Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed our Week 17 victory over a very tough Cardinals team. I KNOW you all enjoyed what the General did! Heck, even Fooch had nothing but nice things to say about Quinton Patton and his play.
I promised some all-22, so I will deliver. Since Fooch covered the final catch pretty well, and the great block was also discussed at length, I decided to do the run and one other memorable play.
On First and 10 on the Arizona 34, the 49ers have a single back with three players bunched up on the left side of the formation. Patton is lined up almost behind Boldin, and McDonald is to the left.
McDonald goes into motion and ends up on the other side of the WR's.
Kap fakes the handoff to gore and then tosses it to Patton who is running an end-around. Also notice that McDonald has run across the formation as well.
Patton then turns the corner and is presented with a choice. Either run towards the sideline or turn into the field. Either choice would have netted the first down and would be considered ok, but Patton turns in and keeps on running.
Now, around the 25 yard line or so Quinton is given another similar choice. Looking at it from two different angles, it looks like the best thing is to just run out of bounds and get to about the 20. Great run, right?
The General turns in again AT FULL SPEED and gets to the 8 yard line. Not too shabby.
The next thing I want to cover isn't really a "play" per se, but a testament to the drive and desire that Patton has. On a 3rd and 15 Colin Kaepernick can't find anyone open and scrambles for about 8 yards. The play is whistled dead, and Kap has Dockett on top of him giving him the knee. Notice that Patton is over 10 yards away.
Here's another shot.
The 7-11 bond begins to show up big time as Patton does not put up with this to his QB and gracefully removes the Cardinal from the San Francisco 49er QB.
The General showed a lot this game. He may not have the best 40 time, but he is quick and agile. He fights for the ball, does what is needed of him (see the block in Fooch's post) and will fight for his team. He listens and learns, and with Anquan Boldin teaching him, he will learn a lot.
This has been a long season for us on the Battlewagon, but that makes this so much sweeter. No longer is the WR curse going to haunt the 49ers. The cold and broken hallelujah is over. We now have three, count them, THREE legit WR's (Vernon Davis would make 4, but he's a TE, so Green Bay if you are reading this ignore him).
We must not underestimate our enemy in Green Bay. They are battle-hardened and playing at home. They are rich in tradition. They have a great QB and some good WR's of their own.
But we have The General! The 7-11 is now open! We have one of the top D's in the NFL, and we too are rich in tradition and battle-hardened. We will be led to victory!
We are the General's Battlewagon, and we can do whatever we want!