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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 9

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 9, 2012 – 11:08 AM

The 49ers have moved past last week’s historic 45-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. When the reigning Super Bowl champions are coming to town, you don’t have much time to celebrate.

The New York Giants visited Candlestick Park twice last year, losing a heated 27-20 regular season matchup before escaping with a 20-17 overtime victory in the NFC Championship game. The contests were just the latest chapters in what’s been a decades-old rivalry between the two storied franchises.

Shortly after last week’s career day, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said there’s a little “unfinished business” to settle with the Giants given the recent history between the two teams. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group previewed the NFC title game rematch and how both teams have evolved since January.

“The 49ers (4-1) are riding a wave of momentum into Sunday’s rematch against the Giants (3-2) at Candlestick Park,” Inman wrote. “As opposed to their last meeting, the 49ers look more capable of keeping pace with the offensive-minded Giants, who went on to win last season’s Super Bowl.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features news on Randy Moss, Jim Harbaugh and the NFC West’s impressive collection of defenses.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee detailed the steady contributions of Moss through five weeks with the 49ers. Barrows: “Moss’ mere presence on the field appears to have helped the 49ers. He was in on 20 plays in Sunday’s 45-3 win over Buffalo, often lining up as the lone receiver in the team’s run packages. In those instances, Moss attracts both a cornerback and a safety, meaning defenses can’t stack themselves entirely against the run.”

Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com also discussed the unheralded roles of Moss and Delanie Walker. Bonagura: “Harbaugh raved about Walker’s ability to contribute in many capacities — mostly blocking — on offense and even went to his defense after a tripping penalty.”

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that the 49ers currently lead the NFL in rushing. Branch: “In Sunday’s 45-3 win over the Bills, the 49ers collected 311 rushing yards, the fourth-most in franchise history and the highest total in the NFL since Oct. 24, 2010. The performance came on the heels of a 245-yard effort against the Jets, meaning San Francisco has rushed for more yards in their past two games (556) than 18 teams have collected this season.”

Branch also noted that Smith is currently the NFL’s highest-rated passer. Branch: “Since that infamous Eagles’ game in 2010, he’s thrown 24 touchdowns, three interceptions and posted a 106.5 rating (and 12-1 record) in home games.”

According to Cole Schultz of Pro Football Focus, Smith was one incompletion away from posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating on Sunday. Schultz: “San Francisco couldn’t have come out looking much better. Despite a sluggish start marred by a penchant for drive-killing penalties (all seven were offensive), the 49ers’ defense only let the Bills cross midfield on three drives, and prevented points on two of those.”

Inman highlighted 49ers general manager Trent Baalke’s Monday interview with 95.7 The Game. Inman: “General manager Trent Baalke said Monday on his weekly radio show that the 49ers indeed have “extra motivation” for their next game, a Sunday rematch against the New York Giants.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com examined the stingy defenses of the NFC West, noting how the teams are tough on opposing quarterbacks and running backs. Sando: “NFC West teams lead the NFL in shutting down quarterbacks. They also lead the league in yards per rushing attempt allowed on called running plays.”

49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at Smith’s ascension into the NFL’s top-rated passer, his nomination for the FedEx Air Player of the Week Award and a look at Will Tukuafu’s growing role with the 49ers. We also brought you notes and quotes from the Week 5 win and Jim Harbaugh’s press conference.



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21 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 9”

  1. By bojo49ers on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    another new york team coming to town, its gonna be slugfest, blood bath so they say, but the way i see it were hitting on all cylinders right now, once again i’ll say this. “WILL GONNA ALRIGHT”…..NINERS BABY!!!!!!!!

  2. By rjdniner on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    All you 49er fans go vote on nfl.com for Alex, air ground award

  3. By bojo49ers on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    yeah.. alex all the way………..

  4. By 9erdog on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Alex may not have gotten a nod form J-11 but he sure the hell did get one from Coach!

  5. By 9erdog on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    I keep saying Roman open it up, but I know they ‘coaches’ have a plan and their sticking to it. And the way their doing it is the right way, we have offense players that we haven’t even gotten into the game yet.
    I guess the most important thing right now, is Alex’s middle finger on his throwing hand? What I’m hearing is that this is pone of those things that can bother a player through out the season? Heal up Alex ,, good luck Bro!

  6. By ninerfanfromtonga on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    I will say this. The Niners will be gleaning everything for the Niners vs. Giants game so thoroughly that when the g-men show up on sunday, we will view them with the perception of, show us something we don’t know about you and maybe you’ll have a chance to win this game.

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Niners!!!!

  7. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    dude from tonga you are spot on with that is soooo true !!!!

  8. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply


  9. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    welcome giants again …this is the game that decides the season …because if the niners cant beat the giants good on all phases of the game …it will be a downer for sure ….

  10. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    oh the finger ……bring your excuses now before we find out if he is going to start so we dont have to see em after the game ….really if he starts the finger will not be the thing that brings alex down …he looked good of course last game but his track record is look good then 3 and out boy shows up ….i will say some of his success is in part because of moss and his ability to always be double covered ….any QB would relish in those aspects …still this will be a decideing game for alex as to weather he can bring it in big games ….yeah yeah saints do we have to go over the last 7 years again …move forward please ….gooooo niners …defense slap elie around for 4 quarters and send em home with a bloody nose and broken dreams

  11. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    if the kaeper gets the nod then of course winning might be in question since timeing will be a factor …yet he has looked good out there and comfortable …man is he fast

  12. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    KAP reminds me of a gazelle when he runs with the ball long lagged and fast

  13. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    11 you still dont get this game of football, no clue oame back from the jungle ur lost, buddy

  14. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    “but his track record is look good then 3 and out boy shows up ”

    11 really ? you have got to be kidding me ? ur talking about madden football again cuz the coach calls the plays, that the team runs, and by the way alex smithes audibles this year have been quite good , duh , or did you miss the games ?

  15. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    “still this will be a decideing game for alex as to weather he can bring it in big games ”

    no it wont you f u c k i n g mo r o n, this game is about they beat us last year and went the sb and we are f u c k i n g mad about that, ofcourse you would know that if you were a fan

  16. By 49eronice on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    I had hoped that 11 years /Jerome had sought help for his obsessive compulsive disorder involving Alex Smith as his hatred has become even more pathological when he can not akcept all that is positive in Alexis play but focuses on imaginary and delusional theories on how Alex is going to fail him (11years) in the future. My advise you is to seek help or find some hobby that can give you some pleasure. The 49ers are playing great football and none better just now than Alex Smith. What is there not to love about yhis team just now. I loved them even when things were not going great, because they never gave up even when faced with adversety on and of the footballfield. Try to enjoy this beautiful game or find some other venue that can enrich your life.
    With or without Alexes middle finger the game against the Giants will be a great game. Go Niners, go Alex.

  17. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    and more important right now is if we win we are 5-1 and they would sink even further to 3-3

  18. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply


  19. By abrahamer on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    yeap it was hard watching this mostly same team struggle under singletary, thank god thats over, sorry mike, this is how we do it !!!

  20. By okcniner on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    dude…11….give it up man….just admit that Alex isn’t the player you thought he was. He’s on YOUR team bro…it’ll be easy! Let it out man, its not healthy to hold in that animosity!

  21. By bojo49ers on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    j-11 u call ur self a fan but ur bashing out alex, thats not normal, i agree u need to see a shrink…..

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