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  • By AJ Bolino
    June 5, 2018 at 11:34 AM
    January 10, 1982. It was a Sunday, the NFL playoffs were in full swing, and my grandparents' house was buzzing, as it did every Sunday during football season. The air was thick with the smell of garlic and fresh tomato sauce, the antipasto was on the table, and the family was huddled in the living room, watching history unfold. The skinny kid from Notre Dame (what my grandfather always called him) and his band of castoffs had gone toe-to-toe with the Dallas Cowboys, but they were trailing, 21-27. The 49ers had marched 83 yards to the Cowboys' 6-yard line. There were 58 seconds left in the game. The 49ers' Cinderella season had all come down to this: third down and three yards to go against "America's Team." Montana took the snap, rolled out to his right, calmly...
  • By AJ Bolino
    September 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM
    Last Friday night, Week Three of the NFL season became larger than football. It became larger than tackles, touchdowns, quarterback sacks or last minute gridiron heroics. The instant that the President chose to call NFL players "sons of bitches" for kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, the ideological extremes of an already fractured America slipped even farther apart. What was to be a weekend of compelling gridiron matchups became a tug of war between each side of the political fence...with neither willing to budge...and the impasse only got uglier as the weekend wore on. The ranks of those kneeling swelled, political pundits weighed in, and football faded to little more than an afterthought. Since this eco-political nightmare started...a question has perpetually...
  • By AJ Bolino
    September 22, 2016 at 12:55 PM
    Last Week: 6-10. Oof. Yeah, I know. The "magic 8-ball" games really stuck it in and broke it off last week. Ugh. But hey...if this was baseball, I'd be battling .375! If Week 2 taught us anything, it's that conventional wisdom doesn't count for much in the NFL these days. The Bills jettisoned OC Greg Roman after their defense wilted in the face of Matt Forte's 3 TDs (yet retained Rob Ryan...nepotism in full effect, kids). The Falcons' non-existent defense was able to slow the Raiders just enough to eke out an improbable road win in Oakland. Philadelphia rookie QB Carson Wentz collected his first road win in his first road start (which is a feat, even against the Bears). The Raider defense (which many predicted to be a juggernaut this season) became the first...
  • By AJ Bolino
    September 15, 2016 at 2:23 PM
    Another football season is upon us, and Week 1 is in the books. Between the nearly incessant footage of Cam getting smacked in the head, Kap's National Anthem controversy, the excitement of a game winning 2-point conversion, and a 3 touchdown rally from Alex Smith, the season's opening week did not disappoint. Week 2 kicks off tonight, and features some intriguing match ups. Here is where we think they'll shake out (skip to the end if you're here for our breakdown on 49ers/Panthers): NY Jets (-1) at Buffalo: Sometimes, just sometimes, a Thursday Night Football game proves to be compelling, thrilling and entirely worth prime time placement. This is not one of those times. Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is professionally ineffective, and the...
  • By AJ Bolino
    December 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM
    When last Sunday's game kicked off at Levi's Stadium, about half of the seats were occupied...an indication that not even the 49er faithful held out hope that the home team would put up much of a fight. But after an afternoon of "Three Stooges" style antics from the officials and marginal play from both teams, the 49ers found themselves locked up in a 13-13 tie late in the 4th quarter...against a 12 point favorite. But, as usually happens with bad teams, the 49ers couldn't hold the line...and ended up losing, 19-13. Close...but no cigar. Here's my take on the critical elements of Sunday's matchup...and a look ahead at this Sunday's opponent, the Chicago...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    November 19, 2015 at 10:59 AM
    Good news: the 49ers didn't lose last week. Excuse the bad joke but I'm still jet-lagging. Regardless of that I have re-joined AJ on our video podcasts this week as we look forward to this Sunday's game on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. In here we discuss key matchups against the Seahawks, we what expect out of Blaine Gabbert this Sunday, and our prediction for the game. I'm also defiantly disagreeing with AJ on about half the games this week. Here are our picks for all games in Week 11 of the NFL as we look at the...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    November 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM
    Colin Kaepernick's rise to stardom was meteoric. He replaced a concussed Alex Smith and never looked back, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. For all intents and purposes, his future seemed assured. Fast forward to 2015. The 49ers are coming out of their bye with a 3-6 record, little real hope of a playoff berth...and Blaine Gabbert under center. With $14 million due to him next season and a contract that essentially allows the team to cut ties with him in the offseason...the question merits asking: will Colin Kaepernick be a 49er in 2016? Here's our...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    November 12, 2015 at 11:36 AM
    On Sunday, the 49ers pulled off a surprising upset of the Atlanta Falcons. Almost immediately, talk of "turning the season around" began...with some going so far as to say that Blaine Gabbert could lead the 49ers to wildcard berth. Not so fast, kids. The 49ers played a complete game, and actually demonstrated that they can play football...but this team has a long way to go before they become a bona fide playoff contender. That stated, there were some positive takeaways from Week 9 worth talking about. This week, we'll break down what we saw against Atlanta...and which 49ers rose above the...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    November 5, 2015 at 8:40 AM
    Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes you start your Sunday football ritual with a fist of the best scotch you can find...because you know you're going to need it. This week, we take a deep dive into the dumpster fire that is the 49ers' 2015 season...and look ahead to this week's showdown with the 6-2 Atlanta Falcons: We also take a look at the balance of this week's slate of...
  • By AJ Bolino and Diego Del Barco
    October 29, 2015 at 5:16 AM
    Last week, the 49ers got smoked like a cheap cigar...again...by the Seattle Seahawks. In their own house. On a Thursday night. On national TV. Ugh. This week, AJ is flying solo, answering your questions and providing what insight he can into the 49ers (many) problems: And as always, UFR gives you our official picks for the week (for entertainment purposes only, of...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    October 15, 2015 at 10:16 AM
    Surely AJ and I weren't the only ones who had a lot of thoughts following a crushing defeat last week on Sunday Night Football against the Giants so it should be no surprise that most of the podcast this week covers topics related to that game. Topics this week are: What went wrong against the Giants? What went right? Jordan Devey vs Andrew Tiller. Bright spots for the 49ers five games into the season. Plus, are AJ & I again picking the 49ers to lose? The answer may or may not shock you. On another note, picking based on the...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    October 8, 2015 at 10:39 AM
    After a one-week hiatus due to technical malfunctions we are back this week with our third set of videos in which we change up our format a bit, going from discussing a couple of topics for a few minutes to discussing more topics but spending less time on each. This week we talk about: Colin Kaepernick. The offensive (get it?) line. Coaching. Trent Baalke. Jed York. And as always at the end of that video there is our prediction for this week's game in New York against the Giants on Sunday Night Football. On their...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    September 24, 2015 at 9:53 AM
    We are once again excited to bring you 49erswebzone.com's first ever video podcast, episode two. In which we quickly discuss what we took from Week Two's defeat in Pittsburgh at the hands of the Steelers and we discuss keys for the upcoming game in Arizona against the Cardinals in Week Three. Plus some extra insight and laughs during our 2-minute warning. Last but not least our picks for all NFL games this week where we are making our picks against the spread from this episode and going...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    September 17, 2015 at 7:43 AM
    Hello 49ers fans and welcome to the new and improved 2015 version of Upon Further Review. We are taking our talents to video podcast form! In this week's videos AJ and Diego break down what they saw in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings and keys for Week 2's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers. But you didn't think we would only pick the result of the 49ers-Steelers game, did you? Check out our picks for ALL of Week 2's...
  • By AJ Bolino
    December 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM
    Some of you are likely stewing right now...be it for the 49ers stunning lack of offense in the 2014, your belief that Greg Roman is the sum of all things wrong with the game of football, or perhaps because Colin Kaepernick is never going to become the player you want him to be. To those of you stewing: there are reasons that the 49ers have struggled...and none of them can be pinned on one player, one coach or one opponent. That isn't an opinion, kids...it's a fact. The 2014 has been a "perfect storm" of sorts for the 49ers and their coach. Injuries, which had been uncommonly rare in 2011, 2012 and 2013, struck with a vengeance...making the 49ers the most injured team in the NFL. Scheme, which had once been lauded as the strength of the team, became bland...predictable, even. Suspensions...
  • By AJ Bolino
    October 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM
    Monday night's game went off a lot like the script of a Rocky movie. The Rams came out swinging and the 49ers were on the ropes. Then, when all hope seemed lost, Colin Kaepernick landed an overhand right by way of an 80 yard TD strike to Brandon Lloyd with just seconds left in the first half. That strike changed the complexion of the game...and set in motion a series of events that led to yet another 49er victory. When all was said and done, Kaepernick was brilliant, the passing game was prolific, and the touchdowns plentiful. But that victory came at great cost. When the final gun sounded, Patrick Willis, Mike Iupati, Stevie Johnson and Jimmy Ward were out with injuries...and the 49ers looked more like a MASH unit than a professional football team. With the injuries suffered...
  • By AJ Bolino
    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. Colin Kaepernick effectively managed his way to a win. The defense succeeded in taming another daunting duo of running backs. And special teams became a part of the solution instead of remaining a part of the problem. This week, we'll look back at those little things, last week's best players and take a look ahead to next week's Monday Night showdown with the Rams. The "Little...
  • By Diego Del Barco and AJ Bolino
    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 players have been the biggest surprises on the team, and which players have been the biggest disappointments. Let's get to it. San Francisco 49ers: Contender or Pretender? Diego: If we're going to discuss whether this is a playoff team then I will tell you the 49ers are a contender. If we're going to discuss whether this team will win Super Bowl XLIX? Pretender. A week ago I shared my thoughts on...
  • By AJ Bolino
    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 into what went wrong, what can be done about it, and what to expect in this weekend's showdown with the Eagles. Any Given Sunday Last week I wrote that "This game will be a tight one...but at the end of the day, I think the more talented team will pull away. This one will come down the a 4th quarter TD for the visiting team." The 49ers were well on their way to that late touchdown when Anquan Boldin...
  • By AJ Bolino
    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 season. This week, we'll dissect the loss, what the league must change moving forward, what to expect next week in Arizona and picks for week 3. Postmortem Before I get into the wherefores and why nots of what went wrong, two fundamental truths about this game should be established. First, the 49ers should have won this game handily. Second, that didn't happen because the 49ers failed to exploit their...
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