• By Justin Wong
    Nov 25, 2019 at 5:10 PM 2 comments
    After a convincing win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, here are your Week 12 Studs and Duds of the game. The 49ers are now two games ahead of the Packers in the NFC overall and maintain a one-game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West division with a 10-1 record. Studs Contract Year Players Defensive back Jimmie Ward and defensive end Arik Armstead were former first-round draft picks in the 2014 and 2015 drafts, respectively, and were often maligned by fans because of their inconsistent play. Injuries have obviously been a factor but heading into this season, it was a big question mark whether either player would feature in the long-term plans of General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:50 PM 0 comments
    1) This is a Special Defense Up to this point, most had a lot of respect for the defense. Most thought they were good, but they're wrong. This defense is great. It is a championship defense. San Francisco continued its dominance as it held the Green Bay Packers to eight points and only 198 total yards, which included a paltry 81 net passing yards! The defense harassed Aaron Rodgers all night, sacking him five times, including a forced fumble and recovery at the Green Bay 2 on the Packers' opening drive. The Packers had 12 possessions on offense and only managed to score on one of them. Rodgers was held to only 104 yards passing, the lowest of his career when attempting at least 30 passes. (Chris...
  • By Bret Rumbeck
    Nov 24, 2019 at 5:00 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are hours away from entering a grinding 21-day stretch, facing three teams that have a combined win-loss record of 24-6. As ESPN's Nick Wagoner pointed out, this has not happened this late in an NFL season during the Super Bowl era. Mentioned this just now on @KNBR and story for Friday: #49ers about to play the toughest 3-game stretch this late in the season in NFL history. No team has played three straight games against teams with an .800+ winning percentage this late in the season in the Super Bowl...
  • By Matt Andruscavage
    Nov 23, 2019 at 12:01 PM 3 comments
    Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season is here and by the time the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Green Bay Packers, most of this week's games will have been played. This is due to the NFL "flexing" this game onto Sunday Night Football, where the whole nation will be watching. The 49ers are coming off a 36-26 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, improving their NFC-leading record to 9-1. There have been several "ups" and "downs" over the last few weeks, but everything appears to be settling into place for the Niners to embark on an all-important stretch run to see where they stack up in the playoff race. First up are the Green Bay Packers, who enter into this game at 8-2 and lead the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers is putting together another good season, but more...
  • By Jon Delmark
    Nov 23, 2019 at 10:23 AM 0 comments
    This Sunday's game between the 49ers and Packers could almost conjure memories of the 49ers-Packers games of the late 90s. Both teams come in with high scoring offenses, with the 49ers and Packers ranked 2nd and 9th in points-per-game, respectively. Also, just as in the 90s, the matchup features one head coach being the former assistant of the other and both teams running nearly identical offenses. However, how these teams are built are quite different. On film and on paper the Packers's defense is built from the outside in with 2018 first round pick Jaire Alexander and free agent edge players Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith. What this means: For Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense to operate effectively they'll need good games from their 3 interior...
  • By Jason Aponte
    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:36 PM 0 comments
    Coming off a tough loss against Seattle, the 49ers looked to rebound against an Arizona team that gave them fits on Halloween night. Jimmy Garoppolo had a career night in Arizona and was looking to duplicate that success in Santa Clara in front of the Niners faithful. 49ers fans have grown accustomed to the "Jimmy Garoppolo Experience" as it can be quite the roller coaster on Sundays. This game was no different so let's look back on some plays that stood out to me. The offense came out flat to start while Arizona was off to the races early on offense. The 49ers found themselves down 10 with 3:06 left in the first quarter while facing a third and five. Garoppolo fails to identify the underneath linebacker dropping into coverage (foreshadowing for sure) and places the ball in a...
  • By Chaz Inouye
    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:25 PM 3 comments
    In recent weeks it's evident that the focus of opposing defenses has been to stop the 49ers' running attack, which is currently second in the league. The 49ers are averaging 149 yards rushing per game, but were only able to generate 34 yards on the ground against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. That performance followed a mere 87 yards rushing in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, far below the teams' season average. The dip in production could have something to do with the offensive line still suffering from injuries, with Joe Staley being out and Mike McGlinchey just coming back from injury. Tight End, George Kittle, has also been out the last two weeks, and he has a big impact not only with the passing game but in the running game, too. Either way, teams...
  • 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...
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