The Gatorade bath found the back of coach Jim Harbaugh with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter as the 49ers broke their playoff drought, beating the St. Louis Rams 26-0 to claim their first NFC West title since 2002.
“We’ve had some tough years here and to get the opportunity to play in the postseason ... it’s a blessing,” San Francisco running back Frank Gore said.
Gore and quarterback Alex Smith, who have been with the team since 2005, have never been to the postseason in their career. Read More
Frank Gore entered the game only 22 yards short of breaking the 49ers’ team record for career rushing yards, held by Hall of Famer Joe Perry with 7,344.
On the second play of the second quarter, Gore picked up yards 21 and 22 on a two-yard run and wrote the record books as the team’s all-time leading rusher. As Gore game off the field, the crowd of 69,732 gave him a standing ovation.
“I heard it and I want to say thanks to my fans,” Gore said. “I wasn’t really thinking about it because the offense started slow. I was just trying to get us on a roll.” Read More
Ah, those 49ers. They’re boring. They haven’t beaten anybody. Their secondary is vulnerable. Their quarterback doesn’t match up to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.
All they do is win. After Sunday’s 26-0 win over the offensively challenged St. Louis Rams, they stand at 10-2, the second-best record in the NFL, and they’ve won the NFC West. They must be doing something right. Read More
SAN FRANCISCO — Jim Harbaugh delivered exactly what the San Francisco 49ers hired him for back in January: a playoff berth and NFC West title in his first season running the show. So much for the lockout slowing him down.Left tackle Joe Staley delivered the celebratory Gatordade dousing on Harbaugh's head in the closing moments of Sunday's 26-0 win over the St. Louis Rams that wrapped up that long-awaited division title for a once-proud franchise determined to return to the glory days of Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, Steve Young and Roger Craig. Read More
Frank Gore is the San Francisco 49ers' new career rushing leader.Gore ran for a 2-yard gain early in the second quarter Sunday against St. Louis to give him 7,345 career yards rushing, moving him past late Hall of Famer Joe Perry (7,344) for most in franchise history.The 28-year-old Gore, a two-time Pro Bowl selection in his seventh NFL season, has said it was a goal for this season to become the career rushing leader — though getting back to the playoffs is a bigger priority. Read More
In sports, you win some and lose some. And this year, the 49ers have won — mostly. But despite having an affirmed grasp on the NFC West, coach Jim Harbaugh still hates to lose — even to older brother, and Baltimore Ravens coach, John. Thanksgiving Day’s 16-6 loss to Baltimore was only San Francisco’s second this season. And if one can simplify Harbaugh’s winning method, it’s that what’s next is more important than what just happened. Read More
The 49ers are a big step closer to moving from San Francisco to a new stadium about 45 miles south in Santa Clara.
The team and City of Santa Clara announced on Friday that they have secured long-awaited funding for the project. Goldman Sachs, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and U.S. Bank have agreed to an $850 million loan with the city's stadium authority and the 49ers.
The money will cover the bulk of the estimated $1 billion project. Funding from the National Football League, a hotel tax and city redevelopment funds is expected to make up the difference. Read More
The 49ers will look back on their Thanksgiving and be thankful.
That’s because their Thanksgiving night loss gave them a preview of the NFL’s postseason, and provided a crystal clear look at what they’ll need to improve over the final five weeks of the regular season if they hope to win a Super Bowl.
Against the Baltimore Ravens, the atmosphere was bigger. The intensity ramped up.
The Niners saw holes not so big, receivers not so open, Alex Smith’s time to throw was not so generous. It could prove to be the perfect learning experience. Read More
BALTIMORE — Big brother got the best of little brother in a unique NFL duel.
The Baltimore Ravens tied a franchise record with nine sacks and beat the San Francisco 49ers 16-6 Thursday night, giving John Harbaugh reason to celebrate after the first NFL game featuring brothers as opposing head coaches. Read More
He was wearing a 49ers hat the other day, to which you would say, of course. But Alex Smith more often is seen in a Giants hat. Or on occasion, as a salute to his first love, a team of which he always will be a fan, the San Diego Padres.
“I’ve always worn something,” he said about his personal preference. Read More