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  • By AJ Bolino on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:00 AM
    The "showdown" between Colin Kaepernick and his predecessor, former 49er lightning rod Alex Smith, turned out to be more of a grind than a shootout. And that's exactly how the 49ers wanted it. The result may not have been as lopsided as many in 49erland would have hoped...but the little things came together in a way that they normally haven't this season....
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM
    Hey, man, it was great to see you. There you were, the latest ex-Niner to QB the Chiefs. No, you weren't Joe Montana—though Colin Kaepernick wasn't Steve Young either—but there was still some serious history here. And as soon as you started driving the field, dinking and dunking as only you can, it all seemed to come flooding...
  • By Jack Hammer on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM
    When De'Anthony Thomas took a swing pass from Alex Smith 17 yards for a touchdown on the Kansas City Chiefs opening drive of the second half on Sunday there was reason for 49ers fans to be concerned. Up to that point in the game the Chiefs had scored on 3 of their first 5 offensive possessions and rolled up 228 yards of offense. So what...
  • By Jack Hammer on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM
    The 49ers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in using a formula that has become all too familiar since 2011. With a strong rushing attack, clutch passing and timely defense the 49ers improved to 3-2 on the season with the 22-17 victory. The win, coupled with an Arizona Cardinals loss in Denver cut the 49ers deficit to only one and a half games in the NFC...
  • By Jack Hammer on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 5:52 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are set to do battle on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers come into the game with a 2-2 record having defeated previously unbeaten Philadelphia a week ago in a contest that saw the defense hold an Eagle offense that came in averaging over 30 points per game scoreless. Like the 49ers, the Chiefs come...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:26 PM
    Well kids, as first quarters go this one could have been better ... and worse. We are now four games into the season and the San Francisco 49ers sit at 2-2. In this week's installment of UFR, AJ welcomes back Diego to reflect on the 49ers first quarter of the season and discuss whether Jim Harbaugh's squad is a contender or pretender in the NFL, which...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM
    There was just no doubt what would happen here. Having gifted the Eagles with three non-offensive touchdowns, we'd battled back to take the lead. Our O had looked good, our run-game especially, but the comeback belonged to a truly amazing show by our D. Facing a timely mix of rush and coverage, the Eagles' O hadn't crossed midfield. ...
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM
    Every fan approaches game day a little different, especially game day when you know you are going to the stadium. For most of us, going to see our favorite team is something we only are able to do once or twice a year because geography, timing, and even escalating ticket prices make it hard for the average fan to go to games week in and week out. Either...
  • By Jack Hammer on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM
    On Sunday afternoon the 49ers found their identity. They rode a dominant defensive performance and the legs of Frank Gore to a 26-21 come from behind victory to reach the quarter pole of the 2014 season with a record of 2-2. Let's get to the answers for the 5 burning questions that I asked on Friday. 1) Can the 49ers...
  • By Jack Hammer on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers enter their game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in a do or die situation. They come into the game with a 1-2 record, sitting two and a half games behind the NFC West division leading Arizona Cardinals. Another loss to an NFC opponent could bury the 49ers in a hole from which they cannot recover as they pursue their fourth...
  • By Diego Del Barco on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM
    Almost two years ago to date I was one of maybe a hundred people gathered around a podium at a hotel in South San Francisco where Ronnie Lott was taking questions from us in an exclusive tailgate party hosted by Courtyard Marriot, the official hotel sponsor of the NFL. A few miles to the north the San Francisco 49ers were hosting the Seattle Seahawks on...
  • By AJ Bolino on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:46 PM
    Happy Wednesday, 49er fans. Why happy? Because I am finally done re-watching last week's game. To say that it sucked would be a mild euphemism. For the 49ers, last Sunday was the worst-case scenario of worst case scenarios...they lost to an inferior team for the second straight week...and a division rival, to boot. In this week's edition of UFR, we'll delve...
  • By Brandon Graham on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM
    Jim Harbaugh is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Brady Hoke is still the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. David Shaw has not left his current position as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal. These are facts (surprise!), and no matter what you hear or read this week those truths will not change. Well I...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM
    "Okay," I said. "Now I'm mad." Five years, a virtual lifetime ago. The week before, Alex Smith had returned from a two-year hiatus, and we'd shocked the Texans—though we didn't quite beat them—by abandoning the head coach's outdated offensive approach. We stretched the field, we threw every down, and out of the blue our...
  • By D.C. Owens on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM
    In his Monday press conference, Coach Harbaugh used the word "fix" nearly every other sentence. What, in fact, might the 49ers fix? First, a few of the usual suspects/scapegoats: Colin Kaepernick Frankly, Kaepernick's bounce-back first half against Arizona heartened me, and I don't just mean his stats....
  • By Stewart M. Cockrell on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM
    You might recall that after our week one victory over the Cowboys, I declared that the 49ers might not be as bad as preseason led on, unfortunately for the second year in a row, the 49ers have opened the season at 1-2. This year, much like last year featured a thrilling victory...
  • By Jesse Dumas on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM
    Any task that requires repetition and precision in execution requires great discipline. Whether it's working on an assembly line or running routes over the middle, if your head's not focused and involved in the task at hand, mistakes will happen. These 49ers certainly do not lack in the ability to execute nor do they lack talent. They lack...
  • By Jack Hammer on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM
    Welcome to the live blog for the San Francisco 49ers week 3 contest with the Arizona Cardinals. I will be updating up to and throughout the game with information and analysis. 12:14 - Vernon Davis is among the inactive players today for the 49ers. Since Colin Kaepernick took over at quarterback he is winless in games in which Davis either did...
  • By AJ Bolino on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:21 PM
    In what might be the most disheartening loss of the Jim Harbaugh era, the 49ers came completely unglued against a team that they should have beaten by 3 scores. Penalties, turnovers and generally sloppy play cost the 49ers a chance to keep pace with the Arizona Cardinals atop the NFC West...a missed chance that could haunt them later in the...
  • By Jeff Kaplan on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:30 AM
    Did I ever tell you about my first (and only) Niner game at Candlestick Park? I lived 2,000 miles away, so seeing a game required a special trip. And though NorCal is one of this country's most worthy vacation spots, I was never quite willing to make the (mostly financial) commitment. Finally, I got the kick in the pants I needed. A family...