Found January 23, 2012 on Cleveland Frowns:
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The Niners were 0 for 12 on third down yesterday (technically 1 for 13, but the one conversion came on a meaningless short throw on the last play of regulation). Their wide receivers made one catch for three yards on nine targets. On any of their last four drives a field goal would have sent them to the Super Bowl, yet they moved the ball a total of -7, 0, 2 and 9 yards respectively on each. This, despite the services of a pair of running backs who ran for over 100 yards on just 20 carries and the best pass-catching tight end in football. Niners wideout Michael Crabtree was one of the best receivers to play college football in the last decade. He can’t be that bad now in the NFL. It’s something for the (thankfully) dwindling “surround Colt McCoy with weapons” crowd to think about. Niners quarterback Alex Smith still came away with a decent statline (a 97.6 rating on 12/26 passing for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, evocative of Colt’s best performances (like against the Rams, or Jags)) ...
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