The two kids from Northern California burst from NFL afterthought to championship contender in eerily similar fashion a decade apart.
Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick, each playing in a conference title game this weekend, are bookends to a fortuitous moment in quarterback history. On one side are the likes of Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, still scintillating in their mid-30s. Read More
Jim Harbaugh had no shortage of words before his 49ers faced the New York Giants again. After the Niners had been smashed more than they ever had in his tenure, the second-year coach kept his comments to a minimum.
“It wasn’t a great day for any of us,” he said.
Alex Smith threw three interceptions in his worst start in almost three years, and the 49ers fell 26-3 to the Giants on Sunday at Candlestick Park in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Read More
Tom Brady didn’t catch the man whom as a kid he idolized. It could have been because a couple of his best receivers didn’t catch the ball. But ever the team player, Brady was philosophical, not angry.
Another Super Bowl for Brady — the fifth in 10 years — and after three victories, a second straight loss. This time to the same team, the New York Giants, who beat him four years ago. Sunday, in Super Bowl XLVI, those Giants defeated Brady’s New England Patriots 21-17. Read More
Ike’s Place — the famous sandwich shop in the Castro neighborhood — has Alex Smith-, Jim Harbaugh- and 49ers-themed sandwiches, but they are all outsold by the Eli Manning.
The restaurant’s assistant manager, Eriq Martin, insists that’s only because it’s the one sandwich “officially” on the menu. Read More
Before Saturday, it had been six years since Carlos Rogers had been in a playoff game.
It was his rookie season, and the cornerback out of Auburn was just beginning what would end up being a long stint with the Washington Redskins.
And that stint is the reason why Rogers, the oldest man in the 49ers’ secondary at age 30, knows Sunday’s opponent so well. Read More