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Monday, September 08, 2003
 
Opening Day

After looking wretched through much of the preseason, it turns out that all the 49ers needed to set them straight was a game that actually counted. Having an opponent who, at least on this given Sunday, was deeply incapable didn't hurt either. The Niners had an easy time of it, pulling away to win 49 -7. Except for an early turnover that led to Chicago's only score, they dominated from the very first series.

I've always been a bit confused by Kordell Stewart. Not watching Pittsburgh play very frequently, I tended to see him mostly in daily highlights. And Stewart, when he is on, is amazing. He makes a whole lot of highlight reel plays, both with his arm and with his running ability. How a QB who accomplished such miracles wasn't a real star, and even found himself riding the bench, baffled me.

After seeing him play today, I'm a lot closer to understanding. With two minutes left in the first half, the Bears were in trouble at 23 - 7, but still had a shot at regrouping and winning in the second half. Stewart completely took his team out with two quick interceptions than ran the halftime score to 33 - 7, and the Niners never looked back. Both passes were thrown well, but both were terrible decisions, with Stewart seeming not to notice DBs who were perfectly positioned to jump in front of his receiver and take the ball away. For a veteran QB to make that mistake - and then make it again a few minutes later - just won't cut it. On the evidence of this game, his career in Chicago is likely to be even more troubled than in Pittsburgh.



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