The A’s clutched and grabbed and scraped and just kept holding on and on, which all made Game 2 seem like about three or four games at once.
It was just one game, one victory, tying this ALDS 1-1 as the scene shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday.
But every bit of Saturday’s 1-0 A’s victory felt weighted down and significant in some important and audacious way.
You can’t win a playoff series unless you win at least one game like this along the way, and the A’s just did.
- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
Watt, who weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces at birth, also has genetics on his side. His hands, which measure 11 1/8 inches from thumb to pinkie, matched the largest among defensive linemen at the ’11 combine. His massive mitts – along with his vertical jump – explain his ability to bat away passes, which has earned him the nickname “J.J. Swatt” and inspired countless “Swatt Team” signs at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.
His blend of size, effort, ability has Watt on track for another memorable season. Despite receiving increased attention, he is tied for 10th in the NFL in sacks (3.5). According to system used by Pro Football Focus, his grade (+27.9) is nearly double that of the league’s second-most effective 3-4 defensive end, New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan (+15.5).
In the course of a game, Watt invariably lines up at every spot on the defensive line, and San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley said each of the 49ers’ offensive linemen will square off against him.
- Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle
After Saturday’s game, it’s hard to see Iguodala as anything other than a fourth lock. The dimensions he brings to the lineup — size, athleticism, skill and versatility — were on full display in his one half of action.
Iguodala had 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 21 first-half minutes. He also had three rebounds and two steals.
He twice turned post-ups into easy baskets. Two other times, he finished at the rim with the authority, one of them a spinning drive in traffic he created on his own.
- Marcus Thompson, San Jose Mercury News