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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
    Feb 3, 2020 at 6:56 AM 10 comments
    A Super Bowl win or loss wouldn't have changed the fact the San Francisco 49ers' 2019 season was one to remember. Especially for me, someone who started off casually blogging about the team way back in 2011, only to find myself in a position I never thought I'd be -- someone who actually gets paid to write about this 49ers squad and someone who has the fortunate luxury of being part of the credentialed media. It's hard to figure out where to start with this. So I'll just begin with that 2011 season, which was the very same year I met my wife, Kristy. It helped she was also a die-hard Niners fan, someone who could easily call out the numbers worn by all those 49ers greats over the years, including players many of you have long forgotten about. She'd tell...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 9:18 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers now have two heartbreaking Super Bowl losses this century, the first coming back in Super Bowl XLVII when the Niners ultimately fell to the Baltimore Ravens. After surrendering a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Kansas City Chiefs, only to lose 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV, the 49ers can add an unfortunate second heartbreaking loss to that tally. One player, who was there for both, is veteran left tackle Joe Staley, who later told reporters it was "hard being in this moment right now" after the crushing defeat. The longest-tenured Niner was also on the losing end back in February of 2013 along with one of his former teammates, Buffalo Bills running...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 9:07 PM 0 comments
    Super Bowl LIV created plenty of "what if?" moments for the San Francisco 49ers, who ultimately fell to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-20 after squandering a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. A potentially huge portion of those what-if moments came late in the second quarter when the Niners and Chiefs were tied up at 10 apiece. Initially, it appeared as if head coach Kyle Shanahan was content to go into halftime with a tie. But with 14 seconds left, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tossed deep down the right side for tight end George Kittle, who hauled in what would have been a 42-yard gain and a relatively easy field-goal try to make the game 13-10 heading into halftime. Except Kittle was flagged for offensive pass interference. "I've gotta live with it....
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 8:49 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers held a 10-point lead over the Kansas City Chiefs with less than 10 minutes remaining in Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs responded with 21 unanswered points, eventually pulling away with the 31-20 victory over the Niners, ensuring San Francisco would have to wait at least another year to secure the franchise's sixth Lombardi Trophy. Granted, the Chiefs have come from behind in each of their postseason wins this season. The Houston Texans got off to a red-hot start in the divisional round, only to see the Chiefs stage a crazed comeback. Then the Tennessee Titans held a lead in the AFC Championship game, too, yet Kansas City came back in that game. But the narrative for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan might wind up being one of...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 8:28 PM 0 comments
    Those betting money on the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV ultimately lost it, as the Niners suffered their second NFL championship loss in franchise history by losing 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. And the Niners aren't favorites to win Super Bowl LV a year from tonight, either. But they're in pretty good position regardless. Shortly after the game's conclusion, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook (h/t Wager Talk News) released early odds for the winners of the Super Bowl in 2021....
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 8:09 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are not Super Bowl LIV champions, and they are still going to be on the very long "quest for six" Lombardi Trophies, which will extend into its 26th year. This, after the Niners blew a 20-10 fourth quarter lead against the Kansas City Chiefs, who used 21 unanswered points to secure their first title in 50 years, beating San Francisco 31-20. While many around the league will ultimately feel joy for Kansas City and head coach Andy Reid securing an elusive title, few 49ers fans and players will feel worse for anybody on the team's roster than left tackle Joe Staley, whose 2012 Niners came yards away from beating the eventual champion Baltimore Ravens back in Super Bowl XLVII. Staley, 35 years old, is the elder statesman of the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 7:56 PM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' failures in Super Bowl LIV will ultimately be scrutinized and analyzed for months, perhaps years, especially as the Niners held a 10-point lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter. Only to see the Chiefs score 21 unanswered points en route to the 31-20 victory. Needless to say, head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn't overly enthusiastic when he met up with Fox Sports' Erin Andrews after the game's conclusion. But he still managed to hold his composure, sharing his message to the team with Andrews. "Just how proud of them I am," Shanahan responded when Andrews asked what his remarks were. "Those guys are hurting in there just like I am. We all are right now. It's tough when you lose a Super Bowl. But I'm so unbelievably...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 7:12 PM 7 comments
    Twenty-one points in the fourth quarter for the Kansas City Chiefs. Those, and a litany of other mistakes, ultimately doomed the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, who held a 20-10 lead entering the fourth quarter. But that wasn't enough, as the Niners ultimately coughed up the lead and then some, falling to 5-2 all time in Super Bowl games after losing...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 5:55 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are clinging to a 13-10 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter of Super Bowl LIV. And after scoring a go-ahead field goal on their first possession of the second half, the Niners defense managed to respond with a big play of its own. Facing 3rd-and-12 on the Chiefs 39-yard line, following EDGE Nick Bosa recording a sack and forced fumble, quarterback Patrick Mahomes attempted a pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Tyreek Hill. But linebacker Fred Warner got in the way and intercepted the pass, ending what could have been a go-ahead Chiefs drive: LIV Legendary...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 5:01 PM 0 comments
    Super Bowl LIV started off well enough for the San Francisco 49ers, who remain tied with the Kansas City Chiefs 10-10 after two quarters. And in the battle between the two quarterbacks, Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes, it's Mahomes who has had the slight upper hand. After winning the opening toss and deferring, the Niners managed to force a Chiefs 3-and-out on their opening possession, but the ensuing punt nearly ended in disaster with return man Richie James muffing the catch. James managed to recover it, but it was a near disaster for San Francisco. But some key gains by wide receiver Deebo Samuel, tight end George Kittle and running back Tevin Coleman got the 49ers into the red zone. But the drive ultimately fell short, forcing San Francisco...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 2:14 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are just under 90 minutes away from kicking off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and there are some interesting developments in head coach Kyle Shanahan's list of inactives for the game. Wide receiver Dante Pettis, who hasn't been much of a factor for San Francisco's offense this season, is inactive for the big game. Meanwhile, second-year running back Jeff Wilson Jr. is active for the contest despite appearing in only 10 regular-season games and the team boasting three other starting-caliber running backs, Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert. But Coleman suffered a separated shoulder during the 49ers' NFC Championship game over the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago. While the Niners medical staff cleared Coleman...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 12:44 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers' top pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, tight end Vernon Davis, announced his retirement just hours before his former Niners squad was set to battle it out with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. Davis' announcement came in rather interesting fashion on Fox Sports, a spoof of the 1980s and early 1990s show, The Golden Girls, comically named "The Golden Gronks" along with former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison: Let's check in on...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 11:25 AM 0 comments
    Based off his understanding of X-factors and matchups in big games, veteran cornerback Aqib Talib is predicting the San Francisco 49ers will wind up with the victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. Talib was a guest of NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning in advance of the Super Bowl in Miami, and he pointed out some key matchups to watch when the two teams square off on Sunday evening. Michael Irvin pointed out to Talib how the Chiefs speed on offense could present problems for San Francisco's coverage guys, yet Talib's answer was worth taking note. "They can damage you, but if you play off, you can keep those fast guys in front of you," Talib said of the matchup. "You can play off at 10 [yards] and kind of bait [Chiefs...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 11:02 AM 0 comments
    It's a cliche, but the Super Bowl is just like every other NFL game in the regular season. Except it isn't. The pressure of the league's championship contest is a thousand times more immense than at any point during the regular season or in the playoffs. An extra week of talk, interviews, chatter, rumors, speculation, media obligations and so on hype the game up for players, coaches and fans alike. And as someone who has been on the wrong end of a Super Bowl outcome, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan understands why it's important for his squad to maintain the same level of preparation and approach it held en route to a 13-3 finish, the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC and during Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs. Shanahan...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 10:35 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have dealt with a lot of adversity this season and in previous years. And while a good chunk of that adversity has been displayed on the field, it pales in comparison to some of the tragedies many within the franchise have faced off of it. CEO Jed York's brother, Tony York, passed away on Dec. 7, 2018. In November of 2017, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin suffered the loss of his newborn son, then had even more family setbacks the following year. Quarterback C.J. Beathard lost his brother, Clay, in December of 2019. Among those tragedies is another. Linebacker Kwon Alexander, who signed with the 49ers as a high-profile free agent last offseason, lost his brother, Broderick Taylor II, during Alexander's rookie season with the Tampa Bay...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 10:05 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers came just yards shy of winning a Super Bowl when running back Frank Gore was gracing the backfield. And while things didn't exactly go Gore's and the Niners' collective way back in Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens, the future Hall of Fame running back is convinced his former squad will pull off the win in Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs. "I just think they've got the overall better team," Gore told Melissa Jacobs of The Football Girl podcast regarding the 49ers. "Kansas City has an explosive offense, a great quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. But just the matchup, how it looks, me knowing ball, I just don't see what with the pass-rushers...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Feb 2, 2020 at 8:26 AM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers are hours away from a chance to secure the franchise's sixth Lombardi Trophy. Standing in the way of this happening in Super Bowl LIV are the Kansas City Chiefs, who are listed as 1.5-point favorites, according to the Action Network. The Chiefs have been quite the story this season, reaching the NFL finale for the first time in 50 years and earning their own shot to secure their head coach, Andy Reid, his first Super Bowl title ever. Then there's quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 2018 MVP might be reason enough to give Kansas City the edge, although the Niners boasted the No. 1 pass defense in the league over the course of...
  • 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...
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