The Beatles say, “you get by with a little help from your friends,” and the motto was certainly true for the 49ers on Sunday. Read More
The NFC West takes over “Monday Night Football,” and this season at least that means defense.
Entering this week, the four NFC West teams ranked among the top nine in the league in defense.
The 49ers lead the way at No. 1 with a powerful, smash-mouth group that overwhelms opponents, particularly with its excellent front seven. Arizona counters with a fast, aggressive unit that rates No. 7 in the league. Read More
Arizona’s gigantic defensive end Calais Campbell talked this week about how he “hates” the 49ers “with a passion.”
That kind of remark might provide bulletin board material if this was some college showdown. These NFC West rivals have played each other enough to know what feelings are and aren’t involved, and that talk is usually just talk.
Besides, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson noted, Campbell “doesn’t have a filter on his mouth.” Read More
The pass rusher in Aldon Smith is getting a little more excited than usual this week.
That’s a feeling spreading throughout the San Francisco defense as the 49ers prepare for Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the only NFC West team to beat the Niners during coach Jim Harbaugh’s two seasons here. Read More
The Raiders — under the fresh tutelage of new coach Dennis Allen — failed to win their first preseason game last week, and their second one as well just days later.
But if there’s anything notably encouraging, it’s that Oakland fared better against the Arizona Cardinals than it did in its preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. And with a week’s worth of preparation, Allen hopes Saturday’s outing against the Detroit Lions will result in his first win as coach. Read More
On a December night in 2007, Stanford slugger Stephen Piscotty walked through San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter with his high school basketball coach. At one point, they passed Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres.“I said, ‘Hey, Piscotty, you’ll be playing there some day won’t you?’” said Rob Collins, the former coach at Amador Valley High in Pleasanton. Piscotty glanced at his coach, cracked half a smile and dropped his head without responding. Read More
Jim Harbaugh was talking about criticism, conceding when the 49ers lose, there will be second-guessing.
“The whys for what happened,” he calls it. The worry is not what happened, but what didn’t happen, with the 49ers unable to get a victory.
“They’re the hunted now,” Harbaugh said of his Niners, after winning the division, surprising everyone — except maybe the Niners themselves — and compiling a record tied for second-best in the NFL. Read More
Any questions about whether Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers could throw the ball around washed away with the rain against another overmatched NFC West opponent.Smith threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the 49ers forced five turnovers to blow past the Arizona Cardinals 23-7 on a soggy Sunday at the Candlestick Park. Read More
Quit the giggling. There’s work left to be done. When the 49ers, holders of the NFL’s second-best record take the field this afternoon, they’ll find themselves facing a new challenge. They’re supposed to beat the Arizona Cardinals, the first of five seemingly easy affairs left on their schedule. Read More