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  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 5:35 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers appear to have found their replacement for former quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello, who left earlier this offseason to take over the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator position. According to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, the Niners are bringing aboard Shane Day to fill the void. Day spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as tight end coach for the Miami Dolphins, and he also spent tenures at the pro level with the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins as an assistant. Day previously worked for the 49ers as a quality control coach between 2007 and...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers sent three representatives to the 2019 Pro Bowl, which is commendable when considering the team's 4-12 record in 2018. So, which players have the best chance to get the nod when 2020 rolls around? Tight end George Kittle, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner ended up representing the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Each player had notable seasons, particularly Buckner and Kittle. Buckner recorded a career-high 12 sacks in 2018, while Kittle set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards. Each of these three would have an excellent shot to make the Pro Bowl once the 2019 regular season wraps up. Yet if San Francisco winds up being much better this upcoming year, one would...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 3:17 PM
    After a record-breaking 2018 season, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has earned a lot of national recognition, which carried over to the 2019 Pro Bowl coverage team. The San Francisco 49ers didn't have a lot of things going for them over the course of 2018. But second-year pro tight end George Kittle ended up being a pretty good storyline. Not just in Northern California, but at the national level. Kittle ended up being one of three representatives for the 49ers at the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. And after setting a new NFL record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end (1,377), Kittle ended up leading all pass catchers with five grabs during the NFL all-star game on Sunday, netting 39 yards in the process. And while he wasn't able...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:33 PM
    The NFC stars ended up losing 26-7 to the AFC in the 2019 Pro Bowl, although San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle made his presence felt on the field. Tight end George Kittle sure made the 2019 Pro Bowl a bit more watchable for San Francisco 49ers fans, him being one of three Niners representatives from Sunday's NFL all-star game exhibition bout. Kittle, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and fullback Kyle Juszczyk all ended up seeing starting reps for the NFC squad, which lost to the AFC 26-7 in Orlando, Florida. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson managed to hit Kittle for a 10-yard pickup in the first quarter, yet the NFC's red-zone drive stalled when Juszczyk's fourth-down rush attempt gained zero yards. In total, Kittle managed...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM
    The Pro Bowl is usually an afterthought for NFL fans. Yet tight end George Kittle's attendance should be a nice reason for San Francisco 49ers fans to tune in. Admit it, the Pro Bowl isn't all that exciting. Despite the NFL's numerous attempts to pique fans' interest, this exhibition contest isn't exactly must-watch television. For San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, however, his first Pro Bowl appearance might be enough to convince some fans to tune in. Kittle, of course, set a single-season record for tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018. Both he and the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce broke the previous record, set by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski back in 2012, with Kittle finishing first amid the historic...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Jan 27, 2019 at 8:42 AM
    Perennial All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown remains an offseason fixture among San Francisco 49ers fans, yet a report from NFL Network Ian Rapoport suggests Brown is still open to mending things with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Don't write off a possible mending of the relationship between wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not yet, at least. True, the four-time first-team All-Pro displayed multiple social media suggestions of wanting to join the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, like this. However, he's also keeping things open with the team currently holding his contract. According to...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:44 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers fell to the Los Angeles Rams in ugly, turnover-prone fashion in Week 17 by a score of 48-32. Let's grade out the Niners efforts, position by position. A final score of 48-32 makes the San Francisco 49ers' 2018 finale sound much closer than it actually was. The Niners were in the hole to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams 31-10 by halftime -- a score marked by four first-half turnovers, off of which the Rams scored 21 points. That sets San Francisco's season-ending turnover differential at minus-25, after the team set a new NFL all-time low in forced turnovers in a non-strike season with seven. The 49ers recorded zero takeaways in Week 17. Fortunately, there were some good performances by the Niners on the day, including a...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 6:04 PM
    While San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle garnered most of the attention during the Niners' 48-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17, quarterback Nick Mullens quietly climbed up the record books for most yardage thrown through the first eight career games. Things certainly didn't get off to the best of starts for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, who looked to pull off an improbable road upset over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. After all, the Niners' first three offensive drives on Sunday ended in an offensive turnover, with two of those coming in interceptions thrown by the second-year signal-caller. At the 11:10 mark of the first quarter, and with San Francisco already trailing 7-0, Mullens was hit in the pocket trying to throw,...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 5:37 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers may have lost 48-32 to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. But tight end George Kittle set a new NFL record, emerging No. 1 among all tight ends for single-season receiving yards. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is now the NFL's all-time leader among tight ends for single-season receiving yards. This, after he hauled in nine catches for 149 yards and a touchdown during the Niners' 48-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. Kittle entered the contest needing 99 yards to surpass the...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 4:53 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers will wind up with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after falling 48-32 to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17. San Francisco was still in position for the top pick in April's draft, yet the Arizona Cardinals ended up losing 27-24 to the Seattle Seahawks, securing the No. 1 overall selection as a result. But the Niners still needed to have some help around the league to ensure they'd retain the second pick over the New York Jets, who also finished 4-12 on the season after losing to the New England Patriots today. Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off an exciting win over the New York Giants, while the Atlanta Falcons edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- both games coming in the early slate of games in Week 17. With...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 4:40 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers were completely outmatched by the playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams in Week 17, losing 48-32 in an ugly and turnover-filled contest in Southern California. But at least tight end George Kittle set a new NFL record. The San Francisco 49ers needed four turnovers to avoid setting a new league low in that category in a non-strike season...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 3:08 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers had issues with ball security over the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17, which didn't help the prospects for another upset but at least put the Niners in better positioning for the 2019 NFL Draft. Well, things didn't go so hotly for the San Francisco 49ers over the first half in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams, as head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad finds itself in a 31-10 hole after two quarters. The Niners, who started off on offense, quickly coughed up the ball by the way of a fumble from fullback Kyle Juszczyk at the 13:19 mark of the first quarter. The Rams recovered, and three plays later, quarterback Jared Goff found wide receiver Brandin Cooks for a 3-yard touchdown to give L.A. a 7-0 lead. On San Francisco's...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 1:54 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers took a notable injury early during their Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Rams, losing running back Jeff Wilson to a shoulder injury. San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson, who got the start in Week 17 with Matt Breida going on injured reserve, ended up suffering an injury early during the Niners' Week 17 trip to play the Los Angeles Rams. On 3rd-and-10 at the 11:10 mark of the first quarter, and with San Francisco already trailing 7-0, Wilson suffered a shoulder injury when quarterback Nick Mullens was hit during a throw, and his wobbly pass resulted in an interception. Wilson was subsequently listed as questionable to return, which will open up first-team carries for the veteran, Alfred Morris, until Wilson returns. If he...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 12:02 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers are going to be down some offensive weapons for their 2018 finale against the Los Angeles Rams, missing wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and tight end Garrett Celek. Both appeared on the team's Week 17 inactive list. Goodwin has been dealing with calf and shoulder issues, while Celek suffered a concussion during the Niners' Week 16 loss to the Chicago Bears a week ago. Both players were ruled out for Sunday's contest in L.A. Here's the full list of San Francisco inactives for the game: WR Marquise Goodwin S Tyree...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 30, 2018 at 8:39 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers' 2018 comes to a close with a road bout versus the Los Angeles Rams, and these five points will be of interest to Niners fans with the offseason on the horizon. Most San Francisco 49ers fans probably didn't think a 4-11 record would describe what the Niners' situation would be heading into a Week 17 regular-season finale versus the Los Angeles Rams. But that's what it is, and head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad will look to continue playing the spoiler role against a Rams team that could still lose out the No. 2 NFC playoff seed with a loss to San Francisco paired with a win by the Chicago Bears this weekend. Because of that, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay won't rest his starters like he did last year when these two teams...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 23, 2018 at 6:36 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers managed to go toe to toe with the playoff-destined Chicago Bears, ultimately falling 14-9 in a defensively stout contest at Levi's Stadium. Yet there's a bit more to discuss and grade than just the defensive efforts from the Niners. The San Francisco 49ers were unable to continue their recent trend of playoff spoilers in Week 16, ultimately falling to the NFC North division champions, the Chicago Bears, by a score of 14-9 at Levi's Stadium on Sunday. In many ways, the game will be remembered by two plays -- first, the hit by safety Marcell Harris on Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, that created quite the sideline fracas and ended up in three player ejections, including cornerback Richard Sherman. And the second, of course, was...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 23, 2018 at 5:59 PM
    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman doesn't regret getting ejected from his team's 14-9 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 16. The play, of course, involved a late hit from Niners safety Marcell Harris on Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. With a five-point lead and just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Trubisky scrambled to his left but went into a slide after picking up seven yards. Harris hit Trubisky hard, which didn't sit well with Chicago's bench nearby. You can check out...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 23, 2018 at 5:20 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers had just forced a turnover against the Chicago Bears, recovering a fumble by wide receiver Allen Robinson, who could have iced the game simply by going down after making a first-down grab after the two-minute warning and with zero Niners timeouts. Cornerback Tarvarius Moore knocked the ball loose, and defensive back Greg Mabin grabbed it. The 49ers were still alive, albeit trailing Chicago 14-9 with 1:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, quarterback Nick Mullens hit wide receiver Kendrick Bourne for a crucial 25-yard gain. Bourne was able to get out of bounds to stop the clock. But after failing to move the chains again on the next three snaps, Mullens and the Niners offense found themselves in a 4th-and-4 situation with...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers held their own against the Chicago Bears in Week 16, ultimately falling 14-9 after suffering key injuries and failing to do damage in the red zone. The San Francisco 49ers couldn't quite continue the spoiler role against the playoff-bound Chicago Bears Sunday, falling to the 2018 NFC North champions 14-9 in Week...
  • By Peter Panacy
    Dec 23, 2018 at 2:30 PM
    The San Francisco 49ers find themselves in a low-scoring 9-7 affair with the Chicago Bears through one half of Week 16 action at Levi's Stadium. The Chicago Bears' third-ranked defense figured to be a major factor on the road in Week 16 versus the San Francisco 49ers, and it was, as head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad finds itself leading 9-7 over the first half of Sunday's contest. On the Niners' first two offensive possessions, Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks managed to swat down two of quarterback Nick Mullens' passes on third down. Yet the 49ers' own defense managed to hold its own against Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and Co., too. Aside from a 43-yard reception by Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson, San Francisco held Trubisky to a total of 137...
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