Originally Posted by Drunken.Broncoholic
I agree it could be both. Niners could've shut out Atlanta in the 2nd half and still lose. An offense wins a game when they are down 17-0. Just like ravens offense beat us. Against the broncos That ravens defense gave up a 10 play 88 yard drive in the 4th losing the lead. Their offense bailed them out.
This entire postseason, only one team has won a game where their offense scored less than the 21 points our offense put up against Baltimore.
It's very catchy to use the 'defense wins' cliches, but you have to remember that the offenses you are facing in the playoffs aren't pushovers. San Francisco gave up 31 points to GB, and they still won easily. Unless you have the '85 Bears defense, it's a good idea to have an offense that can score 30 points or more if needed.
Our defense let us down big time, but you cannot ignore 7 points by the offense over the last 3 quarters of the game. It's foolish to think that wasn't a factor.