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49ers Focused on Finishing Strong

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 4, 2012 – 5:36 PM


It’s all about finishing in the NFL.

Not only are the fates of games decided in the last quarter of play, but the fates of teams can be decided in the final quarter of the season.

Take the 2011 New York Giants for example. Big Blue was sitting at 6-6 through 12 games last year, before going 3-1 in the final four games to sneak in the playoffs to make its eventual Super Bowl run.

“It’s very important to finish this quarter strong,” Carlos Rogers said. “We talk about fourth quarters. This is the last quarter and the teams that do good in the playoffs – around the end of November, December they kind of click, kind of get going and establish themselves into the playoffs. That’s what we’ve got to do. Can’t come into the playoffs with losses like we did last week and not hitting on all cylinders.”

At the moment, the 49ers are trying to build momentum after Sunday’s tough 16-13 overtime loss at St. Louis. With an 8-3-1 record, the 49ers still have a slight lead over Seattle (7-5) in the divisional race, but will need to finish strong to claim their second straight NFC West title. Still, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reported, there’s an outside chance of the 49ers clinching a playoff spot on Sunday.

The Rams earned a hard-fought victory over the 49ers even though the offense accounted for just 6 points against the stingy San Francisco defense. But Rogers and his teammates haven’t pointed any fingers since suffering the defeat.

“We lose as a team, we win as a team,” Rogers said. “Regardless, we’ve got to try and find a way to get that ‘W’ no matter what the circumstances are.”

The 49ers have four tall tasks lined up for the end of the season, starting Sunday against Miami before a marquee matchup at New England in Week 15, a road contest in Seattle in Week 16 and the regular season finale at home against Arizona.

Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled for Miami (5-7) this season, throwing for 2,559 yards, seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a 57.9 percent completion percentage. The Dolphins have lost four of their last five and recently placed franchise left tackle Jake Long on the Injured Reserve with a torn triceps, but Rogers said the 49ers aren’t looking past any opponent.

“Unfortunately we just lost one and all we can do is bounce back,” Rogers said. “That’s when you test your character is when you go through adversity. If you never go through anything, you never lose, when times get tough you won’t know how to respond. We’re a good team at responding.”

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37 Responses to “49ers Focused on Finishing Strong”

  1. By Saintperle on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been a 49ers fan since I arrived here in 1963.

    Harbaugh’s disloyalty to Alex just makes me feel like “Maybe I want to do something else on Sundays.

    Makes me wonder what the players really think about their situation.

    They all know that if they don’t do the job, don’t get it done, they’re gone — “It’s a business.”

    But when you DO the job and do it better than anyone in the NFL — and STILL get replaced by the coach’s shiny new toy because you got your noggin bonged running for a first down, well then, what the hell.

    Makes me think LOT and LOTSA less of Harbaugh as a standup guy.
    And gives me a bad taste in my mouth to talk about the 9ers.

    Maybe we shoulda gone with Jon Gruden, cuz Chuckie really wanted the job. And maybe has a more developed sense of loyalty.

  2. By Apocalypto on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    How many concusions can u have had in a season before your considered by the league unfit to continue for the season & or career? i’m guess’g it’s still being litigated?Most people don’t care about others health….only what their short sightedness can perceive..I think the coach is side’g on safety 1st….Fans 2nd….GOOD CALL COACH!

  3. By NMNINERS3 on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    THe NINERS are going to do what they need to win..as much as i want Smith to have had his start against the rams.it didn’t happen we’re not the coachas fans we support our team regardless of who is under centeror any other spot on the field…I support the team did I like what happened ???no I didn’t but this is the direction the team is going ..So if the NINERS leave a bad taste in your mouth you need a new team to root for…..We wouldn’t even be talking about playoffs or superbowls right now if Harbaugh hadn’t come here,hell we wouldn’t even be talking about how good Alex is if Harbaugh would not have brought him back …Smith himself said he wouldn’t be back…………..Montana lost his spot here in place of y Young so that is the nature of the Business.GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By mitch on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    It’s all about the winning whoever us in at Qb big dea,l as long as we win that’s what counts right? .

  5. By 4evr9er on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    The question isn’t whether or not he should have benched Smith or not, but can he successfully manage all the BS from fans and media if it doesn’t work out favorably. To me, there was no wrong decision there. We can win with either QB. But there’s something about Kaepernick’s play (the 2 fatal errors in the Rams game not withstanding) that makes the offense seem to flow the way it is designed to flow. I feel that #7 can force defenses to defend the entire field.

  6. By Jerry on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    JH may see a great future in CK. But maybe the battle should have been fought in next years training camp. Not throwing CK in there with raw talent but a rookie mentallity. Watched his at Nevada run out of bounds constantly, carry the ball like the proverbial loaf of bread, and try to do it all by running the ball. So I guess JH watched a lot of Nevada tape to make this great decision, and now to much of an ego-maniac to say I (jh)
    made to early a decision……

  7. By lohn medina on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    if the defenses are defending the entire field,, that must be why our offense isn’t scoring enough points to win.

  8. By russsalmon on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully the Rams game will be a wake up call for the Offensive Line and the OL coach because no matter whio is under center wion’t succeed with that kind of play

  9. By Josh on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Coach’s move makes me sick. I feel like there’s a hidden problem “well what do we do if Alex wins the Super Bowl? Can’t keep both Kaepernick and Alex next year.” Solution: get rid of Alex now. Better win the Super Bowl with Kaepernick now coach!

  10. By friscoballaz on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    got off the train in 63 with my folks and rode my bicycle to Kezar AND THE REST IS HISTORY im a big Alex Smith fan because he inherited a 1-15 team and a bunch of cupcake coaching who didnt have a clue wtf was going on and everything i was fighting for him in 7 years was starting to come around under A REAL COACH the third best QB Iin the NFL. tHe protector of the ball he was 26-28 in last game and a half 3 tds no pick or fumbles Harbaugh is a great QB Coach and he wont let CK fail BUT i feel much stronger with ALEX as our QB BCUZif we go in to playoffs and CK has a game like sunday tack to rookie or a learning proses ………….. BS WE GOT THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFL AND THIS IS OUR YEAR IF U LOSE U GO HOME LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION at least we know what were getting with Alex ….64,000 against me im finally gona lose because its bye bye Alex and Kap is our future i get that BUT NOT THIS YEAR

  11. By Will Hirsch on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh blew it and big time. While CK has moments of elite play, he also has lots of moments of rookie play. Not his fault, he’s a rookie. In making this decision, Harbs disrespects Alex, who was putting them right back in playoff position, puts a rookie into an impossible position, and unless Kaep takes them to the SB, a team that will be reasonably mad and doubtful of their head coach. The messages Harb sent the guys was not a good one. Also, Harbs playing with the media isn’t appreciated. They are our way of connecting with the team and when he disrespects them, he is, in a very real and direct way, disrespecting the fans who provide hie with a job. Also not terribly smart.

  12. By friscoballaz on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    exactly ……Smith and Roman to the jets next year Harbaugh brings in Andy Reed and well just meet them in the superbowl next year also LOSING IN PLAYOFFS NOT AN OPTION THIS IS OUR YEAR

  13. By Ace on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only fan who sees whats going on here? The loss against STL does not lie solely on Kaep’s shoulders. The safety was a booty call by the refs and the pitch was executed poorly, but shouldn’t have been called inside our own 20. Even Harbaugh admitted that. The point is Kaep is the future of this franchise, whether you people like it or not. Jim didn’t trade all those draft picks for no reason. No doubt Alex has played better than anyone could’ve imagined these last 2 seasons. Is it unfair to lose your job due to injury? Maybe. I’m sure Bledsoe would agree. But Brady stepped up and look what he’s done! He was a 6th round pick! I’m not saying Kaep is at Brady’s level yet, but the possibility is there! At what point has Harbaugh been a bad coach anywhere he’s set up shop? Trust that he knows what he’s doing, and stop couch coaching. Stay faithful, my friends!

  14. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply


  15. By Josh on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ace… Kaepernick essentially gave the Rams 10 points on his own. Not even Alex Smith would have done that.

  16. By Paul on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Making a controversy where none existed is hard to finish strong.

    Too bad coach Harbaugh, you’ve begun to lose some credibility with fans and players.

    A little disappointed.

  17. By Donald Redman on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Coach did what he thought was best for the team, and to get the win. When it is all said and done it all rides oin the coaches back . He is still looking out for alex. he has been by his side since day one, when the rest of us fans wanted him gone, jim stuck by him. he has done a great job with alex. Let’s talk about the O line and how they seem to not get the job done again this haven’t we beefed up our O line? then there’s Aker’s , what has happened to him. you use to be able to count on him, he never missed. How long should we stay with him before we replace him. How many games have we won on his foot? This year when it’s time for him to kick I think oh no.I’m a niner fan till the end, and I know coach will do what’s right for the team, but I still cross my fingers at game time.Were not there yet.

  18. By Lando on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    we need SUPER BOWL this year or 49ers will crumble for next year..KC7 won´t provide.

  19. By jake on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’m long time 49ers fan as you guys are. But one thing hits me most is you guys are so impatient and judgemental about everything. Nobody from 9ers staff will hear and read your opinions, don’t waste your energy it’s futile. Just watch and wait what playes out for us in last 4 games. Beacuse we cant do nothing about what is happening with the team, so just chill out and pray for the team .

  20. By NevadaNiner on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Go Kap don’t let all the haters stop us from winning the Super Bowl. If the success of the 49ers offends you then so be it. real Niner fans are in no matter who the QB is Go Niners

  21. By Ojay on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that Harbaugh is the coach and he gets paid to make decisions. Harbaugh is a very competitive coach and we do not know what goes on, on the practice field. I, We are faithful fans that wants to win an he made the change, that gives the team the best chance to win. We will be fine taking one game at a time, because we as fans do not have any control of what’s going with the team. Keep the team in prayer and let the man up stairs take care of that. GO NINERS!

  22. By mfkram64 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    i couldn’t agree more ace..i here those word..why in the bleep don’t u all see it..kap. is harbaugh’s guy period…they went and try to get manning last year..what don’t u see? they kept alex around to wait for kap. to understsand offense..coach saw it evolve in practice and said it’s time…that loss to the rams was not kap’s fault stupid call on pitch back that’s oc call not kap’s ok..and drop td by walker c’mon..no int’s no fumbles he played good..if alex played like that u alex lovers would have defended him all the way..”.wasn’t his fault”..to start and question harbaugh is insane..he has brought a winning attitude and will continue to win when alex is gone and anyone else that doesn’t want to play for him..guys will line up to play for this team next year…it a business…and the players know that…winning cures all!

  23. By roger on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply


  24. By wayne on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Dose any see this as Balkie’s decision they really don’t want to pay Alex his 8 million when they could pay Collin 850 thousand and lock up other players with that money. Greg roman to Dallas with Alex at Qb and Norv turner as o coordinator. it may be the only time i hope Dallas dose well

  25. By will on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    If JH goes on to win the Superbowl, all the naysayers and pessimistic media, fans and experts will start talking about how much of a genius Harbaugh was for switching QBs , at end of season, while on Superbowl run. If CK7 fails and single handedly loses a game or if Niners miss the Superbowl, then JH decision will be critized all off season. True, Kaep gave up points to the Rams, but he also made huge plays — 50 yard scramble– that could have given the 49ers a chance to win the game, if other players would have done their job.. Akers make a kick (CK& got them in position to kick), Delanie Walker catches the TD catch.

    Alex was good, no denting that, but teams were starting to figure it the 49ers achilles heel, stop the run and force Alex to beat them, teams know Alex cannot throw deep either. . CK7 at least gives them more dimensions and harder to scheme against because he can run AND he has a better arm.

    Let’s see how the team finishes. Colin will make his mistakes, but his ability to stretch the defenses could be what we were laking last year…

  26. By 49er4life on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Nobody in this chat including myself can even fathom the severity of the desition of a head choch because non of us are there. We are fans and prospects, yes we are the faithful but be sure that the entire organization want the SB.. Coach JH knows what he is doing, I am a huge Alex Smith fan and I want despretly for him to win a SB because he has earned it, however I think coach has something up
    His sleeve and is not letti g it. be known at this point. Who ever is at QB we should support because its our team, let’s think logic and not critical because of our feelings. Let get the fins… Go 9ners

  27. By NICK LAMBUSTA on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply


  28. By cody on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    everybody knows that kap is good… but not good enough for the niners, niners need alex amith, there is not a doubt in my mind that alex is the guy. when kap dont get snaps smith dont get int’s thats how i see it. when kap didnt play a single snap at the cardinals game alex got pow. what does that tell you.? wwe have a real all-star just gotta let him play how he wants to play

  29. By ogre on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Dolphins 20 49ers 16
    NE 34 49ers 20
    Seahawks 24 49ers 13
    Arizona 17 49ers 28

    49ers travel for playoff (wildcard) and lose. This is quite the possibility with Kap at qb. Great time to take off the training wheels. Alex you would look really good in Dallas (blue & white) I imagine Jets, Jags, Titans, Eagles, all will welcome you.
    So good luck kids. If a man’s word is not good enough; then his signature isn’t worth getting. Good luck!

  30. By ogre on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    If enough fans demanded cash refund of their tickets (1 game); the noise of that new stadium would din. Another disrespect; coaches don’t read nor listen to fans. Its like politicans in Washington; your too stupid to understand for let the grown ups drive. Same perspective different program-same attitude. Integrity is not a mute point quite yet (but probably soon). KARMA

  31. By so.cal49ERSfan on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    wow i had never seen so many negative comments on this site specialy since coach jh’s arraival. i personaly love his desicion i think ck will be primed and ready to make a long play off run. i dont think (as11) can repeat what he did last year. just my opinion WIN LOSE OR TIE AMA NINER TIL I DIE!!!!!

  32. By Grimm on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Where was all of this love 3 years ago when no one wanted him around? He thinks too much and will never have natural football instincts. That’s why he was replaced. If not for the lock out then Denver giving Manning a Brinks truck he would have already been gone. Kap makes the Niners a better team now and into the future. Strictly business the same would happen if someone took over your company and purged. He won the lottery when Nolan drafted him so he’s made the most of his opportunity.

  33. By russsalmon on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    When the 49ers play to their full potential they are the best team in the NFL. When they are inconsistent i.e. Vikings, Giants, Rams-Rams they are average at best. Jim Harbaugh has brought championship football back. Get on-board to support your niner s to play their best !!! Just 2 years ago we were all depressed. Enjoy the miracle Jim Harbaugh has returned to SF. Go Niners !!!!!!

  34. By 49er-n-memphis on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    I Like DAT, SOCALLED49erFan. good stuff….. Go Kapp…Go 9ers

  35. By Humble Gold on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers should look for a future coach, Jon Gruden. Fill the void of mistakes and controversy. Jon Gruden has both creativity and high intellect. One cannot run the same game, over and over and over. Too predictable…got your number.

  36. By Rambo the 49er fan on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    We need Alex if we are going to make the superbowl, no disrespect to Kap he will be a good one some day but right now we need Alex He has proven himself and is being treated with a lot of disrespect and he ha s handled it like a true gentleman that he is. A lot more than we can say about coach Harbaufg when he was in a similar situation when he played in this league. We will not go to the big game without Ales Smith, Maybe we should have taken Gruden as head coach when we had the chance, i know he would have made better decisions with the team. The defence beat the Saints not Kap. And what happened to Kap and the Offense against the Rams???Twice the offence were absent with out Alex their field manager, if and when Alex is gone (and you know he will be if he is not a starter) he will come back to haunt the niners and Harbsugh, and it will serve them right.

  37. By Rambo the 49er fan on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    There is a lot of teams that would welcome you Alex, thik about it, Jets, Jags, Cowboys, Eagles, Chargers, Raiders, Cardinals, Every one of these team need a QB and you would fill the bill buddy. And then you can come back and dump on the niners as they well deserve it.

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