San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been declared out for Monday night's game against Chicago with a concussion.Team medical director Dr. Dan Garza evaluated Smith, who was hurt eight days ago against St. Louis.The 49ers will start second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced Smith in the 24-24 tie with the Rams last week.Chicago also is without starting quarterback Jay Cutler because of a concussion. Jason Campbell will start. Read More
The NFC West takes over “Monday Night Football,” and this season at least that means defense.
Entering this week, the four NFC West teams ranked among the top nine in the league in defense.
The 49ers lead the way at No. 1 with a powerful, smash-mouth group that overwhelms opponents, particularly with its excellent front seven. Arizona counters with a fast, aggressive unit that rates No. 7 in the league. Read More
In the end, the horrible missed calls at the end of the “Monday Night Football” game was the best thing that could have happened to the NFL, because it got the attention of league owners and gamblers. Read More
If you’ve listened, you’ve heard it.
It’s the mantra that Raiders coach Dennis Allen has preached during minicamps and throughout the preseason, and one he hopes will be heeded once regular play starts.
“The biggest thing when you go to camp is, when you end camp, you want to be better than you were when you started camp,” Allen said. “And that’s the only reason why we do this is to get better. So I think we’ve done that. Read More
Seeking to avoid another embarrassing power failure at Candlestick Park during any upcoming 49ers playoff games, Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday ordered written assurance from PG&E and The City saying it won’t occur again. The two entities appear to have taken joint responsibility for the nationally televised debacle.
The lights went dim twice during the much-anticipated “Monday Night Football” matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read More
A “national embarrassment” is how Mayor Ed Lee described Monday night’s power outage at Candlestick Park during one of the most hyped 49ers games in nearly a decade.Sporting his 49ers cap during a news conference Tuesday, Lee said he apologized to the team and vowed that measures are being taken to prevent future outages, including at any upcoming playoff games. Read More
The first matchup between two 10-win teams on “Monday Night Football” since 1997 turned into a defensive battle that even the stadium got involved in as the 49ers earned a 20-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The turning point was a sack by Aldon Smith and a fumble recovery by Justin Smith on the Pittsburgh 17-yard line with 11:30 left in the fourth quarter. Read More
The 49ers’ 20-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night was overshadowed by two power outages at Candlestick Park that could certainly bolster the team’s desire to move to Santa Clara. Read More
UPDATE: The lights went out again at 6:43 p.m. just as the San Francisco 49ers had kicked off to the Steelers after scoring a field goal. The power outage occurred at the 12:13 mark of the 2nd quarter with the Niners up 6-0.
The nationally televised "Monday Night Football" game had just gone to a commercial break when the majority of the lights in Candlestick Park faded out to black. Backup generators kept the ads and scoreboard lit up. Read More