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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 31

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 31, 2012 – 11:09 AM

San Francisco is dressed in orange and black today as the Giants take to the city streets to celebrate their World Series title with a parade on Halloween. Alex Smith got dressed up for the occasion and took in the sights and sounds of the parade as the 49ers enjoy their lengthy bye week.

Smith was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week earlier today after his 18 of 19, 232-yard, three-touchdown performance on Monday night at Arizona. It was the latest display of the chemistry building between Smith and the 49ers leading receiver Michael Crabtree, who hauled in two touchdowns. Crabtree now has a team-high 39 catches for 440 yards through eight games.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com examined the confidence between Smith and the 49ers wideout. “Crabtree has lobbied Smith to give him more opportunities even when there is not a lot of separation between him and the closest defender,” Maiocco wrote. “And on Monday night, Smith finally gave Crabtree that chance.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate features Jim Harbaugh’s congratulatory comments to the Giants, mid-season awards and more.

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Alex Smith Named NFC Off. POW

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 31, 2012 – 10:05 AM

Good things happen when Alex Smith is in a rhythm.

The 49ers signal-caller showed that on Monday night, as he went 18 for 19 for 232 yards and three touchdowns to lead San Francisco to a dominant 24-3 win at Arizona. Not only did Smith set an NFL record for completion percentage (94.7) with at least 15 passing attempts, but on Wednesday he was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week.

“We’re always happy for the other man’s success,” 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said on KNBR Wednesday. “We’ll always, as a team, honor those people who receive those awards. Well-deserved on Alex’s part, just a great performance.”

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Week 8 Game Notes

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 30, 2012 – 3:42 PM

The 49ers took a 6-2 record and a two-game lead in the NFC West into the bye week following a 24-3 win on Monday Night Football. 49ers Public Relations presents the notes from the Week 8 matchup.

With the Win…

  • The San Francisco 49ers improved to 7-1 in NFC West divisional games under head coach Jim Harbaugh and 2-0 against the NFC West this season.  The 7 divisional wins are t-2nd most in the NFL since 2011.
  • San Francisco improved its overall record against the Arizona Cardinals to 25-17, and 11-9 on the road.
  • The 49ers have won at least 6 of their first 8 games for the second consecutive season (7-1 in 2011), the first time the team has done so in back-to-back seasons since 2001-02. (6-2 in 2001 and 2002).
  • The Niners  improved their prime time record to 63-32 overall and to 25-17 on the road.
  • The 49ers improved to 12-3 under Harbaugh when scoring first.
  • The 49ers improved to 42-25 on Monday Night Football, including 19-14 on the road.
  • San Francisco improved to 5-1 against the Cardinals on Monday Night Football, including going 4-1 against Arizona on MNF since 2007.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 30

Posted by Taylor Price on October 30, 2012 – 11:21 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have returned from the desert with a two-game lead in the NFC West following Monday’s 24-3 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals.

Alex Smith turned in a near-perfect night, completing 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Only a Delanie Walker dropped pass on a crossing route stood as his only incompletion on a national stage.

Because of Smith’s accurate game, the eighth-year quarterback leads the NFL with a 69.4 completion percentage.

Smith joked after the game that his confidence never went away after back-to-back games with just one touchdown pass combined. “It was in my closet,” Smith said in comments shared by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Smith and his 49ers teammates will remain confident heading into the bye week. The 49ers will have the week off before coming back early next week to prepare for a Week 10 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 29

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 29, 2012 – 10:47 AM

The 49ers, Cardinals and Monday Night Football are no strangers to each other. In fact, San Francisco has six MNF matchups with Arizona all-time, including five of the past six years. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined tonight’s tilt in the desert and the burgeoning rivalry between the two divisional foes.

“No, it’s not as historic as the Bears-Packers, Cowboys-Redskins or Raiders-Chiefs,” Inman wrote. “It’s also not the type of high-stakes rivalry the 49ers have forged with the Cowboys and Giants. But the 49ers and Cardinals aren’t friendly neighbors in the increasingly competitive NFC West.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from the weekend and offers more insight on tonight’s primetime showdown.

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Jim Harbaugh Applauds Birth of Jaxon York

Posted by Taylor Price on October 27, 2012 – 2:54 PM

The San Francisco 49ers added depth on Saturday. CEO Jed York announced the birth of his first-born son, Jaxon Edward York, midday Saturday via his Twitter account.

York’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh, applauded the York family for their big news during his Saturday briefing prior to a Monday night matchup in Arizona.

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Niner Talk: 49ers-Cardinals Week 8

Posted by Taylor Price on October 26, 2012 – 4:20 PM

Bruce Miller has been an active, yet almost forgotten, contributor to the success of the San Francisco 49ers’ second-ranked rushing attack.

The second-year fullback (who converted to his position after being an acclaimed college pass-rushing defensive lineman) continues to create rushing lanes for 49ers all-time leading rusher Frank Gore. In last week’s 13-6 win over Seattle, Miller helped Gore pick up 131 yards in a winning effort.

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Clark Haggans Sees Other Side of Rivalry

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 26, 2012 – 11:53 AM

Clark Haggans spent the past four seasons on Arizona’s sidelines for the intense NFC West rivalry with San Francisco, but has enjoyed his transition to the Bay Area in 2012. The veteran linebacker said he spoke to former Arizona teammate Sam Acho earlier this week, but there wasn’t much trash talk involved.

More than anything, Haggans is looking forward to another tough matchup against a divisional rival on Monday night.

“It’s an important game because it’s a divisional game,” Haggans said. “At the end of the year, divisional wins – especially when you get into that playoff picture and all that other stuff … it counts a little bit more. A game and some change.”

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Lee, 49ers Set for Peterson, Cards

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 26, 2012 – 11:40 AM

Two of the game’s best specialists will take the field in the desert on Monday night when the 49ers return to the road to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Earlier this week, Cardinals return man Patrick Peterson said Andy Lee was “probably the best punter in the National Football League right now,” and on Thursday Lee returned the favor.

“He’s arguably the best in the game right now,” the 49ers punter said.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 26

Posted by Taylor Price on October 26, 2012 – 10:59 AM

The San Francisco 49ers might be approaching a bye week following this week’s Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, but construction at the new Santa Clara Stadium site will remain constant throughout the 2012 football season.

The 49ers have 12 regular season home games left to be played at Candlestick Park before moving into their future home before the 2014 season. The latest development in the project is the prefabrication of 2,000 concrete sections for the stadium’s treads, risers, steps for seating and various stadium walls. This Tuesday, a 35,000-pound piece of precast concrete will be hoisted to the top of the suite tower and lowered into place. 49ers.com will have all the latest coverage early next week.

As for other stadium developments, Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News offers a glimpse into the latest happenings across the street from 49ers headquarters.

While the project remains at a consistent pace, Rosenberg wrote that it can’t be completed any sooner than in time for the 2014 season.

“Even after crews finish the outside structure in December, it’ll take 18 months to put on the finishing touches and pass inspections: six months to test all the fire alarms, two months to run the escalators, 30 days to burn in the lights, two months to grow the playing field,” Rosenberg wrote.

Other note-worthy items from the story include details on the most death-defying act, which will be installing lights on catwalks an estimated 195-feet in the air along a commercial flight path.

Lastly, Rosenberg points out that some of the 500 workers on site where 49ers jerseys every Friday to show their pride in the project and the team.

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