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    Peter Panacy has been writing about the 49ers since 2011 for outlets like Bleacher Report, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, and is occasionally heard as a guest on San Francisco's 95.7 FM The Game and the Niners' flagship station, KNBR 680. Feel free to follow him, or direct any inquiries to his Twitter account.

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  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 9:44 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have been on both ends of cornerback Richard Sherman sealing an NFC Championship game with an interception play. Back in 2014, when Sherman was with the Seattle Seahawks, his tipped pass off the arm of then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick landed in the waiting arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith, all but ending the Niners' bid for a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2020, Sherman's interception off Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers all but ended the Packers' dwindling hopes to come back in the NFC Championship game against San Francisco: RICHARD SHERMAN ENDS IT!...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 9:28 PM 0 comments
    Early in the 2019 regular season, the San Francisco 49ers boasted one of the league's scariest and most potent defenses. Coincidentally, the Niners also had a rushing attack, which at one point, was averaging 200 yards per game. Injuries and attrition cut into those numbers as the year wore on, however, ultimately leading to the Niners having a very good defense over the course of the year, finishing eighth in scoring (310) and second in net yards allowed (4,509). But after going 13-3, securing the NFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference in a thrilling Week 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Niners certainly benefited from the extra week of rest. That rest ultimately led to San Francisco dispatching both the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 9:08 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley has more than his fair share of memories with the franchise dating back to when the team selected him in Round 1 of the 2007 NFL Draft. There were those frustrating early years, offset by his first trips into the playoffs between 2011 and 2014. There was a Super Bowl appearance, albeit on the losing side, following by the dissolution of a team going from perennial postseason contender to laughingstock in short order. Now, following three years of the rebuild under general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, Staley is back into the Super Bowl after the Niners pulled off a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game at Levi's Stadium on Sunday. And in many ways, this edition of the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 8:53 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers had just 69 pass yards in their 37-20 NFC Championship game win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. And there will probably be those who think the Niners should have been more balanced, let quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo attack the Green Bay defense, have his playoff moment or whatever. In the end, however, head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad could afford to be one-dimensional. And in a good way, regardless of what the stat geeks may argue. San Francisco controlled the ground game in ways not foreseen, aside from the fact they were. A week ago, during the 49ers' divisional-round win over the Minnesota Vikings, running back Tevin Coleman dictated the Niners' offensive tempo, rushing for over 100 yards with two touchdowns. The 49ers essentially...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 8:37 PM 0 comments
    Sporting a shirt with a shirtless Jimmy Garoppolo, autographed by Jimmy G and all, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was waiting for a special moment to showcase his new piece of memorabilia to the media. As it turned out, earning the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV was such a moment. The Niners upended the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the 2020 NFC Championship game, completely dominating the ground game and allowing the Packers to do little more than stage a brief second-half comeback, which turned out to be far too little, too late. "Honestly, it hasn't really hit me yet," Kittle told reporters after the game. "I'm pretty excited. I think tonight's going to be pretty fun. But overall, I'm just so happy." Kittle...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 6:46 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are heading to Super Bowl LIV in Miami to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. This, following the Niners' 37-20 run-heavy and one-sided victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, which saw a red-hot start from head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad, propelling the team out to a 27-0 first-half lead achieved almost...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 5:28 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers went up big over the Green Bay Packers in the first half of the 2020 NFC Championship game, getting out to a red-hot 27-0 start at Levi's Stadium. Running back Raheem Mostert was a major reason why, rushing for a total of 160 yards and three touchdowns to set the tone early. And according to NFL Research, he became the first player in league history to rush for 150-plus yards and at least three touchdowns in the first half of a postseason...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 5:05 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are two quarters away from representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. And the 27-0 halftime lead over the Green Bay Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship is a pretty good situation to be in, barring any collapses from head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad in the second half. San Francisco opened up on offense, ultimately going 3-and-out after the Packers defense stuffed running back Tevin Coleman on a 3rd-and-1 play. Yet the Niners defense, despite giving up one first down, managed to keep Green Bay from crossing midfield on its initial possession. The 49ers were able to find some offensive rhythm their next possession, however, thanks to some key pickups by wide receiver Deebo Samuel. That led to a sneaky...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 19, 2020 at 2:17 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers didn't have any players on their injury report just ahead of the 2020 NFC Championship game against the visiting Green Bay Packers, and the list of head coach Kyle Shanahan's inactive players for the bout pretty much reflected what most already know. The Niners are completely healthy for this playoff contest. As far as those not suiting up for the game: QB C.J. Beathard RB Jeff Wilson CB Dontae Johnson TE Daniel Helm LB Azeez Al-Shaair WR Jordan Matthews DL Kevin Givens Tight end George Kittle was on the report earlier with a minor ankle injury, yet he was fully cleared by the end of the week. Other than that, Shanahan and Co. look to have a fully good-to-go...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:59 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted to the media his team was set on being the one to get at least 30 rushes in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday, not the Minnesota Vikings. Turns out, the Niners had 47 attempts. The Vikings? Just 10. This was a major piece to San Francisco's 27-10 victory, which ended Minnesota's season and now propels the 49ers into the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2014. And with both the Niners and Vikings wanting to establish the run game, it's clear Shanahan's squad did much better at bottling up the opponent on the ground than Minnesota. Stopping Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was priority No. 1 for San Francisco. And it was awfully successful. A week after Cook rushed...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:43 PM 0 comments
    For the first point since much, much earlier in the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers defense was almost entirely at full strength. And it came at a perfect time, too, as the Niners soundly upended the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in the NFC divisional round at Levi's Stadium on Saturday. That defense held Minnesota to a mere seven first downs over the course of the game, while limiting Vikings running back Dalvin Cook -- a major focal point of San Francisco's defense -- to a mere 26 all-purpose yards. The 49ers also sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins six times after registering only four sacks over their final five regular-season games. A big reason? Three of the Niners' key impact players returned from injury: safety Jaquiski Tartt, linebacker Kwon Alexander and...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:23 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers fullback Jimmy Garoppolo? On one play during the Niners' 27-10 NFC divisional-round victory over the Minnesota Vikings, it sure looked like it. With the game still tied 7-7 in the second quarter, the 49ers attempted a reversal on a run play, which somehow put Garoppolo in a position to be a lead blocker for wide receiver Deebo Samuel. San Francisco's own fullback, Kyle Juszczyk, actually tossed the ball to Samuel, but was running in the opposite direction. So the blocking became Jimmy G's job instead: https://twitter.com/49ers/status/1216123525649485824 Yeah, that happened. Garoppolo pancaked a Vikings defender,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM 0 comments
    Towards the end of the 2019 regular season, the San Francisco 49ers looked as if their defense was leaking a bit of oil. The Niners were still winning games, yes. But they were no longer the one-sided, dominant victories head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad was enjoying much earlier in the year. That didn't look to be the case in the Niners' 2020 playoff debut in the divisional round against the Minnesota Vikings. San Francisco pulled off the 27-10 victory at Levi's Stadium, eliminating the No. 6-seed Vikings and advancing to the NFC Championship game in the process. And while the score makes it sound somewhat close, the Niners defense hardly ever let Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and Co. get going. Of Minnesota's 10 points, three came off the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 4:23 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are going to the NFC Championship game. This, after convincingly beating to the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 in the NFC divisional round at Levi's Stadium on Saturday in a game which produced some unlikely heroes, yet also reminded fans of what the Niners defense played like early in the regular season. One of those was wide...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 2:51 PM 0 comments
    Amid an electric atmosphere for the NFC divisional round contest, the San Francisco 49ers looked to get off to a hot start against the No. 6 seed, the Minnesota Vikings, amid the pageantry and pomp of the Niners' first ever playoff game at Levi's Stadium. After one half of play, the 49ers were able to get out to a 14-10 first-half lead, clicking well on both sides of the ball in spite of some key mistakes. Franchise legends Joe Montana and Bryant Young were honorary captains, which saw the Niners win the opening toss and then defer to the second half. And with Vikings running back Dalvin Cook a major focal point for San Francisco's defense, it was promising to see Minnesota go 3-and-out on its opening drive. The 49ers, meanwhile, worked their way...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 11, 2020 at 12:15 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are optimistic their defensive front will be as potent as it was earlier in the regular season, largely due to an earlier report EDGE Dee Ford (quad, hamstring) would be active for the team's NFC divisional bout against the visiting Minnesota Vikings at Levi's Stadium. Ford, who played only a handful of snaps in Week 14 and missed every other game since Week 11 otherwise, was listed as questionable for the contest. But with the report, along with the Niners' inactives for Saturday's bout, it looks as if he'll play. Here are San Francisco's inactives for the game: QB C.J. Beathard RB Jeff Wilson CB Dontae...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 29, 2019 at 9:55 PM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman understands the rivalry with the Seattle Seahawks a little better than perhaps most players on either side of Sunday's Week 17 showdown at CenturyLink Field. He has, after all, been on both sides of the rivalry. And he's enjoyed playoff-atmosphere wins on both sides, too. Such was the case on Sunday Night Football, when the Niners survived two late fourth-quarter drives by the Seahawks to cling on to a 26-21 victory in Seattle, clinching both the NFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference for the postseason. On top of that, Sherman helped the 49ers end their elongated victory drought at CenturyLink Field, which previously stretched back to December of 2011 -- the same year the 31-year-old Sherman was a first-year NFL...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 29, 2019 at 9:28 PM 5 comments
    San Francisco 49ers fans had seen the script too many times before. The Seattle Seahawks were trailing late in a game, gained some momentum, made it a one-score game and then were in position to take a game-winning lead with only seconds left. Not surprisingly, as so many of the Niners and Seahawks bouts have been over the course of the rivalry, that's what the context was late in the fourth quarter of San Francisco's Week 17 road match in Seattle. Clinging to a 26-21 lead with mere seconds left in regulation, the Seahawks were poised to take home the victory and NFC West crown on the 49ers 1-yard line. Inexplicably, the Seahawks let the play clock run down to zero, causing a delay-of-game penalty and pushing quarterback Russell Wilson and his offense back 5...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 29, 2019 at 8:50 PM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers just capped off yet another wild win in Week 17, beating the Seattle Seahawks 26-21 in a thrilling Sunday Night Football contest, securing the NFC West crown and the top seed in the conference during the playoffs. Amid all the craziness of the game, however, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo put himself amid some of the greatest passing seasons in franchise history. With 285 pass yards on the night, Garoppolo finished the season with 3,978 total yards on the season. While it would have been nice to see Garoppolo eclipse the 4,000-yard mark, which would have been the first time a Niners quarterback has done that since 2000, Jimmy G's season totals are still pretty noteworthy. His 3,978 single-season yards now rank...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 29, 2019 at 8:31 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are NFC West champions and the top seed in the conference. This, following the Niners' Week 17 26-21 win on Sunday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The win also ends the 49ers losing streak in Seattle, which extended back to December of 2011. But what's more important is the...
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