As Raiders fans filed out of the Coliseum early in the fourth quarter, the few who remained showered the home team with boos.
Not exactly the sight or sound owner Mark Davis had envisioned when he talked about a new direction. 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
One of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants is hosting a rally today for the 49ers’ rival in Saturday’s NFL playoff game.The Fior d’Italia, located at 2237 Mason St., is inviting New Orleans Saints fans for a rally at noon today, tempting them with specials on meals, a Sazerac, a mixed drink popular in New Orleans, or one or the restaurant’s signature Tiramisu Martinis. Read More
Playoff football fever is spreading — and mayors are not immune. On Thursday, Mayor Ed Lee announced the terms of a friendly wager he has made with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu over Saturday’s bout between the 49ers and Saints. Read More
They get one shot. That was the reminder from the man who has helped enable them to gain that shot, Jim Harbaugh.
“It’s special being in the playoffs,” said Harbaugh, the 49ers rookie coach.
Special because they haven’t been there for years. Special because six months ago, when the lockout ended and the Harbaugh regime started, few believed the playoffs were possible. Read More
Last month’s Candlestick Park power outage was called a “national embarrassment” by Mayor Ed Lee, but now he’s using the incident to make his quippy prediction about Saturday’s much-anticipated playoff game: “I think the only ‘lights out’ at Candlestick this Saturday will be our 49ers shutting down the New Orleans Saints!” Read More
Call it the remnants of five previous seasons that have ended in disappointment, but Vernon Davis — San Francisco’s premier tight end of six years — has never quite been able to stomach the simple idea of watching the NFL playoffs.
“I was so upset that we didn’t make it,” he said, of all of his previous seasons. “I just couldn’t watch it.” Read More
Ah, those 49ers. They’re boring. They haven’t beaten anybody. Their secondary is vulnerable. Their quarterback doesn’t match up to Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees.
All they do is win. After Sunday’s 26-0 win over the offensively challenged St. Louis Rams, they stand at 10-2, the second-best record in the NFL, and they’ve won the NFC West. They must be doing something right. Read More
Coaches disdain talk of moral victories, but what the 49ers accomplished in the heart-breaking 25-22 loss to the world champion New Orleans Saints on Monday night should right their ship. Read More