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BilJ
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A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
fricking Gregg Williams

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One week later Goodwin was back in New Orleans for the teams’ first preseason game. Those warm-ups usually are forgettable affairs in which coaches rehearse their most basic plays. This one was not. Playing their first game under Harbaugh, the 49ers were surprised to find themselves being blitzed mercilessly by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. They managed only 98 passing yards and lost 24-3.


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Times-Picayune columnist Jeff Duncan: I’ve never gotten an official answer on that. But there has been a rumor, I’ll say that. This is from someone that’s involved with the team, so it’s not like a fan thing. I heard that it wasn’t Gregg Williams’ call to do that, it was Sean Payton’s call. And the reason Payton wanted him to do it was I guess there’s some unwritten rule that you determine how you’re going to play the game. This could be complete b.s., but this is from someone close to the team. And he said that Harbaugh didn’t return Payton’s calls on that subject and that miffed Payton. So it was Payton’s way of showing the new kid on the block how they do it in the NFL.
Strief: The way I remember it being explained to me is: Jim Harbaugh refused to accept the phone call. And he refused to accept any rules. …. And I think eventually Sean went back and said, “He doesn’t want to talk. So there’s no rules. Do whatever you want.” And Gregg’s response was, “Awesome. I’m going to hit the quarterback on every play.” Because that’s what Gregg does.


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With the 49ers now leading 29-24 after a failed two-point conversion, the Saints took over with 2:07 left. Brees found Sproles and Colston for first downs. Then he reared back and threw downfield for Graham. Both Willis and Whitner went for the ball and missed.


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Duncan: I just remember thinking, this is going to be one of the greatest plays in the history of the organization. No question. When it occurred, the way it occurred, the comeback. It seemed like it was going to be the exclamation point on maybe the greatest Saints win in the franchise’s history, certainly in the playoffs.


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Goodwin: I remember thinking, “I can’t believe he’s blitzing us!” Of course, (Gregg Williams) doesn’t know this, but in practices it used to seem like when we were in two-minute drives we would get a lot of checkdowns. So Alex making that throw kind of caught me off guard. But I guess it was partly because we were getting blitzed.

Strief: To this day, I think it’s maybe the most devastating play that I was a part of because it just didn’t make any sense in that moment to let that offense and what it was move down the field like that. Which they hadn’t been able to do all day. It was a frustrating deal. And that’s what made that game so fun: things kept happening that you never anticipated could happen. And it happened over and over and over again.

Duncan: That game was definitely the low-water mark for Gregg Williams. Because they kept getting leads and they couldn’t get stops.


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Strief: It was the one stadium that after that game I forbid my family from ever visiting. We had several players’ wives, girlfriends have things taken off of them at the game. It was an aggressive crowd that you felt on the bench. Which was really unique, not what I thought it was going to be. … My guests had to leave in the third quarter.

Hale: I can tell you it has left a bitter taste in Saints fans mouths to this day. You’ll still hear people say, “We’ll never go back to San Francisco. Worst crowd ever. Downright dangerous. Not just rude but downright dangerous and nasty.”


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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
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An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game



Damone
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
9ers fans are pure scum of the Earth


BilJ
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
yeah I had forgotten about that part


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clamdip
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Thanks... what's next? mandatory reading of 1/9/2012?


CBandits82
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
this game stole my soul, maddest I have ever been after a game.

We would have played in the Super Bowl if we win that game.



DestrehanTiger
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
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mandatory reading of 1/9/2012?


It's crazy how such a great season for Louisiana football could go downhill in 6 days. What a terrible week.


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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
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Hale: I can tell you it has left a bitter taste in Saints fans mouths to this day. You’ll still hear people say, “We’ll never go back to San Francisco. Worst crowd ever. Downright dangerous. Not just rude but downright dangerous and nasty.”


my Dad had a group of buddies go to this one and they said the crowd was horrible.

It was basically a bunch of Mexican trash everywhere.

They said you couldn't pay them to ever go back.


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Mystery
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
I still think that was the best Saints team ever.


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Fat Bastard
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
We woulda won the super bowl. shite sorry arse Eli beat the pats. It was the worst pats d in awhile if I recall.


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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
frick this thread


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nola000
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
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It's crazy how such a great season for Louisiana football could go downhill in 6 days. What a terrible week.


If it makes you feel any better the Alabama team from 2018, Nick Saban's best team ever, was undefeated and got absolutely destroyed in the national championship by 28 points.


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Bonkers119
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Why you trying to bring us down on the eve of the divisional weekend?


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unctiger4
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
I opened this thread just to downvote you for posting it on a saints board


BilJ
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Yeah I had somewhat gotten over it...then when NY took down GB I lost my shite again.


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BilJ
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Oh man you down voted me????? Damn


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udtiger
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Was at a gymnastics meet for my daughter.

Someone thought it would be a good idea to set up a TV in the lobby outside of the competition floor.

As the game went on, more and more parents left the stands to watch the game, while their daughters were competing. Their verbal reactions were also distracting the competitors.

The game ended as it did, and the crowd filed back in...noticeably subdued, to the detriment of the girls still competing.


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610man
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Worst loss as a fan ever, no loss as a fan for any team that I am a fan of (CUBS, LSU, Saints) has ever been worse. That team easily wins super bowl, frick that game.


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soccerfüt
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
I was watching at a now-passed friend's house.

Two shitty stimuli for me.

And LSU.....

Barkeep, make it a triple.



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showoff
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re: A painful but good read...An oral history of the 49ers-Saints epic 2012 playoff game
Haunting memory.


Will always remember this----


Turnovers:

Saints - 5

49ers - 1


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