San Francisco 49ers News
9-29-15: The San Francisco 49ers left a lot to be desired for the second week in a row, as they barely showed up in a humiliating 47-7 week three loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Colin Kaepernick tossed two pick-sixes to start the game and it was all downhill from there, as the Niners never got any closer than 28-7. Kaepernick was dreadful throughout this one, as he completed just nine passes for 67 yards, while tossing a career-high four picks. Head coach Jim Tomsula backed his starting quarterback following the loss, while Kap and co. will attempt to turn things around against a white hot Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in week four.
9-22-15: The San Francisco 49ers were not able to build off of their strong week one performance, as Colin Kaepernick and co. fell apart in a rough 43-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kaepernick did end up putting some solid numbers on the board (335 passing yards and two scores), but didn’t get San Francisco into the end-zone until the fourth quarter. The Steelers were simply too much for the Niners defense, as Ben Roethlisberger put up 369 yards and three touchdowns and veteran running back DeAngelo Williams added three scores on the ground. It was a flat performance out of the 49ers from top to bottom, with the loss dropping them to 1-1 through the first two weeks. Carlos Hyde was hampered by head and leg injuries during the game, but could still be ready to take the field in week three when the 49ers try to get back on track against the Arizona Cardinals.
9-15-15: There was a good amount of speculation that the 49ers would be trending downward when they took the field for their first game of 2015. That wasn’t really the case. Colin Kaepernick was stable enough in the pocket and San Francisco’s would-be demolished defense held firm at home in an impressive 20-3 win over Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. The Niners were especially formidable on the ground throughout the night, as they held Peterson in check (just 31 rushing yards on 10 carries) and dominated the trenches offensively with Carlos Hyde abusing Minnesota to the tune of 168 rushing yards and two scores. San Francisco came out with a chip on their shoulder and looked every bit the defensive-minded, run-first team they had been in the past. The 49ers will look to carry their positive momentum into week two, where they’ll hope to move to 2-0 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9-8-15: Fan favorite Jarryd Hayne surprisingly made the final roster in San Francisco, as the Aussie displayed excellent cutting ability, bruising power and a nice burst throughout the preseason. Hayne’s impact may largely be felt on special teams initially, but he should also end up filling in for running back Kendall Hunter, who the Niners opted to put on injured reserve so he could better heal his surgically repaired knee. The Niners appear ravaged on the defensive side of the ball as they head into 2015, and that’s because they are. Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith all retired, while the Niners were forced to part ways with the unpredictable Aldon Smith. Ahmad Brooks isn’t a former 49er just yet, but is dealing with a serious legal issue away from the field. Brooks is tentatively expected to suit up when San Francisco battles the Minnesota Vikings in their 2015 home opener, however.
9-1-15: The San Francisco 49ers struggled offensively for the third game in a row this past weekend, as they didn’t manage a touchdown in an ugly 19-12 loss to the Denver Broncos. Colin Kaepernick played briefly, but took two sacks in just seven dropbacks and managed just two completions for 13 yards. Kap later said he wasn’t concerned with the first team offense, but fans could think otherwise heading into the regular season. It wasn’t all bad for the offense, though, as Carlos Hyde looked good en route to 28 yards on four carries, while Reggie Bush looked spry on his lone touch - a 21-yard scamper. San Francisco’s awful offseason on the defensive side of the ball continued this week with linebacker Ahmad Brooks getting into serious legal trouble. Brooks is in danger of missing the start of the 2015 season and could be cut by the team. San Francisco will look to regroup and finish preseason play strong on Thursday, when they’ll tackle the San Diego Chargers.
8-25-15: Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco first team offense played an entire quarter but didn’t generate much offense, as their backups did most of the work in a 23-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. San Francisco’s passing game from top to bottom just wasn’t clicking, but they had no trouble finding success on the ground. Carlos Hyde hit the field and looked strong, as he rushed for 39 yards on seven carries. Aussie Jarryd Hayne impressed, as well, as he proved his solid preseason opener wasn’t a fluke with 54 yards on eight rushes. Desmond Bishop was impressive on the defensive side of the ball, as the veteran stated his case for a final roster spot with four tackles and a sack. Bishop and the rest of the Niners will get back to work in week three of preseason play when they take on the Denver Broncos.
8-18-15: Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers first team offense got extensive action in the first quarter of their week one preseason game, yet still couldn’t get anything going. Kaepernick completed just one of three passes for 14 yards as the first team offense failed to score in a 23-10 loss to the Houston Texans. The first team defense wasn’t much better, as they gave up a 58-yard scoring strike to Brian Hoyer, while the defense as a whole didn’t generate a single sack through the entire contest. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert was an odd bright spot in the loss, as he completed 8 off 11 passes for the Niners’ only score. Backup running back and former rugby star Jarryd Hayne may have stolen the show, though, as he busted off an impressive 53-yard run in his first ever NFL game. The 49ers will look to give a better performance from top to bottom in their second preseason game, when they wage war with the Dallas Cowboys at home in week two.
8-12-15: The San Francisco parted ways with troubled pass rusher Aldon Smith this past week, as Smith had yet another run-in with the law and had grown to be too much of a problem for the organization. The Niners unfortunately had more bad injury news this week, as well, as wide receiver Bruce Ellington remained sidelined with a leg issue. Ellington figures to miss at least a week with his injury and won’t be able to join the Niners when they visit Houston to take on the Texans in Saturday night’s preseason opener. Center Daniel Kilgore almost won’t be available and may be at risk of missing the start of the season. Kilgore reportedly underwent ankle surgery at some point this summer and his recovery has gone slowly. Marcus Martin is the likely candidate to start at center in week one if Kilgore can’t return in time.
8-5-15: The San Francisco 49ers have been hard at work in training camp over the past week, where they’re starting to see the hard work pay off for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has reportedly looked more comfortable in and out of the pocket and has cleaned up his mechanics. The team isn’t any closer to figuring out how they’ll divide carries in the offensive backfield, as Carlos Hyde still isn’t healthy. The team has suggested they won’t waste much time locating a true feature back, however, as they remain content rotating several backs to keep everyone fresh. Rookie pass rusher Eli Harold has made a good first impression, as he quickly dominated the offensive line in his first three days of camp.
7-28-15: The San Francisco 49ers will open training camp with a less than healthy Carlos Hyde. The expected starting running back for the Niners this year, Hyde has been placed on the active/NFI list with a leg issue. Hyde is still slated to compete for lead duties and should be ready for the team’s first preseason game. Hyde’s absence does open the door for other rushing talent on the roster, however. Veteran back Reggie Bush could state his claim to the starting gig when veterans report to camp on July 31st, while rookie back Mike Davis could also factor into the mix. The Niners also enter camp with a ton of questions marks on defense, where coaches will track numerous rookies as they try to cement starting defensive line and linebacker spots.
7-22-15: The San Francisco 49ers endured a ton of change this offseason, with numerous player retirements and Jim Tomsula taking over at head coach. Only time will tell if all the change is for the better, but fans should get a good idea of what kind of team the Niners will field in 2015 once training camp starts (July 27th for rooks, July 31st for veterans). All eyes will be on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who badly needs to work on his timing, decision-making and pocket presence for the 49ers to take a serious step forward. Frank Gore’s departure also puts pressure on the running game, where second-year bruiser Carlos Hyde and newly signed Reggie Bush will try to keep a balanced offense going. Kendall Hunter could also get into the mix, as he’s reportedly had a “fantastic” offseason following a torn ACL. Torrey Smith could be a solid get out of free agency, too, while tight end Vernon Davis works to forget a lost 2014 campaign. The main problems could oddly be on the defensive side for the Niners, as Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith all retired. The return of Aldon Smith and Navorro Bowman could help considerably, while new addition Darnell Dockett could also help on the front line.
5-4-15: Under a new regime, the San Francisco 49ers entered the 2015 NFL Draft simply trying to retooling an already well built roster. However, with major losses on defenses via retirement and free agency, the 49ers had their work cut out for them. They made a splash right away in round one, though, grabbing stud defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who should be able to one day replace veteran trench warrior, Justin Smith. San Francisco got a major steal in round three, as well, when stud pass rusher Eli Harold slid to them. With Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks presenting nothing but question marks, Harold may have been the 49ers’ best pick of the draft. Moving forward with a new stable of running backs after Frank Gore left in free agency, the Niners were also wise to land South Carolina running back Mike Davis, who fits perfectly in their power run scheme. The 49ers made other solid picks throughout the draft, and they can be seen below:
Round One - Pick 17: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon
Round Two - Pick 46: Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
Round Three - Pick 79: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
Round Four - Pick 117: Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
Round Four - Pick 126: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
Round Four - Pick 132: DeAndre Smelter, WR, Virginia Tech
Round Five - Pick 165: Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson
Round Six - Pick 190: Ian Silberman, OG, Boston College
Round Seven - Pick 244: Trenton Brown, OG, Florida
Round Seven - Pick 254: Rory ‘Busta’ Anderson, TE, South Carolina
4-9-15: The San Francisco 49ers were dealt two huge blows in the first couple weeks of free agency, as both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retired from the NFL. That leaves the team with just Navorro Bowman as an answer at inside linebacker, which could be a huge problem considering he hasn’t played a down since tearing his knee up over a year ago. That makes inside linebacker a huge need heading into the draft, while Justin Smith’s potential retirement could also hit the defensive line. The good news is the Niners prepared for that by bringing on Darnell Dockett, while they also touched on their secondary by keeping Chris Cook in town and signing on Shareece Wright. San Francisco oddly has some work to do on defense, but they hit on some serious value on the offensive side of the ball with solid signings of deep threat Torrey Smith and versatile running back, Reggie Bush.
3-9-15: The San Francisco 49ers went with a bold move following the 2014 season, as they sent head coach Jim Harbaugh packing and went with in-house hire Jim Tomsula. That move has sparked controversy throughout the team’s fan base, while the Niners figure to keep changing with the likes of Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore possibly departing in free agency. San Francisco is still a well built team with the foundation of a winning team, however, while the addition of defensive end Darnell Dockett helps solidify a still very strong defense. How strong that defense is without Patrick Willis, who is rumored to be considering retirement, is a valid question. San Francisco will still have to make some moves to help improve their offense, which could include replacing tight end Vernon Davis and bringing in an impact wide receiver.
12-29-14: The 49ers, who were without running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Steve Johnson and safety Eric Reid due to various injuries, stepped up in front of their home crowd to beat the playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals, 20-17, in Jim Harbaugh’s final game as the San Francisco head coach. Colin Kaepernick threw for two touchdowns, and Frank Gore accumulated 144 rushing yards.
12-23-14: The 49ers were almost able to play spoiler on Saturday against the visiting San Diego Chargers, as they intercepted Philip Rivers three times. However, after holding a 28-7 lead, San Francisco put up only seven points combined in the second half and overtime, and the team fell, 38-35. On the bright side, Colin Kaepernick scored those points on a 90-yard touchdown run.
12-17-14: The 49ers dropped their third consecutive game, as the Seattle Seahawks swept them in their season series. San Francisco fell to 7-7 with the loss, which eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Frank Gore left the contest with a concussion, and Carlos Hyde injured his right leg on Sunday. Unfortunately, both running backs missed practice on Tuesday.
12-9-14: This season is quickly becoming a frustrating one as the 49ers fell to the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday, 24-13. San Francisco allowed the Raiders to score in all four quarters in the contest, and Colin Kaepernick completed just 18 of his 33 passing attempts for 174 yards and a touchdown.
12-3-14: On Thanksgiving night, the 49ers were unable to score in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco was only able to score three points in the final 30 minutes as Colin Kaepernick and company fell to the Seahawks, 19-3. After the game, 49ers CEO Jed York voiced his displeasure.
11-26-14: San Francisco was in a close game with the Washington Redskins, but Carlos Hyde scored the game-winning touchdown with fewer than three minutes remaining. Colin Kaepernick completed 20 of his 29 passing attempts for 256 yards and a touchdown. Anquan Boldin caught nine of his passes for 137 yards and a touchdown
11-19-14: The 49ers defense shined on Sunday, as the team intercepted Eli Manning five times en route to San Francisco’s 16-10 victory over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Colin Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree for a 48-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which was a part of 16 consecutive points scored by the 49ers.
11-12-14: The 49ers are back above .500 as they defeated the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday. San Francisco outscored New Orleans, 14-3, in the first quarter, but the Saints battled back. Phil Dawson’s field goal tied the contest in the fourth quarter and then in overtime, Ahmad Brooks sacked and stripped the ball from Drew Brees, which led to Dawson’s game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis will miss the rest of season due to a toe injury.
11-6-14: The St. Louis Rams were all over Colin Kaepernick on Sunday, as the 49ers dropped to 4-4 on the season. Frank Gore rushed for just 49 yards on 14 carries in the 13-10 loss. Late in the contest, San Francisco had a chance to win. However, Kaepernick fumbled at the goal line with just two seconds remaining.
10-30-13: The 49ers will look to begin a new winning streak as they host the St. Louis Rams in Week 9. The 49ers’ defense has been strong thus far this season, but they will look to get their offense going again. However, San Francisco’s schedule gets more difficult as the team will travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and MetLife Stadium the following two weeks.
10-21-14: The 49ers’ three-game winning streak ended on Sunday night, as the Denver Broncos blew out San Francisco, 42-17. Frank Gore gained only 20 yards on nine carries in this contest. On the bright side, Steve Johnson caught five receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. After losing their first game in just under a month, the 49ers get to regroup during their bye week in Week 8.
10-9-14: Although there continues to be rumblings about the 49ers parting ways with John Harbaugh after this season, they won their second straight contest on Sunday. Frank Gore has been looking very good recently, as he posted another 100-yard rushing game. They will travel to St. Louis for Monday Night Football in Week 6.
10-1-14: The other three teams from the NFC West were on bye in Week 4 while the 49ers were hard at work hosting the Philadelphia Eagles. Fortunately for San Francisco, the Eagles’ hotel was awakened by a fire alarm being pulled early in the morning on Sunday. The 49ers took advantage of the sleepy Eagles by scoring in all four quarters and defeating Philadelphia, 26-21.
9-25-14: The 49ers were outplayed in the second half once again. After scoring 14 points in the first half and leading by eight points at halftime, San Francisco failed to score in the final 30 minutes. Colin Kaepernick continued to play well in the first two quarters, but being without tight end Vernon Davis looked to hurt the quarterback late in the game.
9-16-14: The 49ers held a 17-0 lead against the visiting Chicago Bears, but San Francisco was unable to score in the fourth quarter and lost, 28-20. The penalty-filled game was not so good on the injury front either. Vernon Davis left the game due to an ankle injury and was on crutches afterwards, but he did avoid a serious injury.
9-10-14: The 49ers dominated the Dallas Cowboys in all phases of the game on Sunday, as San Francisco won, 28-17. Although San Francisco did not score in the second half, the team’s 21 first-quarter points were more than enough. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes to Vernon Davis in the victory.
9-4-14: The 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys in one of the two late-afternoon games on Sunday in Week 1, but they will be without Aldon Smith, who was suspended nine games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policy. After missing the playoffs every year from 2003 to 2010, San Francisco has been a completely different team under Jim Harbaugh. They have made it to the NFC Championship game each of the last three seasons, and they hope to make it there again in 2014.
8-26-14: It was good to see the 49ers get their first and second touchdowns of the preseason on Sunday, but Colin Kaepernick continued to struggle. He once again did not score a touchdown, and he did not even lead a touchdown drive in this game. Last week, the 49ers signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, who tore his left biceps earlier this month, to a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
8-20-14: The 49ers did not look good this past weekend, as the Denver Broncos shut them out, 34-0. Colin Kaepernick completed five of his nine pass attempts for just 39 yards. Unfortunately, safety Antoine Bethea left the game with a concussion. On the bright side, Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Brandon Lloyd and Aldon Smith made their 2014 preseason debuts on Sunday.
8-14-14: Colin Kaepernick played just one series and officially threw the ball only once in the 49ers’ preseason opener. He completed the pass for 17 yards, and Phil Dawson completed the run-heavy drive with a 25-yard field goal. However, that was San Francisco’s only score in their 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Off the field, multiple teams are reportedly interested in trading for holdout guard Alex Boone.
8-5-14: On Sunday, the 49ers claimed a receiver and waived another. They claimed L’Damian Washington off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys after getting rid of Jon Baldwin, who was quickly scooped up by the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, on Saturday, the 49ers defense lost tackle Glenn Dorsey for the year with a torn biceps tendon in his left arm.
7-30-14: The 49ers entered the summer with outstanding depth at the running back position. Now they have almost none. Frank Gore remains a healthy, albeit aging starter, but the team has lost two bodies in the offensive backfield in the past week alone. Change of pace back Kendall Hunter had his 2014 season ripped away from him at the start of camp thanks to a torn ACL, while third stringer LaMichael James will miss up to a month with an elbow injury. That leaves the Niners with just rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year back Marcus Lattimore behind Gore. Lattimore isn’t even healthy yet and Hyde is unproven. While the backfield looks mangled, the tight end position is looking good for now in San Francisco, as Vernon Davis refrained from holding out and showed up to camp on time. The stud tight end is still seeking an upgrade on his current deal, but appears to have given up on trying to force the team’s hand before the 2014 season.
7-15-14: Star tight end Vernon Davis is remaining steadfast in his bid for a new contract, as the 30-year old play-maker is leaning towards holding out. That could mean he doesn’t show up for camp, which kicks off on the 16th of July for rookies and the 23rd for veterans. On the bright side, the Niners have pushed one contract issue out of the way, as they locked up starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick early in June on a massive six-year pact. The team also plans to adjust their offense a bit to help extend the life of running back Frank Gore, who could see an estimated 50 fewer touches to help keep him fresh.
6-5-14: The San Francisco 49ers main order of business following the 2014 NFL Draft was to lock up franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a multi-year deal. The team accomplished that with a six-year, $126 million extension. Kaepernick got $61 million guaranteed and will get $21 million annually. While nailing down a huge deal with Kaepernick will put 49ers fans at ease, they still may have to worry about stud tight end Vernon Davis. Davis skipped voluntary workouts earlier this offseason as he voiced his displeasure with his own contract.
5-19-14: The San Francisco 49ers have been to three straight NFC title games. Needless to say, they’ve got a pretty well built team and they have this whole “drafting” thing figured out. Still, they had a few holes as they prepped for this year’s draft, just like anyone else. Let’s see if they plugged them all with a look at their new draft class:
Round 1. Pick 30 Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
Round 2. Pick 25 Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio St.
Round 3. Pick 06 Marcus Martin, G, USC
Round 3. Pick 13 Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Round 3. Pick 36 Brandon Thomas, T, Clemson
Round 4. Pick 06 Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Round 4. Pick 29 Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina St.
Round 5. Pick 30 Keith Reaser, DB, Florida Atlantic
Round 7. Pick 28 Kaleb Ramsey, DL, Boston College
Round 7.3 Pick 0 Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
It wasn’t viewed as a huge immediate need, but safety was one spot the 49ers could look at - and they did. They reached a bit for Norther Illinois product Jimmie Ward, but with him they got an athletic, versatile prospect. Ward can help out at safety down the road, but in the interim should be able to help the secondary as a slot cover man.
With Frank Gore aging and not much reliability behind him, the Niners wisely looked for help at running back, snatching up arguably the draft’s best, most complete back in Carlos Hyde. Hyde may not take over as a rookie in 2014, but he figures to be San Fran’s main back for the long haul.
San Francisco just kept adding stellar value as the draft went on, as Wisconsin inside linebacker has the instincts and range to step in and play right away. This is especially a huge pick if Navarro Bowman is slow to recover from a torn ACL.
The 49ers also added two other big names with Bruce Ellington bringing depth to the receiving corps and Brandon Thomas beefing up the protection on the offensive line. Overall, it was an outstanding draft by the 49ers, as they made an already ridiculously strong team that much better.
5-9-14: The San Francisco 49ers are one of the few NFL teams that can make a pick wherever they see fit, as they’re extremely balanced and deep. With that said, they knew they could use some more help in their secondary and they wisely targeted this area with Northern Illinois safety, Jimmie Ward. Ward has a slight frame which might not make him completely ideal for a safety spot right away, but the Niners love his versatility and range. They’ll use him as a nickel corner in 2014 and if he can bulk up they can eventually shift him to safety. Either way, he provides excellent depth to a secondary that sorely needed it.
4-28-14: The San Francisco 49ers are right up there with the division rival Seahawks when it comes to depth and balance. They have few glaring needs, but like Seattle, could see wide receiver as a position worth taking in round one. They really don’t have a reliable third option, which could open the door to guys like Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham and others. They probably won’t reach here, though, and instead just add to a strength like Seattle. They could also beef up their defensive line, but with Aldon Smith being troubled and Navarro Bowman returning from a knee injury, linebacker might be the way to go. The Niners also still don’t have the best secondary in the world. It’s very solid, but they could be even better if they added a young corner to the mix.
4-18-14: Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers get the 2014 NFL preseason started off right, as they take on Harbaugh’s brother and the Baltimore Ravens in a repeat of their Super Bowl battle from two seasons ago. The Niners’ starters should play much more in their week two battle, though, increasing the intensity of a home game against the Denver Broncos. After that stiff test, San Francisco will be tested again at home against another AFC West opponent in the San Diego Chargers. With good tests on their preseason schedule, the Niners will likely rest their key starters in the finale, when they take on the Texans in Houston.
The San Francisco 49ers nearly made a huge move thanks to some hot rumors of a potential trade of head coach Jim Harbaugh, but nothing came of it and the Niners instead focused on improving their team. San Francisco made a quick stop on the offensive end with the re-signing of wide receiver Anquan Boldin, but appeared to be mostly focused on making a stout defense even better by bringing safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback Chris Cook aboard. Those two moves could help a shaky secondary, although the Niners are sure to add more talent to their pass defense in the draft, while also taking a look at a young wide receiver.
3-21-14: San Francisco wasn’t overly active on the open market in the initial waves, but did add some talent and depth to their offensive line by shipping off a sixth round draft choice to the Dolphins for Jonathan Martin. Blaine Gabbert provided further depth at the quarterback position for another late round selection. The real noise was in the secondary for the 49ers, though, where they arguably needed the most talent and depth added. San Francisco cheaply added former Minnesota Vikings corner Chris Cook, who is long on talent but short on the ability to stay healthy. He won’t be counted on as a starter right out of the gates, however, which could make it a genius signing. Antoine Bethea was the other move in the secondary, as the Niners let Donte Whitner go and replaced him with a safety who is steadier in coverage. The 49ers are extremely deep and balanced, so 49ers fans shouldn’t be alarmed that they didn’t over-spend. They’ll continue to add the necessary pieces in May’s draft.
1-22-14: Colin Kaepernick dazzled early with his legs, putting up nearly 100 yards on the ground before the 49ers even hit the half. It was his arm that would fail him in the end, however. With his Niners down by six with under three minutes to go, Kaepernick used his athleticism and some key throws to get San Francisco into scoring position.
Unfortunately, his final pass was an ill-advised forced throw into eventual double-coverage. Richard Sherman batted the ball up in the air and the 49ers watched it get intercepted - ending their 2013 season and bid for a second straight trip to the Super Bowl with a 23-17 loss to the division rival Seattle Seahawks.
While the blame ultimately likely falls on Kaepernick, he can’t be knocked for getting the 49ers to two straight NFC title games. More importantly, it’s borderline impossible to win on the road in Seattle, while facing a division opponent in general for a third time in one season is far from easy.
San Francisco still gets major props for getting this far two years in a row - especially when you consider they did it as a true wild card team on the road, and a year after losing the Super Bowl. Many teams would fold under the pressure or simply lose in the second round, but the 49ers pressed on and gave the Seahawks a fight that went right down to the wire.
Frank Gore’s sheepish effort of just 14 yards on 11 carries contributed to San Francisco being unable to open up the passing game in this one, which could have the Niners looking at making adjustments in their backfield heading into 2014. After all, Gore will be 31 and there isn’t much proven talent behind him.
With that said, it’s another stellar season in the books for head coach Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers, as they fall short of getting back to the Super Bowl, but still made their third consecutive NFC Championship game and gave fans tons to cheer about down to the final play.
1-15-14: The San Francisco 49ers went on the road and took care of business for the second straight week, earning themselves a trip to the NFC title game for the third year in a row. It looked easier than it was, as Colin Kaepernick overcame an intense Carolina Panthers pass-rush to help lead the 49ers to a solid 23-20 victory. Kaepernick finished with 196 passing yards and a touchdown, along with a second touchdown on the ground.
San Francisco’s suffocating defense was the difference, as Cam Newton was sacked five times and forced into two costly interceptions. With the win the 49ers earn a trip to Seattle for the NFC Championship game, where they lost earlier in the year. The 49ers stole a win for the ‘Hawks at home to even the season series, however, and enter their biggest game of the season on a red-hot nine-game winning streak.
1-7-14: The team from California braved one of the coldest NFL games in history, and still found a way to upend the Green Bay Packers in their own elements. Colin Kaepernick wasn’t quite as good as the first two times he beat the Packers, but he was plenty good enough en route to 227 passing yards, 98 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 23-20 win. Kaepernick did throw one interception, but was otherwise on top of his game throughout - especially on the game’s final drive. With the score tied at 20, Kaepernick drove the 49ers down the field, converting a tough third and eight play with his legs to help set up a game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired.
San Francisco was equally impressive on defense, as they held Eddie Lacy under 90 yards rushing and sacked Aaron Rodgers four times. The win sends the 49ers to Carolina to take on the Panthers, who they narrowly lost to at home earlier in the year, 10-9.
12-31-13: Colin Kaepernick had his best passing day since the first game of the season, throwing for 310 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers out-lasted the Arizona Cardinals, 23-20. They needed a 40-yard field goal from Phil Dawson to do it, as they earned their 12th win of the season and played a hand in keeping the Cardinals out of the playoffs.
12-24-13: Colin Kaepernick was average in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons in week 16, but he picked up his game in the second half and scored twice to help the 49ers win, 34-24. San Francisco also got 97 rushing yards and a touchdown from Frank Gore as they earned their 11th win of 2013 and secured a playoff spot.
12-17-13: The 49ers weren’t spectacular, but Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdowns and helped his 49ers pull away late to top the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, 33-14. The Bucs made it a six-point game early in the fourth quarter, but San Francisco used their stout defense and late field goals to finalize their 10th win of 2013.
12-10-13: It wasn’t pretty, but Colin Kaepernick threw for 175 yards and a touchdown and made the necessary plays late to help get Phil Dawson in position to win the game. Dawson did just that, nailing a 22-yard field goal to give the 49ers a huge 19-17 win over the division rival Seattle Seahawks. The win kept the 49ers alive for the NFC West crown, while also put them in great positioning for an NFC wild card spot.
12-3-13: The St. Louis Rams wouldn’t go quietly, but the 49ers played their usual ball control offense and silenced the Rams on defense to emerge from week 13 with a solid 23-13 home victory. Colin Kaepernick threw for 275 yards and a touchdown, while running back Frank Gore added another score on the ground to help the 49ers get to 8-4.
11-26-13: Colin Kaepernick rebounded from some early struggles to top 200 yards passing and throw three scores as the 49ers took down the Redskins in Washington in week 12, 27-6. Kaepernick was solid in the second half, but it was the Niners defense that earned the win this week, as they held Robert Griffin III in check all night and didn’t allow a single touchdown.
11-19-13: Colin Kaepernick was less than efficient for the second week in a row, but had his 49ers in position to earn a big road win, up 20-17 with just two minutes to go. It was the San Francisco defense that came up short in the end, however, as the Saints converted on two field goals in the final two minutes to both tie and then win the game, 23-20.
11-12-13: Frank Gore topped 80 yards rushing against the Carolina Panthers in week 10, but the 49ers simply could not get anything going through the air in a tough 10-9 loss at home. Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times and pass for just 91 yards, as the Panthers forced two San Francisco turnovers and kept the 49ers out of the end-zone in San Francisco all day.
10-30-13: Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took to London and dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars on the ground, as they piled on 200+ rushing yards en route to a 42-10 win. Frank Gore and Kaepernick both found paydirt two times, while the 49ers defense allowed Jacksonville to convert just 4-of-14 third down attempts on the day.
10-22-13: Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore ran for hard yards in week seven, as the two combined for 138 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to ascend to 5-2 with a convincing 31-17 road win over the Tennessee Titans. The 49ers were out-scored 17-7 in the final period, but the game was already all but decided after the San Francisco defense shut down Chris Johnson and forced a Jake Locker interception early to help build a 24-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.
10-15-13: Everyone was wondering when a 49ers offensive player would have another huge game like Anquan Boldin did in week one. Vernon Davis replied in a big way. Colin Kaepernick found Vernon Davis on two first half touchdowns and the two connected for an insane eight catches and 180 yards as the 49ers pulled away from a close divisional battle and beat Arizona at home, 32-20. The Cardinals kept this one close throughout, but two Carson Palmer interceptions proved costly and 49ers running back Kendall Hunter helped ice the game with a late touchdown run.
10-8-13: Colin Kaepernick was borderline awful against a stout Houston Texans defense, as he completed just six of 15 passes. He made the plays that counted, however, as the 49ers leaned more on their defense than they have all season as they picked off Matt Schaub three times and returned one interception for a score in an impressive 34-3 home win. Kaepernick wasn’t very efficient, but did hit a 64-yard scoring strike to Vernon Davis, while an effective 49ers rush offense scored twice and accounted for over 150 yards in a win that pushed the 49ers above .500 at 3-2 on the year.
10-1-13: The San Francisco 49ers marched into their Thursday Night Football showdown with the division rival St. Louis Rams with one thing on their mind: beating the team that they simply could not in 2012. The 49ers also likely had one other thing on their mind - not losing a third straight game and dropping to 1-3. Ultimately, this one was never in doubt, as running back Frank Gore looked like a man possessed en route to 100+ rushing yards, while San Francisco’s spirited defense was in complete control and held the Rams to just one touchdown in a dominant 35-11 thrashing in St. Louis. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick also rebounded from two straight awful performances, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win.
9-18-13: Easily the most hyped and anticipated matchup of week two was supposed to be a heated barn-burner, but instead ended up as a turnover-ridden blowout. The 49ers were high off of a big home win against the Packers in week one, but clearly struggled with the noise of Seattle’s home crowd as they fell to the Seahawks on the road. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick turned the ball over three times and took three sacks, while the 49ers’ running game was non-existent en route to the offense producing just three points on the night. Marshawn Lynch was without a doubt the star of this one all-around, as he nearly hit 100 rushing yards and accounted for three touchdowns in the huge 29-3 win for Seattle at home. Next week, the 49ers look to rebound when they host the Colts in San Francisco.
9-10-13: The Packers did stop the Colin Kaepernick's running game, but that opened the door for the 49ers QB to throw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Kaepernick also connected with former Raven Anquan Boldin 13 times for over 200 receiving yards in the Niners 34-28 win over Green Bay. This was easily the most anticipated match-up of week one and it lived up to the hype. Next week the 49ers have another highly anticipated game on their hands as they travel to Seattle to take on the rival Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
9-5-13: The Niners have made their finals roster cuts: WR Austin Collie, WR Kassim Osgood, QB Seneca Wallace, OL Carter Bykowski, DB Marcus Cooper, TE MarQueis Gray, WR Chad Hall, WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR Lavelle Hawkins, LB Joe Holland, WR Chuck Jacobs, LS Brian Jennings, LB Travis Johnson, DB Darryl Morris, OL Patrick Omameh, NT Mike Purcell, S Trenton Robinson, FB Jason Schepler, S Michael Thomas, OL Wayne Tribue, OT Kenny Wiggins.
8-20-13: The 49ers defeated their former QB, Alex Smith and the Chiefs this week 15-13 to improve their preseason record to 1-1. Smith's replacement last year, Colin Kaepernick, didn't play much and threw just 2 passes for -3 yards. Frank Gore ran the ball twice for 54 yards, including a 52 yard scamper. Colt McCoy accounted for the only Niners touchdown on the day when he connected with rookie wide receiver Chuck Jacobs on a 14-yard TD pass. Next week San Francisco will host the Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
8-11-13: The defending NFC Champs opened up their 2013 preseason schedule with a 10-6 loss to the Broncos. Colin Kaepernick was 4 of 4 for 38 in limited action. Scott Tolzien saw the majority of the snaps at QB, completing 15 of 26 passes for 158 yards. All their scoring came from kicker Phil Dawson, who was 2 of 3 on field goals.
The travel to KC to take on the Chiefs on Friday.
8-3-13: The 49ers have signed Austin Collie.
7-10-13: Fresh off of a Super Bowl loss and two straight NFC title games, the 49ers walk into 2013 with Colin Kaepernick and an ocean of possibility. Losing wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a torn Achilles hurt, but a trade for Anquan Boldin and a reliable ground game already in place could prevent a major letdown. As long as Kaepernick can get by without Crabtree, the 49ers should be fine, as they’re as good as ever on defense after holding onto Justin Smith, bringing in corner Nnamdi Asomugha for virtually nothing, and also nabbing safety Eric Reid in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. While many teams sulk after a Super Bowl loss, this 49ers unit looks poised to make a run at another one.
6-25-13: The San Francisco 49ers are elite again. Joe Montana and Steve Young have nothing to do with it this time around. Instead, it’s all because of an elite defense, a fiery head coach in Jim Harbaugh and a tattooed quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.
Three seasons ago, the 49ers weren’t elite. They were floundering, and just scraping by as a competitive but not great franchise. Then entered Jim Harbaugh, who lifted the 49ers from their meager $116 per game ticket sales, and brought San Francisco back to the NFC title game.
49ers 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 18: Eric Reid, S, Louisiana State
Round 2, Pick 8 (from Tennessee): Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Round 2, Pick 23 (from Green Bay): Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
Round 3, Pick 26 (from Green Bay): Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Round 4, Pick 31: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Round 4, Pick 34 (Compensatory Selection): Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Round 5, Pick 24 (from Indianapolis): Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama
Round 6, Pick 12 (from Miami): Nick Moody, LB, Florida State
Round 7, Pick 31: B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida
Round 7, Pick 40 (Compensatory Selection): Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa State
Round 7, Pick 46 (Compensatory Selection): Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers
2-12-13: The 49ers finished the 2012 season as NFC champions, but fell short of their ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl, falling to the Ravens by the score of 34-31.
1-9-13: The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most physical teams in football. With a great running game featuring power-back Frank Gore and an all-star caliber core of Linebackers, they are a tough beat anywhere, especially at home. The 49ers only lost once at home all year and they earned a bye week with a record of 11-4-1. Since quarterback Colin Kaepernick took over the Niners have added a new dimension to their offense with the QB option play. They will face Green Bay in the Divsional Playoffs this weekend and it will be a true test for them. The Niners have overcome high powered offenses before such as the New England Patriots but they cannot be satisfied just yet. Saturday will be an interesting game to say the least as the two traditional franchises square off in San Francisco.
12-4-12 Even though the San Francisco 49ers sit in first place at 8-3, all anybody can talk about is the Quarterback controversy that was born when Alex Smith lost his job to a concussion. Colin Kaepernick has since made three starts and has a record of 2-1, but with the latest loss to the Rams, the controversy should only get worse. Smith is now healthy again and doesn’t seem pleased to have lost his job. With a home game against the Dolphins coming up it will be interesting to see who the 49ers start under center.