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49ers Comment on Chris Henry’s Passing

Posted by Taylor Price on December 17, 2009 – 2:11 PM

Two current players on the 49ers who were both former teammates of the late Chris Henry, made statements earlier today on his passing. Both Justin Smith and Ahmad Brooks were teammates of Henry with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It’s sad. He was a talented guy. When I played with him he was a good guy, quiet in the locker room. He kept to himself for the most part. From everything that it sounded like, he was getting back on track and this happens. My feelings go out to him and his family.” – Justin Smith

“I was sad to hear. You hate to see somebody go. He was a good guy. We’ve all made bad decisions throughout our life, but he grew from it, he learned from it and he had a family, so I’m definitely sad to hear that happen. I knew him very well. I’m just sad to hear that and I’ll pray for him, I’ll pray for everybody.” – Ahmad Brooks


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Pro Bowl Update: Week 15

Posted by Taylor Price on December 16, 2009 – 3:53 PM

Pro Bowl balloting is open so make sure you go to nfl.com/probowl to send you favorite 49ers to South Florida.  For the first time since 1980, the Pro Bowl is being held somewhere other than Hawaii.

Several players are having great seasons such as Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and Aubrayo Franklin, but don’t forget to vote for special teamers like Andy Lee and Michael Robinson.  You can vote as many times as you want, so make sure to vote often!  Here’s a look at what some of the 49ers standouts have done so far:

TE VERNON DAVIS - Davis is having a career-year, leading the team with 66 catches for 815 yards and 11 TDs. His 11 TD receptions rank 1st in the NFL among all pass catchers and are the most by a 49ers tight end in a single-season in franchise history. He ranks 1st among NFC TE’s in yards. and tied for 3rd in receptions.

-“There should be no excuse for him not making the Pro Bowl this year because he is definitely, in my eyes, far and beyond any tight end in the league,” – 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary, 11/30/09.

LB PATRICK WILLIS - Willis leads the 49ers in tackles to go along with 4.0 sacks, 2 INTs (1 returned for TD), 3 FFs and 11 PDs. According to NFL stats, Willis ranks 2nd in the NFL in tackles (132).

P ANDY LEE - Lee leads the NFC and ranks 2nd in the NFL with a 41.5 net punting avg. and 47.8 gross punting avg.

LB MANNY LAWSON- Lawson ranks 4th in the NFC among LBs with 5.5 sacks, while his 3 FFs rank tied for 2nd in the NFC among LBs.

NT AUBRAYO FRANKLIN - Franklin leads the D-Line with in tackles and TFLs. He recorded a crucial INT against Chi. (11/12) and has a career high 2 sacks. Franklin has helped limit opponents to 3.7 yards per carry (3rd in NFL) and the 5th-fewest rushing yards per game (95.0).

RB FRANK GORE
- Despite missing nearly 3 games due to an ankle injury, Gore has still managed to rush for835 yards and 7 TDs, while ranking tied for 2nd in the NFC in scoring among running backs (60 points).


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Gore FedEx Ground Nominee for Week 14

Posted by Taylor Price on December 16, 2009 – 11:34 AM

After he picked up 167 yards on 25 carries including a 2-yard touchdown run on “Monday Night Football”, Frank Gore was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and was also nominated as one of FedEx’s Ground Players of the Week for Week 14. You can vote for Gore by clicking right here!


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On the Phone with Philly

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 16, 2009 – 10:48 AM

Eagles head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb called in to the 49ers media room today for their game week conference calls.  Both Reid and McNabb described the 49ers as a “dangerous” football team and stressed the importance of Sunday’s matchup to both clubs.

McNabb also said that the 49ers middle linebacker tandem of Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis has the makings of a Hall of Fame combination.  He also spoke glowingly of his former teammate Michael Lewis who in his opinion, is a natural leader.

Reid reflected on the team’s decision to draft DeSean Jackson in 2008.  The coach said he didn’t have any reservations about Jackson after being well-informed by California head coach Jeff Tedford.

Take a listen to the entire conference calls of Reid and McNabb and be sure to check back each week as we’ll post the audio of the opposing coach and one key player.


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Singletary Pleased With Offensive Balance

Posted by Taylor Price on December 15, 2009 – 3:06 PM

There was no locker room talk the day after the 49ers 24-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, only podium talk.

Players normally have Tuesdays off, and that meant an empty locker room following Singletary’s day after the game press conference.

But the 49ers head coach had plenty of quality notes and quotes to share with the gathered Bay Area media, including praise for his pass rush and his offense’s performance against Arizona.

Singletary began his presser by announcing the injuries suffered against the Cardinals. Running back Michael Robinson suffered a shoulder stinger in the game and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a hip contusion. Tackle Barry Sims will undergo an MRI after he complained of knee pain. Lastly, tackle Joe Staley remains day-to-day with a knee injury.

Staley worked out on Sunday, but Singletary said it was a “good idea to give him a little rest time.” Staley remains a day-to-day situation.

Singletary revealed that a point of the 49ers defensive game plan versus Arizona was to get Kurt Warner to move in the pocket. After sacking Warner four times, Singletary said the reason was due to the get-offs of the 49ers defensive line.

In particular, Singletary highlighted the performance of outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks who had a career-high 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles against Warner.

“It was nice to see Ahmad step into his own on a national stage,” Singletary said. “All the guys really got after the quarterback and made him move.”

Asked if Brooks could push for playing time as a starter at the outside linebacker position, Singletary responded, “Don’t know. That’s a next offseason question.”

Offensively, Singletary pointed to the balance established by the 49ers offense. Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and Frank Gore rushed 25 times for 167 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run.

“I was happy to see our offense strike a balance,” Singletary said. “For the first time, we struck a nice balance with the run and the pass.”

Singletary was even happier to see a big smile on the face of his star running back.

“I thought Frank did a nice job running the ball. It was nice to see him smiling last night after the game.”

It was a perfect 50-50 split, with the 49ers running 36 times out of their 72 offensive snaps.

The only downside to the offense’s performance was two interceptions thrown by Smith. However, the first was not placed on Smith’s shoulders. Singletary credited Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett with making a great play at the line to tip the ball up in the air to himself. Smith’s second interception could be chalked up to “miscommunication,” Singletary said.

Smith thought tight end Delanie Walker would cut across the face of Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson, but instead ran up the field.

The 49ers hope to have those issues ironed out before they travel out to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in an important mid-December meeting this Sunday. The 49ers need help in order to pass the Cardinals in the division race, but also remain alive in the Wild Card race too.

Knowing that, the 49ers will give their best performance against the Eagles and let everything else play out.

“All I know is if we win out we have a chance. It’s a small chance, but we have a chance,” Singletary said. “I don’t really care about the other stuff, the tiebreakers. I don’t get into that. Let’s just see what happens.”


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Week 14 Blog: 49ers vs. Cardinals

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 14, 2009 – 4:24 PM

The 49ers will make their second appearance on primetime when they face their division rival Arizona Cardinals tonight.  To say this game means a lot to both clubs is an understatement.  The 49ers trail the Cardinals by 3 games in the NFC West with just four games remaining.  The Cards can wrap up the division title with a win while the 49ers need a win to keep postseason hopes alive.

These teams always seem to play each other tough, especially on the national stage.  Last season, the 49ers lost a Monday night heartbreaker is the desert, 29-24.  In 2007, Alex Smith lead a dramatic late drive in the season opener on MNF, pulling out the win 20-17.  Both teams will certainly be prepared and deliver some excitement.

Joe Staley could be making his return tonight as he’s listed as questionable on the injury report.  We’ll have the inactives 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Nate Clements, CB Marcus Hudson, LB Diyral Briggs, C Cody Wallace, T Joe Staley, DT Baraka Atkins, WR Isaac Bruce

Cardinals Inactives: QB Brian St. Pierre (3rd QB), CB Greg Toler, LB Reggie Walker, LB Will Davis, G/T Herman Johnson, G/T Brandon Keith, TE Stephen Spach, WR Jerheme Urban

FIRST QUARTER:

Neil Rackers kickoff was short and fielded by Delanie Walker.  1st and 10 from the 25, Alex smith looked for Vernon Davis over the middle but Adrian Wilson had tight coverage and was able to knock it away.  2nd and 10, Smith couldn’t find anyone open and rolled out of the pocket and decided to take off down the right sideline for a gain of 5.  3rd and 5, Smith threw for Davis crossing deep.  Smith knew he could take a shot after a neutral zone infraction on the Cards.  That will result in a first down.  1st and 10 from the 35, Smith completed to Walker for a gain of 1.  Calais Campbell was flagged for offsides again.  Smith’s cadence is getting to AZ early.  1st and 5, Gore got the carry, but was stopped by Dansby in the backfield.  2nd and 5, Smith threw deep for Walker on a seem as he knew he could take another shot after another offsides by Arizona.  So far, Smith’s cadence has been their best offensive weapon.  2nd and 1, Smith play faked and wanted to hit Crabtree on a deep post.  The pass sailed too long though, incomplete.  3rd and 1, Gore lowered his head and plunged forward against the tackle of Dansby, good enough for the first.  1st and 10 from the SF 48, Smith was under pressure, but was able to get the ball to Gore as he was hit for a gain of 3.  2nd and 7, Gore got the handoff from the shotgun and bounced out to the right.  A good block from Baas who pulled gave him a gain of 6.  3rd and 1, Gore ran straight ahead and was tripped up just as he got past the sticks.  1st and 10 from the AZ 41, Smith handed off to Gore as he faked the end around to Josh Morgan.  There wasn’t much running room as Gore picked up 1.  2nd and 9, Smith’s pass was batted at the line by Dockett and intercepted.  Dockett appeared to fumble the ball or if he didn’t have posession, the ball would be ruled incomplete.  Singletary wants the officials to take a second look and threw the challenge flag. SF will be charged with a timeout as the ruling on the field stands.

1st and 10 for the Cards from the AZ 46, Hightower got the carry, but Takeo Spikes knifed into the backfield and stopped him for a gain of 1.  2nd and 9, Justin Smith threw down Warner as he got rid of the ball, forcing the incomplete pass.  3rd and 9, Steve Breaston appeared to have a step on Dre’ Bly, but Bly made a fantastic play to dive and break up the throw.  The 49ers punt return team nearly had about four guys block the punt, but it somehow got off clean and Arnaz Battle signaled for the fair catch at the 19.

1st and 10 from the 19, Smith avoided the rush and threw to his checkdown, but Gore could only get back to the line.  2nd and 10, Smith hit Crabtree on the WR screen to the right.  He mad a great move on the first man and picked up 8.  3rd and 2, Gore got some great blocks to the right side and then cut back left for a huge gain of 36.  1st and 10 from the AZ 37, Smith couldn’t find anyone open as Campbell closed in for the sack.  2nd and 16, Smith had Crabtree open and it would have been a tough catch, but Crabtree nearly hauled it in off the fingertips.  3rd and 16, Smith threw for Jones who was hauled down before the pass got there by McFadden.  No flag from the refs and Lee comes in to punt.  Brit Miller downed a great punt by Lee at the 6.

Arizona’s ball at the 6.  1st and 10, Hightower bounced left and fumbled the ball and it was returned for a TD by Bly.  The refs though Hightower’s knee which it clearly did not by the replay.  All the refs can do though is award the ball to San Francisco though as they blew the play dead before Bly took it back 8-yards for the would be touchdown.  The refs confirmed the mistaken fumble.  Bly won’t get a TD and the 49ers are out of first-half challenges.  Goldson forced the fumble.

1st and goal from the 9, Gore cutback and plunged ahead down to the 5-yardline.  2nd and goal, Smith hit Davis on the quick slant for the touchdown.  The ball was right on the numbers and had to be thrown perfect as Wilson had good coverage.  Glen Coffee also made a nice block on Smith’s blind side to give him time to throw.

49ers 7 – Cardinals 0

The Cardinals will start their drive from the 25.  1st and 10, Warner threw quick left to Boldin who made a goo grab for a gain of 7.  2nd and 3, Warner hit Stephen-Howling on the slant.  Willis grabbed him from behind and stripped the ball.  Mark Roman picked it up and brought it back to the 28.

1st and 10, Smith hit Moran Norris out of the backfield for a short gain of 3.  2nd and 7 from the 25, Smith threw quick left for Walker on a semi-screen for a gain of 2.  3rd and 5, Smith was pressured up the middle but he was able to buy some time for Crabtree to get open, but only for a gain of 3.  Nedney will come on and connect from 37 yards out to but the 49ers up by two scores.

49ers 10 – Cardinals 0

Manny Lawson was clearly held on the kickoff return.  That penalty will back the Cards up to their own 16.  1st and 10 for AZ, a nice play by Haralson who took on the block and shed it inside to stop Wells for a gain of just 3.  The clock will wind down on a very productive first quarter for the home team.

SECOND QUARTER:

2nd and 7  fro AZ from the 19, Warner looked for Bolding crossing but his receiver slipped.  3rd and 7, Warner hit Early Doucet who found a hole in the zone for the first down and a gain of 12.  1st and 10 from the 31, Beanie Well had a good run bouncing out to the left for a gain of 23.  1st and 10 from the SF 46, Warner threw for Fitzgerald down by the goal line.  Goldson rolled with Fitz as he came to the ground and appeared to come up with the ball.  The officials initially spotted the ball and then ruled it incomplete as Goldson started to return the ball.  On the replay, it appeared to me that the ball was moving around as the receiver hit the ground.  I do think it hit the ground in the end zone angle as Goldson gained control.  The officials appeared to get it right and confirmed it after the AZ challenge.  2nd and 10, Waner hit Fitzgerald as the pressure arrived.  Flags on the field as Spencer was called for a face mask.  1st and 10 from the 18, Warner looked for Breaston in the end zone.  Bly nearly got his hands on it, but it sailed incomplete.  2nd and 10, Wells had a nice run out to the right side and he was probably helped by a block in the back by Fitzgerald.  That negates the play and will back AZ up.  2nd and 20, Warner looked for Breatson along the left side.  Goldson came up with his 2nd great play, cutting in front and picking it off.  The 49ers only rushed 2 on that play.

1st and 10 for the 49ers from their own 12, false start by Davis will back them up 5.  1st and 15, Gore broke loose up the middle, cut left, broke a tackle and got some good blocks by his receivers for a gain of 31.  1st and 10 from the 38, Gore ran behind the right guard for a gain of 1.  2nd and 9, Smith’s pass was batted at the line and he caught his own pass to keep it away from the Cards, but it’ll be a loss of 6.  3rd and 15, the Cardinals brought pressure up the middle and Smith had to backpedal before throwing it at the feet of Coffee.  Andy Lee will punt.  Breaston picked up the ball after it bounced and cut back before he was leveled by Coffee.  Brian Jennings was called for a hold so that gives Arizona an additional 10 yards on the return.  The Cardinals changed their minds on the penalty and will back the 49ers up 10 yards and make them kick it again.  Take 2, Jason Hill made a nice tackle as Breaston bounced left.  Another flag though, this one on Arizona for unnecessary roughness.  In a strange turn of events, the Cardinals would have been better off taking the first kick and penalty.  Now they’ll have the ball at their own 14.

1st and 1o from the 14, Warner hit Boldin who was cut down by Roman after a gain of 3.  2nd and 7, Justin Smith wasn’t going anywhere, plugging the lane and tackling Stephens-Howling after a gain of 3.  3rd and 4, Warner hit Breatson, but hit foot was on the right sideline as he made the catch.  Ben Graham will punt.  Battle caught the punt and bounced around the left side for a moderate gain of 6.

49ers ball, 1st and 10 from their own 32, Smith hit Morgan on a comeback to the right for a good gain of 8.  2nd and 2, Gore continues to have success up the middle, finding a nice hole for a gain of 8.  1st and 10 from the SF 48, Smith was hit by Hayes as he threw incomplete.  2nd and 10, Smith threw for Morgan, but the defender got there as the ball arrived to force the incomplete.  3rd and 10, Smith hit Crabtree who would have had an easy first.  He slipped though, got back up and made a great move and stiff arm to move the chains – great play.  1st and 10 from the 37, Gore took the handoff and moved the pile for a gain of 3.  2nd and 7, Smith hit morgan who will actually lose yardage.  3rd and 8, Smith put it right there for Davis, but Wilson made a great play to get his hand on it.  Nedney’s 53-yard field goal attempt was long enough, but missed right.

1st and 10 from the 43, Warner hit Breaston who caught the ball on his knees for a 15-yard gain.  1st and 10 from the SF 42, Wells bounced out right and plunged violently ahead for a gain of 4.  2nd and 6, Warner tried to set up the screen to the right, but the pass was high.  3rd and 6, Brown read Boldin’s route and picked it off at the 32.  That was a great catch by Brown.

*** The 49ers have forced 4 first-half turnovers for the first time siince 1/6/02 against the Saints (4 INTs).

1st and 10 for the 49ers from the 32, Smith hit Gore in the left flat.  He made one move on Wilson to pick up 8.  2nd and 2, the 49ers were called for delay of game.  That brings up the two minute warning.  2nd and 7, Smith hit Hill to the right as the Cards showed blitz.  A nice play call picks up the first down.  1st and 10 from the 45, Smith put it there for Crabtree who couldn’t make the grab on the dig route.  It would’ve been a difficult catch.  2nd and 10, Smith’s pass was well behind Crabtree.  3rd and 10, Smith hit Davis over the middle who ripped it out of there against the coverage of Wilson.  1st and 10, Smith hit Morgan for a gain of 7.  2nd and 3, Smith hit Crabtree crossing.  It was a great grab as he outran the defense cutting back for the 35-yard touchdown.

49ers 17 – Cardinals 0

Stephens-Howling made a good move to bounce of a tackle on the kick return and get out to the 42.  (:42 remaining in the half)  1st and 10, Warner dumps to Boldin over the middle and the Cardinals will use their second timeout. (:34) 2nd and 3 from the 50, Warner got it off to Fitz over the middle for a gain of 9.  1st and 10, Brooks flew around LT Mike Gandy and knocked the ball out of Warner’s hands.

49ers ball with 7 seconds left at their own 43, Smith’s pass was ahead of Crabtree along the sideline.  2nd and 10 with 3 seconds left, Gore got the carry and bounced around the right side for a gain of around 9.  That ends the first half and the Faithful out a Candlestick give their team a well deserved applause after a very good first half.

Train will take the field for their halftime performance.

*** This marks the first time the 49ers have forced 5 first-half turnovers since 9/14/97 against New Orleans.

Alex Smith was 15 of 27 passing in the first half for 112 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.  His favorite target was Crabtree who had 4 catches for 61 yards and the touchdown.  Frank Gore also had a huge first half with 104 yards on 13 carries.  Despite passing much more lately, the 49ers talked this week about needing balance on offense.  So far, today’s effort has fit that mold to a tee.  Though they have twice as many pass attempts, the running game has been mixed in nicely by offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and the Cardinals defense has been kept off balance.  The Cardinals are never out of any game and the 49ers cannot rest on this lead in the second half.  The Cards will also get the ball to begin the second half.

THIRD QUARTER:

The Cardinals will begin the second half with the ball at their own 24.  1st and 10, Wells ran up the middle and was brought down by Willis after picking up 5.  2nd and 5, Live Brown and Deuce Latui were called for a false start.  2nd and 10, Wells got a nice hole on the right side, where the 49ers dropped to coverage and picked up 12.  1st and 10, Well sprinted around the left side and was brought down by Goldson after a gain of 9.  2nd and 1, Warner threw it up for Fitzgerald between the double coverage of Spencer and Goldson.  Amazingly, he nearly made the grab, but was shaken up on the play.  He hit the ground hard and was helped to the sideline.  3rd and 1, Warner tossed it left to Wells who got around the left edge for a gain of 11.  1st and 10 from the SF 45, Willis wrapped up Wells’ ankles after a gain of 6.  2nd and 4, Wells dove ahead near a first down, but will be short by about a yard.  3rd and 1, the 49ers strung Wells out to the right and Willis finished it off with the TFL.  Graham will punt.  Jason Wright decided to backpedal on the AZ punt team all by himself and that moves the Cards back 5 yards.  Arizona downed the ball and dropped it.  Battle picked it up smartly and at least gained a few more yards.  Smart play by the veteran.

*** Michael Robinson has a stinger and his return is questionable.

1st and 10 for the 49ers from the 10, Gore ran up the middle, but couldn’t find much room and picked up just 1.  2nd and 9, Gore got the carry to the right and was stopped right at the line of scrimmage and actually lost 1 yard on the play.  3rd and 10, Smith hit Davis crossing, but the ball bounced off his hands incomplete.  Lee’s low kick bounced and was fielded by Breaston around midfield before retreating 5 yards on the return.

*** Larry Fitzgerald has a right knee sprain and his return is questionable.

1st and 10 from the 35, Aubrayo Franklin made a nice play to drop and leap up to tip Warner’s pass at the line.  2nd and 10, Ray McDonald was called for a neutral zone infraction.  2nd and 5, Warner threw for Doucet who initially made the grab, but Brown knocked it away as he came to the ground.  3rd and 5 from the 50, Doucet pushed off of Brown to make the catch down the right sideline.  1st and 10 from the 21, Wells got outside the left tackle for a nice gain, but he was aided on a hold so that one’s coming back.  1st and 20 from the 31, Warner hit Hightower on the screen for a gain of 7.  2nd and 13, Justin Smith got good pressure up the middle and knocked down Warner’s pass.  3rd and 13, Brooks came around the left side and hauled down Warner for the sack, making a Cardinals field goal 6-yard more difficult.  Rackers 48-yard field goal attempt squeaked in just above the cross bar.

49ers 17 – Cardinals 3

Coffee returned the kick out to the 22.  1st and 10, the 49ers got some good running room for Gore as he hit the hole in the middle for a gain of 5.  2nd and 5, the 49ers came with the heavy set and Rachal pulled to the middle as Gore rumbled ahead for a gain of 10.  1st and 10 from the 37, Smith hit Norris out of the backfield who made a good catch for a gain of 3.  2nd and 7, Wilson undercut the route by Walker and picked off Smith’s pass.

Arizona’s ball, 1st and 10 at the SF 43, Warner hit Boldin who was thrown down by Spikes after a gain of 9.  2nd and 1, Wells cut back in the middle for no gain.  3rd and 1, Warner faked the handoff and hit Wells out of the backfield for a big gain down to the 10.  1st and goal from the 10, great penetration by the front line forced Wells outside where Willis dragged him down for a loss of 2.  2nd and goal from the 12, Warner hit Stephens-Howling who was brought down by Lewis at the 7.  That brings an end to the quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER:

3rd and goal, Warner hit Stephens-Howling out of the backfield who was tackled at the 1.  Cards go for it on 4th down and Wells got in on second effort.  Ray McDonald blocked the extra point to keep the 49ers on top by 8.

49ers 17 – Cardinals 9

Coffee fielded the kickoff on a bounce and did well to get out to the 33.  1st and 10 for the 49ers, Smith gave to Gore who ran behind the left guard for a gain of 4.  2nd and 6, Gore got a hole to the right side and cut back for a big gain.  Holding against Josh Morgan will bring it back 10 yards, but it’s still a first down.  1st and 10 from the 50, Smith tried to hit Walker along the right side, but it was broken up.  2nd and 10, Coffee got his first carry of the game and wiggled through the middle for a gain of 5.  3rd and 5, Smith’s pass is batted down at the line and that’s force a punt.  Breaston called for the fair catch at the 11.

1st and 10 for the Cardinals from their own 11, Wells ran up the middle and was hit by Goldson who jarred the ball loose yet again.  Haralson fell on the ball to give the 49ers their sixth turnover of the game.  Apparently the 49ers do pretty well on primetime when it comes to turnovers.  They picked off Jay Cutler 5 times on Thursday Night Football earlier this year.

1st and 10 from the 16, Gore got the carry and followed his blocks to the right for a gain of 16.  1st and goal from the 5, Gore couldn’t fine running room and was stopped for no gain up the middle.  2nd and goal, Gore followed the block of Norris up the middle for a gain of 3.  The 49ers will take their first timeout before running the 3rd down play.  3rd and goal from the 2, Gore rumbled in for the score on the left side – with some assistance from Norris who came in to help move the pile.

49ers 24 – Cardinals 9

Stephens-Howling returned the kick to the 24.  1st and 10 for AZ, Warner hit Hightower in the left flat for a gain of 7.  2nd and 3, Brooks flew off the line of scrimmage and hit Warner, knocking the ball loose.  The Cards recovered.  3rd and 7, Willis came up the middle and literally jumped on Warner for the sack.  Battle muffed the punt, but it rolled out of bounds.

1st and 10 from the 22, Gore got the carry and picked up 3.  2nd and 7, Coffee got the carry, but Arizona had a good push on the right side to shut it down for a loss.  3rd and 10, Smith hit Davis who sprinted past the sticks and turned around to make the catch in front of Wilson.  1st and 10 from the 38, Norris got the carry and plunged ahead for a short gain.

The web staff has to run down to the field, but stay tuned on Twitter.


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Willis: ‘They will not run the ball on us’

Posted by Scott Kegley on December 12, 2009 – 5:13 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have strived for increased balance on offense, seeking to add a potent running game to complement an already impressive passing attack.

Linebacker Patrick Willis doesn’t see this Monday night playing out like the Cardinals may hope.

“We know they’re going to throw the ball and they’re going to try to run the ball,” Willis said. “We’re not worried about them running the ball. They will not run the ball on us. We’re not worried about that, but we will have to stop their pass.”

The 49ers defense did just that in Week 1 when they intercepted Kurt Warner twice and held him to just 26 of 44 passing.

“We made plays when we were supposed to and we made plays for ourselves,” Willis recalled. “That’s what we’re going to have to do this week.”

The 49ers should be well prepared this Monday after having what Willis called a very focused week of practice. While the team’s playoff chances may be slim, the Pro Bowl linebacker has been pleased with what he’s seen from his teammates despite the circumstances.

“At 5-7, we go out there and work our tails off,” Willis said. “Other 5-7 teams probably hang it up and work on next year. We’ve had a great week of practice. It gets to the point where you also have to play for pride. We’re better players than that and we have more character than that.”

Staley on the Mend

Joe Staley is listed as questionable on the injury report after going through his first week of practice since Week 8.

“I think it’s going to be decided on game day or tomorrow,” Staley said about whether not he will suit up against the Cardinals.

Sitting out for the last five weeks has been difficult for Staley, who’s not accustomed to watching from the sidelines.

“Of course I’m anxious,” Staley said. “But I’m not going to be dumb about it. I’m going to be smart and make a good decision. I’m not going to risk it to the team, trying to be a tough guy. But if it feels good and I want to be out there, I’m going to be out there.”

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Arizona Conference Calls

Posted by Taylor Price on December 11, 2009 – 10:02 AM

In their conference calls with the Bay Area media on Thursday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt (pictured center) and hard-hitting strong safety Adrian Wilson both said they expect to see a heavy dose of Frank Gore this Monday night when they travel to the Bay Area. The Cardinals will face the 49ers in a prime-time matchup at Candlestick Park which kick-off at 5:30 PM PT. You can buy tickets for the game by clicking here.

Click here to listen to Whisenhunt’s conference call.

Click here to listen to Wilson’s conference call.


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Scavenger Hunt Answers Revealed!

Posted by Taylor Price on December 10, 2009 – 3:59 PM

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our 49ers.com Scavenger Hunt! The goal of the contest was to raise awareness of certain areas of the website, while rewarding Faithful fans for their dedication and desire to know all things 49ers-related.

In today’s world where news comes at you instantly, following the San Francisco 49ers on Twitter allows you to get live updates from games, practices, press conferences and special events. As soon as something happens it will be posted on our Twitter account, with full coverage to follow on 49ers.com and TV49.

These are the times we live in, and we want to give you, the fan, the most instantaneous information around.

In a matter of moments we will hold a random drawing to pick our contest winners! We received hundreds of “@ replies” with your answers and even some fun messages along with them.


It’s a good thing the contest is going to be a random draw. Look at some of the responses we received throughout the contest:

nerfan777 I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO SEE THE NINERZ SMASH ON THE CARDINALZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YoungNastyMayne  IT’S GON B MY BDAY ON 12/16!! hook it up!

JoshHollman Can’t wait to hear the results, meeting Rice and Clark would b an honor!

charischan thanks for the contest :) jerry rice is my favoriteeeeeeee

danielkjacobs Picking me out of the correct answers would be lovely!

russh81 Leaving for Bootcamp in January, Its a lifelong dream of mine to see a 49ers home game, I know my answers are correct HOPE I WIN

andrew12494 Thank you for this great opportunity, and it so happens to b my day off!!!

PriNcEsAjUeLz07 I’ve loved the 49ers since I was born! Please pick me, a true fan thru success n challenges

Chicana2k5 I want these tickets! Took time off my studying to find these answers!

edcontr like to take my son for his first Monday Night Football he is 10 years old

We appreciated all of the enthusiasm about the contest and we look forward to having more giveaways through our social media web sites. But without any further delay, here are the answers to the scavenger hunt:

1. In a recent feature story published on 49ers.com, tight end Delanie Walker said he was inspired to play football by his uncle. What’s his uncle’s name?
A. Tommy Hood
B. Anthony Hood
C. Anthony Thomas
D. Anthony Walker

2. In what two pages of 49ers.com can you find up to date 49ers injury reports?
A. Game Info Page and Injury Report Page

B. Injury Report Page and Fans Only Page
C. Game Info Page and Fans Only Page
D. Headlines and Fans Only Page

3. Which insider columnist on 49ers.com shares insight on all of the team road trips?
A. Gary Plummer
B. Eric Davis
C. Rod Brooks
D. Todd Brunner

4. What year were the 49ers Gold Rush dancers founded?
A. 1979
B. 1981
C. 1983
D. 1984

5. Who hosts the S’mores night at the 49ers Winter and Wine Festival?
A. Manny Lawson
B. Jed York
C. 49ers Alumni
D. The Gold Rush

6. Which is not a current feature on the 49ers Gold Posts Blog?
A. Monday’s Locker Room Talk
B. Pro Bowl Updates
C. Singletary’s Notebook
D. Opposing team conference calls

7. In the “Fans Only” section of 49ers.com, LB Patrick Willis offers kids tips on tackling in the “Kids Only” section. What did he say were the two most important things needed in order to be a good tackler?
A. Determination and Heart
B. Strength and Courage
C. Determination and Confidence
D. Heart and Confidence

8. The “Best Seats in the House” promotion is sponsored by?
A. Visa
B. Samsung
C. US Bank
D. See’s Candies

9. In his “Ask A Player” interview with fans of 49ers.com, QB Shaun Hill said he would most want to throw to which former 49ers player?
A. Brent Jones
B. Jerry Rice
C. RC Owens
D. John Taylor

10. Who has not been a guest on Takeo Spikes’ “Spikes TV” show on TV49?
A. Nate Clements’ son Ace
B. Joe Staley
C. Michael Robinson
D. 49ers Public Relations Director Bob Lange

How did you do? Leave your scores and your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Pro Bowl Update: Week 14

Posted by Taylor Price on December 8, 2009 – 4:34 PM

Pro Bowl balloting is open so make sure you go to nfl.com/probowl to send you favorite 49ers to South Florida.  For the first time since 1980, the Pro Bowl is being held somewhere other than Hawaii.

Several players are having great seasons such as Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and Aubrayo Franklin, but don’t forget to vote for special teamers like Andy Lee and Michael Robinson.  You can vote as many times as you want, so make sure to vote often!  Here’s a look at what some of the 49ers standouts have done so far:

TE VERNON DAVIS
- Davis is having a career-year, leading the team with 63 catches for 781 yards and 10 TDs. His 10 TD receptions rank 1st among NFL TE’s, tied for 1st in the NFL among all pass catchers and are the most by a 49ers tight end in a single-season in franchise history. He ranks 1st among NFC TE’s in yards and tied for 2nd in receptions.

There should be no excuse for him not making the Pro Bowl this year because he is definitely, in my eyes, far and beyond any tight end in the league,” – 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary, 11/30/09.

LB PATRICK WILLIS - Willis leads the 49ers with 136 tackles to go along with 3.0 sacks, 2 INTs (1 returned for TD), 2 FFs, 9 TFLs and 11 PDs. According to NFL stats, Willis ranks 2nd in the NFL in tackles (123).

P ANDY LEE
- Lee leads the NFC and ranks 2nd in the NFL with a 41.8 net punting avg. and 48.3 gross punting avg.

LB MANNY LAWSON
- Lawson ranks 3rd in the NFC among LBs with 5.5 sacks, while his 3 FFs rank tied for 2nd in the NFC among LBs.

NT AUBRAYO FRANKLIN
- Franklin leads the D-Line with 68 tackles and 7.5 TFLs. He recorded a crucial INT against Chi. (11/12) and has a career-high 2 sacks. Franklin has helped limit opponents to 3.6 yards per carry (4th in NFL) and the 5th-fewest rushing yards per game (95.8).

RB FRANK GORE
- Despite missing nearly 3 games due to an ankle injury, Gore has still managed to rush for 668 yards and 6 TDs, while ranking tied for 3rd in the NFC in scoring among running backs (54 points).


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