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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 10

Posted by Taylor Price on December 10, 2012 – 10:34 AM

Aldon Smith now owns the San Francisco 49ers single-season sack outright record thanks to a two-sack performance against the Miami Dolphins. With 19.5 sacks on the season, Smith leads the NFL in sacks and has the team’s single-season sack record, distancing himself from Fred Dean’s 17.5 sacks set in 1983.

Now, it remains to be seen whether or not the second-year linebacker can record 3.5 sacks in his last three games to break Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record (22.5).

Smith’s also including himself into the league’s Defensive Player of the Year conversation according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

“A factor that must be considered, obviously, is Smith threatening the NFL sack record,” King wrote in his weekly MMQB column. “He has 19.5 after getting two Sunday against Miami. The record is 22.5 by Michael Strahan. With three games left — at New England and Seattle, then home against the leaky Arizona line — Smith needs 3.5 sacks. Today I’ll take Watt, with his 16.5 sacks and league-record 15 passes batted down, four of which resulted in Houston interceptions. Three weeks from today, who knows?”

King also ranked San Francisco as the league’s No. 4 overall team heading into Week 15.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle offers more thoughts on Smith breaking Dean’s 49ers sack record.

Branch examined key plays in the game, including C.J. Spillman’s first career fumble recovery.

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared the star-struck experience of San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo inside the team’s locker room after Sunday’s win.

Lynch also shared Frank Gore’s humorous comments on how Alex Boone keeps tackling the 49ers running back this season.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about San Francisco’s bounce-back performance against Miami.

Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News shared comments from Smith’s teammates on the outside linebacker’s recent stretch of dominant play.

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee examined LaMichael James’ big role in his first NFL game and how led to a 49ers win.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote the 49ers used a proven formula to beat the Dolphins.

49ers.com reviewed the game in detail, including Kaepernick’s performance and the group effort of the 49ers running game. We also shared photos from Sunday’s win and reviewed the action in the latest Cover 2 video recap presented by AAA.




Appropriate acknowledgement and perfect timing with release of latest 49ers Gameday cover story.

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65 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 10”

  1. By tanglung on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Say what you will about this win over the Dolphines but the 49ers just don’t seem to be making strides. Kaep’s numbers are not as good as Alex Smith’s. Playoffs just around the corner. I’m just saying.

  2. By rock on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    @tanglung i agree 100% love my niners but we need to make a huge game next week to beat the pats…

  3. By rock on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    have a huge game

  4. By tanglung on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the 49ers to do well. Maybe these last few games (tie,hard fought loss, hard fought win) are going to make for good playoffs as winning in the playoffs/superbowl will be hard fought.

  5. By rypat on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Kaep had a good game overall but does he have a clue where the play clock is, even in his own stadium? That is not going to cut it in New England, Seattle and definately not in the playoffs!

  6. By bow53 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    this is what i been questioning fr. the get go, if? un experience qb. would lead us to the deep in the playoffs, from what i know the duration of the playoffs is suppose to be zero mistake, cuz’ if u srew up one time ur gone.. don’t get me wrong i support the decision but why?? now, if our goal is to run in the S.B,, now we have to wait and see the out come this coming games between pats and the seahawks……

  7. By all9ers on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I put the responsiblility for the last two games on the coaches and the PLAY CALLING and not the players. We have a good team, call better plays, more agressive.

  8. By raj on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    We want Alex Smith from next week, Kep is good, but not as good as Alex. Next two games will be tough without Alex.

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    poof x 100

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    the team needs to get better on 3rd down offensively

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  15. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    pa ssing

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  17. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    poof x 1,000,000

  18. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I give up

  19. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    L O L

  20. By DMT on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think it’s time to show ole Brandon the door. There’s enough to concentrate on these next two weeks, without having to tiptoe around a fourth string player, with a distracting attitude. Last year the staff sent Braylon packing, so why not jettison Jacobs before we go into these next two huge games.

  21. By Hermie on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    They have suspended him for the last 3 games without pay!

  22. By Hermie on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I sure have been reading a lot of posts how we need Alex in there because we are not looking good on offense. I looked at the 8 games we won or lost by a touchdown or less with the number of TD’s by Alex last year.
    24-27 (L) – 2TD (Dallas)
    13-8 (W) – 1TD (Cinci)
    24-23(W) – 2TD (Phili)
    25-19 (W) – 1TD (Detroit)
    27-20 (W) – 1TD (NYG)
    19-21 (L) – 0TD (Arizona)
    19-17 (W) – 0TD (Seattle)
    34-27 (W) – 1TD (St. Louis)

    6 Wins, 2 losses…how many of the wins does Akers derserve the credit!! If he would have made the FG’s that he was making last year, Kaep would be 4-0. What makes you think the offense runs any better with Alex in there???

    I have no reason to doubt the decision of the coaches in that CK gives us the best opportunity to win now!! He has done everything the coaches have asked so far!!

  23. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    good to hear he is suspended, but dont release him,he may get picked up by another team headed into the playoffs and could be helpful to someone else, no, let him sit here and rot for not being a team player. he has his rings and sholud as a por help others on his team to be better

  24. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    as a pro I meant, dont know what the heck por is..

  25. By Hermie on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    49erdefense…None of my posts went through until I took p a s s e s out of the blog…then it went through. Must think we are saying a$$es

  26. By iswordsman on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The co-ordinators need to step it up a serious notch or three. Players are playing hard, working it, but now it looks as tho the co-ordinators think they can mail it in and be good. This league catches on quickly, that old stuff dont shine like before.
    We gotta get get the back(s) out in the flat after blocking as an outlet and some come-back by the TEs. We cannot go deep in the playoffs without converting 3rd downs, we wont even make it out of Seattle.
    As it stands we will NOT win the division without some NEW offense wrinkles in the game.
    I know it was a W but man we looked mid-pack a lot of the game

  27. By mfkram64 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    tell me something if they win in new england next week will it be ok to stay with kap? he is 3-1 should be 5-0 but whatever…if he played bad coach would have put smith in period,,he hasn.t warranted such a move cuz kap. has played well,,u alex lovers still pick on the move..get over it…would have alex won all the games who knows?new england is 20-0 in second half of season past 21/2 years.. r undefeated at home the last five years…so if the niners go in and beat the patriots i don’t want to here it PERIOID! there’s plays kap makes alex can’t like shaking off a defender for a sack alex would take sack…i know he didn’t throw an int/ but it gets old u need to make a play…not take 4-6 sacks a game sorry it gets old…check downs one after another gets old thats why when the niners get down it’s hard for alex to come back..wait and see kap is a winner he has it already it took alex 8 years yo get!

  28. By phatalerror on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    It’s interesting how the Kaepernick supporters keep referring to David Akers’ failings as if they are unique to the 49ers’ losses under his leadership. In the two losses Smith’s 49ers took against the Vikings and the Giants, both margins which the offense needed to overcome would not have been so difficult to overcome if Akers could have successfully kicked some relatively short field goals early on: He had a 43-yarder blocked at the end of the 2nd quarter by Minnesota (which turned what might have been a 6-14 “one score” deficit into a 3-17 deficit at halftime), and then he missed 2 out of 3 kicked in the first half of the Giants game (a 44-yarder and a 52-yarder, which would have left the 49ers with a 1 point deficit going into the second half; the 49ers never attempted another field goal during the second half).
    The whole argument about playing Kaepernick over Smith was that Kaepernick would put up more points and would be a better weapon in the red zone. Now the Kaepernick supporters are arguing that he needs a little help from his field goal kicker. What happened to the high expectations? Did they prove unjustified? Yes.

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

    cocahes call the plays, but the players have to execute them. kap needs to do a much better job at keeping his eye on the play clock when he is unable to hear himself in the huddle when we play at new england and seattle. 2 very loud places to play in. I like what I saw from james, the kid is running with an attitude.and almost took a couple of plays to the house. I did not however like the boo’s that rose up at the end of the first half. sitting in my seat in the south end zone, upper box, there were boo’s being heard. this team is headed into the playoffs and get booed. fair weather fans I imagine. kap is getting better, he is seeing some of the changes defense are going to start throwing at him and is responding. he didnt have a good stat line, kind of alex like, but he made the biggest play of the day with his feet, the ” deciding factor ” coach harbaugh said. the road to the playoffs starts next sunday night at new england and runs right into the biggest game of the year, another sunday night game @ seattle. IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST….49ER DEFENSE 2012

  30. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    wether you are pro alex or pro kaepernick, you should just get on board. its not like CK7 is playing terrible I was one of the biggest critics of the move at first but I now am seeing the things that kap is getting better at. he throws with more zip and accuracy now

  31. By gary potter on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    if we play like we did yesterday we are in trouble. i said early part of last week if we couldn’t contain the blitz we were in trouble. we were lucky we caught them in a blitz. and ck7 scored the touchdown that cemented the game. bleacher report has a list and grades on our ol play. they give staley a b and the others c to d. to me that is generous, they didn’t play well at all especially davis. he has regressed big time since early in the season. if i didn’t know better i could have sworn rachal was still on the line. they must pick it up this week and next or we are in big trouble.

  32. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    this season is feeling 1984 all over again,,,frigging great to be talking about our 49ers as one of the top teams in the league. high expectations,high draft picks, I much prefer drafting at like 28-31 as opposed to drafting in the top 5,,duh..everyone walking out of candlestick,even the boo birds I suspect,were saying bring on the ‘pats. I have always said, at the end of the day, I dont care who is throwing the ball as long as were winning.

  33. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    how goes the days ………well i see ……so how bout them niners …….good ……can be better ….i mean the seachickens put up 50+ ouch …..cards sure …but wow …….looks like coach is trying to keep stuff under wraps for playoffs …..he might need to open it up a bit to get into playsoffs seeing how we let the rams game slip ……but …..it is a game and they play em for a reason ….you never know…but yes better playcalls and more calls to CK’s style out of the pocket and better snaps seen lots of low snaps …lots that affects timeing as well ……………

  34. By bow53 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    “D” i agree w/ u on james, the kid is a work horse, his gunna get better in more games to come, i rather see james play than jacobs, J.H.should use him often, i see some solid running on this kid….huge potential in the years to come……on ck7 i believe his getting there, its a part of growing pain, i hope he’ll adjust in the next game or so……the next games are so important . key for our playoff run….

  35. By san101 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    alex hates ok first you put up stats of last year. second we had no reciecever last year so you cant compare last years stats to kap this year. if you want to be more accurate put alex’s stats of this years. about the only thing i like about kap is that he can run and avoid sacks better then alex but i like alex’s reads and decision making better then i like kap. and theres a reason alex makes check downs becuz he has too noone is open! i swear some of you talk real big but you’ve never played a real snap of football yourself!! and if you did it was probly becuase you’re team was up by 50 points and the 3rd string players finally got to play.

  36. By TheRock49 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The same that killed us against last years NY Gs, are killing us this year,
    Conservative play calling.

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    the patriots lost the home opener this season to arizona, just sayin

  38. By TheRock49 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    With the receiving core that we have, Why are we running 2 out of 3 downs in the Red Zone like the Robinson Rams of the 80′s. We have flat out threw on every opponent since Kaeps been in and then we just stop and go back to the run. Maybe the problem is O.C calling plays. How about some more trick plays like last year,to keep the others off balance. And Maybe, just maybe how about
    Running more of a West Coast offense ,quick slants ( like we did all day on the Rams, before going back to the run). It does become a waste to have the offensive power that we do, not to be used properly.

  39. By TheRock49 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Cards had a QB ( corn Kolb) at that time. And they actually tried to Win games back then.

  40. By Mario J on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Too conservative TheRock49…too. I”m not saying run it up like in college, but you need to have more then 7 or 10 points before you start trying to just run it out. I don’t know if our coordinators are taking instructions from Coach or if Coach just agrees with it. No matter what, I hold him responsible. Also everybody….it’s not CK making the difference, it’s a team effort and play calling. We haven’t seen another Monday Night display for 2 weeks. This year, we have been undisapplined, oops, in our ability to catch the ball, and of course the big penalty. Right with the big play and having it called back. That’s been the difference….in my opinion.

  41. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    yes gary we need much better blitz pick up and overall play from the o-line, what team doesnt right? but ya we need to step it up now. the most important games of the season are upon us,,,

  42. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    someone above posted pats are undefeated at home last 5 years,, I was just sayin

  43. By mfkram64 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    watch the pats…niners d better be ready…they r a fast tempo offense..there was that monday nite game against the arizona where the niners were up alot so arizona went to a hurry up and gruden said it the niners were getting tired cuz they don’t sub alot so i’m telling u belichick picks up on that stuff..they r killing the texans right now…get your track shoes on cuz brady will were u out…please don’t tell me alex would keep up///

  44. By rypat on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    In Harbaugh we trust? Lets be real! When do we start to look at the coaches for mental mistakes by players? To me it shows a total lack of discipline and to watch Kaep mismanage the clock so terribly and Harbaugh to waste so many TO’s on horrible challenges. Folks, I like Harbaugh but seriously, he is no Bill Walsh at this point.In case you have not noticed, Harbaugh approves or rejects evry offensive play run for the team so be careful how high of a horse you put this guy on! Big test against one of the best coaches ever coming this week!

  45. By ace on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    looked like whitner was angry at that guy he flipped onto the ground, but he gave him an extra yard or so,lol, good job next time flip him backwards plz ,im just saying if i could do that i would. i dont see gore really fitting into this pistol formation well we cant let teams not fear gore he is a beast we used to have an amazing run game west coast style i guess im not really a huge fan of the pistol offense, but its better fitted to kaeps skills?

  46. By Hermie on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    rypat…if you think Harbaugh approves every play before they are run, you live in la la land!! Roman calls the plays!

  47. By Hermie on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh talks about Greg calling the plays…he does not approve all the plays!! At least be responsible with your posts!!

  48. By TheRock49 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    We’ve just been putting are hands on our opponents necks ( referring to the games we have won/ excluding the Bills) slightly choking them and pulling our hands off to give them air. If we don’t start choking them out, it’s going to be a short Playoff run…
    In my opinion.

  49. By Sandi on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Niners seem to struggle, especially 3rd downs. Greg OC needs to step it up….we are no better with CK. No matter what QB is in, we throw 7 yards. 5 yards…..it looks BAD……Greg Roman…what is up with his horrible calls……WOW something has to change……..We are running the ball way too much, we have so much talent but we are not using them….Joe Montana is right the O -,Line sucks….we just dont look very good….Ever since Smith has been gone the Offense is missing something……NE is killing Houston 28-0 not sure CK is ready for NE……too inexpericed and doe not mange the clock well……

  50. By TheRock49 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter what QB is playing. If we can’t convert on 3rd downs, score Tds in the Red Zone and kick Field goals!!!!! All those players that we picked up on Offense this summer will be for not. D can’t win without some Offensive help.
    So Greg, how about opening it up? Lets go NINERS !!!

  51. By phatalerror on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    The team went a year and a half with the coaches getting very little blame even when Harbaugh said the coaches deserved blame (remember his comments concerning “game plan” after their loss to the Giants in week six?). Then as soon as Colin Kaepernick stops performing as well as Alex Smith did throughout the year, everyone jumps on the coaches. Does anyone here even realize that Colin Kaepernick has not thrown well to any receiver not designated as the first read of the progression? The price for that will be paid when the 49ers start Kaepernick in his first game against a top-notch team led by a top-notch coach. Did you think the Patriots had a lower-tier defense? Think again.

  52. By joe garza on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I have always felt that Brady is the closes quarterbaxk playing today to Joe Montana and if you think that kaepernick will hang with Brady forget about it. Remember that Brady can beat you weather his defense shows or not, second theiirs no way in hell that harbaugh will out coach the Pat’s. Still love my 9ers.

  53. By mfkram64 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    i say the same thing…where is the vertical game…something to moss open up the middle of the field..they have to throw deep to keep def. honest..why did they go and get moss? where has vernon been? it’s december and true playoff teams pick it up now…i’ll say it again it’s hard to get to a champ. game back to back and the niners over achived last year…it’s nice to think they would go to the super bowl but remember this is harbaughs second year…he had a great first and it takes time to mold your team..so stop panicking…u guys complain about him and oc to much…they r 9-3-1 c’mon that’s not bad..what did u think they be 13-0 or 12-1 at this pt.? aside from two missed fg’s they be 11-2 so they arn’t playing terriable football…they haven’t got blown out…so stop complaining so much.u can’t complain about kap with to’s so u pick on clock mang. that’s a reach…he was 18-23 sunday not to bad…o and got the W again…

  54. By mfkram64 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    i understand everyone wants to say their peace but look at where the niners were and where their at under harbaugh…13-3 last year and 9-3-1 right now not that bad of record first 2 years…take a look at the nfl atlanta and texans best records right now atlanat should have lost at least 2 more game as should have texas…that leaves us with pats,denver and niners with 3 losses…the niners won all 9 games no lucky plays or what have u they won them..my point is they r playing good football..can they improve sure they can…every team has it’s problems…give harbaugh time we got spoiled last year and it was great but did anyone predict it no way…so relax don’t loss faith…he was a good player and is a good coach with the fire to win…and the most important thing is he KNOWS HOW TO WIN! so stay true to your team!

  55. By jamie on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I think were in trouble the next 2 weeks. We may very well be heading into the playoffs as a wildcard team. II hate to say it but I really dont see us beating New England….they are a machine right now and Seattle is very tough at home. Our 4 game experienced starting QB is going to have his hands full. Our D is going to really be tested against Bradys hurry up offense specifically d/t our lack of depth and the fatigue that factors in with that. I dont like our matchup with Welker. We struggle with fast, quick slot recievers….although every other team in the league struggles covering that guy also. The NFL realizes this also…thats why the Seattle game has been flexed to Sunday night…..it very well may be the NFC West title game.

  56. By bow53 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    solid defense and special team plays is gunna help as alot to win in new england, the offense should open up a bit, will punch them in the mouth w/ our running game, and pls…….g-ro open up the playbook here, i believe we have a chance in pulling this off……

  57. By 9erdog on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    seems too be unrest in 9er land ,,,, just saying`

  58. By 9erdog on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    “who has it better then us?” just asking!

  59. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    yes mfkram, real fans stay true to the team,, IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,

  60. By 9erdog on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    I post something and I am accused of being chicken little,
    “the sky is falling” fine I can handle that! But something is wrong with our team, don’t take my word for it!
    I just read the above post’s and one thing for sure, we weren’t talking this way last year, I don’t think, eh? But what I’m hoping for is for us to rise above it all in the next couple of games!
    We have the talent, I agree with those that feel Roman needs to open it up! we’ll see !

  61. By jamie on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Roman needs to not only open it up but he needs to run this offense like a NFL offense. I dont like this pistol style read option thing. Its not the NCAA. Belichick is not going to be fooled by that at all. Hes one of the if not the best at defensive game planning. This will be the D’s biggest test in 2 years…..I just wish one of these next 2 games was not away….the timing couldnt be worse. I live in Buffalo and I will be a HUGE Bills fan this weekend. It just stinks that the game is in Toronto and not at home. Go NINERS!!!…and Go Bills this Sunday.

  62. By bow53 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    poof!! server on lunch again??????

  63. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    The pistol type of formation G-RO is using seems to work pretty good when used every now and then. I saw james almost take one to the house, I also saw the ‘phins d-line crash hard following kap and kap gave the ball to frank and smashed,,saw some things last week that were totally new,,more stuff for the pats to have to watch film on, in fact the last few weeks we have shown some very different things. we talked about it here on the morning tailgate blog earlier this season, saving the best for last, you guys must remember talking about it. coach harbaugh and roman are giving teams that much more stuff to look at.,,,
    they call us 49er fans, ” THE FAITHFUL “,,,lets try living up to that. nothing that coach harbaugh has done has failed yet. he has brought this far and im not going to give up on him now,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,lets not judge this season untill its over,,,

  64. By bow53 on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    the pats loves to throw the ball a lot, they seldom have a running play , the ball is always in the air 85% of there plays , offensive wise, our corners and safeties should step up here, elimanate some penalties, thats my main concern, last night the texans are getting to brady a bit, i’m sure the smith brothers is gunna be breathing on his neck, all night long, not to mention ahmad brooks, what i’m sayn here is tough defense, will decide the the out come of this game, and to answer why unrest?i gotta see at least one playoff game home…as a season holder….

  65. By phatalerror on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    “the pats loves to throw the ball a lot, they seldom have a running play , the ball is always in the air 85% of there plays…”
    Sir, you are entirely misinformed, and speak merely on the basis of stereotype.
    Not including week 14′s stats, New England ranked 23rd on the throw-happy list, running on 45.4% of offensive plays.

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