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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 18

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 18, 2012 – 11:28 AM

Before Sunday’s epic regular season battle between the 49ers and Patriots, co-chairman Dr. John York presented members of the military with 49ers pins in a continuing gameday tradition. If you still can’t get enough of the thrilling 41-34 victory in Foxborough, tune into NFL Network tonight at 6:30 p.m. PT for a condensed look at the game on NFL Replay.

While the victory moved San Francisco’s record to 10-3-1 and and clinched the second straight playoff berth for the 49ers, there’s still work to be done heading into the Week 16 road matchup at Seattle. The 49ers will play on Sunday Night Football for the second consecutive week, as the NFL flexed the game to primetime due to its big-time playoff implications.

Here is the latest playoff picture for the 49ers:

San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:

1)    SF win or tie

San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    SF win + GB loss or tie OR

2)    SF tie + GB loss

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate features nationwide recognition for the 49ers, the latest comments from Jim Harbaugh and more.

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the 49ers are entering the big-game portion of the season heading into the playoffs.

Judy Battista of the New York Times declared the 49ers look like the best team in the NFL.

Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group took a look at Harbaugh and the 49ers as they prepare for the postseason.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com provides a breakdown of the latest ESPN Power Rankings, where the 49ers are No. 1.

Bay Tiger Video Productions shared this video of Vernon Davis’ grand opening of the Gallery 85 in San Jose earlier this month.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com described how the 49ers defense outplayed the Patriots.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee relayed Tuesday comments from Harbaugh, who hopes Justin Smith can play on Sunday.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group passed along comments from Harbaugh’s press conference on Monday.

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus took a statistical look at the victory over the Patriots.

Maiocco offered a breakdown of the playing time for the 49ers defense against Tom Brady and New England.

A mock 2013 Draft from National Football Post has pegged the 49ers to select Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the No. 29 pick.

49ers.com’s coverage included a look back at the win over the Patriots, Week 15 game notes and Harbaugh’s press conference (video / transcript).



Happy 25th to Daniel Kilgore.

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58 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 18”

  1. By RED N GOLD on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Best team victory this year, hands down. Offense, def and special teams were all on fire. Now lets go put the seagulls on the endangered species list.

  2. By tanglung on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    LOL, RED N GOLD. 49ers are going to win and it won’t be as close as the score MIGHT say it is. I’m telling you, The 49ers have become something special. All three phases of the game. Better then last season. Come playoff time, teams are not going to want to play the 49ers. Can you say SUPERBOWL # 6.

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply


  4. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    wow Against the #1 offensive team and CK still gets no credit …figures …everyone is stuck on poor alex …who would have lost the last 3 of 5 games …..2 rams games and saints game as well as this game ….wow really you guys think alex would have been able to keep up with brady when he fell flat against the giants ….and yes i said they were not supposed to win this games and this is why they play em on paper we lose big …with CK we have a way better shot than with noodle arm alex ……….and his famous checkdown stat game ….we shall see how far it gets him next year …….well we will see more excuses anyways

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

    @ 11years with no brain, you said last year that if alex smith led the 49ers to the playoffs you would be the first one to post how wrong you were about him, but you wouldnt have to do that cuz you KNEW he wouldnt, well you still havent manned up and admitted how wrong you were about alex, and then just last week you said the 49ers didnt have a chance against the patriots, yet you still post your filth about alex and then post filth about the team you claim to support 100%?,,DUDE,,YOUR A PROVEN FAKE A$$ FAN AND YOU TROLL AROUND HERE WAITING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO CLAIM HOW RIGHT YOU WERE ABOUT EVERYTHING,,,,,,DUDE,,,GO AWAY

  6. By Randy K. on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely great to see the Niners willing and able to throw deep. This was the only weakness wtih this team after miserable 2nd half approaches against the Vikings and the Giants. Now opponents won’t even think to jump intermediate/short routes like in those games. This team can now go all the way. Sorry Alex but it seems that is what they saw that you lacked.

  7. By Jim Al on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great team win against a terrific team. Kap is for real and will only keep getting better, and he’s pretty darn good now. Once he gets in sync with Vernon like he is with Crabs, watch out NFL.

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

    and lets put to rest this qb controversy talk,,,THERE ISNT ONE!!!! CK7 has shown everyone that matters,,,THE COACHING STAFF,, that he has all the tools to lead this team into the playoffs and win more than one game. we are built to win on the road, we are built to pound the rock and we are now built to score point for point with ANYONE,,we could not have said the same if alex were still the starting qb. yes alex has been through alot during his career with the 49ers, but that doesnt mean he should stay the starter when there is a better qb on the roster, some of you fans should start thinking with your heads and not your hearts

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

    @ randy k,,,great post

  10. By tanglung on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    11 years, Can you stop with the Alex this and Alex that. It’s getting pretty boring.
    ENOUGH ALREADY !!!! come on man

  11. By Mutney on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Can you picture “cowboy” riding a sea chicken? Let er buck!

  12. By 9erFaithFull on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Loved watching the Coaches Let CK7 sling it around in such wet,rainy and cold conditions .. and the throws CK7 made shows me as a fan .. this kid has what it takes to be a Leader for years to come .. how great? We shall see in the future .. but like i said the Throws he made in those conditions were Steve young like Great tight spirals with a ton velocity and percision accuracy except for 1 bad throw not seeing the back side safety .. Very nice to watch .. and excited to see what happens in the future :) .. …. WHO HAS IT BETTER THAN US!!!! ???????

  13. By Kuni on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply


  14. By gary potter on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    49erd: great post on 11. he hasn’t the guts to shut up. blog is tired of his s$$t. i supported AS for past 3 years because i supported coaches decision. he was and is a game manager, and our win loss with him since coach JH proves it. i support ck7 because i support coach JH. the only thing i agree with 11 is AS probably couldn’t have won the game against NE, and we damm near gave it away with that freakin prevent defense, which doesn’t prevent anything.

  15. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    great win and i hope they bring the same tempo to seattle ……way to go niners …….

  16. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    thanks for all the love guys ….and i like CK because he is a hard worker and does not need a coach to hold his hand and tell him how to be a QB

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    great look jim Al as well as Randy K nice comments and true to the point ……the future is now and if we do not make it next year with full first team practice he will be able to adjust for vernon and look out ………seattle has put up huge numbers ….our defense better be ready and hungry for birds as well as sacking the QB 5-6 times …gooooo niners

  18. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    and GP and 49D wow you guys make this blog what it is today …keep up the rants and this site will be a force …….who has it better than you guys ……woooot

  19. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    red and gold …..nice post just like we all wanted to hear …….make it a regular ….gooo niners

  20. By cody on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    GO 49ERS!!!!!!!!!!! destroy the seahawks and end their playoff hopes. go niners lets do this force some fumbles intercept the ball. throw touchdowns and run them in, and no missed field goals!

  21. By rypat on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Where was Aldon Smith in this game? I seen him getting dominated, taking plays off and even taking himself out of the game! Not a great sign for the youngest player on the defense! He has had a great season on paper but Cowboy deserves most of the credit for that.

  22. By Hermie on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    rypat…Aldon seemed out of place from normal because of the defense that the 9ers were playing. They had him playing a lot of shallow coverage and then they went into a zone type defense. They knew they had to play a different “D” against NE, but went out of it when they got the hugh lead and almost lost it.

  23. By eastside 9er on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    good job 9ers lets go make a bigger stand sunday night

  24. By 49thsamurai on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rypat he had a interception that’s better than a sack most of the time.

  25. By 49thsamurai on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think he will be just fine when we get to a more normal game plan this week. Hopefully Justin Smith will be able to play this weekend. What really bothers me is Akers misses. What has happened to this guy he was Money last year.

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

    yeah, seeing aldon in coverage gives the seakawks more film to have to look at this week.,,,,,,another BIG week of preperation for the offense AND defense, what will harbaugh do against his old nemesis from college, ” Pete whats your deal Carrol “,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,,23-17 49ERS WIN,,,

  27. By dave g. on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kaepernick is the man…there is no doubt anymore. Alex is good enough to help us win it all but Kap has greatness written all over him. Harbaugh choosing Kap is not because Alex is bad but its because Kap is that good. He is only going to get better too!

  28. By dave g. on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    I have been saying for weeks now about Akers being the problem and now you guys are seeing it? We lost the 2 Rams games because of him. I know one was a tie but I see it as we did not win it then its a loss. we need to fix that ASAP. When you guys were focused on QB, I was saying kicker, kicker. kicker.

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

    I said weeks ago that last year was akers prove the eagles wrong season and this year he is showing why the eagles let him walk, your not the only one who has been watching our kicking problems dave g.,,but will harbaugh make a change?,,that is more of the question

  30. By dave g. on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    When everyone kept talking about the QB change, I said QB is not an issue. I never thought QB was an issue with either guy. Too many were focused on that and not seeing the real issue: Kicking. I think Harbaugh has been giving him time to snap out of it and he has lasted this long because of how good he was last year BUT how long will he wait? You are right…that is the question. I want him to snap out of it but man we need someone ready in the event he does not.

  31. By all9ers on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    We all love Alex and we feel bad for him. He sustained the team until the real QB came. I feel sad that he will most likely leave to another team but again….WELCOME TO THE NFL!!!… and sianara Alex. Your well off $$$$ so it isn’t that bad!!!!

  32. By Larry Lawson on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    As Kap continues to get better, his timing on the Deep Ball will improve and those WR’s will light it up!

  33. By 805faithful on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Proud to be a 49ers fan! I said it last week. To be the best you have to beat the best and our niners did it. Great start, scary 2nd half, but thank god the good D was there to finish it. I hope J. Smith comes back because he is a big key for us. Concerns though D. Walker needs to do better holding on to the football. V. Davis seems like he doesn’t want to attempt to catch the ball if it doesn’t hit his chest. T.Ginn & D.Akers well what can I say everyone saw where our weakness is.

  34. By John Taylor Era! on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    They said we couldn’t beat the Packers coming off a 15-1 season. We did that. They said we couldn’t beat the Saints again. In New Orleans!!. We did that.
    They said we didnt have a chance in hell to beat the Patriots in December at Gillette. By the way, we did that too! Wilson put up two 50 point games in a row and somehow they think hes going to do it again against the #1 DEFENSE in the league?! ( his worst game of the year was against the Niners.) When will they stop doubting us!!!!

  35. By John Taylor Era! on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    @805. I hear you. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GINN AND AKERS. We all count on them the most. Maybe their just having bad years. This team is SOOOO DEEP it really has’nt affected us too bad.

  36. By mfkram64 on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    i said it weeks ago it’s time for ginn to go he is to shakey…akers is hurt don’t understand why they don’t bring in a kicker..i hold my breath on xtra pts. now…that 39 yard fg wasn’t even close!….as far as davis someone pointed out about catching ball i felt the same way he short armed it…he didn’t go get it but whatever..i say he is gone next year with alex..he doesn’t seem to have the drive he had with alex back there…walker is ck’s guy and he will have to step up like davis did last year in playoffs.the great thing is they get manningham back and finally we see what these rec’s can do with ck throwing them the ball…..it’s exciting to wathc again..no check downs lol!

  37. By mfkram64 on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    i’ve been on ginn since beginning of season..he seems unsure of himself..he just doesn’t have the break away speed he had last year..after his injury he just doesn’t seem the same…with williams and hunter gone for year who else do they use? james is a rookie not really sure i’d use him on punts..he did a nice job on kickoffs sunday night but it’s going to be playoff time…this is a big thing going into the playoffs…special teams is not good except for lee and the cover team they get an A.. punt return and kicker right now a D..playoffs is about good field position and no turnovers..with ginn i’m not sure anymore..and akers.. coach might have to go for it alot more on 4th down at the 40 even 35 cuz thats a 42 yarder he’s only good from 35 and in so u have to get to the 20 for a 37 yarder.. see how missing fg’s affects the team..

  38. By mfkram64 on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    my bad on that last post 35 yarder is 52 so 25 yard line is a 42 yarder…anyway he is a problem right now..and it needs to be addressed..he hit eveything last year..

  39. By gary potter on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    m64. you are wrong about davis. walker is not going to be featured tight end, he will be gone. crabs is ck7 go to guy. you are right about ginn and akers.

  40. By mfkram64 on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    yea i meant between davis and walker it seems to me he favors throwing to walker more..i’m glad it’s crabs cuz the wr’s get into the game now…u see what he can do when he gets the ball..seattle will be another great test and that’s what u want not easy teams cuz in the palyoffs u get the best so here we go again this week another playoff caliber team…see what ck does against a good d..these teams mirror each other..young qb’s, good running backs and good d..should be fun to watch..

  41. By tanglung on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    As for Akers. It seems like after the 63 yarder he made early on, He just hasn’t been the same. He does have a leg so that’s probably why couch H. is sticking with him.
    Akers did make the last two after the first one missed against the Pats.

  42. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    AKERS if you stay and Harbaugh has faith in you, you need to deliver the kicks you need to make. If you hurt then bow out! We cannot lose a playoff game due to a kicking issue! Cannot after everything we been through so if you not close to 100% then bow out now and give way to someone who will make the average kicks at least. I am not asking for a bionic leg, just a dependable leg fo rus to win it all. If you staying you you better come through!

  43. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    As far a Ginn he needs to step it up too! Harbaugh and Seely, lets get that solidified even if we have to put A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James in there.

  44. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    BTW: I like Alex and feel he has done a great job with all the challenges he has had over all these years. I have tremendous respect for the obstacles he has had. I wish him all the luck in the world and I know full well he has what it takes but at the same time Kaps skills is the type of skills that come maybe once in a decade if you lucky. This change is more of how good Kap is! And guys he has greatness all over him. I would like Alex as our backup though because he is good.

  45. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    From a GM perspective, I think it would be smart to trade Alex for a big pay day on draft picks this offseason. There is no real solid prospects in the draft (Barkley aint that good). QBs will be in big demand and who is Alexs competition: Tim Tebow??? Injury prone Michael Vick???

  46. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Just think what we can get from the Jets or KC or Jaguars? Think about what the Bengals got for Carson Palmer! Alex’s stock is high now.

  47. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Just saying…(no disrespect to Alex but that’s business). We did it to Montana so no one is off limits.

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

    I think it will be hard to trade alex due to his 8.5 million due april 1st 2013,,who is going to want to pick-up that salary? I think we release him outright and let him sign with whatever team will have him, that seems like the best,maybe not obvious,but the best choice for him, I think the 49ers organazation owes him at least that for all he has endured

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

    and getting someone to agree to the trade would depend on how willing that team would be to re-negotiate the contract for alex, which would give him another guaranteed signing bonus though, but,yeah,either way, ya feel bad for the dude, but that is the nature of the beast that is the nfl

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

    and as far as ginn is concerned, if you followed my attempt at a live blog during the 49ers-patriots game on morning tailgate dec 14, you can see how I feel about mr un-sure of himself tedd ginn jr. that guy is an accident that could cost us a game waiting to happen, im sure it wont be long till we see lamichael wings on his feet james returnig punts as well as kick-offs,,thats what I wanna see, the kid has almost taken it to the house 4-5 times already and has a chance to do it everytime he touches the ball,,,im already getting the home tailgate party bbq marinate ready,,,THIS IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR FOR OUR 49ERS SQUAD,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,!!!!!!!49ER DEFENSE #1 2012

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

    if any of you guys who run this blog read the comments posted on here,, answer me this,,where do our posts go when they dont post on the page??? into blog limbo? it has to have posted somewhere, for when you try and re-post it,,your blog site tells us that it has ALREADY been posted??? I have provided your blog with personal info in order to post on your blog page, an answer to my question does not seem too much to ask……

  52. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    wow funny how the turn coats are all up in it with the CK …figures

  53. By gary potter on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    11: you really and truly don’t get it do you??? no one is a turncoat. we support coach JH decisions thats all. just like we supported him last year and this when AS was QB. get a freakin life

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

    @ 11years with no brain:last year you said if alex smith led the 49ers to the play-offs you would be the first one to post how wrong you were about him but you knew you wouldnt have to because alex couldnt do it, well you were wrong then and you still havent manned up and said you were wrong, last week you said the 49ers didnt stand a chance againt tom brady and the patriots at gillette stadium, well you were wrong again and yet you post about turncoats?? dude, your as hypocrtical as they come,,

  55. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Eleven no one is turning, you wanted Scott Tolzein and Matt Flynn. So don’t even try that. I personally like Alex and knew that Kap would be the guy eventually but did not anticipate this soon. Alex is still very good and it would have been stupid to just cut him. Kap is just ahead of schedule but we all knew there was a reason Harbaugh drafted Kap. My stance was always about what Harbaugh thought was best. Yours was always you knew better than Harbaugh.

  56. By dave g. on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    Why am I not surprised that Eleven is playing that “I always knew” stance? No you did not…you threw darts at everything that was not Alex. Everything that was Alex was not the answer. A guy named Kap was. Its all about continuing to improve at every position and Harbaugh knows QBs better than YOU.

  57. By phatalerror on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Wah wah wah about the kicker.

    Last year it was Wah wah wah about Smith because ‘he wasn’t putting up points, so now the kicker has to’ and ‘we need a better quarterback.’

    Now it’s, Wah wah wah ‘we need a kicker who can help Kaepernick win games.’

    This double-standard has been brought to you courtesy of the Smith-haters.

  58. By JParker on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I am worried about Justin Smith and Aldon Smith. We have the players to switch over to a 4-3 defense if necessary with McDonald and Francois at end and Ean Williams and Sopaoga on the interior, giving our front four a little more push and plenty of run stopping power, giving Justin and Aldon time to heal. That would leave us with Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman and Ahmed Brooks at lb. We would be fine.

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