Dynamic young quarterbacks. Bullying running backs. Rock-solid defenses. Coaches who don’t much like each other.
Throw in playoff implications and no wonder the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were given a prime-time showcase.
“There is something about them, man. They’re basically the same team as us and I just hate that fact,” Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said. Read More
Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the 49ers safety.
While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often had little to do with his hard-hitting ways until this season. Read More
They had a big win in New England on Sunday night, but the 49ers can’t step off the gas in Seattle this week. Read More
Linebacker Aldon Smith loves playing in prime time. It takes him back to how he spent so many Friday nights in high school under the lights.
Niners teammates Anthony Dixon, Joe Staley and others become similarly nostalgic when they take the field these days with the football spotlight on them.
“Under the lights, you knew it was showtime,” Smith said. “It’s just that feeling you get again from being under that spotlight.” Read More
How did we get from hand-wringing panic heading into Sunday’s game in New England to hang-wringing panic in the wake of an epic upset?
By falling into the all-too-easy trap that is being a 49ers fan.
We’re never gonna make it. ... We’re all gonna die. ... Look at all of these new problems to worry about! Read More
Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers hung tough late in the game to stun Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road and in the rain to clinch a playoff berth when few expected them to win at Foxborough.
Now, after a long trip home following their 41-34 victory, the Niners (10-3-1) must play a second straight game on the Sunday night prime-time stage when they visit Seattle trying to wrap up a second consecutive NFC West crown. Read More
If you like offensive football, you’re probably in Colin Kaepernick’s corner. Prefer to play it safe? Alex Smith is your man.
The 49ers’ 41-34 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday is an ink blot test for the Kaepernick-Smith quarterback controversy: you’re going to see what you want to see. While the win reaffirmed the 49ers’ status as a Super Bowl front-runner, this debate won’t be completely resolved until the ball is snapped in January. Read More
The San Francisco 49ers turned a nearly historic collapse into a stunning victory and a playoff berth.
San Francisco withstood a 28-point comeback by the New England Patriots to win 41-34 on Sunday night in the rain. Michael Crabtree took a short pass from Colin Kaepernick and sped around cornerback Kyle Arrington for a 38-yard touchdown with 6:25 to go, then David Akers made a 28-yard field goal to clinch it. Read More
Running against the 49ers is tough. Passing isn’t any easier. And scoring is a huge challenge.
Unless, perhaps, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots face them tonight.
“Brady’s going to make plays. His offense is going to make plays,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “Our defense is going to make plays. We just want to make more than him at the end of the game.” Read More
Randy Moss joined the New England Patriots five years ago thinking he knew a lot about football.
Then, he began playing for Bill Belichick. Moss’ mindset regarding his own football knowledge changed in a hurry. Only then did he learn the intricacies of his sport from “A to Z,” as the 49ers wide receiver now puts it. Read More