Colin Kaepernick’s favorite tattoo is on the inside of his arm and reads, “my gift is my curse.”
Relating that to his sudden rise to stardom as a quarterback preparing to play in the Super Bowl, Kaepernick is staying grounded by realizing that with fame comes scrutiny.
Every play is scrutinized, every word is dissected. He’s recognized everywhere he goes in public, and he has more ticket requests for Super Bowl XLVII than he can fulfill.
Even his tattoo artist in Reno is getting hit up for interview requests this week. Read More
For the first 16 minutes of the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers hardly resembled what had become recognized as one of the best defenses to play on the NFL gridiron.
The favored Niners were down 17-0 to Matt Ryan and his Falcons shortly into the second quarter on Sunday in Atlanta. And though San Francisco began to slow the Falcons’ aerial assault, by the half’s end, they still trailed by 10 points.
It was then when Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s celebrated defensive coordinator, made adjustments — but not many. Read More
Archie Manning, who fretted over showdowns between his quarterbacking sons, Peyton and Eli, reached out to Jack Harbaugh as his coaching sons prepare to battle on the NFL’s biggest stage.
Sibling rivalry will reach new heights in New Orleans on Feb. 3 when John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens battle younger brother Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers in the Super Bowl. Read More
Chicago Cubs scout Sam Hughes watches Colin Kaepernick nowadays and still wonders what the strong-armed NFL quarterback might look like on a pitching mound, as a power arm in the pros. It’s hard not to, seeing the zip and accuracy on each throw, the competitive fire and focus. Read More
Niners running back Frank Gore has been fined $10,500 for wearing his socks too low during the NFC Championship Game.
Gore was fined for “failure to conform” due to his socks being too low in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN.
NFL players are required to wear their socks high to meet with the bottom of the uniform pants. Gore wore his socks about a foot too low down his leg. Read More
Over the next week and a half leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s story will be told a nauseating amount of times. And frankly, it should be. The turnaround he has engineered in two short years to restore a once-proud franchise to all its glory has been nothing short of miraculous.
But in all the Harbowl buzz, it’s easy to overlook the puppeteer behind the scenes: Niners general manager Trent Baalke. Read More
The 49ers will wear their red home jerseys for the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, according to a report by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. This will mark the fourth time the Niners will wear red in the Super Bowl, doing so previously in 1983, 1988 and 1994 seasons.San Francisco is the designated home team and had the choice of jersey. The AFC and NFC rotate seasons as the home team. Read More
Jim Harbaugh encountered the “sharpest iron” he’s ever faced in the first iteration of the Harbowl on Thanksgiving last year.
The Niners entered the contest with a 9-1 record and an eight-game winning streak. It seemed like the NFL was quickly becoming the younger Harbaugh’s oyster. But John Harbaugh’s defense exposed his little brother’s team that night, limiting the offense to 170 yards and sacking Alex Smith nine times while keeping the Niners out of the red zone for the entire game. Read More
The team of the 1980s is back, at last.
The 49ers, one of the great franchises of the NFL, will finally return to the Super Bowl in search of a record-tying sixth Lombardi Trophy when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins, with six triumphs in eight appearances, and the Dallas Cowboys have five wins in eight, but the Niners are the only team to have appeared in multiple Super Bowls and won each of them. Read More
Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
The top-seeded Falcons (14-4) tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Read More