The San Francisco 49ers turned a nearly historic collapse into a stunning victory and a playoff berth.
San Francisco withstood a 28-point comeback by the New England Patriots to win 41-34 on Sunday night in the rain. Michael Crabtree took a short pass from Colin Kaepernick and sped around cornerback Kyle Arrington for a 38-yard touchdown with 6:25 to go, then David Akers made a 28-yard field goal to clinch it. Read More
Running against the 49ers is tough. Passing isn’t any easier. And scoring is a huge challenge.
Unless, perhaps, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots face them tonight.
“Brady’s going to make plays. His offense is going to make plays,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “Our defense is going to make plays. We just want to make more than him at the end of the game.”
Brady leads the NFL’s highest-scoring offense. NFL sacks leader Aldon Smith spearheads a 49ers defense that has allowed the fewest points. Read More
Randy Moss joined the New England Patriots five years ago thinking he knew a lot about football.
Then, he began playing for Bill Belichick. Moss’ mindset regarding his own football knowledge changed in a hurry. Only then did he learn the intricacies of his sport from “A to Z,” as the 49ers wide receiver now puts it.
“Everybody knows that Bill Belichick is a so-called genius,” Moss said. “He changes it up every week, so there’s not really much input that I can give for the week.” Read More
Will the 49ers run for the Super Bowl be aborted because of coach Jim Harbaugh’s ego? It will be if he continues to start young quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
When Alex Smith was medically cleared to play before the game against the New Orleans Saints, Harbaugh said he was sticking with the “hot hand,” because Kaepernick had an outstanding game in the Monday night defeat of the Chicago Bears. Read More
Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers are looking forward to matching up with Tom Brady and the prolific offense of the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
It may be more a matter of keeping up.
After breakout performances in Kaepernick’s first two NFL starts, the San Francisco offense lacked rhythm and punch the past two weeks as the 49ers lost in overtime to the St. Louis Rams and struggled for three quarters before finishing off the Miami Dolphins. Read More
After 14 regular-season games, the 49ers have shown stretches of brilliance, moments of weakness and everything in between.
But over the next two weeks, we’ll learn exactly who the 49ers are and whether another deep playoff run is in the cards.
The 49ers hit the road for consecutive Sunday night showdowns against the New England Patriots — fresh off their 42-14 thrashing of the Houston Texans on Monday — and the Seattle Seahawks before closing out the season at home with the hapless Arizona Cardinals, a game a Pop Warner team could win. Read More
Niners cornerback Tarell Brown turned off the “Monday Night Football” game as soon as Tom Brady and the Patriots jumped out to a big lead.
Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois tuned out around then, too. Same with defensive mate Ray McDonald, who was hungry and ready for some dinner.
“He’s a big guy so you know he’s going to eat,” Francois said with a chuckle.
The 49ers defenders still saw plenty of Brady in that brief time they spent watching his team’s 42-14 rout of fellow AFC power Houston to know exactly what they’re up against Sunday night in New England. Read More
SANTA CLARA — The 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs on Monday for the final three regular-season games following a series of posts on social-media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”
The 49ers made the announcement about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, but provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined. It is doubtful he would return for the playoffs. Read More
The 49ers-Seahawks game that could decide the NFC West is moving to prime time.
The NFL said Monday that San Francisco’s matchup with Seattle on Dec. 23 would be on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”
Starting in Week 11, the league’s flexible scheduling policy allows it to move a more appealing game to Sunday night. This is the first time this season a switch has been made.
The 49ers are 9-3-1 heading into their trip to New England for the first of what will be two straight Sunday night appearances. The Seahawks are 8-5 and play Buffalo in Toronto this weekend. Read More
While their performance was neither pretty nor dominant, the 49ers maintained their streak of winning games following a loss by beating the Miami Dolphins 27-13 on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
San Francisco is now 6-0 in games following a loss under coach Jim Harbaugh, and Sunday was the first time the defense allowed a touchdown in those games.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick got off to a rocky start, as he was sacked four times in the first half and fumbled once — though the ball was recovered by the 49ers. Read More