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Reading Between the Tweets: 49ers Clinch NFC West and #2 Seed

Jeremy Dorn | December 31, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life

It wasn't a convincing win, but the 49ers took care of business by beating the hapless Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, 27-13. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick did plenty to earn some fans back after a disastrous outing in Seattle a week ago, setting a personal career high in passing yardage versus Arizona.

The biggest beneficiary was Michael Crabtree, as the wide receiver scored two touchdowns, put up his own personal receiving yards mark, and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season. Alex Smith got a couple drives at the end of the game, and threw one pass, a short completion to fullback Bruce Miller, much to the appreciation of the 49er fans at Candlestick Park.

Despite a slow start and two more bad misses from kicker David Akers, the 49ers clinched their second straight NFC West title and—with a little help from the Minnesota Vikings—will coast into the playoffs as the number two seed, earning a first-round bye and home field advantage. Let's take to Twitter to see how fans are reacting to the division-clinching victory:

This has to start with a congratulations to one of the 49ers' most prestigious and popular players:

@nfldraftscout: Touchdown, Frank Gore. #49ers career rushing TD leader. 51 TDs

And as mentioned, Crabtree's season stands out as one of the best in recent memory for this franchise:

@mattbarrows: With that reception, Michael Crabtree goes over 1,000 yards for the season -- first #49ers receiver since T.O. to have that mark.

Even sack master Aldon Smith got in on the Twitter party:

@aldonsmithJETS: NFC west champs and bye week. Lets go!!! #ninerfaithful #49ers

But with the good, comes the bad. The really, really bad (Rumor is that the 49ers are considering a replacement at kicker):

@MessssyMarv: With all these Head Coaches getting fired, I wonder if David Akers is getting fired too? #49ers #DavidAkers

One media member sums up the season quite nicely:

@tim_bays: Strange season for #49ers, more rocky than last year's bliss-filled run, but at end of day, another NFC West title and first-round bye

And Cam Inman of the Mercury News sums up the Alex Smith-Colin Kaepernick comparison:

@CamInman: #49ers Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith each attempted 218 passes this season. Kap: 1,814 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT; Alex: 1,737 yards, 13 TD, 5 INT

Still another reporter admits he's been proven wrong by Kaepernick:

@kinneytimes: Gotta admit I was wrong re Kaepernick. Raw deal 4 Smith, but starting Kap was clearly the right call, barring total meltdown in playoffs.

Others question head coach Jim Harbaugh's decision, even this far into the season:

@MattLeland: Harbaugh has been a revelation in San Francisco, but I think he made season-altering mistake when he chose Kaepernick over Smith. #49ers

And one fan points out a cruelly ironic potential Super Bowl matchup:

@jeffdomingues: How about a #49ers-#Broncos Super Bowl? Alex Smith watching the man who would have taken his job against the kid who did.

Amid all the QB controversy, the ups and downs, the missed field goals, and everything else, the old mantra holds true:

@redsox4lfe9: Whos got it better than us? #49ers

Let us know what you think by following and tweeting @sanfranmag—what was the best moment of the 49ers season? What are your playoff predictions?

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