Matt & Mindi: Harbaugh's QB change proved correct
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach talk about the 49ers NFC Championship victory and Harbaugh's gutsy move at QB that paid off in the end.
Format Mayo does cover the 49ers for eighteen years that this will be his first Super Bowl and Matt Jim -- on his second year going to his vs the Super Bowl with this team as well what -- -- -- for his status among NFL coaches what he's accomplished here that I am and I felt what he did last year was amazing NFL coach of the year and this is a guy took a team with a losing record in any lockout situation. Where he didn't have the team throughout the offseason. -- -- thirteen to three make it to the NFC champs again within -- taken another step in the and to do it the way he did it. He he didn't have any reason really to change quarterbacks because Alex Smith was playing so well that he thought that if he went with Colin -- -- middle of the season after Alex Smith got healthy. -- it's -- that happening was the formula for getting this team to that next step and he was proven correctly I played a very good scheme. But -- -- -- did it leading the 49ers -- this victory a lot of help from a lot of different guys but. But Harbaugh definitely put his stamp on this team it took Bill Walsh. His third season for him to make it Harbaugh. Two years so that's very impressive -- his defense has a different plan recently 241 half points allowed to the Falcons they've been giving up some points. Isn't -- teams in his last 45 games what are -- -- have to change going in New Orleans. But that's the way they made the adjustments in the second half was what the 49ers had to do I mean they were getting torched in the first half Roddy White. Julio Jones especially. Tony Gonzales and of course Matt Ryan just thrown the ball around really slicing up the 49ers defense there and we get a little bit more pressure. On Matt Ryan and that the defense really clamped down they did make some subtle adjustments that Biggio did. And so the foreigners defense I think goes into the Super Bowl feeling a heck of a lot better about where they are right now. And have to fill a heck of a lot better about Vernon Davis as well big contribution from the tight end is first touchdown since the Chicago game in November and also his most receiving yards since then. You had a chance to speak to Greg Roman is that by design or just went by without the defense is giving them both Greg Lemond said that after every game you go by Vernon Davis C Vernon is come and be patient and believe me it's coming in today. It came and I think he was a lot of different factors. That the Falcons. Did a lot on the outside to try to take Michael Crabtree out a game as you notice every time Crabtree caught the ball there are a lot of guys around so that opened things up for Vernon Davis and Vernon Davis frankly last week he said he watched the video. Of the sea Hawks Falcons game three times because he's sought out Zach Miller. Was getting opening except falcons' defense to -- he knew there'd be some place form. A great Roman knew there'd be some plays form and. There were some plays form today you know this went for the 49ers also getting contributions from other players who had been highlighted the Michael James his first career touchdown Isaac Sopoaga his first. Sack of the season so. A complete team win -- for the 49ers here at the Georgia down. Okay twenty minutes getting mentally you have many don't. Is okay. Four minutes when you think personally think it's kinda get back and got it back in my I am. For life away in my record around and they see it. The exact same thing you -- But it did give -- middle now reference. You guys have had confidence and for -- it's like this scene in track. Okay all right okay a lot of it has affected. And that many for the let me get. Is Matt -- for the web. -- me -- coming back here at the Georgia and down with the 49ers are going to New Orleans they're going to a Super Bowl and Matt you've covered this team for eighteen years and you're going to your first Super Bowl as well but. What was interesting about this when is it it was unlike any others for the 49ers to season they'd overcome their largest deficit. To come back and beat the Falcons and then also they became only second team in NFL history to win a conference title game inside. And make it to the grand finale I guess you could say I mean this is a good win for this team just because he had done it this way before. Does a great way and I mean LA times we talked about deal with the 49ers had so many comebacks last season this year they had in well. They saved the best for last when they were down seventeen out -- the thing that impressed me the most. Was what they did on that next drive early in the second quarter they stuck with the running game so many times it seems like we're always saying what I did they get away from the running game -- this time they did it. They were patient. About Greg Roman called a very good game either addicting -- defense -- coordinator -- some great adjustments the defense played well in the second half to give the offense. The opportunity to win this game. And what you say about Frank Gore a guy who's been through so many down times of the for an average he was the best player on some really bad teams for him to be that guy. To scored 22 half touchdowns really feeding us send off to the 49ers as they go the Super Bowl. I thought that drive in the second quarter for the 49ers was also key because that. Falcons had controlled the clock from more than eleven and a half minutes in the first quarter and then they go up seventeen to nothing bad defense needed a break in the 49ers offense chewed up. Almost seven minutes of clock on that eighty year two or eighty yard drive that they got some contributions from players. That they haven't had in the past few games -- Michael James his first career touchdown Vernon davis' first touchdown since in the Chicago game back in November. Mean they really were out of reliant on players that they had. Able to use before January Randy Moss and every game and you know he didn't in anti Dixon gets in for one play and it's a big play it's a New York City picks up a first down so. On a thirty short. -- it was a team effort in -- what I like Doug Collins cap for next performance was that he did not force the issue. Talk about a guy who has poise under pressure we rushed for a 181 yards last week. Everybody was talking about his running -- needed this game he. Gave the ball -- to -- too precious like Africa only only one designed -- hill so he saw that in crashing down RD in in third. Saying -- there in the read is you get to Frankel or any kept giving it to them and can't given it to him and Els the right play. He didn't lose his poise the team. Remain patient and. They are the same and I beat the defense remain patient as well Ralph Brown of course covering Julio Jones in that second touchdown in the left corner of the end zone. It was tight coverage it was good coverage was just an excellent throw by Matt -- in a great -- for Julio Jones and asked him. Is it going to be that kind of night he said no because we're gonna have our chances too in the secondary this defense in the second half. They they -- they met that challenge. There was the one the first touchdown and religions touchdown. Was it -- average led. They made them heard all that stuff feel there was a play that big -- to sandals and -- hands on -- -- I believe is Roddy White took it away in. Julio Jones made some fantastic plays -- Matt Ryan was putting the ball where he had to so. You know as much as people were sitting at home taking all that forty -- secondary why don't they tighten things up. You gotta give credit to the Falcons they were phenomenal in that first half. And the 49ers. Defense was equally phenomenal the second half break there and then we see of course interception -- caller asked him. You hate how did you finally read that able to get a jump on the ball and it really helped that Isaac Sopoaga had a sack before and probably -- back right that's some pressure on a little bit before. And those are the kind of adjustments the younger players are making too he ended the last play of the last sequence of the game you know the defense had to hold on for dear life. Ended Ahmad Brooks and bats down a third down pass and then Navarro Bowman and maybe literacy hands on a modern now. But they had that place sniffed out they knew metric setting what they were gonna do how they're gonna do it there's a minor adjustment that the Falcons made it. But Bowman was in the right spot to make the plays so. And then he -- And Tom Watson at the final minutes here final seconds. And what does it take you to -- great punt by he and he leads hill I mean what a fantastic pressure pines. To pin -- the return meant to the sidelines that they do when you look back in this one I mean there is there's a lot of people who did heavy lifting for the 49ers to win this game. Okay -- that means you have more mad Mindy is to come we're going to New -- you ready I'm ready you know it really easily yeah. -- -- fever very long time already blame or -- may need the players are probably off on Monday and Tuesday which means that I will be too so we'll bring you your next. 49ers update possibly Tuesday the more likely we'll see Wednesday right here on CSN Bay Area dot com.