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Morning Tailgate: Nov. 12

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 12, 2012 – 11:35 AM

The foreign feeling of Sunday’s 24-24 tie vs. the Rams still lingers at 49ers headquarters on Monday. San Francisco took part in its first draw in more than 26 years, changing the entire NFC West playoff picture in the process. Peter King of Sports Illustrated sifted through the confusion and wrote that the 49ers-Rams tie stood out among the weekend’s full slate of games.

“Each team had another chance, but there was no more drama,” King wrote. “When the clock got to :00, (Danny) Amendola — and he wasn’t the only one — didn’t know the rule that the game was over. (Shades of Donovan McNabb, 2008, Cincinnati.) ‘I thought we were going to keep playing,”” he said.

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from a bizarre afternoon at Candlestick and looks ahead to what’s next for Alex Smith.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passed along the mixed emotions of the 49ers after the rare draw.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com did his best to share all of the crazy storylines from Sunday’s game.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted that the 49ers locker room was somber after the 24-24 tie.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared the reactions of players who didn’t realize NFL games could end in ties.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle recounted the wild drama of Sunday’s contest.

Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group discussed the big role Colin Kaepernick played in Sunday’s outcome.

Maiocco brokedown the possible playoff implications of Sunday’s rare result.

Sando offered insight into the complex nature of the NFC West standings through 10 weeks of play.

Inman discussed the steps Smith needs to take before being cleared for next week’s Monday night matchup vs. Chicago.

Maiocco wrote about the play that knocked Smith out of the game with a concussion.

Gwen Knapp of Sports on Earth detailed what Smith’s injury means to the 49ers.

Maiocco broke down the individual playing time for the 49ers vs. St. Louis.

Sando passed along the full interview between Randy Moss and hip hop artist Lil Wayne.

Sam Good of TDDaily spoke to right tackle Anthony Davis about his strong 2012 campaign, social media and more.

49ers.com’s game coverage included a game recap, a notebook that focused on Kaepernick’s contributions, Aldon Smith’s Gameday cover story, Cover 2 presented by AAA and press conferences from Jim Harbaugh and Kaepernick.



Thank you veterans.

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32 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Nov. 12”

  1. By gary potter on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    this is coming from a die hard 49er. they stunk up the joint. the ol was terrible and the secondary was torched all day long. i said early in week i wouldn’t touch the game and they proved me right. special teams coach needs to re-examine his calls. fool me once bad fool me twice uncalled for. most of blame is on ol for AS getting hurt. perhaps boone should be replaced at guard. he was terrible as was our pro bowl center. i know it was only 1 game but rams exposed some scary faults of our team. just sayin

  2. By gary potter on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    11: this is for you and all the other AS haters. if you think we can win with kap at qb, i got news for you. we wont. he is raw someday maybe but not now.

  3. By bow53 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    i hope alex is alright…..its bizarre game at least that draw game, its a half point win,fr.what heard were still a head two games fr. the seahags….i don’t know ???? i loss my voice…..

  4. By stig flodihn on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Got Big Heads from last year lucky draw.
    These Hip Hop victory dances by some lame 49ers, should be weeded out.
    None of the 49ers are what they were last year. Wise-Up Harbought!

  5. By mfkram64 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    rams had 450+ total yards and were 7 for 16 on third down thats not good.. what happens now is teams look at the film and see how fisher showed niners weakness on d..niners have the best front 7 on d but to me the cb’s r not cutting it..sorry rogersand culliver can’t cover they got lit up again..were r the picks? if i was coaching i’d throw it long all day they can’t cover..thank god they lined up wrong cause amendola ran down to the two..he was open all da..y this is the rams! wait till they face the patriots and saints on the road..this was a game they needed to win ugly or blowout they needed a win not tie! giants lost bears lost and even falcons lost..if u r going to realy on the d then they have to dominate from start to finish..the special teams need to wake up…akers is in a funk..he buries that all day…like any good team they put this behind them and get ready for the bears..to me a must win….

  6. By bow53 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    i observed that everybody is flat fr. the get go,defense, offense and specially the specials teams,i hope its the hang over of the bye week,everybody needs to step up, not onl;y players but the coaching staff, we can’t allow those trickilly plays to happen, i hope they improve this monday night game…

  7. By johnks44 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    what the hell ? what was that all about ? great comments today on this blog, great comments from the faithful, we will stand by you team, learn from this disaster . . . and don’t ever presume a punt is a punt before it happens . . . like someone said . . . wake up, wake up Niners ! Frank Gore, you are the man . . . picking up that ball off the ground and running for a first down ! Wow, that’s 9er football and a lesson for all ! How about Scott Tolzien ? Is he still alive ? I hope so !!!

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

    the way the team played is exactly the way I expected them to play, although I also expected them to pull out a victory. the 49ers since the start of the bye-weeks years ago have been notorious for coming out flat after the bye week. long time 49er fans should know and remember that very fact.

  9. By 9erdog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hope Alex is okay!! why do we do this every third game we stink it up, they came in OUR house and did that to us? 2 fake punts, first one okay BUT the second one as well. just made me feel sick! We/re getting worse thats for sure !

  10. By 9erdog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    gary you nailed it, J-11 gave cap, and big pat on the back, but didn’t say anything about him missing Walker(?) for a TD. And nothing about Alex taking us downfield for the TD while his must have been spinning, boy Alex is one tough sob, I think he should have gotten a flag on that hit as well helmet to helmet! Coaches should have been ready for this … we have great coaches but come-on! here we are 6 2 1 and we’ve only beaten one team with a winning record, seagulls !

  11. By 9erdog on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    If you haven’t seem it, take a look at these pictures, one of Alex getting hit, Fisher and coach post game hand shake! Some good pictures for sure!


  12. By DMT on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    This is not a championship team. They don’t have the mentality of a championship team. They are a playoff team, but that’s about the extent of it. They show up to home games as if though a win is a fore gone conclusion. I thought the Giants gave them a reminder of who actually won the Super bowl a few weeks ago.
    The best chance this team has of success in the post season, is all games are on the road, to me they seem to focus more away.
    Am I the only one that noticed Stephen Jackson totally abuse Patrick Willis yesterday?

  13. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    wow way to jump ship

  14. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    concidering we were down and the QB does down and then the back up rallys and gets us into position to win the game ….i think they did real good

  15. By mando on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    whats up with all the negativity? kaepernick is clutch no doubt and at least we didnt LOSE!! GO NINERS WE’LL COME BACK BABY!!!!

  16. By rypat on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    How many reality checks does this team need? The hype has clearly gotten to their head! Start showing up from the first whistle in all phases or you will be mediocre like 25 other teams. Nobody is laying down for you, go out and earn it. Rams owned you! They were the more physical team! Bears are coming so wake up!

  17. By Alan Otwell on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I hate reading that team members did not know that the game could end in a tie!
    Hello NFL players – Thanks for the Entertainment but regular season games CAN end in ties. There are only 16 of these opportunities in the regular season – Please do not squander them. Also, Have not watched the game yet but a punt happens on 4th down. The Most important thing on 4th down should be preventing the opponent’s 1st down.

  18. By stan78 on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m going to hold off on my comments until after the Bears game if the team that beat the Green Bay Packers in the 1st game of the season shows up I probably won’t have to comment.

  19. By gary potter on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    11: who jumped ship. ?? I don’t see it on blog. just some due remarks on progress of game. if you watched it you should have seen the same as others.

  20. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    the game was crazy time ticking off and not replaced …as was the fact that our defense got exposed by a really good defensive coach ….and yes the niners now have to buckle down and finish the rest if season with more fire….that being said …great game

  21. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    the game was nice to watch with all the effort the niners put into to try and come back and win is a good look at how much they came together when the niners were down and the starting QB went down ….kaeper gave em a TD and several opportunities to win …williams got stripped and worked to get it back ….gore quick thinking and the quick thinking on the fumble that was laying on the side line ….exciting game i loved it wish we had made that FG though …things happen the rams always play us hard

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    keep it tight huge game coming up and we still dont know who the QB will be …so huddle up and give all your fight to the niners to get back to business and rock chicago and finish the season

  23. By phatalerror on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    So 11, you must have been happy to see Kaepernick get some snaps. After seeing a stat line very similar to 2011 Tebow, are you so sure you want anyone but Smith taking snaps against the Bears next Monday?

    The floor is yours. Please inform us.

  24. By 805faithful on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    What a game that was. It’s too bad Akers couldn’t finish it. I like how K held up in the pocket and looked for options with all those Rams coming at him. Hopefully A. Smith saw that so maybe next time he could just get rid of the ball quicker so he wouldn’t have to take such punishment. I hope they give A. Smith next Monday off. Just for safety reasons.

  25. By joseph vietri on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    While Smith will continue to remain the staring QB, I suspect we will see more action for Kaepernick for the remainder f the seson

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

    True we are not a Championship team ((right now)) but we have 7 games to get it together!!! Are we stealing a page out of the giants playbook?? No reason in the world my we shouldn’t be able to pull this together ,,, ya gotta believe !

    PS: kap: only if Alex is down

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

    Consistence is key, something that we seem to be lacking?
    Its okay to criticizes your team, But jumping ship, I don’t think real fans (Faithful) don’t do that ! Still haven’t seem our first and seconded round draft picks, a number one pick ‘has’ to be able to help your club, I think most would agree?
    I doubt the lights go off at 49 49 Centennial Bld, I really feel this falls onto coaching, the rest of our season is a two minuted drill

  28. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    no do not start on number 1 picks haveig to do something or we end up right at the alex smith line and i am ready to move on to K and or alex doing anything to lock this season up …still not convinced that alex can take it to the superbowl but we have to at least ramp it up and not lose to any division teams and or loook silly

  29. By 11yearswithalex on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    huge game monday night and the bears and playoff ramafications ……..alex may not get the go ahead from the doctors he looked pretty rattled on the sideline and he knows just as well as all of us that if he does not play and K wins that game he is done so look for alex to get the nod any way he can ……

  30. By gary potter on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    11: you are a freakin joke. AS done if kap wins game against bears. Whatever $$it you are taking has really fried your brain. your comments are really getting lame.

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

    No J-11 didn’t see it, he’s all smitten over Kaepernick, he didn’t even see kap miss that TD opportunity, and BTW who dropped the ball that gore picked up?
    Kaepernick he’ll get better,, but he’s sure the hell not ready now!

  32. By vdog on Nov 13, 2012 | Reply

    i`d like to know were anthony dixon and bradon jacobs are you need to use all your weapons

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