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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.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed the 49ers-Cardinals Week 8 matchup.

NFL Network explained why Frank Gore could play a huge role on Monday night.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com listed the Tarell Brown vs. Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Iupati vs. Calais Campbell matchups as ones to watch.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted that the 49ers are giving up few big plays through the air in 2012.

Inman spoke to legendary NFL coach John Madden, who is impressed with the 49ers offensive line.

Branch passed along comments from people around the league who are speaking highly of guard Mike Iupati.

Barrows analyzed the impact of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

Inman relayed the comments of offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who discussed the measures opposing defenses have taken to slow down Davis this season.

Inman also took a look at the Andy Lee vs. Patrick Peterson matchup in the punt game and noted that Michael Crabtree is on the verge of catching a pass in 50 straight games.

NFL Films put together a video preview for 49ers-Cardinals.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com examined the strong run defenses in the NFC West and wrote that the Cardinals have an uphill battle against the 49ers.

49ers.com’s weekend coverage included Jim Harbaugh’s comments on the birth of CEO Jed York’s son, Brown vs. Fitzgerald, the latest Niner Talk podcast with Bruce Miller, Donte Whitner’s new blog post and updates from Andy Lee and Clark Haggans.



Congrats to the SF Giants for their second title in three years. #SFUnite

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28 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 29”

  1. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    rally time ….worse than loseing to the giants is loseing to the cards ……at least warner is not the QB ….alex would have gotten some lessons………at least now the niners can have a shot a winning ……gore must break out some runs to save alex from hinmself……gooooo niners

  2. By bow53 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    1st. in all conrats to the sf giants.WORLD CHAMP IN THE BASEBALLWORLD!!SF GIANTS BABY!!!!!!now about the game tonight, were well rested everybody is healthy, i sense alex throwing at least 2 T.D.here and the rest of the score gonna come fr. the run game, will punch them in the mouth w/ it , gee i really would like to see jacob in action, the guy is due men…i’m not worried about the defense, they’ll stop every body on there way,it will come naturally in there part….and once again will be allright…..before the bye week…..

  3. By 9erdog on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    Three players I would really like to see!
    Jacobs, Jenkins, James, and Moss being used as a WR and not as a decoy. Thats this dog’s wish list!

  4. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    if we are to use jacobs,james,and jenkins in this game who will we make inactive?we are going to need all of our cb’s in this game so I doubt very much that any of those 3 will be active at game time save maybe brandon jacobs. you guys that have been wanting these guys to play are forgetting that in order to play we have de-activate some of our other guys,, dont get me wrong, I for one am chomping at the bit to see lamichael james play but we must be patient. the one thing I am very sure of is this,,,we have a very capable qb in alex smith,he doesnt wow you with brady or brees like performance on a week in week out basis,but he IS our qb and we have been winning with him,so,in closing,with the defense we have and the very powerful running game we deploy, we can,and will,win the NFC WEST, and make the play-offs.but we must be realistic,with the falcons playing the way they are,it looks like the road to the super bowl will go through atlanta,which is ok with me,nothing would make me happier than to win the NFC champi0onship game in atlanta against the mike nolan led falcons defense,,,,hehehehe,,,,GO 49ERS!!!! BEAT THE BIRDS TONIGHT,,,

  5. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    this game tonight is the heavyweight title fight of the NFC WEST. this is always one of the toughest games for us each and every year when we play arizona at their house. they seem to play outta their minds against us on their turf. we are gunna hve to punch them in the mouth on the very 1st play of the game and not stop untill the final whistle blows. look for frank gore to get the ball alot tonight and watch for kendall hunter to break off a long one and im hearing that brandon jacobs will make his debut tonight, but,unfortunatley that means someone will not be active for this game. my guess is that it will be damarcus dobbs, we cant afford to deactivate players anywhere else,we need ALL our lb’s and cb’s tonight along with all our o-line players available,so it will have to be along the D-line,,whichever they decide I know that coach harbaugh and his staff will make the right choice,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST….

  6. By bow53 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    hope ur right on “D” my opinion we need to see jacob on what his capable off,but ironically we need to deactive one in order to see him action,i rather prepare gore, jacob tandeem here, i’m not saying hunter is not good, but J.B. has more experience than kendall,thats why i know in my heart that this guy is gonna contribute not only big but HUGE….well like u said in harbaugh we trust, i agree 100%….

  7. By Rick in Round Rock on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    Here we go

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith, 18/19 for 232 yards and 3 td’s, sets a record for completion percentage in a single game,,thats the kind of qb play we want. combine that with our defense and running game and it all adds up to a super bowl berth

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    and brandon jacobs was a last minute inactive,,too bad I thought the dude would play tonight

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    poof x3

  11. By ace on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply


  12. By ace on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    wow 7 yards rushing from the cards, 7 ? yards defense so fun to watch, when they clobbered the cards in the first half, and good job alex smith actuallly whole team played well again,cards were supposed to be tough for us to beat and we dominated them. good job guys ty gooooooooo niners !!!

  13. By ace on Oct 29, 2012 | Reply

    gore is the man woooooooot, what 5-6 yards per carry thats insane, he will not gain the most yards in the league, he doesnt need to,gooooore niners !!!!

  14. By 9erdog on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Good fun game, against a weaker team we won as we should!

  15. By 9erdog on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    49erD: understand what you’re saying 45 man active rooster, So that means 11 man on offense, 11 defense, kicking teams that adds up too 33 right? other 12 are backup ? Is that right?

  16. By 9erdog on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh Calls Smith Critics ‘Funk-Jive Turkey Gobblers’ !

    Funk-Jive Turkey Gobblers, eh?

  17. By rjdniner on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    9erdog remember the backups can play in the regular games like they did last night and start for most teams, yaw Alex got sacked, and we all know why he went down on one of them so he didn’t lose to much yardage, I had tears of joy watching them play, the old man can still do it he’s going to do it aging you watch, specking of Moss that is …..GO 49ER, S…..

  18. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    that hit by dashon to doucet is so explosive that i felt the imfact while watching on t.v., now this is how i see it. DASHON GOLDSON =RONNIE LOTT ALDON SMITH= CHARLES HAILEY..we are really back inthe glory days…..”NINERS BABY!!!!!!

  19. By rjdniner on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    But due to free agency it’s hard to hold on to players like they did when we won all the championships, and that hit was so CLEAN I’d like to see that one in super slow motion, .got the week off, the RAMS next the then the BEARS all at the stick . Wonder what Snyder was thinking about standing on the side lines ?.

  20. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply


  21. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    dude this website blows 7 times trying to post and nothing but air yes i still try and post here with the dream that maybe it will be fixed …there are like 15 people who post on here and cant believe that is too many for the site to handle ….really not what i expected from a team building a new stadium that is suposed to be state of the art

  22. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    yep, same times u can’t control free agency, but those guys that i mention gave us super bowl banner up there, before they left ,i was kinda hoping that the present guys would do the same thing before we leave the stick……another super bowl banner….

  23. By bow53 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    why did i say same ,it suppose to be some…..

  24. By 9erdog on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    rjd, right,the 12 guys can play! and thats where we sit player down for a game, to get either James or Jenkins some playing time! We wouldn’t want to sit a backup defensive player down to get an offensive player in, I understand this.
    Maybe we should have drafted defensive players 1 and 2?
    A number one draft pick should be a starter by game 8 or at least have some playing time, same goes for #2 overall pick!

  25. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    11 yrs w/ alex is very football savvy. He should get to post here. All his posts are so informative and level headed. He’s objective and just really loves the game of football. He knows what football is all about:


    It took Aaron Rodgers all the way to the Superbowl last year.

  26. By KDB on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Does it AGAIN.

    Nice Work #11 and the Rest of the Team.

    I’m out again but nice to check in to see a few get SLAPPED DOWN AGAIN!

  27. By rjdniner on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    Mc33 your right but for the last several months all he ever posted was negative things about the QB of our team so you can see why a lot of use that have been posting on this site would prefer that he post somewhere else .And I wonder if you are 11yrs using a different username for posting ….

  28. By MC33 on Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

    rjdniner, I’m right that Aaron Rodgers went to the superbowl last year? I’m right that 11 yrs is objective? Or I’m right that he’s levelheaded and informative? Which? I think that one slipped past you bud ;)

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