While rowdy 49ers fans traipsed through the Mission district after Sunday’s dramatic comeback victory in Atlanta, one incident outside the Georgia Dome turned bloody, according to reports. Read More
In reaching the NFC Championship Game two years running, the 49ers have had to topple two of the best quarterbacks in recent years.
But if San Francisco is to be Super Bowl-bound for the first time in 18 years, they’ll have to down one more today.
“He fits right in with that group, the elite ones,” 49ers defensive end Justin Smith said of Atlanta’s fifth-year quarterback, Matt Ryan. “And he’s playing awesome football right now.”
His teammates agree. Almost. Read More
The big question after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made the change from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick seemed to be this: Is anything less than a Super Bowl appearance mean it was the wrong move? Read More
Over the past week, the 49ers have gone from a team many so-called experts were predicting to lose in their playoff opener against the Green Bay Packers to the national media’s new darling. Read More
Michael Turner’s trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons’ locker room.
Asked about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Turner grinned Thursday and said “I’m glad I’m not on defense.”Turner, the big running back, and the Falcons’ offense want to hold the ball and limit Kaepernick’s time on the field in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Read More
49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman wants to be a coach one day soon, and he already knows at least one person he’d hire on his staff.
Try running back Frank Gore.
“I always tell Frank, ‘Man, when you’re done playing, come find me or I’ll find you,’” Roman said Thursday. “Because he’s a guy I love working with as a player, and I’m sure I’d love working with as a coach.” Read More
The 49ers are the people’s choice going into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. As of Thursday morning, they went from 3½- to 5-point favorites in some places, a remarkable spread, considering that the home field is usually figured to be a 3-4 point advantage.
Oddsmakers do not make predictions. They set a line to try to get an even distribution of betting on each team, so this line means the 49ers have nation-wide support. Read More
Mike Nolan’s 3½-year tenure as coach for the 49ers offered few highlights on the field.
An 18-37 record before a mid-season firing in 2008. No playoff berths for a franchise used to winning championships. A parade of offensive coordinators unable to develop Alex Smith at quarterback. Read More
Colin Kaepernick could revolutionize the quarterback position in pro football. His speed is more explosive than that of most NFL tailbacks, and he slings the ball downfield with the velocity of a ninth-inning closer. Last week, Kaepernick looked like the super-quarterback that coaches had once dreamed Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper and Michael Vick would become. Read More
Quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t want to hear that the Raiders nearly came back to beat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Raiders lost 23-20 after Matt Bryant’s last-second, 55-yard field goal, and Palmer put all of the blame on himself.
Palmer believes his lone interception, which Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel returned 79 yards late in the fourth quarter, was the game’s turning point. Read More