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49ers vs. Rams: What’s the HarBowl got to do with it?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:52:21 UT

The 49ers ran 87 offensive plays, the second most in franchise history, in a 23-7 win over the Cardinals on Nov. 20, 2011 at Candlestick Park. Four days later after that historic workload, they played at Baltimore in the first HarBowl on Thanksgiving night. The result: Their fatigued offense allowed nine sacks, matching a franchise record, and had just 170 total yards in a 16-6 loss to the Ravens. Six years later, the 49ers are in a similar situation. On Sunday, their defense played 79 snaps, matching their 13th-most since 2000, in a 12-9 loss at Seattle. Now, about 97 hours after that game ended, they will host the Rams on Thursday night at Candlestick Park.

Matthew Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Giants

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:48:42 UT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Lions. Eli Manning and the Giants are heading in the opposite direction. Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke open the game with an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown and Detroit beat New York 24-10 on Monday night. The Lions (2-0) sacked Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.

For 49ers, more rushing isn’t as easy as rushing more

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:13:09 UT

Why not run? With the 49ers’ passing game scuffling and the ground game showing signs of life, it was a virtual guarantee that head coach Kyle Shanahan would be asked about a possible new approach for his still touchdown-less offense. “We’d love to run the ball more,” Shanahan during Monday’s news conference call. “We’ve got to do a better job all around to be able to get that done.” In particular on third down. Against Seattle, the 49ers converted only 2 of 12 third downs — and that came after converting only 3 of 15 third and fourth downs in Week 1 against Carolina. Shanahan’s point: More first downs offer more leeway to call runs.

Forbes: 49ers’ worth surpasses $3 billion

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:16:59 UT

The 49ers might be struggling to win these days, but that hasn’t stopped the value of the franchise from soaring. According to Forbes, the 49ers — 0-2 this season, 2-16 in the past two seasons and 7-27 in the past three — are the fifth-most-valuable NFL franchise at $3.06 billion, a one-year increase of nearly 13 percent. The Cowboys, for more than a decade the NFL’s most valuable team, are the top franchise on the planet; Forbes places their worth at $4.8 billion. The Patriots come in second ($3.7 billion) with the Giants ($3.3 billion), Washington ($3.1 billion) and the 49ers rounding out the top five. On average, an NFL franchise is worth $2.

Kyle Juszczyk: 49ers’ ‘OW’ quiet in first two games

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:38:11 UT

The OW is AWOL. After two games, 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk has two catches, one carry and has played 33 percent of the offensive snaps. In Sunday’s 12-9 loss to the Seahawks, he didn’t touch the ball and wasn’t targeted with a pass in 17 snaps. This, of course, isn’t unusual for a fullback, but it is surprising for this fullback. The 49ers made Juszczyk the NFL’s highest-paid player at his position in March and explained why he was worth the big bucks. “We said, ‘Let’s not think of him as a fullback. He’s an OW,’” general manager John Lynch said. “So, if you see OW, that stands for offensive weapon. We saw an offensive weapon.

Carlos Hyde in a rush to prove he’s the best

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:44:49 UT

SEATTLE — Before the season started, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde said his goal was to be the top rusher in the league. After one week, that looked a bit like a pipe dream. But after two weeks, Hyde’s goal seems decidedly more realistic. Hyde is fourth among league rushers, behind two rookies, Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (first) and the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook (third), and the Broncos’ C.J. Anderson (second). Hyde rushed for 124 yards Sunday against the Seahawks, a total that included a 61-yard run, the longest of his career. “I put in on my shoulders,” he said. “With those runs that I broke, I got to get to the end zone. If I get to the end zone, I change the game with a touchdown.

49ers’ Eric Reid scheduled for MRI exam on injured knee

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:30:58 UT

SEATTLE — Several of the 49ers’ starters have sustained serious leg injuries in Seattle in recent years, and it appeared safety Eric Reid would join that group Sunday. Reid sustained a noncontact knee injury while covering a deep pass late in the second quarter of the 49ers’ 12-9 loss to the Seahawks and stayed on the turf for several minutes. However, Reid briefly returned to the game after halftime before exiting permanently in the third quarter. “It doesn’t feel too bad,” Reid said. “It just got to the point where I couldn’t run on it any more.” Reid said he had swelling in his left knee and would have an MRI exam Monday.

49ers halfway good in 12-9 loss to Seahawks

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:17:47 UT

SEATTLE — Last year, the 49ers were an all-around terrible team. This year: Could they be halfway good? With their defense looking dominant and their offense remaining dormant, the rebuilding 49ers did something Sunday they’ve rarely done in recent years: They scared the Seahawks in Seattle before falling 12-9 at CenturyLink Field. “They know they snuck out of here with one,” inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. Indeed, the Seahawks needed a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to wideout Paul Richardson with seven minutes left to win their seventh straight game at home against the 49ers and eighth overall in the series.

49ers LG Tomlinson replaces Beadles; S Ward active

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:26:30 UT

SEATTLE - Left guard Laken Tomlinson and safety Jimmie Ward will make their regular-season debuts for the 49ers today for their meeting against the Seahawks at Century Link Field. Tomlinson, who was acquired in a trade Aug. 31, will start in place of Zane Beadles, who struggled in pass protection in last week’s 23-3 season-opening loss to the Panthers. Tomlinson, a 2015 first-round pick, was inactive last week as he learned the offense. “The scheme is a lot to learn,” Tomlinson said Thursday. “But I think I can handle it. And I’m going out there and trying my best to exhibit that on the practice field.

49ers promote Jackson; part with another holdover

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:30:10 UT

The 49ers have promoted cornerback Asa Jackson from the practice squad and waived cornerback Keith Reaser, one of seven players former general manager Trent Baalke drafted who was rehabbing from a serious knee injury when he was selected. After parting with Reaser, defensive tackle Tank Carradine is the only one of Baalke’s so-called “ACL picks” who remains on the 53-man roster. Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who has one career reception, is on the practice squad. Cornerback Will Redmond, who hasn’t played a regular-season snap, is on injured reserve. Reaser, a 2014 fifth-round pick, become the eighth Baalke draft pick who has been waived, released or traded since March.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Battle of the flawed front fives

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:45:41 UT

Fans who enjoy watching quarterbacks run for their lives have a must-see game Sunday: 49ers at Seahawks. Both teams ranked among the NFL’s top six in sacks surrendered last year and last week’s season openers suggested not much will change in 2017. The 49ers allowed four sacks and eight quarterback hits in a 23-3 loss to the Panthers. “It was definitely not what we wanted or expected,” left tackle Joe Staley said. Meanwhile, the Seahawks allowed three sacks and seven hits in a 17-9 loss at Green Bay — numbers that would have been far larger if not for quarterback Russell Wilson’s elusiveness. “We’re growing,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

Laken Tomlinson could begin stint with 49ers where he ended with Lions

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:29:52 UT

Laken Tomlinson’s tenure with the 49ers could begin at the same stadium where he played his last meaningful game with the Lions: CenturyLink Field. The 49ers are working to get their just-acquired guard ready for a visit to Seattle on Sunday, a game that will come 18 days after he was traded from Detroit. If he replaces Zane Beadles, Tomlinson will face a formidable defensive front while still finding his way in a blocking scheme that was foreign to him when he arrived in Santa Clara. Adding to the degree of difficulty would be the din in Seattle, where Tomlinson started the Lions’ wild-card loss to the Seahawks in January.

Two 49ers who didn’t play like their statistics

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:35:23 UT

Cam Newton didn’t have a great day against the 49ers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Pursuing the statistics, one would say that 49ers’ running back Carlos Hyde had a good afternoon in the one-sided loss to Carolina. He rushed for 45 yards on nine carries and caught six passes for another 32 yards. However, Hyde, by my accounting, only broke two tackles and only evaded two defenders. By contrast, wide receiver Pierre Garcon broke two tackles in six encounters with the ball in his hands. Also, Hyde’s usually good vision was absent. On one run, guard Brandon Fusco pulled and led into an open hole. If Hyde had followed him, he probably

The 49ers will beat these teams in 2017

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:00:55 UT

Image 1of/6 CaptionClose Image 1 of 6 The 49ers will get after former Cal star Jared Goff ( Sean M. Haffey, Getty Images ) The 49ers will get after former Cal star Jared Goff ( Sean M. Haffey, Getty Images ) Image 2 of 6 Andrew Luck is trying not be the next David Carr (AP) Andrew Luck is trying not be the next David Carr (AP) Image 3 of 6 The 49ers notch a rare win against Russell Wilson ( Elaine Thompson, Associated Press) The 49ers notch a rare win against Russell Wilson ( Elaine Thompson, Associated Press) Image 4 of 6 The 49ers traded with the Bears so

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll provided insight to 49ers GM John Lynch

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:57:27 UT

Last month, John Lynch acknowledged at least one NFL head coach wasn’t overjoyed when he became the 49ers’ general manager in January. “Pete Carroll still gives me a hard time,” Lynch said, laughing while recalling what the Seahawks’ head coach told him. “He said, ‘You knew you were doing this and I let you in!’” Indeed, Carroll repeatedly let Lynch, a former Fox analyst, see how the Seahawks run their wildly successful program after arriving in Seattle in 2010. During television production meetings, Carroll discussed his players, schemes and philosophies with Lynch, who worked 17 Seattle games from 2010 through ’16.