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Noman Says ^ | 1/14/12 | Noman

Posted on 01/14/2012 1:52:51 PM PST by Sick of Lefties

Just for the record, the San Francisco 49ers will defeat the New Orleans Saints today.

The stats and hype indicate a Saints win by a score of 49-28 or some such blowout. Forget the stats; ignore the hype.

Good defense beats good offense as surely as good pitching beats good hitting. The 49ers have great defense; the Saints, great offense. The same principle applies.

San Francisco's special teams are a game changer. The 49ers can score by reaching the other team's 40 yard line because the field goal kicker is long-distance machine. They keep the other team pinned deep in its own territory because the punter is lights out. They've got a kick returner who can take it to the house.

In a normal 49er game, the Saints would be able to roll up 350 yards without entering the red zone. And, if they do, they'll discover that the 49er defense steps it up a notch.

On offense, the 49ers have the inconvenient truth, a pair of dangerous receivers, and an intelligent quarterback who reminds Noman of Bob Griese. Nothing too flashy; just a guy in command of a great team.

The Saints bombard the opposition with deep passes. The 49ers force lots of interceptions and turnovers.

Finally, even though New Orleans is a great city, San Francisco is a greater one.

Enough said. 49ers 29 - Saints 23. Noman wants to say 49ers 19 - Saints 13, but doesn't have the nerve.

In the day's other game, all Noman can say with certainty is that the Broncos will have more people around the globe praying for them than any other team in the history of sports.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: 49ers; broncos; saints
49ers win 29-23.
1 posted on 01/14/2012 1:52:57 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties

I hope you’re right but Brees is pretty damn impressive


2 posted on 01/14/2012 1:55:08 PM PST by Krankor (Her voice was soft and cool. Her eyes were clear and bright. But she's not there.)
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To: Sick of Lefties

“The stats and hype indicate a Saints win by a score of 49-28 or some such blowout. Forget the stats; ignore the hype. “

You made that up, so we’ll ignore it.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 1:59:03 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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4 posted on 01/14/2012 2:04:50 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Sick of Lefties
I've seen this movie before.

N'awlins 31 Frisco 20

5 posted on 01/14/2012 2:06:31 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Petraeus, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Kirkwood

I’d somehow gotten the impression that Drew Brees was immortal.

Alex Smith is supposed to be a ham sandwich.


6 posted on 01/14/2012 2:06:59 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties

Here’s hoping the “flyover country” teams kits the coastal liberals cities butts.

Go Saints, Broncos, Texans and Packers.


7 posted on 01/14/2012 2:08:03 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Sick of Lefties

Good defense beats good offense as surely as good pitching beats good hitting.
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Except when the GB Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Superbowl.


8 posted on 01/14/2012 2:08:11 PM PST by JohnKinAK
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To: bwc2221

kits = kick


9 posted on 01/14/2012 2:09:33 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Sick of Lefties

Vegas betting lines had a 3 point spread.


10 posted on 01/14/2012 2:13:21 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Sick of Lefties
So far so good, and can I just say as someone who doesn't really follow the AFC, may the Broncos pull off a stunner and a) showcase the good that has appeared in the NFL and the country, and b) stun the media and give joy to all who will enjoy watching the disbelief. Go 9’res and go Broncos!
11 posted on 01/14/2012 2:20:01 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Sick of Lefties

Currently 7 - 0 Niners with the first quarter winding down. We’ll see......


12 posted on 01/14/2012 2:20:59 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Sick of Lefties

I am rooting for both teams to lose.

I have despised NO and everything about it, especially the football team after all that boo-hoo Katrina crap, especially in their SB year.

I was from Los Angeles (born and raised) and, as every knows, hating SF is part of our DNA.


13 posted on 01/14/2012 2:22:17 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Sick of Lefties

14 - zip now Niners, and still in the first. Uh oh.


14 posted on 01/14/2012 2:26:42 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Sick of Lefties

It appears that the Saints have taken a page from Les Miles’ LSU book and decided to play sans their offense. 14-0 49ers already.


15 posted on 01/14/2012 2:26:56 PM PST by Ingtar (If the GOP wants my vote, they should start fielding candidate for whom I can vote - Jemian)
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To: Ingtar

Well, the runner got knocked cold on that first fumble, you could see him go limp. Later the announcers said he was “shaken up”. I think the whole team was shaken up.


16 posted on 01/14/2012 2:36:11 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I saw that, and was grateful to see his feet moving as they broke from the pile. It was short but it was a blackout blow nonetheless. This is a great game, Saints should win the challenge under review... Could change the momentum


17 posted on 01/14/2012 2:43:13 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: GizzyGirl

The 49ers are hitting hard. Sproles doesn’t look like he’s enjoying himself too much.

NO was lucky to have not lost that fumble. It turned things around.

NO is very good. I’d like to see the 49ers run the ball on them more and see how tough they are on defense.


18 posted on 01/14/2012 3:10:55 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties
I'm for the Saints, whose name is said to have been inspired by a Christian hymn.
19 posted on 01/14/2012 3:27:20 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Sick of Lefties

I wouldn’t count on that idea as a lock.

-Orange Crush, 1977


20 posted on 01/14/2012 3:38:24 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Fiji Hill

The only team I’ve ever rooted for in a game because of the Christian courage of their players was the NY Giants team that had the champions for life. And, that was after they ruined the 49ers dream of a threepeat.

There are probably no more actual saints on the Saints than on the 49ers.


21 posted on 01/14/2012 3:39:26 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: SaxxonWoods

Hollywood Henderson, baby.


22 posted on 01/14/2012 3:42:23 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: freedumb2003

I would call that not just courting disappointment, but stalking it!


23 posted on 01/14/2012 3:52:14 PM PST by kevslisababy
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To: kevslisababy

True and also very funny!


24 posted on 01/14/2012 4:27:06 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Sick of Lefties
So far, late 3rd quarter, one of the more brutal games I've seen recently. 49ers definitely want it, they are hitting hard. Graham has whacked the back of his head on the turf twice. The pundits speculate he's not acting quite right, but I guess the concussion rules go out the window in this situation.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine, let me back out there. I see three fingers. Oh, five? Close enough."

25 posted on 01/14/2012 4:33:20 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: freedumb2003

I grew up with the opposite genome: born and raised in SF, and hating the Dodgers and Rams with a passion.

I got over it mostly in 1981 when the Yankees played the Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankee fans in my office were so obnoxious that I flew down to LA for Game 3. Valenzuela was on the mound, and it was do or die.

The Dodgers did that day and for the series. The Yankee fans’ gloom was worth giving up my animosities for.

They’ll come back if the Giants and Dodgers are in another pennant race.


26 posted on 01/14/2012 4:48:35 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: FlyVet

Brees looks very uncomfortable. He’s had lots of time and hasn’t been able to find receivers.

The last series, he didn’t even have time.

The story of the game so far besides defenses generally, and the 49ers secondary particularly, are the guys who didn’t show up on offense today: Sproles (who is smarting in pain from the hits), and Crabtreee.


27 posted on 01/14/2012 4:53:10 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties

I take it back. Sproles woke up just in time. Hats off to him.

Go 49ers.


28 posted on 01/14/2012 4:57:56 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties

I guess they heard you!


29 posted on 01/14/2012 5:40:03 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Sick of Lefties
Incredible finish by the Niners. One of the best games I've ever seen. Glad I'm not a betting man, there are too many upsets this year. Now, on to see if Broncos can pull off the impossible.....again.

It's nice to have a weekend break from politics, where 99.9% of the news is depressing.

30 posted on 01/14/2012 5:41:48 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: Sick of Lefties

OK. So I was wrong... about the score!

But, I was looking prescient until the final minute-plus.

Quite a game. Thank you Alex and Vernon.

The Saints were excellent. They have great heart, and skill. Condolences to the fans.

The Niners will lose next week on the road in Green Bay. But, they made their point.


31 posted on 01/14/2012 6:23:32 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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To: Sick of Lefties

Sorry, the Cheeseheads will beb watching the Superbowl from the comforts of their own homes. The Niners will prevail over the VaGiants!!


32 posted on 01/15/2012 10:48:47 PM PST by Justaham
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To: Justaham

That was indeed a late Christmas-Epiphany present for 49er fans.

I’m conflicted because of the history of these two teams. Games between them are usually heart-stoppers. And, the Giants are very good in this role.

But, the 49ers chances at home are better than 50%. They would have been much lower on the road. I’m giving it a good think.


33 posted on 01/16/2012 1:06:27 PM PST by Sick of Lefties
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