NEW ORLEANS — For the majority of the season, it was the backbone of the 49ers. The consistent phase of the team that would show up week in and week out.
But down the stretch, the 49ers’ defense, particularly the pass defense, showed its vulnerability and it ultimately caught up to them in Super Bowl XLVII.
Through the first 13 games of the regular season, the Niners were allowing 14.2 points per game. Their final six, which includes the three postseason games? That number skyrocketed up to 29.7. Read More
NEW ORLEANS – The lights went out on Super Bowl XLVII early in the second half, and for the 49ers, their electricity came to life just a little too late. As a result, for the first time in its storied history, San Francisco was left with the bitter taste of defeat on the NFL’s grandest stage.
MVP Joe Flacco threw for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns and the Baltimore Ravens held off a furious second-half rally from the Niners to capture the franchise’s second Super Bowl title 34-31 on Sunday. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — The Harbaugh family sure knows how to throw a Super party.
In the end, it was older brother John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens who came out on top, hanging on for a 34-31 win over Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers in a Super Bowl that had everything.
After the game, John Harbaugh said it was hard to compete against his brother.
The brothers met at midfield as the confetti rained down. “I told him I loved him,” John said. “He said, ‘Congratulations.” Read More
Talent can take you far, but the details still count.
On the world’s biggest stage, the 49ers showed, once again, that with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, the team’s offense is as explosive as any unit that’s ever taken the field in an NFL game. Kaepernick threw for 302 yards and picked up another 62 with his legs; Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each collected more than 100 yards receiving and Frank Gore rushed for another 110 on the ground. Read More
In a cat-and-mouse game, John made the winning move at the end in the battle of Harbaugh brothers on Super Bowl Sunday.
Jim had rolled the dice earlier when he let the clock run down in the final two minutes, as the 49ers tried for the touchdown that would have likely won the game for them because there would be so little time left for the Baltimore Ravens. But a fourth-down pass from Colin Kaepernick sailed beyond the reach of Michael Crabtree. Read More
NEW ORLEANS – John and Jim Harbaugh couldn’t have been dressed any differently during their final pre-Super Bowl appearance Friday, a unique joint news conference. John was decked out in a suit, while Jim wore his usual attire of a 49ers hat and black sweater with a Niners logo on it.
But when it comes down to where the focus should be heading into the pinnacle of the NFL, the coaches couldn’t be more in tune with one another. Read More
“Cannot win with him” is how the infamous rant of one Mike Singletary went in regard to a one-time NFL brat named Vernon Davis.
But that tirade uttered four seasons ago no longer rings true. Because on Jan. 20, the 49ers — playing in their second NFC Championship Game in as many years — won with Davis.
And won spectacularly.
In the seven games prior to the one in the Georgia Dome, Davis had caught as many passes for a cumulative 105 yards, and not one of them in the end zone. That changed in Atlanta against the Falcons. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — When Jed York attended his first football game at age 3, he had already developed an eye for watching the way his uncle ran the 49ers during their glory days.
Nearly three decades later, the Niners are York’s team — and he is trying to build something just as special as the dynasty Eddie DeBartolo Jr. had when the franchise won five Super Bowls in as many tries. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — A day after issuing a statement apologizing for anti-gay comments, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was still under fire Thursday and was hounded with more questions about the topic when he and the rest of the teammates met with the media.
After feeling the backlash of the remarks, Culliver indicated he was talking in a “joking manner” and that he “treats everyone equal.” The second-year player said he was aware the comments were especially distasteful because he plays in San Francisco, which is home to a large gay population. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who’s the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.
“This is not about Randy and Jerry,” Rice said Thursday. “It’s OK. I don’t need to talk about being the best receiver. I don’t need to do that. I don’t need to pat myself on the back.”
Rice has a strong opinion on the matter, yet insists he won’t come out and say he is the best ever. The former San Francisco 49ers star turned television man will offer one thought to Moss: Check the stats. Read More