October 30, 2011
San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-10
Headed over to Candlestick Park for 49ers vs the Browns.
Ever since I first started shooting sports seriously, my goal was to shoot NFL, and considering my dad is a 49er faithful and used to sell hot dogs at Candlestick, I grew up a niner fan. So the ultimate would be to shoot a niner game.
I had assisted Peter Read Miller and Jed Jacobsohn before, and photographed 49ers practice, but this was my first 49er game that I've photographed.
I am helping team photographer Michael Zagaris (one of my photo idols...and the first time I met him I fell down his stairs) with uploading some of his photos for niners use. This means I also get to hang out with him on Monday mornings after the game which is also awesome. Such a cool guy!
Poor Colt McCoy of the Browns struggled holding onto the ball. And was under pressure all game.
While Frank Gore became 49ers 2nd all time leading rusher with 7,089 yards.
But his try for a touchdown was called down at the two yard line.
But niners still put points on the board with the help of Michael Crabtree who was able to score thanks to a nice pass from Alex Smith.
And of course kicker David Akers with the hold by Andy Lee
Joe Staley even stepped in as a receiver and celebrated after making the catch with a little dance. Not every day a 6'5" 315 lb guy is used as a receiver!
I know XFL was sponsored by WWE, but I think NFL has enough WWE action!
The cheerleaders were in Halloween spirit in costume, though hopefully this one didn't confuse any of the players!
At the end, with a 20-10 win over the Browns and 6-1 on the season, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh came out to shake hands with Pat Shurmur, in much less dramatic fashion than niners previous game against the Lions.
All in all, a great game, a beautiful day and perfect lead up to my birthday tomorrow!!