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49ers O-Line Wins Weekly Madden Award

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 25, 2012 – 11:48 AM

Led by a steady effort from their offensive line, the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night en route to a 13-6 victory at home.  The 49ers scored on a third quarter touchdown pass reception by Delanie Walker (Central Missouri State),to improve their record to 5-2 and maintain first place honors in the NFC West. The 49ers offense gained 313 total yards on the night with a 5.5 yard per play average.  With Week 5 and Week 7 honors, the 49ers offensive line is a strong contender for the fourth annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award.

The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award recognizes the backbone of every NFL team…the offensive line.  John Madden, for whom the Award is named, has been praising these unsung heroes for decades and serves as the ambassador for this unique Award, honoring the best Offensive Line in the National Football League.  The Award serves to celebrate the loyal teammates in the trenches that most consistently provide the time and protection that is critical to their teammates’ and overall team’s success.

“The 49ers offensive line needed to step up against Seattle’s defense and they did just that,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach John Madden.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 25

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 25, 2012 – 11:05 AM

Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson has eight interceptions dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, including last week’s pick against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com put together a behind-the-scenes, black and white photo gallery of the Week 7 victory for the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Goldson has maintained his status as one of the game’s most complete safeties in 2012 with his hard-hitting ability and knack for forcing turnovers. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group wrote that Goldson figures to play a big role in the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

“His contribution in preventing deep passes, plus his efforts on run defense and punt coverage Thursday, earned him a game ball from coach Jim Harbaugh,” Inman wrote. “Goldson also made a fierce stop on running back Marshawn Lynch that Harbaugh called ‘one of the best front-up tackles I’ve ever seen.'”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features a look back at Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s legacy, Delanie Walker’s contributions to the 49ers and more.

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On the Phone with Whisenhunt and Peterson

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 24, 2012 – 2:53 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were one of just three teams to hand the 49ers a defeat in the 2011 regular season and the two NFC West foes are set to renew their rivalry on Monday night in the desert.

The landscape of the once-maligned division has changed drastically in 2012, as the NFC West now totes four quality teams with top-notch defenses. Heading into his team’s first matchup with the reigning division champions, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt knows what type of game to expect.

“All of the teams in the NFC West have a defense that’s strong, that’s very physical,” Whisenhunt told Bay Area reporters in his Wednesday conference call. “That’s a great quality for our division to show to the rest of the league. I know that it will be a physical game on Monday night. It always is when we play the 49ers.”

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 24

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 24, 2012 – 10:58 AM

It’s already Week 8 of the 2012 season and identities of the NFL’s 32 clubs are taking shape. Through their first seven games, the 49ers have featured one of the league’s best rushing attacks, ranking first in yards per carry (5.9) and second in yards per game (176.6).

Frank Gore (103 carries) and Kendall Hunter (50 attempts) have carried the load for the 49ers so far this season, totaling 859 rushing yards as a tandem already. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee also noted that Gore (5.8 yards per carry) and Hunter (5.2) are the only duo to average better than five yards per carry this year.

“Gore, 29, trails only Buffalo running back C.J. Spiller ,a change-of-pace back who has sprinter’s speed, in averaging 5.8 yards per carry,” Barrows wrote. “He’s on pace for 1,374 yards this season, which would be his best output since he ran for 1,695 yards in 2006.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the challenge the Arizona run defense imposes, Eddie DeBartolo’s upcoming profile on the NFL Network and more.

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Andy Lee Named NFC ST POW

Posted by Taylor Price on October 24, 2012 – 9:31 AM

For the second time of his nine-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Lee’s five-punt performance in a Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks was crucial to San Francisco’s 13-6 win. Lee’s punts averaged 45.6 yards (44.6 yards net) and included a 66-yard punt late in the fourth quarter to pin Seattle on their own 11-yard line.

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49ers Hire New Chief Financial Officer

Posted by Taylor Price on October 23, 2012 – 4:23 PM

The San Francisco 49ers named a new Chief Financial Officer this week in news first reported by Fortune Magazine.

Former Facebook VP of Finance Cipora Herman will join the 49ers front office, taking over for current CFO Larry MacNeil, who will stay on with the team as the Executive Vice President of Development.

Team President Gideon Yu told Fortune MacNeil will remain active in the team’s new Santa Clara Stadium project to make sure it’s going to be “the best sports venue in the NFL.”

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LaMichael James Learns on the Job

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 23, 2012 – 2:45 PM

There are no redshirts in the NFL, but LaMichael James has undertaken an understudy role in his first year with the 49ers. On a San Francisco team with a stable of talented tailbacks, James is working hard as he waits for his opportunity behind Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs and Anthony Dixon.

The former University of Oregon standout has been inactive for the first seven games of his NFL career, but has learned immensely from the teammates and mentors ahead of him on the depth chart, especially Gore.

“He comes out to practice and he works hard each and every day,” James said. “When you’re watching him, it’s just like, ‘Wow.’ He practices hard, always finishes runs. He’s a complete pro. I just want to idolize myself after him and try to pick up some of the cues so hopefully one day I can be a great running back in this league, too.”

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#Vote49ers to the 2013 Pro Bowl

Posted by Taylor Price on October 23, 2012 – 10:41 AM

It’s officially voting season for NFL fans.

As of early Tuesday morning, polls are open for fans to select players to the 2013 Pro Bowl, set to be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 23

Posted by Taylor Price on October 23, 2012 – 9:52 AM

Many would argue that the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time rushing leader will wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

But still, even in the short term, Frank Gore will be represented in Canton, Ohio.

The Hall of Fame recently received items to display from the team’s history-making performance in a Week 5 win over the Buffalo Bills. In a 45-3 victory, the 49ers became the first team in league history to rush and pass for more than 300 yards in the same game.

To celebrate the achievement, the Hall of Fame is preserving the milestone in the form of a game ball signed by Alex Smith and Frank Gore, plus Gore’s game-worn gloves and shoes.

Gore’s pink Breast Cancer Awareness cleats picked up 106 yards on 14 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run. Smith posted his best outing of his eight-year career that day, finishing the game with 303 passing yards, three touchdowns and a career-best passer rating of 156.2.

49ers.com visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this season and put together a blog with photos and a recap of the experience.

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Frank Gore Feeling Better

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 22, 2012 – 5:49 PM

One day at a time, Frank Gore and his bruised ribs are getting better.

Gore suffered the injury in the second quarter of Thursday’s 13-6 win against the Seahawks, when Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner speared Gore in the back after he caught a short pass. Gore would still finish the game with a season-high 131 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving, leading the 49ers to victory.

Sitting at his locker on Monday afternoon, the 49ers rushing king said his ribs are feeling “a lot better.”

“Just taking it one day at a time,” Gore said. “But I feel good. I should be all right.”

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