As football fans reported more camaraderie than heckling at Candlestick Park on Sunday, a surge in arrests and ejections may have stemmed from the presence of more police.
Five more arrests were made before and during the 49ers’ appearance in the NFC Championship Game than when 24 people were arrested during the prior week’s divisional playoff game. Read More
What can we say? What should we say?
Remember that Adlai Stevenson remark, that “it hurts too much to laugh, but I’m too old to cry”?
It’s hard to hold back the tears after this one. As hard as it was for star-crossed Kyle Williams to hold the football.
It couldn’t happen again, against the same team, the New York Giants, in the same place, decrepit Candlestick Park, under the same circumstances.
But it did happen again. Read More
The parking lots at Candlestick Park will start filling up hours before the gates open Sunday, but not even the most hard-core tailgaters will beat Roger Revel to the stadium.Revel, the main groundskeeper for the stadium, will be hard at work putting the finishing touches on the field at 6 a.m. Read More
San Francisco’s elected officials have no problem scoring the hottest ticket in town to watch firsthand as the 49ers take on the New York Giants at Candlestick Park. While fans have been scrambling to buy their tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — tickets made available to the general public sold out within minutes Wednesday — elected officials are guaranteed tickets under The City’s agreement between the 49ers franchise and the Recreation and Park Department. Read More
There is no perspective like the one that is learned first hand. And it was probably that perspective that coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who came a hair short of playing in a Super Bowl, relied on when describing his team. Read More
The first thing the 49ers should do in the offseason is re-sign Alex Smith to a multiyear contract.
I’m sure Alex will be willing. He’s had two chances to leave the Niners, but has returned each time. The first time was after the 2008 season, when then general manager Scot McCloughan said he’d either have to accept a restructured contract, at a lower salary, or leave as a free agent. He stayed. Read More
For the first time since January of 1998, the NFC championship game will be returning to Candlestick Park.The 49ers will host the New York Giants, who knocked off the defending champion Green Bay Packers 37-20 on Sunday, on Jan. 22 for the right to go to the Super Bowl.The 49ers are the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, while the Giants are the No. 4 seed. Read More
Edward Coble has only missed six home games in the past 60 years — that’s one per decade, as he points out. The 49ers’ first playoff game in nine years wasn’t going to be one of them.
For more photos from pre-game tailgating at Candlestick Park, click on the photo to the right. Read More
The impending exodus of the 49ers to a new home in Santa Clara has been accepted as sad but true by many in San Francisco, including Mayor Ed Lee. But others are not going to let the Niners go so easily — at least not without a Hail Mary pitch to keep the team in town. 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