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.