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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 19

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 19, 2012 – 11:23 AM

Colin Kaepernick has made quite a splash in his first five NFL starts. On Wednesday, Kaepernick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for four touchdowns in the 41-34 road win at New England.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that Alex Smith also won the award in Week 8, giving the 49ers something that hasn’t happened in two decades.

“This is the fourth time in 49ers history that two quarterbacks have won player-of-the-week honors in the same season,” Maiocco wrote. “Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young both won the award in the 1988 and ’90 seasons. And in 1991, Young and Steve Bono were honored.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at Kaepernick’s development, the new Santa Clara Stadium and more.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com compared Kaepernick and Seattle QB Russell Wilson by looking at their stats against four common opponents.

Brodie Brazil of CSN Bay Area recently took a tour of the new Santa Clara Stadium site.

Pro Football Focus listed 9 49ers on its 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group noted how Vernon Davis is building chemistry with Kaepernick.

Sando noted that Kaepernick is the third NFC West QB to earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.

Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group takes a historical look back at the coaching careers of Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Michael Crabtree has become Kaepernick’s go-to guy in the passing game.

Sando looked at Kaepernick’s numbers through five NFL starts.

Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com passed along comments from Jonathan Goodwin about the center-quarterback exchanges with Kaepernick.

Barrows did a film review of last week’s big win in Foxborough and noted the success of the 49ers in the Q Formation.

49ers.com’s coverage included a look at the team gearing up for a playoff run, the new faces contributing to the team down the stretch, LaMichael James’ nomination for a rookie award and comments from CEO Jed York. We also provided press passes from Vernon Davis and Frank Gore.



That’s some good company.

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17 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 19”

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

    congratz to CK7 being named the NFC offensive player of the week, it was well deserved, NO ONE in the media gave the 49ers a chance to win. it is obvious that CK7 like to throw the ball downfield outside the hashes, only coming back to the short stuff and the middle when he is being rushed. that being said,,we know that randy moss is only here for this year, after seeing james being able to handle the return duties, ginn is most likely gone as well, that leaves us with crabs,manningham,aj jenkins and kyle williams. dwayne bowe will be a free agent neaxt year and would be a great addition to our team. dude can crush it with his run blocking and makes the tough catches inside and going across the short middle where nfl lb’s make their living, just a thought,,,anybody agree,,? dis-agree?? im just trying to switch up the blog, it seems like for the last 5 weeks the blog chatter has been nothing but qb’s and play calling…I HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,

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


  3. By johninchina on Dec 19, 2012 | Reply

    What a game in New England, from the coordinators to coaches to players – full excellence !!! Praying that Justin in good to go but don’t want to take a chance that his injury could be aggravated . Let him play one down and keep his record intact and let next man up get experience. We need Justin for the playoffs . . . and now, what about the Power Polls, the tsunami of stats and the nay-sayers, prognosticators of the media . . . ha !!! means nothing along with what Seatle did the last two weeks, today is a new day and come Sunday it will be down and dirty and the team with the most will and zeal to win will prevail . . . we need to take these last two games to redeem ourselves from two, count em, two non-wins vs the Rams in one season . We have the best D I’ve seen in over five decades of watching NFL . . . and 49er fan for the last 40 years of them ! Feels good to see the O and Special Teams catching up with the D, yep, feels real good ! Go Niners, finish the season well and into the playoffs with a clear message . . . we are back !!!

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

    john: don’t want to start to argue with you, but did you forgot the defense of lott and company?? i have been niner fan since they arrived in the city and i think they were the greatest. go niners

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

    this is going to be great game bettingwise. niners opened 2.5 dog sunday after the game, today it is pick which means a ton has been wagered on niners. i think we win by fg

  6. By mfkram64 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    have to shut lynch down..ran for 100 last time..make wilson throw the ball…stay in lanes take away his runs too..going to be a tough hard hitting game…one corner is suspened other might not win his appeal today..so they should throw the ball all over the place sunday…open up for the run….if they win it sets them up for second seed…that’s a nice job this year with a very tough shcedule..good road wins this year…packers,saints and patriots were big…need one more sunday

  7. By mfkram64 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    caroll always has good defenses were ever he goes..one thing coach has to be ready for is the fake punts and fg’s..caroll will try them also early on watch for on side kick be ready for the unexcepted..he will try this week…this will be harbaugh against caroll i don’t think they like each other to much…i’m getting pumped already…

  8. By 9erdog on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    not an argument just a fact , Dean, Hacksaw, 9ers have always had great D’s! but the QB’s get the fame?

  9. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    1. Yes we always had good D during the good times. I believe we were 1st in O and D last time we won the Super Bowl. But don’t go saying Montana and Young don’t deserve plenty of fame. 2. Johninchina, I have to completely disagree you on Justin smith. If he gets medical clearance, we need him on that field on Sunday. This is our division title and the inside track to a first-round bye and at least one home game. The linebackers are the heart of our defense, but Justin smith is the soul. Food for thought: we get a sack ever 15 drop backs when he is on the field, and one every 34 when he’s not. This game is huge.

  10. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    P.s. yes Ted ginn will almost certainly go somewhere he might be a top 3 option for somebody next year, but I’m not so sure on randy moss taking off. He’s not pricey like he used to be, and he seem’s to be having fun with Kap. Make a couple more million and pad those hall of fame numbers? Why not? San Francisco is a good place for receivers to retire. Miss ya, Jerry. Just sayin’, he could probably suit up on Sunday and still be better than half the guys out there.

  11. By bow53 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    sunday’s game is gunna be slugfest, pete carol wants to win so bad that his team is gonna come out swinging here,he really wants to beat J.H. fr. the get go since there college debut, which pete never in his life won a single game against our beloved coach, until present time , i believe J.H. is gonna approach this wise and cool as always, the front seven is gonna stop the run game here of the seahags, and this is how will win the west, once again will be alright come sunday…..

  12. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t care if lynch gets 100 yards, just keep him outta the end zone. Only reason the last game was so close was we boned the 2 fake punts, gotta watch that. I agree, Pete Carroll will continue to see harbaugh’s giant head in his nightmares

  13. By claymus1 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Consider this, You guys have been good all year. (and last) and you only won against Seattle AT HOME by a small margin. The Hawks have become a different (and better) team over the course of the season. They seem to have found an identity and it is very much tied to Russell Wilson’s play as well as leadership. I have all the respect for both of these teams and look forward to a rivalry that could last a decade or so…A rivalry at the highest level! I refuse to debase it! It is way too cool a thing!

  14. By bow53 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    i agree,rivalry is gunna be intense in the years to come, its gonna be personal between J.H. and pete carol…..big time…..thats one of the reasons why football is so great in this country…..

  15. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    @ montana2rice4ever,,,the fake punts were the rams game,,,did you even watch the games?? if your gunna try and sound knowledgeable at least be cprrect with what you are saying,,,,’

  16. By BullChip on Dec 20, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly, OPOW? The Patriots did everything but carry Kaepernick to the end zone for three of those touchdowns. He put the ball on the ground five frigging times and threw a pick. Must have been a slow week for offenses and rookies.

  17. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cowchips…you said it, not a great game and still scored 41pts. on the pretty boys in their own house!! Think what they would do to them if they did/do have a great game!! If N.E. would have had a little less help from the refs it would have been 50pts.!!

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