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  • By Justin Wong
    December 24, 2017 at 2:43 PM
    The 49ers got off to a hot start as Jimmy Garoppolo rushed for a rushing touchdown--his first career rushing touchdown and the first touchdown allowed by the Jaguars in the opening drive this season. The 49ers overall looked sharp the first half; they got a field goal on the ensuing drive and would score another touchdown off a pick-six by 49ers cornerback Donate Johnson. Overall, the 49ers looked like the more poised team early on when you consider the Jaguars are the ones contending for the postseason. The Jaguars defense still remains intact; the Jaguars blocked an extra point and returned it for two points while Jaguars safety Barry Church intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo in the red zone in the final minutes of the first half. At halftime, Garoppolo...
  • By Justin Wong
    November 1, 2017 at 9:31 AM
    Halfway through the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers were 0–8 with little optimism moving forward for the fan base. Not only were the 49ers just blown out by Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, but they were also left battered with injuries. Left tackle Joe Staley, running back Matt Breida, free safety Jimmie Ward, and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas each suffered injuries, with some more severe than others. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard was resilient last week, but with two passing touchdowns and three interceptions through two and a half games, the 49ers' front office had come to a decision. Enough is enough. In what could be their lone "appearance" on Monday Night Football, the 49ers were the talk of the town when Adam Schefter of...
  • By Justin Wong
    October 6, 2017 at 11:58 AM
    San Francisco 49ers (0–4) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1–3) After losing in overtime in a tough divisional matchup last week against the Cardinals, perhaps the 49ers finally get it right. They're playing a Colts team that just got destroyed against the Seahawks and is still without its franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck. Still, the 49ers' passing offense continues to sputter under quarterback Brian Hoyer despite solid play from the defense. The 49ers have lost by a combined eight points the last three games. Key Factors Rashard Robinson — 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson has been a disappointment a quarter of the way into the season as he adjusts to the...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 21, 2017 at 11:17 AM
    Los Angeles Rams (1–1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (0–2) 49ers' Kyle Shanahan and Rams' Sean McVay are two of the youngest head coaches in the NFL and now come full circle. They worked on the Washington Redskins' staff from 2010–2013. The Rams lead the NFC West with five offensive touchdowns while the 49ers are still looking for their first but boast a top-10 defense to start the season. Key Factors Brian...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    San Francisco 49ers (0–1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0–1) Kyle Shanahan gets his first division rival game on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have won the last six matchups but are coming off a tough road game in which their offense scored zero touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. Pass Protection — 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer never seemed comfortable in the pocket as the 49ers' offensive line allowed four sacks and eight quarterback hits last week. In particular, left guard Zane Beadles was clearly the unit's weakest link. Per Pro Football Focus, Beadles finished with the lowest grade of any guard in Week 1. Whether it's Beadles or newly acquired Laken Tomlinson, the...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 10, 2017 at 4:22 PM
    The 49ers' offense got off to a rocky start in the home opener as it missed on several opportunities, going 2-for-11 on third-down conversions. While the defense remained solid for the majority of the game, it was the 16th-straight game the defense allowed more than 20...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM
    First Half Recap: Foster Goes Down, Defense Remains Stout With the start of the NFL season, the 49ers' defense looked good early, forcing punts on the Panthers' first two drives. However, the offense just couldn't capitalize on the opportunities. On the 49ers' first drive, the offense was humming along with contributions from new faces in fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tight end George Kittle, and receiver Pierre Garçon. Unfortunately, it missed an opportunity on 3rd-and-2; quarterback Brian Hoyer had a near perfect throw for 40 yards that was dropped by speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin. On the following offensive drive, Hoyer was stripped on a sack allowed by guard Zane Beadles against Panthers' defensive tackle Wes...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 10, 2017 at 10:05 AM
    With the 49ers' season debut, only three 49ers players are on the injury report. Free safety Jimmie Ward has missed all of preseason and is not expected to play today. San Francisco 49ers Injury Report: TE George Kittle - Questionable, hamstring DE Aaron Lynch - Questionable, back FS Jimmie Ward - Doubtful, hamstring Carolina Panthers Injury Report: DT Vernon Butler - Doubtful, knee De Daeshon Hall - Questionable, knee DT Kyle Love - Questionable, ankle CB Cole Luke - Out, ankle QB Cam Newton - Questionable, Right shoulder LB Jared Norris - Out, groin WR Curtis Samuel - Questionable,...
  • By Justin Wong
    September 10, 2017 at 9:46 AM
    Carolina Panthers (0–0–0) vs. San Francisco 49ers (0–0–0) Kyle Shanahan makes his 49ers' coaching debut for the home opener against a once familiar foe in the NFC South as his team hosts the Carolina Panthers. Last season, the 49ers finished with an abysmal 2–14 record and look to redirect themselves under new leadership. Their first test begins against a Carolina Panthers team that also underwhelmed last year but has all the makings of a bounce back season. Key Factors Free Safety — Jimmie Ward was slated to become the featured "Earl Thomas" free safety in DC Robert Saleh's new 4–3 scheme but now looks doubtful to play...
  • By Justin Wong
    August 31, 2017 at 10:02 PM
    After a strong finish to end the first half, the San Francisco 49ers defense closed out the game as it held the Los Angeles Chargers to zero offensive touchdowns. The 49ers committed three turnovers, three penalties, and tallied 266 yards of total offense during the Thursday night game. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard got the starting nod but...
  • By Justin Wong
    August 31, 2017 at 8:31 PM
    It was a tale of two different quarters as the 49ers started off slowly but ended the first half with a bang, as bubble players made a case to stay on the roster. The 49ers' defense forced two turnovers in the first quarter with only a field goal to show for it. Cornerback Asa Jackson picked off a deflected pass to start it off but rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard struggled to take advantage as he was sacked on his blind side on a corner blitz during the offense's first red zone trip. While the secondary gave up several big plays early in the quarter, it held the Chargers from any red zone trips. The second quarter, however, is when things changed for the 49ers' offense. Rookie receiver Trent Taylor had a showing to start off the quarter with a...
  • By Justin Wong
    August 31, 2017 at 6:06 PM
    With Thursday being the final preseason game before the NFL season starts, it's no surprise the San Francisco 49ers will be sitting the majority of their starting lineup with the exception of Eli Harold. There are 29 inactive 49ers heading into tonight San Francisco 49ers Inactives: QB Brian Hoyer WR Marquise Goodwin WR Pierre Garçon S Eric Reid S Jimmie Ward CB Rashard Robinson CB Dontae Johnson CB K'Waun Williams FB Kyle Juszczyk DE Elvis Dumervil G Brandon Fusco C Daniel Kilgore G Zane Beadles OT Trent Brown TE George Kittle DT Earl Mitchell DL Arik Armstead DE Tank Carradine DE Ronald Blair DT DeForest Buckner LB Reuben...
  • By Justin Wong
    August 31, 2017 at 4:29 PM
    Unlike most offseasons, the 2017 NFL season has a new rule change that will make tonight's game an important one for players on the bubble. In prior years, teams gradually trimmed down their initial 90-man training camp roster in two cut-down periods before the regular season kicked off. The NFL eliminated the first roster cut-down period, which now creates a dramatic shift on Saturday when teams must trim down their 90-man roster to the final 53 players for the 1 PM PST deadline. While I don't expect many (if any) of the starters to get much playing time in the final dress rehearsal, here are a couple thoughts heading into the final preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jimmie Ward — The "breakout" free safety who's...
  • By Justin Wong
    July 24, 2017 at 5:59 PM
    While it was noted earlier that NFL Media analyst LaDainian Tomlinson has projected 49ers' running back Carlos Hyde as a 1,300-yard rusher this upcoming season, it seems like Hyde's evaluation from the new regime is mixed... NFL.com's "Around The NFL" crew--Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling--aired a Friday podcast naming several veterans who could be surprise cuts heading into the season. Specifically, Rosenthal...
  • By Justin Wong
    June 5, 2017 at 11:09 AM
    With rumors that Colin Kaepernick would sign with the Seattle Seahawks after visiting them earlier in the month, the Seahawks have found their new backup quarterback--and it's not Kaepernick. The #Seahawks have signed a backup QB. It's FA Austin Davis. ... So Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 5, 2017 Kaepernick remains a free...
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