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  • By Jesse Dumas on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM
    So the 49ers did what they were supposed to do and beat the Giants and have thus kept this desperate season alive. It's an ironic stretch of 14 days that has seen the team face two relatively-recent Super Bowl champions. The Giants and the Saints uniquely showcase just how fickle the NFL is when it comes to bestowing power upon franchises. The...
  • By Jack Hammer on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM
    The 49ers travelled across the country for a 10 a.m. start for the second week in a row, and just as they did a week ago came out on the positive side of a close game. Their 16-10 win over the New York Giants, combined with old pal Alex Smith leading the Chiefs passed Seattle vaulted the 49ers into second place in the NFC West and sets up two very big games...
  • By Jack Hammer on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM
    I am scrapping my normal 5 Burning Questions piece this week. Instead I am dedicating this to my father. Growing up my dad was a tremendous athlete. He loved baseball, Mickey Mantle was his hero growing up, and he played it every chance he got. As he was nearing the end of high school he was good enough to have scouts from the Philadelphia...
  • By David Bonilla on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM
    It's been four days since the San Francisco 49ers' 27-24 overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints. It was a must-win for the two 4-4 clubs. After all, the difference between 5-4 and 4-5 is historically huge when it comes to a team's playoff chances. Since 2002, 49% of teams that have started the season 5-4 have made the playoffs. That percentage...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM
    Once again, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees. Once again, Brooks went high, grabbing Brees around the shoulders. Once again, Brees fumbled. Once again, the Niners recovered, clinching the game. And in that split-second, you had to wonder if once again, the refs would agree, as Brees whined last year: "That's got to be a flag." But...
  • By Jack Hammer on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday may have gone a long way toward keeping their playoff hopes alive. With the season on the line in overtime, two of the young guns on the 49ers defense came up huge. First up was Quinton Dial with a sack of Drew Brees, and on the very next play it was Chris Borland making a...
  • By Jack Hammer on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers loss last Sunday to the St Louis Rams has put them in a nearly do or die situation. The 49ers are currently in the eighth spot in the NFC playoff picture, not the best place to be in when travelling to take on the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes Superdome. The 49ers defeated New Orleans in 2012 when Sean Payton was serving a...
  • By Jack Hammer on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM
    In the wake of the 49ers loss to the Rams last Sunday the grumbling among those calling for the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman has turned into a roar. That's understandable. The 49ers find themselves with a record of 4-4 and teetering on the edge of elimination from the playoff race. Fans look at the run to pass ratio and point to that as the...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 4:04 PM
    Rather than breakdown the latest meltdown by our beloved team, I think an honest and frank look at the organization at this very moment just feels right. Look, I bleed Red and Gold like the rest of you. I've loved this organization for more than two decades and through the ups and downs I have given my honest support. The key word in that last sentence...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM
    You promised, Coach. You promised to end this. Four years ago, the Niners had thrown a game away, in an avalanche of what Mike Singletary called, poetically, "dumb stuff." And this, I argued, was precisely how Singletary had severed the ties to our glorious past. Sure, the Niners were losing, of course. But worse was that the...
  • By Jesse Dumas on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:06 AM
    Denver was a bad loss. Getting whipped on Sunday Night Football in front of the entire NFL universe was one thing, but losing a game against a floundering and weakened opponent when you desperately need to keep pace with your divisional opponents is much, much worse. Even more troubling is that at halfway through the season, this offense is having a major...
  • By Jack Hammer on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers 13-10 loss to the St Louis Rams on Sunday has put their season on the brink. With a record of 4-4 for the first half of the season, they have put themselves into a position where each game is pretty much a must win if they are going to make their fourth straight trip to the playoffs. The game continued a theme that has...
  • By Jesse Dumas on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM
    Count me as one of the unpopular voices that thought the 49ers should have sat Ray McDonald (with pay) until there was some kind of resolution to his pending legal troubles. Had I known how ridiculously long this all would have dragged out and how little evidence would actually come forth, I would have thought differently, but you know what they say about...
  • By Jack Hammer on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM
    Sunday afternoon the San Francisco 49ers will face the St Louis Rams for the second time in 2014. The 49ers defeated the Rams In the last meeting between the two teams only three weeks ago the 49ers came out on the winning end of a 31-17 score. The 49ers are coming off their bye week and bring with them a 4-3 record, tied for second in the NFC West with the...
  • By Jack Hammer on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM
    There may be no more polarizing figure in the Bay Area football scene than Colin Kaepernick. It seems as though you either love him or hate him, there's no middle ground. Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders put together a list of quarterbacks with the lowest turnover rate in NFL...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM
    Oh, I was tempted to say it, of course. After we overwhelmed the Rams, I wanted to join the cavalcade. After all, Colin Kaepernick had thrown for nearly 350 yards—not to mention three beautiful scores—and when we open things up and go pass-first, I'm usually leading the cavalcade. Add the fact that our largely...
  • By Jack Hammer on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM
    When a local media member asked 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh what kind of work the 49ers coaching staff needed to get done during their bye this week the answer was simple, "Preparation for upcoming opponents and self-scout and there will be players that will come in and we'll be available to those players." Let's focus on what the 49ers might...
  • By Brandon Graham on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM
    I've always hated the bye week. I know it sounds selfish, but I don't care. Greed is good. I suppose it stems from childhood, long before fantasy leagues invaded my life, but one week without watching the 49ers has always made for a lackluster Sunday. The players can have their rest and recuperation. I guess...
  • By Jack Hammer on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM
    "Just gotta execute." Anyone listening to a Colin Kaepernick interview since he became the starting quarterback knows that this is a common phrase he uses when asked about why the 49ers struggle in certain areas. It's a response that many don't like to hear, but is right on the money. Football is a simple game that many try to make...
  • By Jack Hammer on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers saw their record on the season fall to 4-3 as the Denver Broncos handed them the third worse defeat of the Jim Harbaugh era. For the second week in a row the 49ers saw their opponent race out to a quick 14-0 lead, but unlike the week before they would not be able to catch up to the defending AFC Champions. With the loss...