ET for the AFC championship. Can’t abide either team, but I suppose I have somewhat less disdain for the Patsies than I do for the Dirty Birds.

I think this is the least interested I’ve been in the playoff and Super Bowl match-ups since I was in diapers. On the other hand, I’m marinating a Boston butt in mojo to grill and then shred for carnitas. Mmmm!

Who are you rooting for and why? Why not? Whatcha cooking?






219 replies
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    Maybe they ALL could lose.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Still calling Harbaugh Bowl in 2 weeks. Game #2 should be a classic. Not buying what Atlanta’s selling at all.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Division Championship games always make me sad. Because it means…football {sniff}…is almost {sniff}…OVER!
    ARRRRGGHHH!!

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    BD of MN says:

    I’m picking Pats-Niners for the super bowl, but I’m 2-6 in my playoff pics so far, so I’ll most likely be wrong on at least one of these…

    I’d be smoking a boston butt on a day like today, but it’s tough to keep the smoker going when it’s hovering in the single digits with a below zero windchill… the dogs seem to not mind the cold, but Great Pyr’s are like that, they don’t like being inside if the thermostat goes over 70 degrees…

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’m thinking about a Subway sammich and some Doritos. Don’t feel much like cooking anything in this 70 degree mid-January weather.
    Bleh.

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    Scout211 says:

    Well, this is NorCal here.

    We just got back from a grocery run and the store was packed. Most of the carts were full of chips and beer. All the employees and most of the customers had on Niners jerseys.

    Go Niners!

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    burnspbesq says:

    Couldn’t care less. No interest in any of the remaining teams.

    ‘Sides, nothing that happens today could top Gonzaga -Butler or ManU – Spurs.

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    Corner Stone says:

    San Fran may consider covering Julio Jones. Just a suggestion.

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    Rex Everything says:

    A “meh” on both their houses

    — lol.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’m forced to root for any team not coached by The Harbaughs.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Ya know, if the 49er secondary just wanted to watch the receivers run by them, they could have bought some good seats; good grief.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    We’re picking my mother-in-law and brother-in-law up from the airport on Superbowl Sunday. We’re hoping traffic will be good because everyone will be at their various parties already.

    I wanted to go to one of the traditional Super Bowl yarn sales that the stores here in LA have but … in-laws. Oh, well, at least I’ll be able to get a mai tai that night.

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    CoastalMike says:

    This could be a 34-30 kind of game. Could come down to a turnover. SF has more balance, but Ryan is a better passer. If SF can keep the lid on the deep ball, they win.
    So far, that ain’t workin.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    I don’t understand football, but I think Patriots should win, since I is a New England kitteh.

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    Badmoodman says:

    “I’m marinating a Boston butt in mojo to grill and then shred for carnitas”

    — Coincidentally, this is the same speech Ray Lewis will give his Raven teammates before the kickoff against the New England Pats.

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    Violet says:

    Don’t care who wins. Would like the games to be good.

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    Josie says:

    @jeffreyw: What a lovely face! Is she as sweet as she looks? I hope everyone decides to welcome her.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @jeffreyw: How will the kittehs react? we want pictures.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Falcons were pretty damn good on that first drive. Will be interesting to see how the SF offense does next time out

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    jamick6000 says:

    can you guys keep me updated on these games? There’s no TV at the Ideas Festival I’m attending.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: Spurs dominate the second half, but come away with only a tie. Oh well, could have been worse, but with Spurs being at home and all I got my hopes up just a bit……

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Violet: I’m with you on this, V.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    FG for the Falcons, 10-0.

    When you’re playing indoors, away from home, in a loud and hostile environment, I think deferring is a stupid idea if you win the toss

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    D’UOH I forgot they started early missed the first score, went on my morning walk. Anyway, I want anyone but the Ravens to win the whole shebang. (disgruntled Browns fan)however if the Falcons win I may have to stay away from my boss who is Bucs fan, at least until pitchers and catchers report.

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    Cermet says:

    I would suspect that you, not unlike Cole, are still in diapers with your childish attitude towards the teams – they are money for hire sports; get a life. How many hundreds of thousands of humans were murdered in horrible manner by and/or due to our forces all in our name and you ‘hate’ some irrelevant football teams?! God, what a child.

    For me, it is a stupid game and a chance to just have a little harmless fun watching many millionaire’s battle for some billionaires we subsidize – go Ravens and Falcons! Let the birds fly.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Homer is wary, Toby is scared of new thing, Bea is all hiss get back and Bitsy seems OK with her. She is working her way in quite handily so far.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Mom has threatened to cut off the grandkids if there isn’t unrestrained rooting for the Patriots. So, I guess we’re backing the Pats.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    I’m rooting for the Ravens to marinate a Boston butt. Why? Baltimore’s my adopted home, even though I’m not living there now.

    Got some chili in the crockpot and just picked up some beer.

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    PopeRatzy says:

    One can only pray that one or both of the 49ers or Ravens lose so that we are not inundated with 2 weeks of

    “THE HARBAUGH BROTHERS ARGLE BARGLE!!!!!”

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    Jewish Steel says:

    RotPotA commercial. Tom Cruise has not altered in appearance since I became aware of his existence way back in the 20th century.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @jeffreyw:
    How will you ever resist the temptation not to let such a sweet-looking puppeh go back?

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    Joel says:

    Does San Francisco’s left guard get an assist on that sack?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Kaepernick not looking so hot. You think Alex Smith gets any looks if the Niners fall in a big hole?

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    Raven says:

    Dangerman

    That
    is
    what
    I
    am
    talkin
    bout

    you were full of shit last night and still are.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Jewish Steel: Is Oblivion based on anything? The plot line looks interesting, but Tom Cruise is basically a 1D actor (except for Collateral, where he was really, really good as the bad guy)

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    The Dangerman says:

    Did the Seahawks stay in Atlanta and put on 49er uni’s? This looks familiar (as in, wake up, West Coast team).

    you were full of shit last night and still are.

    Let’s wait at least until half to determine my Fecal Factor.

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    PaulW says:

    I’m still rooting for a Bucs-Bengals Super Bowl… which prolly means I gotta wait for next year.

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    MobiusKlein says:

    Wow, my 9rs are super-sucking today. Gah.

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    PaulW says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Actually Cruise has gotten a little thinner and a little shorter. Seriously.

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    Joel says:

    Looking good for the home teams today (25+ MPH winds in Foxboro right now).

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @jeffreyw:

    Assuming that it’s her in the second photo, I admire Mrs. jeffreyw for being able to rock the long-sleeved-shirt-under-a-short-sleeved-shirt look. I’m at least 10 or 15 years younger than she is and I look like a dork whenever I try it, but she looks great.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Falcons are just straight-up schooling right now. Have to think that the loudness affects SF a bit – they were shit in Seattle as well. They need to drive next time and score. They’re almost down by 3 possessions already.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: You really think that bible thumpin rook was going to do that shit twice in a row?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Julio Jones, part II. They cannot stop him.

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    Raven says:

    Ju’s yo daddy?

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @PsiFighter37: Looks like it’s based on a comic book.

    @PaulW: I grant you that. Maybe a little more drawn. Not much tho.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Amir Khalid: Well, technically Homer is still on probation. Katie will have every chance to worm her way aboard.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    The Ravens suck because of how they came to be.

    The Pats suck because: Pats fans. Maybe less annoying than Red Sox fans, though.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Not really rooting for anyone, though it’s easy to root against Tom Brady and the Pats.

    On the other hand, getting past these games means we’re one day closer to the very best words known to nonpolitical mankind: “Pitchers and catchers report!”

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    2liberal says:

    go patriots! I am a long time pats fan, since circa 1970. I SUFFERED for my team during the years when even when they were good they found some comical way to screw it up. Now is our time. GO PATRIOTS! FCK what EASTERBROOK Says. RUN IT UP!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Corner Stone: Yeah, but pitchers and catchers report in 23 days!! YAY!!

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    @Cermet: Fuck you and the…oh, never mind that; I have no problem with your horsie. :-)

    17 – zip Falcons. BOOM!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @PsiFighter37: I wonder if Cruise may consider to do some comedy like Tropic Thunder? I like him there, speaking of Cruise,I saw the updated version of his Risky Business/mockumentary/teenage comendy,Project X.
    I thought it not bad.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Bruuuuce: As so often happens, GMTA.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Raven: Kaepernick, that is? No idea if he’s a thumper, although I get the impression plenty of football players are religious types.

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    CaseyL says:

    Did I hear right? The 49ers have had *ONE* first down the whole game?

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: To be sure, this hasn’t been the best offseason for my NY baseball teams (the Yankees moved sideways, I think, and still need a catcher and a RH hitting OF; the Mets need at least ONE major-league OF, since they have none at the moment). Still, there’s time, and where there’s horsehide, there’s hope :-)

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: Yea well, all his fucking tats are bible verses and he pulls that tebow shit when he scores. And fuck him anyway.

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    Eric U. says:

    I only root for the pats in years when they go undefeated. Once they lose a game, forget it. I am desperate for someone to go undefeated so I don’t have to see the Dolphins rooting for a loss. Hated those guys back in the day, still do.

    I thought it was funny that Tebow got so much attention for being a holy roller, since so many other football players also wear their religion on their sleeves. Maybe it was the bible verse eye liner that put Tebow over the top, but he’s hardly alone

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    Joel says:

    @2liberal:The idea of Gregg Easterbrook eating (another) shit sandwich is one of my motivating factors as a Patriots fan.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Raven: I really don’t care unless he does anti-abortion commercials like Tebow did. Why the hell does it matter so much?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Niners finally get on the board. Hopefully their defense can get a stop. Don’t have a horse, but would like a close game.

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    Joel says:

    In schadenfreude-related news, Dwight Howard is ejected in the second quarter as the full-strength Lakers drop one on the road to the lowly Raptors. I really, really, really hope that they miss the playoffs this year.

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    SRW1 says:

    Who are you rooting for and why?

    Dortmund vs Barcelona! Most exiting teams at this point in time. Mouthwatering prospect to see them dance it out at Wembley.

    What? Ah, you’re talking about the CTE version of football!

    PS: Don’t bother guys. Gonna go into hiding for the rest of the day.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Report of the 49ers demise is greatly exaggerated. The NFC West will be fun next year.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Beyond the fabulous new jerseys, there’s little hope my Astros will be doing much this year beyond auditioning AA and AAA future talent.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    The Dirty Birds are the Falcons, no?

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    CaseyL says:

    OK, I was trying to be neutral, but bad feelings for the Falcons (for beating Seattle) and nostalgic liking for the 49ers (dating back to the Montana era) seem to be conspiring to make me root for the latter.

    Footballers are notoriously religious. I guess it makes sense, with pro football being such a chaotic profession, where an instant’s inattention could cost you the game and any hit could cripple you. I don’t care much unless they proselytize and politicize their religiosity.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @efgoldman: Doesn’t he flex his biceps and kiss them? I don’t remember Jesus doing that after raising Lazarus.

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    The Dangerman says:

    So, if the Niner defense wakes up, this could be good, else, even I will admit my Poo Poo Percentage is rather high.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Joel: I thought that team was going to tear through the West this year. The coaching turnover clearly hasn’t helped. It also seems like Gasol is gassed after basically carrying Spain to the Olympic finals.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Joel: To the joy of all long suffering Clipper fans, like Billy Crystal.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @The Dangerman: Just got the Falcons to punt. If they score before the half and get the ball back, it’s a game again.

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    hildebrand says:

    OT – Some good news, the phone interview went well and I have been invited for a campus visit/interview. Fingers crossed everyone – I might actually land a tenure-track job!

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Badmoodman:

    Funny!

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @hildebrand: I missed this — what field? Good luck!

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    RSR says:

    baking some chicken wings to bathe in America’s Test Kitchen buffalo sauce. (Frank’s Red Hot & butter, plus small portion of cider vinegar & dark brown sugar, the latter of which seems to help hold the emulsion of the sauce. Small portion of Tabasco is recommended for those who like heat, but Frank’s alone is enough for me.)

    I picked Atlanta to win the whole thing in my pool, but had Denver ousting NE, so I might be screwed on that. Wish my wife could remember who she picked in the pool!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Okay, so he can still run pretty damn fast.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    I should like the Patriots: Brady and the rest of the Patriots players work real hard and is very smart about the game. But I cannot stand their coach. I’m a Cowboys fan and I rooted for the Giants both times.

    So I rooting for Atlanta to win the annual “Belefon does his taxes” party on the first weekend of February.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Another Halocene Human: Poison Ivy is less annoying than Red Sawx fans…..

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    Svensker says:

    Kaepernick may have weird tats, but what a beautiful human being to watch move. Wow.

    I hate the Ravens but hope they thump the Pats. And that Tom gets tumped on his butt frequently and painfully.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Gotta say he throws a really pretty touch spiral.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I don’t want to speak too early, but it sure seems like once the opposing offense figures out what is going on, the Atlanta D gets shredded. Same thing happened last week after the first half…and the Niners figured it out after one quarter.

    This is more a generic comment about this week and last week – didn’t really follow the Falcons in the regular season.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Bruuuuce: Meanwhile in Seattle,you are better off buying tickets to the Tacoma Rainiers, Everett AquaSox, Portland Timbersor the Seattle Sounders, rather than blowing your money on the MORONers. :-P

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Corner Stone: Catching those throws have to sting. He was a baseball pitcher in college…

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    lamh35 says:

    this is the official feeling of everyone in NOLA for todays game between the Falcons and the 49ers:


    Just for one game, I’m a niner’s faa…I’m a niner’s ffffaaa…niner’s fffffaaaaa…sigh. I hope the falcons lose.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I’m hoping they can get their act together in time for their three top pitching prospects (Paxton, Hultzen, and especially Taijuan Walker) to come up. If they all even come close to what they seem capable of, the Mariners could have an all-time rotation.

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    cosima says:

    Football = boring. Now that Tebow isn’t around to make fun of I’ve lost all interest.

    I’ve got pork defrosting in the refrigerator — what sort of mojo does one marinate it in for carnitas purposes? I could live on carnitas + black beans + salad.

    I’m finishing up two apps to take to friends’ for dinner tonight: spinach artichoke dip (best ever recipe as I’ve heard from many guests) & a prosciutto/rosemary/ricotta in phyllo. So delicious.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @cosima:

    Recipes, please.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    In the second half, the Niners might want to think about playing defense.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Bruuuuce: I still have faith in Jack Z the GM, and they have a great farm system, but Mariners are in a killer division, the AL West and still a few years away from being a contender, the natives are restless. I hope it isn’t May when everybody is jonesing for the Seahawks.

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    Loneoak says:

    Harbaugh v Harbaugh in the Super Bowl would be obnoxious beyond measure due to the media.

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    DesertFriar says:

    @efgoldman: @efgoldman:

    Did any of them say LEVITICUS 19:28?

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    I love carnitas and would love to have the mojo as well (so to speak). tres tacos de carnitas por favor?

    Damn being stuck in the frozen tundra thousands of miles from a decent street taco.

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    @cosima: Down here they sell Mojo Criollo marinade in bottles. I use that and then rub on adobo and Sazon seasoning prior to grilling. Your apps sound fantastic!

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    tystik says:

    Wasn’t that Fox commercial straight outta “Idiocracy”?
    Getting hit in the junk and laughing?
    WOW, I knew we where close, didn’t think we would actually get there.

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    The Dangerman says:

    That last TD was awful big; the Atlanta D is playing down to my expectations finally and SF gets the ball.

    Someone called it above; it’s going to be a turnover or big mistake decided game.

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    eldorado says:

    bistec ranchero, thank you very much.

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    @DesertFriar:

    Any resemblance between Jesus & the Bible and those who claim to follow both is purely coincidental.

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    tystik says:

    @Jewish Steel: Somebody here had to have DVR’d that, it was just before the half.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Any resemblance between Jesus & the Bible and those who claim to follow both is purely coincidental.

    I thought this was a Football thread? So called “thumpers” didn’t start this threadjacking, so, cmon…

    Thanks in advance.

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    vheidi says:

    Randy Moss? isn’t he eleventy-hundred by now?

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    vheidi says:

    Randy Moss? isn’t he eleventy-hundred by now?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    San Fran moving the ball again. Whoever turns the ball over first loses, methinks

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    Jewish Steel says:

    I’m sorry, did you just say Randy Moss?

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    The Dangerman says:

    That looked awful easy.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    @jeffreyw: I should have known better than to click. You are cruel.

    Seriously if I could leap through the screen to eat those I would right now.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    Yeah…football…uhhh…

    Damn I want carnitas…

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    CaseyL says:

    @vheidi: He does seem to have been around forever. He’ll be 40 in ’17, which in NFL years is eleventy-hundred.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    As a Viking fan I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Randy Moss. If for nothing else humiliating the Cowboys at home on Thanksgiving and for doing the same (and mooning!) the Packers during the playoffs.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    And there’s your turnover.

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    The Dangerman says:

    And an ugly turnover at that…

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    @The Dangerman:

    We’re talking tattoos here

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Akers has been shit this season. He tied the record this season, but has been awful outside of that.

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    Green Caboose says:

    Speaking of Randy Moss, he was on the field the last time Atlanta was in the conference finals. Now that was an interesting game.

    This could be very similar – high scoring, critical missed FG ….

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    The Dangerman says:

    @James E. Powell:

    We’re talking tattoos here.

    Any resemblance between Jesus & the Bible and those who claim to follow both is purely coincidental.

    Maybe you can point me any reference to tattoos in Block 2.

    Back to football.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I think David Akers will be a State Farm Insurance agent at this time next year.

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    The Dangerman says:

    First turnover, first big mistake (Akers is done after this year).

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    CaseyL says:

    Minor pet peeve: Any new TV show hailed as “Best New Show of the Season,” when not a single episode has actually aired yet.

    ETA: Another is when the ad calls a new show “New Hit of the Season” after the second episode.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @The Dangerman: That’s his Mike Vanderjagt moment, I think.

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    @The Dangerman:

    You might want to check the comment to which I was replying. Or not.

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    Green Caboose says:

    Akers has been injured most of the year.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    …Mike Vanderjagt moment…

    Well, Vanderjagt was a shank, right off the hosel…

    …but a miss is a miss.

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    Joel says:

    That missed FG isn’t going to help David Akers with the death threats.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Wow, Ryan fumbles the ball. That’s inexplicable. He’s a great QB, but his turnovers are brain-scratchers.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @James E. Powell:

    You might want to check the comment to which I was replying. Or not.

    Fair enough; allow me, then, to correct your English.

    Any resemblance between Jesus & the Bible and those with tattoos who claim to follow both is purely coincidental.

    Not that hard.

    Back to football.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @James E. Powell:

    You might want to check the comment to which I was replying. Or not.

    Fair enough; allow me, then, to correct your English.

    Any resemblance between Jesus & the Bible and those with tattoos who claim to follow both is purely coincidental.

    Not that hard.

    Back to football.

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    billgerat says:

    @Bruuuuce:

    The Mariners have always had an all-time rotation….around the drain.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Cermet:

    OK, you’ve had your moment of smug self-righteousness, now go the fuck away.

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    Punchy says:

    Worst PF ever. Just glancing the QBs mask is roughing? Good fuckin lord

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Wow. You cannot fumble the ball in the red zone like that.

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    hildebrand says:

    @FlipYrWhig: History – Medieval and Ren/Ref

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    freelancer says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    Evidently you can.

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    @The Dangerman:

    Do try to keep up. Not that hard.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @freelancer: This is true. But that’s a huge no-no, especially in 4th quarter of a championship game with lead change on the line.

    They get the ball back inside the Falcons 40 on the punt. Think this is going to come down to the last drive again, although I think I would have more faith in the Niners at this point (as long as they don’t have to rely on Akers for more than a chip-shot FG).

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    cosima says:

    spinach artichoke dip (recipe I begged off of head chef at restaurant, he wouldn’t give it to me until we were moving out of the country): 8 oz cream cheese (room temp) + 3/4 cup mayo + 8 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed & squeezed dry + 15 oz drained artichoke hearts (I prefer the ones in water, plus I usually add more bcuz I love them) + 2 cloves garlic minced + 1/3 to 1/2 cup (preference) grated parm-reggiano + 1/2 cup julienned white onion. Pulse the artichoke + spinach in food processor (I hate globby spinach pieces & stringy spinach pieces) separately. Mix cream cheese & mayo together with hand mixer, add everything else & mix to combine (don’t overmix) by hand. Throw in baking dish, sprinkle more parm on top, bake at 400 until bubbly & lightly browned, serve with sliced firm bread (pref. filone or a firm baguette). I often add red pepper (dry spice) + chicken + gorgonzola + julienned red onion in lieu of spinach/artichoke/parm/white onion & serve with chips for a spicy & fabulous version that is as requested by friends…

    Prosciutto & rosemary phyllo = 6 oz prosciutto (pulse in processor until tiny) + 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (pulse in processor until tiny) + 1 cup ricotta + 2 egg yolks + 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated parm-reggiano (preference again). Whisk egg yolks into ricotta, mix everything else in by hand, add salt & pepper if you like, put into phyllo triangles or phyllo cups (top with a tad parm if you do this), bake at 400 until lightly browned on top and a bit bubbling. I’ve had this recipe for about 22 years now, from the Silver Palate cookbook. Awesome cookbook.

    Thanks Cracker for the tip about the mojo — will look for it here in Denver. Don’t tell me that I can find it at Whole Foods, then I will have heavy ethical considerations to ponder, might strain my brain & conscience.

    Sad that Broncos losing made Peyton so upset that he had to go hunting. Guess that’s better than making another Papa Johns commercial. my husband has refused to root for the Broncos since Elway opened a Mitt rally, and Peyton in a PJ commercial was another straw. We had such a short Bronco honeymoon, what with only being able to root for them after they got rid of Timmy and until the Elway/Romney announcement. It helps that we’re not from here.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Do try to keep up. Not that hard.

    Oh, I kept up just fine; I just find it curious that, in most threads that have nothing to do with Spiritual issues, it’s always the people that want to denigrate others of Faith that “start things”. You are right; it isn’t that hard.

    BTW, Crabtree, meet Leon Lett. Hold onto the ball.

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    freelancer says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    Yeah I feel bad for Akers, he’s done. But he’s a HOF kicker.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Gore for the score. Kaepernick isn’t running much at all today, but the Falcons are so busy guarding him from running outside that Gore just cruises in easily.

    I think Ryan’s gotta score here or SF is going to drain the clock next time.

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    Badmoodman says:

    49er offense vs. Falcon defense: Like crap through a goose.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @burnspbesq:

    OK, you’ve had your moment of smug self-righteousness, now go the fuck away.

    I…I…ok, I just swallowed my own tongue after reading this.

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    The Dangerman says:

    What sucks is the Niners should be up 2 TD’s but for a fumble and a missed FG (I think I did the math right there; I’m a couple beers in, so no guarantees).

    ETA: OK, that last TD was a field position TD after the goal line fumble; the Niners should be up a TD.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @The Dangerman: Yeah, but playing these ‘what-ifs’ are pointless – who says Atlanta wouldn’t have driven down the field next time?

    Either way, the way SF is running the ball, especially on the read-option – Atlanta’s gotta get a TD here.

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    We have the deep fryer going for wings. Did a couple of buffalo batches and a garlic batch. I may throw some random stuff from the freezer in there.

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    Bonnie says:

    This is the difference between true football fans and the fairweather fans. I don’t care who is playing as long as it is football. I was pulling for the Seahawks and a bit sad about their loss; but, as I said, “I am so happy that there still is football.” Rooting for the 49ers and Ravens today.

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    Badmoodman says:

    @The Dangerman:
    Nah, doesn’t work that way. If Crabtree doesn’t fumble and the Niners score, they kickoff creating completely different field position than they got after making the Falcons punt from deep in their own end. They had a short field to work from.

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    Yutsano says:

    Just had a wonderful brunch at a place I’ve always wanted to try. Will definitely work on luring my parents there next time they are in town.

    Handegg interest is minimal. But I’d be okay if Atlanta advanced here.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Totally blown coverage by the Niners…

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    Badmoodman says:

    NOT a catch.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    @Green Caboose: Never speak of this again. DeKnee Green can go fuck himself, forever.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    No idea how the refs will rule. It sure looks incomplete, but the refs have done some inexplicable things on replay recently, even in the playoffs.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Incomplete, but conclusive? Not sure.

    4 down territory time wise, I would think. Time to pop the top on another one.

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    Dana in Philly says:

    I’ve been watching women’s college basketball all weekend. Big East and SEC. Really, just better.

    Skylar Diggins at Notre Dame — in fact the entire ND starter squad — is awesome to watch.

    Wish I could get some Baylor Lady Bears and Brittney Griner here.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Horseshit.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    And the refs rule complete. Man, I thought these were supposed to be the best of the best.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Now how does Jim Harbaugh really feel?

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    The Dangerman says:

    Either way it was called on the field, it wasn’t getting overturned.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    The Niners are getting to the point where if they don’t make a goal-line stand, they won’t have enough time left.

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    Badmoodman says:

    The Falcon defense is such a sieve, the Niners could LET them score to get the ball back.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I have to think – this is 4-down territory for Atlanta, right? I don’t think they have enough time to risk punting it if they only get a FG.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I think Patrick Willis wants to physically devour offensive players for ATL.

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    Sometimes mike smith looks like John McCain.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @PsiFighter37: They have to have TD here.

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    The Dangerman says:

    I feel a Gonzales TD coming.

    ETA: Raven, better game than I expected. Too bad the playing wasn’t great and the reffing wasn’t great, either.

    ETA: As in that was pass interference.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    The Niners have to jam Gonzalez at the line of scrimmage.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    3rd and 5. This is it, baby. If Falcons get a first down, I think its’ over.

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    Corner Stone says:

    C’mon #NotHarbaughs!!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    4th Down! Game right here.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Game over, man.

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    Corner Stone says:

    GameDay Box Go Boom

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Gotta think that the Niners should be running the ball on the read-option. They only need one first down here…they’ve been doing pretty well with that.

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    Joel says:

    Arthur Blank looks like a movie villain.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Game ain’t over yet.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Haha, Bowman got away with a bit of holding on that 4th down.

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    Badmoodman says:

    The 49ers would have to work REAL hard to lose this game.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Wow – that’s an awfully shitty penalty. They did that earlier in the game; they’ve got to be better on that at this point in the game.

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    Corner Stone says:

    That’s a really poor mgmt decision.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    WTF? That delay of game penalty was idiotic. Are they trying to fuck this up?

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    The Dangerman says:

    The 49ers would have to work REAL hard to lose this game.

    All comes down to the punt.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Send ’em all.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Badmoodman: They’re doing a good job so far.

    Granted, Atlanta has to get a touchdown, and I doubt SF secondary will screw up like Denver did last week…but they should’ve had this easy.

    That said, Gore got 10 yards – plenty of breathing room. Atlanta’s going to have less than 10 seconds at best…will have to basically heave up a Hail Mary.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    6 seconds – can only throw a Hail Mary.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Ok Matty Ice. Fling that fucker.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Is David Akers relieved right now??

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    Corner Stone says:

    Fucking The Harbaughs.

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    Joel says:

    Great game. Now, let’s go Patriots.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Is David Akers relieved right now??

    Is David Akers employed right now? ;-)

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That pass went to the 30-yard line. Wasn’t even a Hail Mary…was he trying to pad his fantasy stats? Weak-ass way to end the game.

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    Badmoodman says:

    The ONLY good thing about 2 Harbaughs in the Superbowl is that one will be a loser.

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    CoastalMike says:

    I believe my prediction wins.

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    CaseyL says:

    Wow. A 1-point game that came down to the last possible second.

    Fun!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Badmoodman: There is nothing, repeat nothing, good that could come from that scenario.

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    Badmoodman says:

    PsiFighter37 Says:

    That pass went to the 30-yard line. Wasn’t even a Hail Mary…was he trying to pad his fantasy stats? Weak-ass way to end the game.

    — My guess is that Ryan’s left shoulder is separated. You can’t throw far even if your off shoulder is that messed up.

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    @cosima: I doubt Whole Paycheck would carry Mojo Criollo; I think any Hispanic themed store would carry it. Will try your apps; they sound heavenly!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    This was a fun game.

    No matter what happens this season, people are not going to have fun playing either the Seahawks or the 49ers anytime soon. And was it only 2 or 3 seasons ago that the Hawks won the division with a 7-9 record?

    The NFC West is going to be scary good. In fact, I’d have to say that overall, the balance of power between the conferences is definitely on the NFC’s side right now.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Badmoodman: I know they were saying that…but if it’s true, then put in the guy who can toss the ball 60 yards. It’s not like it even matters where it ends up…you just need to be able to heave the ball as far as possible.

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    Badmoodman says:

    CaseyL Says:

    Wow. A 1-point game that came down to the last possible second.

    – – How about a 4-point game?

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    The Dangerman says:

    OK, time to sober up a little prior to Game 2; just glad to see my Caca Quotient is still in manageable range right now.

    ETA: Sorry to see it come down to about 3 or 4 bad zebra calls in the last quarter and change.

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    Raven says:

    @Badmoodman: He was going to try a hook and ladder.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @PsiFighter37: Ditto that. And consider the Rams with a killer defense, there will be brusing.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Raven: Hard to run that play when you throw the ball too high.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Eddie D, now that was an owner, Jerry Jones can’t even eat the scraps off the table.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: Yea, he was obviously hurt but whatcha gonna do?

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That said, I kinda feel bad for Alex Smith, wandering around the locker room, far from the champagne. To get benched, when you’re having the best season of your career…that’s rough.

    Regardless, I do feel like he’s someone who will thrive, only if there’s a system that works to his strengths. I’d like to think the Jets would be a good spot, as we have a good pass-catching TE (Keller). But we need more receivers, and a legitimate running game (not goddamn Shonn Greene, who built his rep on one fucking playoff game).

    I’m sure native SFers will give him plenty of love at the parade if they end up winning, but he’s definitely a goner after this year.

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    Deep fried hot pocket is a lot better than I expected. I was skeptical.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Are our blog overlords going to grace us with new thread for the AFC game?

    PF37 +3

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    cosima says:

    re: recipes (not football) — bake the phyllo app at 350, not 400.

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    JWL says:

    It’s a very, very good day. It’s a Good Day Sunshine.

    Go Niners!

    And a respectful tip of my hat to the Atlanta Falcons. It was a weird, tough fought game- in that order.

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    @JWL: Sorry so many Balloonistas can’t share in the joy that pervades Ninerland.

    I now sit back and have some Jameson’s and ribs for the second game.

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    Linnaeus says:

    Hockey’s back, so I can watch that instead.

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    billgerat says:

    Well, it looks like it’ll be a Super Incest Bowl, with the Harbaughs trying to screw each other.

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