Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers may not be handed the hardware they really wanted this weekend, but it’s very likely they will walk away with at least one award during the NFL honors show on Saturday.
“I’ve said so often how proud I was of this team. I thought they played their hearts out,” Harbaugh said after the season. “I thought we were a well-coached team. Be very proud of our guys.” Read More
As much as the 49ers are rightfully proud of their unexpected ascension into the ranks of the NFL’s elite, the best is yet to come if they heed the lessons of the 2011 season. Read More
Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants was more than the biggest game of 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown’s career. It was a shot to outduel his best friend, New York cornerback Aaron Ross.“I’m definitely going out there to try to make more plays than him,” Brown said in the week leading up to the matchup. And it was in trying to make a big play where the friendship between the two Texas products showed. Read More
The last home game of the season, and Candlestick is rocking it out! The NFC Championship Game kickoff is at 3:30 p.m., but there are many reasons for fans to arrive early:Rush the field
Parking lot opens at 11:30 a.m. and gates at 12:30 p.m.
Early bird special
It’s a party! There is 50 percent off food and nonalcoholic beverages from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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Nothing comes easily against these 49ers. Hidden beneath the accolades and praise heaped upon Vernon Davis, Alex Smith, the defense, coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff, has been the subtle fact that the 49ers make an opponent’s every possession difficult. And that’s before the defense takes the field. Read More
The revitalization of Alex Smith’s seemingly sinking career has become one of the most intriguing and unlikely storylines of the NFL postseason.In one calendar year, Smith morphed from an afterthought as a starting QB option to an efficient, smart signal-caller who led the 49ers to one of the most exciting playoff wins in franchise history. Read More
The Giants are going all the way!That sentiment would draw cheers in San Francisco during the baseball season, but when it was shouted by Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event Wednesday it drew jeers from the crowd.The vice president, who is well known for his gaffes, mixed up the San Francisco baseball and football teams when trying to cheerlead for the 49ers before their playoff game showdown Sunday against the New York Giants. Read More
There is no perspective like the one that is learned first hand. And it was probably that perspective that coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who came a hair short of playing in a Super Bowl, relied on when describing his team. Read More
The first thing the 49ers should do in the offseason is re-sign Alex Smith to a multiyear contract.
I’m sure Alex will be willing. He’s had two chances to leave the Niners, but has returned each time. The first time was after the 2008 season, when then general manager Scot McCloughan said he’d either have to accept a restructured contract, at a lower salary, or leave as a free agent. He stayed. Read More
Defense has been the backbone of the dramatic turnaround the 49ers have made this season, so it only seems fitting it played a huge role in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game.
The game will be remembered for Alex Smith’s fourth-quarter heroics, but none of that would have been possible without the ball-hawking defense. Read More