• By Matthew Mani
    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:27 PM 4 comments
    This season has been incredible for the Faithful - our team, which was projected to maybe finish at 8-8, or 9-7, or possibly 10-6, if things broke right and injuries didn't hit too hard, is currently 9-1. The best record in the NFL. Think about that for a moment. The Niners are once again relevant. They are in position to make the playoffs, possibly win their division, and make a legitimate run at the Lombardi Trophy. The work put in by the front office, the coaches, the entire organization, has suddenly and dramatically paid off. There have been some challenges, however, and more lay ahead for the team. The fact that the team has managed to keep things moving in the right direction to this point, coupled with the fact that it looks like players will be getting healthy and the team as...
  • By Don Atkinson
    Nov 19, 2019 at 7:27 PM 5 comments
    The 49ers' stellar defense has had its moments of letdown, especially of late, but it's principally been as reliable as any football fan, or football coach, could possibly hope for. Less reliable has been the 49ers' offense, but there's something to the idea that things are about to change. Offensively, what has been a frenetic and often inconsistent offensive unit is starting to solidify. There is still much to improve on offense, as 49ers' Head Coach Kyle Shanahan would readily admit. But as we get closer to the post-season, there is every reason to be encouraged by the direction in which the team is going offensively. Fresh off a grueling and gut-wrenching loss to the Seattle Seahawks the week before, the 49ers took a full quarter-and-a-half to shake off a...
  • By Winston Chung
    Nov 19, 2019 at 2:43 PM 7 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers showed their grit in overcoming a sixteen point deficit and the elusive play of Kyler Murray to secure a ten point victory over the Arizona Cardinals in a game where the final score belied how tightly contested it was. Now the Niners will have to conjure up even more resiliency with the possible loss of Dee Ford in anticipation of facing a well rested Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in another prime time match up on Sunday night. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Sunday November 24th, 2019 at 5:20pm PST (NBC) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers -3, o/u 46 Green Bay Packers Prior to their...
  • By Justin Wong
    Nov 18, 2019 at 4:49 PM 2 comments
    Below are the Studs and Duds of the game as the 49ers rallied from a 16-point deficit to sweep the Arizona Cardinals, 36-26. Studs The Replacements In their most crucial moments, it was the replacements who stepped up for the 49ers. They may have played in limited snaps, but you saw across the board how players made the best of their opportunities. It's likely they'll see their numbers called more often in the ensuing weeks. The 49ers were down 0-16 with about nine minutes left in the second quarter. Up to that point, the offense had only generated 10 yards of total offense. On the first play of the drive, the 49ers dial up a screen pass to receiver Richie James Jr. to the left for a 57-yard gain and...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM 7 comments
    1) Jimmy Garoppolo Has Flaws But He Is a Big Game Quarterback Would I like for Jimmy Garoppolo to be more consistent with his ball placement? Yes. Does he have flaws? Yes. ls he the right quarterback for the job? YES! It was a long, difficult, and at times, mind-numblingly frustrating game, but when it mattered the most, Jimmy Garoppolo delivered. On the day, he finished 34-45 for 424 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The thing to keep in mind is that this was all on a day where George Kittle and Matt Breida sat out. Emmanuel Sanders played through an injury. There was NO running game to speak of because Arizona sold out to stop it. Garoppolo was going to have to throw nearly every play in the second half and everyone in the building knew...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:53 PM 1 comment
    It's a short week following the 49ers' 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks and now San Francisco has to brush the loss off and prepare for its third straight divisional matchup, this time against the scrappy Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals enter the game at 3-6-1, but anyone who has watched them a few times this season realizes they are better than their record and a team not to be taken lightly. The 49ers are somewhat limping into this game after suffering a barrage of injuries that began against this same Cardinals squad. Joe Staley returned on Monday night, but suffered a fractured and dislocated finger that required surgery. He will miss a couple of games. Matt Breida re-aggravated his ankle injury and will likely miss the game. Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair has...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM 4 comments
    The year was 1953, and on Sunday, Sept. 27, the Buck Shaw-coached San Francisco 49ers welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles to Kezar Stadium for the first time in their short history on opening day before over 44,000 rabid fans. It didn't take long for nastiness to erupt as Hardy Brown, well known as one of the meanest men in football and a legend with his infamous shoulder block tackle that knocked out 22 players in a single season, laid out Eagles RB Toy Ledbetter with a vicious shoulder tackle that broke his cheekbone. With teams exchanging vicious hits throughout the first half, in the third quarter, Eagles WR Bobby Walston made the mistake of exchanging blows with Charlie Powell, who quickly subdued him. At the same time, two Eagle players took off their helmets and attacked...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 14, 2019 at 10:26 AM 1 comment
    HOW WE GOT HERE: In late September, with the 49ers showing an exceptional defense, I wrote an article entitled, DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS -- DO THE 49ers MEASURE UP? After only three games, it was very clear that this defense was special, and I went on to compare it to the greatest defense of all-time, the 1984 49ers. Now, after nine games, it is clear that Robert Saleh's defense is right up there, although not quite as deep as George Seifert's 1984 squad. However, by mid-October, it became evident to me that this season's offense has some serious deficiencies. With the 49ers fanbase flooding the Internet with forecasts of 16-0 and other fantasies, it had become clear that this...
  • By Winston Chung
    Nov 13, 2019 at 9:55 AM 1 comment
    Say what you want about a missed kick, dropped passes from wide receivers, shaky protection from the offensive line, poor ball protection, an ineffective running game and questionable coaching decisions, the San Francisco 49ers had a chance to win their Week 10 Monday night game at Levi's Stadium in overtime but could not budge the sticks against Seattle's 27th ranked defense, leaving Russell Wilson a final chance to win the game and add to his MVP-caliber season, allowing the Seattle Seahawks to escape Santa Clara with a 27-24 overtime victory. Now the Niners will have to deal with a short week and a new injuries to Emmanuel Sanders and Ronald Blair III prior to taking on the Arizona Cardinals at home in Week 11. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting...
  • By Gary Mialocq
    Nov 13, 2019 at 8:51 AM 18 comments
    It has been a crazy week for 49er fans. A heartbreaking loss on Monday Night Football to Seattle created an online frenzy among 49er fans who went into full panic mode with cries to bench Garoppolo, cut Pettis, Goodwin, and to a lesser extent, Bourne, return Staley and McGlinchey to the bench and fire Shanahan. All this after one loss that very easily could have been a win. At the same time, Terrell Owens could be heard on local radio stations saying he loves the 49ers, feels his career is incomplete unless he can finish it as a 49er. He feels he would have caught the easy passes that handcuffed Pettis, Goodwin, and Bourne vs. Seattle, and posted a video online of his current workout just two months ago. He is an incredible physical specimen and is in great shape and badly...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 11, 2019 at 10:48 PM 1 comment
    1) Regardless of the Outcome, the 49ers Are a Playoff Team The atmosphere from Levi's Stadium tonight was nothing short of electric. Tonight's game had the feel of a playoff game. Just two years ago, the 49ers started a complete rebuild and now they are 8-1 and still atop the NFC. Despite the injuries and all of the adversity, San Francisco fought back and nearly won a very difficult overtime game. It showed everyone that though it may not win every game, it is a legitimate division and conference contender and after watching the last five seasons as well as the post-Steve Young era, it's fun to be a 49ers fan again. 2) The Offensive Line Got Dominated I'll get to Jimmy Garoppolo's woes later, but this cannot be overstated. The offensive line...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Nov 11, 2019 at 11:47 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers wrap up Week 10 with a prime-time Monday Night Football bout against the Seattle Seahawks, which could carry plenty of implications in the 2019 playoff picture. One could argue the San Francisco 49ers' Week 10 matchup against the 7-2 Seattle Seahawks presents the toughest challenge head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. have yet faced this season. Still undefeated entering this contest, the Niners will look to improve their lead over the second-place Seahawks in the NFC West, and winning on Monday Night Football would go a long way in doing so. San Francisco owns the second-best point differential in the league heading into this game at...
  • By Sasha D. Robinson
    Nov 11, 2019 at 7:14 AM 0 comments
    Here are five key San Francisco 49ers players in this Week 10 match up against the Seattle Seahawks. Jimmy Garoppolo - Could last week's game against the Cardinals be an omen to Niner fans? When the world questioned if this team was a possible Super Bowl contender, all questions centered on whether Jimmy G and was the weak link of the team. Garoppolo answered those questions with a 317-yard passing performance with four touchdowns and zero turnovers against the Cardinals. This week the 49ers will go against division rival Seattle Seahawks and face their 29th ranked pass defense. This game will be another opportunity for Garoppolo to have a big game and to continue to prove his doubters wrong. As what Stephen A. Smith said on First Take, "Keep...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 10, 2019 at 9:52 AM 5 comments
    San Francisco enters Monday Night's matchup against the Seahawks with a perfect record (8-0) and an 11 day rest. The Seahawks (7-2) are coming off an overtime win against Tampa Bay. Russell Wilson is playing as well as any quarterback right now and could be the league's MVP. Regardless of any statistical measure concerning their team offense or defense, the Seahawks are going to make life difficult for the 49ers as the division could be at stake. If San Francisco wins, it will be 9-0 and will jump three games ahead of Seattle and the Rams. If Seattle wins, the race will be much tougher. As far as injuries, tight end George Kittle and kicker Robbie Gould are listed as doubtful and might sit in order to heal up and avoid long-term injuries. The good...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Nov 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM 0 comments
    It would not matter if the San Francisco 49ers were winless, the Week 10 match-up against the detestable Seattle Seahawks would be a big game. Luckily for the Faithful and all of football America, the 49ers enter Monday evening undefeated and standing atop the NFC West. The 49ers were nearly a tale of two teams during Weeks 8 and 9. After playing almost flawless football against the Carolina Panthers, the 49ers had to put up a bit more of a fight to top the Arizona Cardinals. Fortunately, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo guided the team to a three-point victory in Arizona, throwing for 317 yards and four touchdown passes. I've pulled a few of my favorite plays from both games, along with one area of concern. Week 8: San...
  • By Matthew Barr
    Nov 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up the first half of their season with a perfect 8-0 record. What better time than now to have a collection of questions from the Faithful. Enough of the chit chat, on to the questions! Is Dre Greenlaw viable this early?— Ser. Budzy of Loxley (@kuyabudzy) November 5, 2019 Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is going to have to hope that rookie...
  • By Don Atkinson
    Nov 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM 15 comments
    Now halfway through the 2019 season, the exotic moves that make pro football an exciting chess game to watch are already starting to appear. Fresh on the heels of rumor and speculation about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s future with the Cleveland Browns, comes the news that former Dallas Cowboys superstar wideout Dez Bryant is, at least by his own proclamation, ready to return to the NFL. From 2010 until 2017, Bryant was largely the catalyst of the Cowboys' offense, and his ability to make game-winning catches and crank out spectacular kick returns made him a football icon of that time period. He parted ways with Dallas under rumblings of conflict with Cowboy's Coach Jason Garrett over an offensive unit scheme that reportedly iced Bryant out of being an...
  • By James Aguirre
    Nov 6, 2019 at 12:32 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers opened up Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 28-25. Jimmy Garoppolo's magnificent performance dominated the post-game conversation. The narrative that formed was based around the fact that Garoppolo finally won a game in which the running game was not clicking, and the defense was not its usual, dominant self. After Kyler Murray connected with fellow rookie, Andy Isabella, for an 88-yard touchdown to cut the deficit down to three (after a two-point conversion), the 49ers needed an answer. Garoppolo put the team on his shoulders and executed a game-sealing drive, which killed the 4:47 left on the clock to lead the 49ers to an 8-0 start. Garoppolo played terrific in this game, making accurate throws from a "muddy" pocket and...
  • By Winston Chung
    Nov 5, 2019 at 2:59 PM 12 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers did not get caught looking ahead and escaped the Thursday night game in the desert with a 28-25 victory over the Arizona Cardinals but sustained a huge loss in the season-ending injury to Kwon Alexander in the process. Alexander's ability in coverage will be missed as the Niners prepare to take on leading MVP-candidate Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in a prime time game that could be the best Monday night match up so far this season. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Monday November 11th, 2019 at 5:15 PM PST (ESPN) Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Line: 49ers -6, o/u 46 Seattle Seahawks In a...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Oct 31, 2019 at 9:41 PM 1 comment
    1) Jimmy Garoppolo is a Franchise Quarterback This is not an overreaction. On a short week on the road with multiple injuries and facing a very scrappy divisional opponent, Jimmy Garoppolo put the team on his back and won the game. It wasn't just the raw numbers, though they were great as he finished 28 for 37 with 317 yards and four touchdowns. What really made the difference in the game was Garoppolo's ability to convert on third down. His third-down passing ended at 12 for 14 for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Look no further than the final drive for Jimmy G's ability to come up big in "crunch time". His 16-yard pass under duress to Emmanuel Sanders was probably the play of the night. If he doesn't make that play, the Cardinals get the ball back with...
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