The 49ers are set to skip the pond again in 2013, as the NFL announced the team will travel to London’s Wembley stadium for an international showcase against the Jacksonville Jaguars. San Francisco is excited for the opportunity to represent the NFL and serve as ambassadors for the game of football again.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group discussed the rich 49ers history of international games, including their 2010 victory over the Denver Broncos at Wembley. “Such a matchup was first floated back in August when the popularity-challenged Jaguars announced they’d embark on a four-year commitment to the U.K.,” Inman wrote, “doing so after the St. Louis Rams backed out of their plan to play overseas in 2013 and 2014.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate also looks at Alex Smith’s eventful week, the challenges Eli Manning presents and more.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com also wrote about the 2013 49ers game in London. Maiocco: “It will mark the third time the 49ers have played a regular-season game outside the United States. The 49ers in 2005 played the first regular-season game in Mexico City. The 49ers lost 31-14.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared an update on Smith’s sprained finger while noting he met President Barack Obama earlier this week. Barrows: “The first thing President Barack Obama said upon meeting Vernon Davis and Smith at a fundraising dinner Monday night in San Francisco had to do with the 49ers’ game against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 19.”
Inman talked about Smith’s week among other things in his Tuesday notebook. Inman: “Wearing no splint or bandage, Smith fully participated in Wednesday’s practice and showed no ill effects while throwing. He hurt his finger on his right, throwing hand after attempting his final pass in Sunday’s 45-3 rout of the Buffalo Bills.”
Kyle Bonagura of CBSSports.com relayed Jim Harbaugh’s comments on Giants QB Eli Manning. Bonagura: “Manning’s propensity for the big play is something the 49ers are weary of. He ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (1,579) and despite having the third-most pass attempts in the league (197), he has been sacked just four times.”
Inman wrote about the 49ers trying to slow down the potent Giants passing attack. Inman: “Manning presents a formidable challenge for a 49ers defense that’s already survived the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, the Lions’ Matthew Stafford and the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com discussed the NFC West, which is a combined 10-0 at home this year. Sando: “St. Louis faces a potentially tough matchup on the road against Miami. Seattle has a difficult home game against New England. San Francisco is home against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Arizona has to like its chances at home against reeling Buffalo, but the Cardinals face enough questions on the injury front to invite at least some pause.”
49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at Ronnie Lott receiving his 49ers HOF Blazer (video/story), Vernon Davis, Dashon Goldson and the 49ers defense, New York Giants conference calls and the new 49ers team store which is set to open in Palo Alto on Saturday. We also previewed the upcoming game with New York and brought you press conferences from Jim Harbaugh (video/transcript), Davis, Goldson and Smith.
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