Fooch's Note: I'd been meaning to get this on the front page. If you ever get a chance to write about your experiences at a 49ers game, feel free to write up a FanPost (with pictures, if possible) and we'll try and get it on the front page. 49erLou attended his first ever NFL AND 49ers game, so this is pretty cool.
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the 49ers @ Redskins game at FedEx Field. It was my first NFL and 49ers game, so I thought I might share some of my experience since I'm still really pumped up about the whole thing and what better place to talk (or type?) 49ers then Niners Nation right? I know a few of you here were also at the game, so please share your experiences too, I know I'd like to hear them.
I've always wanted to do a jump, and ask you to join me after it, so please, join me after the jump to read about my experience and maybe see some pictures if I can figure out how to do that. Oh and cookies. There will definitely be cookies. Here we go!
That was fun!
Alright, so I found out Friday night that my friend had found us two tickets to the game Sunday and that I would finally get to see the 49ers play. Basically, Saturday was Christmas Eve and I was the little kid waiting to open his shiny red and gold presents Sunday morning. It's only taken me 23 years as a fan of the 49ers to see them play in person, so to say I was excited is an understatement.
I'm about 2 hours from DC, so we drove about an hour to Springfield and then hopped on the metro to the stadium. I would suggest this route for anyone coming to a game at FedEx. The metro drops you off about half a mile from the stadium and the walk is not that bad at all.
Overall, I thought the stadium was really nice. I work for UPS, so I could do without the FedEx-iness of the place, but other then that everything was pretty nice.
We were on the upper level but I thought the seats were pretty nice. We had a good view and we could see all the action.
I was fairly surprised by the number of 49er fans that were at the game. We out numbered Skins fans in the metro station tunnel and had a huge "Let's Go Niners" chant going, but by the time we got to the escalators in the stadium, the Skins fans had become the majority and started to serenade us with "Hail to the Redskins." It was a pretty cool moment of fans just having some good fun. It's what games should be all about in my opinion.
There was a lot of good natured trash talk and overall I was impressed/surprised by the hospitality of the Skins fans. After sitting around and listening to their conversations, I can really sympathize with them. They are a lot like we were the past few years, dealing with the QB problems, the leadership problems and just overall being frustrated with what their team is doing. The boo-birds were definitely out for Beck after Goldson's INT and when he couldn't get things going I heard a ton of "Bring Back Grossman" comments. Of course I was reminded of the famous "We Want Carr" chants so I drank some more beer to forget.
Speaking of beer....$8 for a beer! $8! The best part is that it didn't stop my friend from buying 9 of them. He may have a slight problem.
Anyway, as for the actual game, I felt like I missed so much while I was there, I went back and watched the highlights. Check them out here they are excellent.
Here are some more pics I took of the game, I know they aren't very close. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?
Here we have the kickers warming up, Andy Lee is the one hunched over looking like he's throwing up. Akers was nailing field goals and walking around like a bad (site decorum) before the game started so I knew he was going to have a good day.
It was cool watching the holes open up and seeing Frank find and hit them. I would have liked to see VD more involved and maybe another touchdown or two, but the Niners won so I can't complain too much.
This defense is fun to watch. It seemed like every time the Skins started to gain a little momentum they would make a play to kill it.
Bruce Miller's TD was awesome, I wish I would have got a picture of that but I was too busy being excited. That whole sequence of events, beginning with the Willis FF, really killed the crowd. There were a lot of drunk Skins fans ready to give up by the start of the 3rd quarter. Bunches of them started leaving by the beginning of the 4th.
Here's a picture of a bunch of them leaving after Patrick Willis forced his second fumble of the day in the 4th. That was the highlight of the game for me, Willis is my favorite so I was really happy to see him be a big factor in the game.
Ted Ginn is fast! He was exciting to watch and even though he didn't get off a really huge run, it felt like the potential was there every time he got the ball.
They honored Chris Hanburger during halftime, I don't really know much about him other then he was a LB for the Skins at some point.
I enjoyed seeing all of the different 49ers jerseys fans were wearing. My favorite was probably the lady with a really cool Chris Culliver jersey. By the time I got the chance to talk to her my camera battery was dead, so I didn't get a picture, but it was homemade and it was very neat. I asked her why a Cully jersey and she said "because he's my boo." Good enough for me.
There was another guy wearing what looked like the actual uniform pants the team wears, a Niners jersey #44 OBAMA, and a giant Niners flag he was using as a cape. I didn't get a picture of him either but he was clearly insane. He managed to sweet talk the guards into letting him pass through the metro gates without paying because his pants had no pockets.
All in all my first NFL game experience was amazing. The whole day couldn't have gone any better and I got to see my Niners win. My next goal is to make the trip to San Francisco to see a home game, and if things work out, that may come true later this season. Maybe I'll get the chance to meet some of you!
Thanks for reading, I'm glad I could share some of my first pro game experience with you.
P.S. Apparently SBNation doesn't have an "upload cookie" feature, so no cookies like I had promised earlier. My sincere apologies. Fooch, you should tell the tech guys to get to work on adding that feature, I have no idea what I'm going to do with all of these cookies I baked!