The 49ers signed free-agent safety and special teams standout Darcel McBath to a one-year contract, adding depth to the secondary.
McBath is the second safety added by Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco since the start of free agency. The NFC champion Niners signed Craig Dahl to a three-year contract Saturday, another move to help fill the void left when Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay last week. McBath was with the 49ers last season. Read More
Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the league’s last.
Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday. Read More
Did the 49ers catch a break by drawing the 2010 Super Bowl champions for next week’s NFC divisional-round playoff game at Candlestick Park? Read More
The Washington Redskins mortgaged their future last year to trade up and take Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Despite the hype, few could have anticipated that Griffin would provide such an immediate dividend. Read More
RG3 and the Washington Redskins are heading to the playoffs as NFC East champions.
By winning their seventh straight game, the Redskins rolled to their first division title in 13 years with a 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Next up for Robert Griffin III & Co.: a home playoff matchup next Sunday with the Seahawks — the third straight postseason game for Washington against Seattle. Read More
SEATTLE — Fueled by its deafening home crowd, the Seattle Seahawks locked up their spot in the postseason Sunday night.
They also reinforced the notion that no one in the NFC wants to see them when the playoffs begin, even if they are a wild card.
Russell Wilson threw a season-high four touchdown passes to move into second place for most TD passes by a rookie. Former Cal star Marshawn Lynch scored two first-quarter TDs, and the Seahawks blew out the 49ers 42-13. Read More
They were called the Dream Team last year, having hauled in Pro Bowl players at a few positions and becoming the odds-on favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
But a funny thing happened to the Philadelphia Eagles. They didn’t mesh. After winning the opener, Philly lost four straight, then split the next four. The Eagles were toast after Week 10. 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
Don’t underestimate how much the 49ers have grown up over the last month or so.
With the NFC West champions set to finish off a terrific regular season this morning in St. Louis by playing for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs — and a week off — the Niners have stamped themselves ready for whatever the postseason tournament can throw at them. Read More
In Mike Singletary’s first full season at the helm, the 49ers finished at 8-8, the first time the club had finished at .500 or better since 2002. Now with Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin out of Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks undergoing a major makeover under new coach Pete Carroll and the St. Louis Rams still bumbling along, the NFC West is wide open. Anything less than a division title should be considered a disappointment. Read More