What a nightmare Sunday was. In slightly more detail, the question being asked is as follows; is the end-zone fade, from within the red zone, the most overrated play in football? It is a question that was proposed in my fantasy league a few months back. After painfully watching the 49ers squander away a game winning opportunity for the second year in a row on that very play, I think it deserves an answer. I haven't tried to quantify this in any way, but you don't have to go far to find a 49ers fan that wouldn't at least ponder the validity of such a question. That was just a bitter finish to a good game and I can't find a way to sum it up. The only thing I'm certain of is that the fade pass to the end-zone is about as good as a bad dream.
Even if executed well, the play just doesn't give the receiver enough of an advantage. I can think of a handful of failed attempts this year. One, in particular, that most of you might remember was MNF in St. Louis when Brian Schottenheimer reminded us why he got fired from the Jets. Kellen Clemens overthrew a blanketed Brian Quick on 4th down to give the Seahawks a win; a very important win, as it turned out. I can also think of a few instances where it worked, so maybe I don't know what the f--- I'm talking about.
But it will be a long time before I'm able to shake that last play from Sunday. The team fought hard, caught a few breaks (hard to come by up there), and got through a tragic injury to put themselves in a position to win the ballgame. But then, on first down, Kap audibled to YOLO and the season faded away with his droopy lob to the corner. Of course, if Crabtree beats Sherman and comes down with the ball, it is a different ending and an unforgettable play. But that was never going to happen. Instead, it's a forgettable moment on a
fairly routine compelling defensive play by #25 that will leave a bad taste in the mouths of loyal 49er fans for a while.
With no real evidence to support an answer to the question, I'm just going to conclude that the end-zone fade in the NFL sucks. If anyone has actual statistics to back this up, the floor is yours.
Also, take a moment to think about what Navarro Bowman put on the line for our favorite football team through the season and into the playoffs. It was a pleasure to watch #53 do everything on the field this year.