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  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago 3 comments
    The good news is that the San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the 2013 season despite their 29-22 Week 15 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. That comes thanks to a 44-21 loss by the Los Angeles Rams to the Dallas Cowboys. The bad news is that the 49ers, once again, lost control of the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff standings with their Week 15 loss and, thanks to the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Carolina Panthers 30-24, drop from the top record in the conference to the No. 5 seed and second place in the NFC West. San Francisco has two more games remaining on its schedule, including a crucial Week 17 road matchup against the Seahawks....
  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers may have lost 29-22 to the Atlanta Falcons, but the team still clinched its first playoff berth since the 2013 season thanks to a Los Angeles Rams' 44-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. This year's Niners squad drops to 11-3 with two games remaining. Despite the setback this weekend, the 49ers still look to finish the season strong and possibly secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, ensuring that a trip to the Super Bowl goes through Santa Clara. They may require some help from other teams, though. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks won their Week 15 matchup against the Carolina Panthers and regain the lead in the NFC West, dropping the 49ers to the No. 5 seed once again. Next up for San Francisco are two...
  • By David Bonilla
    13 hrs ago 1 comment
    Kyle Juszczyk had a big series of three consecutive plays that helped give his San Francisco 49ers a 19-10 lead over the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. The fullback recovered a fumble by Falcons running back Kenjon Barner on a punt return in the fourth quarter and carried the football to the Atlanta one-yard line. Loose ball goes to JUICE! #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/DWWUHjBgBk— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers)...
  • By David Bonilla
    13 hrs ago 0 comments
    That George Kittle guy ... pretty good. The San Francisco 49ers tight end is having a big day against the Atlanta Falcons. He already has 12 catches for 131 yards on 15 targets with a quarter left to play. Those 12 receptions are a single-game career-high for the tight end. The receiving yards total also places Kittle among some elite company. His 2,777 receiving yards (so far) since being drafted are the most by a tight end during the players' first three seasons. Mike Ditka previously held the record with 2,774 receiving yards. Update: Kittle finished the game with a career-high 13 receptions for 134 yards, which puts him at 2,780 career receiving yards. Then there are...
  • By David Bonilla
    19 hrs ago 4 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers may be among the teams considering putting in a waiver claim for former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Terrell Suggs, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Why are they merely considering it? Because Suggs, also a former Baltimore Raven, is angling to return to the team with which he spent 16 seasons. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has even threatened to not report to any other team and retire if claimed by another organization. The Ravens, by the way, are last in the waiver claim order. As reported on THE NFL TODAY, the Titans, 49ers and others are mulling a waiver...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM 1 comment
    That costly face mask penalty by Marcus Williams on San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle ended up costing the New Orleans Saints safety more than 15 yards in the game, and eventually the win. The play cost him $10,527, the price of the fine issued by the NFL on Saturday, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The play by Kittle on 4th-and-2, and the penalty, helped set up kicker Robbie Gould for the game-winning field goal and a 49ers 48-46 win, improving the team's record to 11-2. The win earned San Francisco the NFC's best record as the team looks to close out the regular season strong. The 49ers will host the Atlanta Falcons this...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 14, 2019 at 1:04 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers announced that the team has activated defensive lineman Kentavius Street from injured reserve ahead of the its Week 15 matchup this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons. The move comes as defensive tackle D.J. Jones' season comes to an end. The 49ers officially placed Jones on injured reserve following a high-ankle sprain he suffered this past Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The 49ers opened the practice window for Street on Wednesday, December 4. The team's defensive line has been struck by injuries this season. In addition to Jones, both Ronald Blair (ACL) and Demontre Moore (fractured forearm) have already been placed on injured reserve. Jullian Taylor (elbow) is expected to miss another week, and Dee Ford (hamstring)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers have had 12 quarterbacks who have started at least one game since the 2007 season — the rookie season of tackle Joe Staley. Can you name them all? I'll wait. It's not that easy, huh? Staley gave it a shot during a conversation with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. He rattled off the names of Alex Smith, Shaun Hill, Trent Dilfer, Chris Weinke, Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard, and Nick Mullens. Staley also named David Carr, but he didn't start during his one season with the 49ers. He played in one game on October 24, 2010, against the Carolina Panthers, but it was in relief of Smith, who was...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 2:02 PM 1 comment
    A reporter asked head coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday about a report that cornerback Richard Sherman would miss four weeks due to his hamstring injury. That was news to Shanahan, and probably the rest of the media in the room. "I haven't read that report yet, but I hope not," Shanahan responded. "I hope it's week-to-week. No, that's news to me." The reporter may have gotten his players mixed up. A report did come from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that a 49ers defender will miss four weeks due to a hamstring injury, but it wasn't Sherman. Rapoport was reporting on defensive end Dee Ford. That report sounds about right, based on the head...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 1:51 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 15 contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) did not practice. Head coach Kyle Shanahan already said this week that neither will play on Sunday. Sherman, however, expects to play next week against the Los Angeles Rams. Cornerback K'Waun Williams is in the concussion protocol this week and was believed to have a chance of playing against the Falcons. Friday was his third straight day...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 11:46 AM 1 comment
    Rookie Nick Bosa is seeing more playing time in recent weeks with the injuries that have struck the San Francisco 49ers defensive line. He averaged about 38 snaps per game through his first eight games this season. Since then, that average has increased to nearly 60, including a season-high 68 this past weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Bosa dealt with an ankle injury at the start of the season, a setback that slowed him down a bit during the early weeks. He emerged from the 49ers' bye week feeling healthier and went on a run that included six sacks in four games. Bosa has been limited to just one since then, and his sack total has sat at eight since Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers, and that was his lone sack in the past six games. Bosa remains among...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 10:54 AM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday that wide receiver Kendrick Bourne reminds him of his son. That son, by the way, is nine years old. "I don't mean that as an insult ... kind of," Shanahan added. What did the 49ers coach mean when comparing his third-year receiver to a nine-year-old? "Bourne, when you sit there and get on him, he still sits there and smiles at you," Shanahan explained. "At first, it used to drive me crazy because it's like, 'Are you not bothered by it?' He is. He's trying his hardest, he's trying to go out there, but he really loves to play football, and I think you guys can see how he plays in that, and I think sometimes that can get taken the wrong way in terms of (thinking) he's not locked in and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 9:47 AM 0 comments
    Earlier this month, Doug Gottlieb of FS1 stated that San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is "not really a blocker." Shock, and then laughter ensued among fans and even some of the media across the country. That's because Kittle is viewed as one the best — if not the best — blockers in the NFL. Even respected analyst Brian Baldinger came to the 49ers tight end's defense, armed with film breakdowns proving Gottlieb's statement to be false. "You don't get on the field at Iowa for Kirk Ferentz unless you can block, and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 9:12 AM 0 comments
    General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan drew some criticism during last year's draft when the San Francisco 49ers selected defensive lineman Kentavius Street in the fourth round. That was because the previous general manager would frustrate the fanbase by taking chances on players coming off ACL injuries, knowing they were unlikely to contribute during their rookie NFL seasons. That was the case with Street, who suffered an ACL injury, not during his final collegiate season, but during the pre-draft process. "It was much talked about," Lynch said during his Friday-morning KNBR interview on the "Murph and Mac" show. "I've heard...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 13, 2019 at 8:38 AM 7 comments
    The New York Giants waived cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Friday morning, two days after he made an inappropriate remark to a fan via Twitter. He called the fan a "retard" after being criticized on the social media platform and tried to defend himself by labeling the term "slang" that is part of his "culture." Jenkins' refusal to admit any wrongdoing to Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is what reportedly led to the team parting ways with the 31-year-old cornerback. Jenkins reacted to being released from the 2-11 Giants by saying it was the "best news ever." Best news ever.. Thank you—...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 12, 2019 at 5:37 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers defense will be missing key contributors this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR on Thursday, and in addition to revealing that defensive tackle D.J. Jones is headed to injured reserve, said the defense would also be without two starting defensive backs, Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt. Sherman is dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain suffered during Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints. It's an injury that typically requires weeks of recovery. Sherman told...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 12, 2019 at 3:54 PM 5 comments
    Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver turned NFL Network analyst, Michael Irvin, is high on the San Francisco 49ers and what they can do in the playoffs. During NFL Network's Thursday Night Football pre-game coverage, Irvin was asked to pick a winner in the NFC West. Not only did he pick the Kyle Shanahan-led squad to win the division, but he also made a prediction surrounding their playoff fate. "That Rams defense, they are playing well, but these two teams (49ers and Seattle Seahawks) right here, they are tops in the NFC West, and I love both of these teams," Irvin said on-air. "But we saw what happened to Seattle, just against that Rams team that you were talking about. They lost the game." "This (49ers) team, a lot of people talked about when they...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 12, 2019 at 3:13 PM 0 comments
    And the hits just keep on coming. Add defensive tackle D.J. Jones to the growing list of San Francisco 49ers players on injured reserve. Head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Thursday on KNBR that the defender's ankle injury is significant enough to end his season. Kyle Shanahan says on KNBR that NT D.J. Jones is indeed going on injured reserve with an ankle injury. #49ers...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 12, 2019 at 3:06 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 15 contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers are dealing with several injuries on defense, many of which are to starters. Both defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman are expected to miss time as the team closes out its regular-season schedule. They continue to miss practice as they both rehab hamstring injuries. The good news on the Sherman front is that he was seen moving well on the field before practice kicked off. Richard Sherman (hamstring) was striding it out and appeared...
  • By David Bonilla
    Dec 12, 2019 at 2:54 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said this week he expected cornerback Richard Sherman to miss a couple of weeks after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Even that timeframe seemed optimistic. Sherman doesn't expect to be out that long. If it were up to Sherman, he would be out there with his defensive teammates this weekend trying to stop quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense. The decision, of course, isn't Sherman's. It belongs to the medical, training, and coaching staffs, and they will likely rest their starting cornerback this weekend to ensure he is healthy enough for the team's playoff, and hopefully, championship run in January. "I could play in this game...
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