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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 5

Posted by Taylor Price on November 5, 2012 – 11:04 AM

Fresh off a bye week, the San Francisco 49ers remain in first place of the NFC West with a 1.5 game lead over the Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30-20 at home on Sunday.

The 49ers, themselves, will play a third consecutive division game in Week 10 when the St. Louis Rams visit Candlestick Park.

While the Rams are alone in last place in the NFC West at 3-5, Sunday’s game remains pivotal for both teams.  Since 2000, 29 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and proceeded to the playoffs, including at least one in each season.

The 49ers aim to make sure the Rams aren’t the 30th team to make the group.

San Francisco is coming off a strong showing in Week 8, a 24-3 win over Arizona that featured impressive quarterback play from Alex Smith.

The NFC’s Week 8 Offensive Player of the Week’s performance was reviewed in greater detail by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who believes the 49ers remain Super Bowl contenders heading into the second half of 2012.

“I really like what I’ve seen out of him this year, mostly,” King wrote about Smith, who is second in the NFL with a 69.4 completion percentage. “He’s as accurate an intermediate passer as I’ve seen this season. I think he’s going to be asset, not a question mark, as the 49ers make a Super Bowl push.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com offers a comprehensive review to the first half of the 49ers season including some strong thoughts on the 49ers improved pass defense. Maiocco: “With 15 sacks in the first half, the 49ers are on pace for 30. They had 42 sacks last season. But the pass rush is doing plenty right. After all, opposing quarterbacks do not have enough time to sit in the pocket and pick the 49ers apart down the field. Third cornerback Chris Culliver has made the biggest improvement, and starter Tarell Brown is also having a good season. Carlos Rogers has been solid, as well. As a result, the 49ers are allowing just 184.0 yards passing per game. That’s an improvement of 46.9 yards per game over a year ago.”

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee graded the offense, defense, special teams and coaching of the 49ers thus far. Barrows: “The 49ers are more mature, more complete and better than they were a year ago. Through eight games, they are perfectly positioned to realize those lofty offseason expectations. Grade: A-.”

Sheerly Avni of the San Francisco Chronicle shares details on Aldon Smith’s acting role in a short film.

49ers.com profiled the broadcasting duo of Eric Davis and Ted Robinson, two of the hardest working broadcasters in the business. Robinson also joined our latest Niner Talk podcast.



Veteran move.

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46 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 5”

  1. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    wow seachickens beat vikings …must have been fluke ….either team you pick

  2. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    and wow a team with a good defense and good QB beat the giants …imagine that

  3. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply


  4. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    its quite obvious that 11 has no clue of what he is talking about yet once again
    fake a$$ fan, fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan, fake a$$ fan

  5. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan

  6. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan fake a$$ fan

  7. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    you understand yet no brain? your worthless,ignorant,and tiring worn out opinion is not wanted here, your lack of faith in our coaching staff, qb’s coach and our teams starting qb prove beyond any measure of doubt that there is no way possible you are a current fan of the 49ers.

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    your reluctance to let go of the past distorts your perception of the future. this team has won a divison title with alex. had a qb performance for the age’s in the playoff game against the saints throwing the ball DOWNFIELD. and you know what no brain? if we win the west,,,again,,and make a playoff run for the super bowl alex will once again be our starting qb at the onset of the 2013 season. how does that grab ya no brain??? hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    I for one hope you stick around for all the I told you so’s coming your way, yet I doubt you will for you have yet not owned up to the fact that your statements from last year have still gone by the wayside, whats that you say? you dont remember? well let me refresh your memory.
    ” if alex leads this team to the playoffs I will be the first one to say I was wrong, but thats not going to happen because I know he wont”.
    well,,,no brain?? what say you?? WHAT SAY YOU???

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    you were wrong thern and your still wrong now. anytime the 49ers lose a game you will come with alex didnt do this well enough and blah blah blah, and when the 49ers win a game is becuase the defense had to save alex or if it wasnt for the running game and blah blah blah,,see what I mean? no matter what happens,you will always think of alex as he was before harbaugh came around. what,,? dont you remember the way alex and the offense played when norv turner was the OC??? we fans felt that alex had finally turned the corner after that come from behind win at seattle, the monsoon game, I was there at that game, still have the rain soaked ticket stubb, and we thought as fans that with another year under the guidance of turner we would be a team to be reckoned with, well turner went to san diego the following year and alex got $hit for a coaching staff up untill harbaugh,,,you, my friend, are the only one who cant see through the veil of your own hatred

  11. By trueninerfan on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    I would have to agree with all of yall…..eleven years is an id..t and should be banned from this site…..a niner fan he isn’t…….go niners

  12. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    be a man no brain,own up to your statements from last and bring a fresh, new reason why alex shouldnt be our starting qb and I would wager that you might seea decrease in negatives response’s from ” THE FAITHFUL “

  13. By 9erdog on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    yeah! we win and its like we won in spite of alex!
    I think J-11 gets off negative feedback, I’d bet the floor in front of J-11 computer is a mess?

  14. By bow53 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    well, u guys said it all what needs to be said about j-11, who just open his pie hole w/ out thinking…..as i said all along he needs to wake up to reality and see and feel where the 49ers are right now, standing wise….w/ alex navigating the franchise….

  15. By rjdniner on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    When am watching the NFL NETWORK and they start talking about the rookie QB, s in the league and how well LUCK is doing and they don’t mention his former coach, and we all know who that was, it was mention that Montana had said that what he did his first 2or 3 yrs is what Alex is doing .Also 9erdog remember we picked up Deion Sanders and Ricky Jackson the year we won the SB ….. am really enjoying the comments about that so called 49er fan …….

  16. By Real 49er fan on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply


    Btw 11, ur a douch hahaha

  17. By bow53 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    rjd, good observation cuz’ andrew luck, is not gonna be andrew luck w/ out the mentoring of J.H.so alex smith is in the right place and in the right time…..”NINERS BABY!!!!!!!

  18. By 9erdog on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    When did we pick up Sanders 94/95? Jackson name rind a bell
    but thats all it does!

  19. By 9erdog on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    dean our first super bowl, sanders our last, eh?

  20. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    rickey jackson was the hall of fame lb we signed from the saints, c’mon you dont remember that hit he put on emmit smith during the regular season game in 94 when he knocked emmit clean out,,and out of the game,,we jumped up and all started to shout,, ” super bowl super bowl super bowl ” and thats just what we did
    win the super bowl, that 1994 season was the greatest signings in 49er free agent history. eddie d busted out his checkbook and bought us,,,,er,, got us, a super bowl win .

  21. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    so what you are saying is you are good with the what the niners are doing just making it in and then exiting real fast …..ok nuff said

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    and i am a niner fan and a eddie D fan as well he went out and got what we needed to win and never wasted years on players that needed their nose wiped

  23. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    simple fact is the niners went through some bad times for a lot of years with some good players on the team …and that makes me feel bad for them who worked so hard and yet nothing but jeff garcias and jim drunkenmillers and nameless others who could not get it done here …and that is a shame

  24. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    and yet you still wont own up to your statements made last year pertaing to alex and the playoffs, untill you do no brain nothing you say has any merit or value

  25. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    niners 27 – rams 24 …..2 picks and a QB fumble ……nothing against alex he just holds the ball to long and does not know how to get rid of it…… gore 79 yards ….moss another TD …..and lets see …..oh yeah vernon back in the endzone as well

  26. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    cant believe you still post your filth and your pointless opinion, NO ONE CARES

  27. By bow53 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    nothing against alex eh…thats a lot of B.S.!!!!!!!alex is gonna win as this game and ur prediction of the score is not even close…10 pts. ahead….

  28. By Jake on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 you say nothing against Alex you hate Alex we all know yhou do and how can you say 2 picks like or hate Alex last year and this year that is not him

  29. By dave g. on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven say “nuff said” but continues to cry like a like girl. Will someone slap this b1tch for me if you know were he lives!

  30. By ace on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    the cards were supposed to be tough i think the rams will end up looking really bad against this defense for one and for another they wont be able to stop gore and hunter which means we can and will throw the ball all over the place, this game shouldnt be close another lopiseded win goooooo niners !!!!

  31. By ace on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    i remember when our organization atracked a lot of big name players wanted to come play for us, its awesome to see that happening again, who’s gonna be next ?

  32. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    11years with no brain still wont acknowledge his comments from last year. ttrue to form he glosses right over anything that exposes him as the phony that he is

  33. By Randy K. on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    It concerns me that supposedly, our team was not built to be able to comeback from a deficit. The Minnesota and Giants games were disturbing, I thought now we get to see if all the new players they brought in will enable them to come back when faced with a two touchdown deficit. Well it seems Roman doesn’t like to throw deep to Moss or anyone else for that matter. I don’t see why they can’t throw deep from time to time off play action. They don’t sell the play action very well either. Now the rest of the NFL knows Roman and Harbaugh don’t trust Alex’s long arm. Didn’t you notice that in the Giants game that the DB’s were jumping routs for most of the game? Alex also missed Moss on a deep rout where he was a sure touchdown in the first quarter as he usually does every game. Celek needs to be put on the practice squad and Jacobs needs to be worked in for a few plays a game with Hunter for a change of pace to rest Frank for the latter part of the regular season.

  34. By 9erdog on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    what happened to J-11 alter ego? maybe stuck under the rock and a hard place, one would hope, eh?

  35. By 9erdog on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    Randy K: i agree with ya on the deep ball, but you know it has to be practices as well as anything else. I mean if you don’t ever (harley) throw deep then ‘I’ would you stop even looking’!
    And yes with our offense Nickel Dime, it is harder to over come back. We can do it ,, its just harder!

  36. By 9erdog on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    (it is harder to over come back) thats good!

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply


  38. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply


  39. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    cant post all of a sudden

  40. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    I f, ucki ng give up

  41. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    x5 posts and all went poof

  42. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    ny giants front 4 would not allow alex to get off a 3 step drop let alone a 7.

  43. By 49erdefense2012 on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    if the o-line cant blitz pick up, insert eagles o-line here for example, then your qb is in for a loooooooong day

  44. By ace on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply


  45. By ace on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    the eagles looked horible last night on mnf, great example of how not to build a dream team just buy a bunch of expensive players and a qb from prison, and throw them together, with no running game vic is running for his life lol, whos got it better han us nooooooobody

  46. By ace on Nov 6, 2012 | Reply

    ok nothing against alex smith but he might go 19/19 against the lams instead of 18/19 against the cards,lol 3 td 221 yards and gore breaks 100 with 15 or less carries,crabb , davis and moss catch easy tds, defense 2 more takeaways, maybee the lams score 10 points, more like 33-3 49ers over rams

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