The 49ers have only played one game and already there’s a controversy in the locker room. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman said on “Takeaway Thursdays,” where the defense emphasizes interceptions and fumbles, that the defense can create seven or eight in one afternoon. Read More
Even though they went 13-3 in the regular season last year and nearly beat the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game, the 49ers still don’t get the respect they deserve from the national media.
The whole offseason we saw stories that essentially said the 49ers’ previous season was a fluke, that they wouldn’t be able to go through a season with so few injuries, that they wouldn’t be able to sneak up on teams this season. Read More
The 49ers pumped up their fans Wednesday with a rally in advance of the team’s first home game of the season Sunday.
Hundreds of people attended the Red and Gold Rally in Justin Herman Plaza, where 49ers CEO Jed York and several former players lauded this year’s squad and also took some shots at the Detroit Lions, the team’s opponent in Sunday’s game at Candlestick Park. Read More
To most, the headline for the game Sunday is Lions vs. 49ers, a battle between two young and dynamic contenders in the NFC. It’s Jim Harbaugh vs. Jim Schwartz, two young and brash head coaches whose post-game handshake at the end of last season’s game nearly triggered a brawl.
Still to others, it’s Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the Lions’ explosive offense vs. the 49ers’ punishing and unyielding defense. Read More
If there were any lingering doubts after last season about 49ers quarterback Alex Smith’s ability to perform consistently and win games in the spotlight, he sent a clear message with a resounding win this past weekend at Lambeau Field: 2011 wasn’t a fluke.
Smith turned in one of the better games of his career in outdueling the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and he put the Niners at the forefront of the list of Super Bowl contenders. Read More
Clips of “the handshake” started rolling soon after the final snap at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. But as far as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is concerned, the “mini controversy” is last year’s news. Read More
Coach Jim Harbaugh makes his living by delivering the unexpected.
In 2007, he took over a Stanford football program that was coming off of a 1-11 season and, in just three years, he turned the Cardinal into a national title contender.
The 49ers’ 13-3 record in his first NFL season last year speaks for itself.
But this year’s team is already considered a Super Bowl contender, so how could he possibly shatter expectations again? Read More
It was a strong statement from a team on a quest to prove its conference supremacy.
Eight months after the Green Bay Packers and 49ers were on course to meet for a trip to the 2011 NFC championship, the 49ers held off a furious comeback for a 30-22 victory on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. Read More
No one knows what to expect from Randy Moss on his return to Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Moss has scored 15 touchdowns against the Packers, the most of any other player. He also needs 57 yards to have the most yardage against the Pack of any player. Read More
The 49ers go into their season opener in Green Bay with a versatile offense, something wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Packers coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged during game preparations this week.
“I just feel like we’ve got our own style,” Crabtree said. “Those guys are a spread offense, that’s all they do is throw the ball. I mean, they’ve got some run game. But that’s their offense. We’re really not like that.” Read More