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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 26

Posted by Taylor Price on December 26, 2012 – 10:16 AM

The San Francisco 49ers were defeated 42-13 by the Seattle Seahawks and may have lost Mario Manningham for the rest of the season according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jim Harbaugh did not offer any specifics on Manningham’s knee injury suffered against the Seahawks when speaking to the media on Monday, but should shed light on the wide receiver’s long-term status when the 49ers coach meets with the media Wednesday afternoon.

If Manningham is out for the postseason run, Randy Moss will likely be inserted in the starting lineup opposite of Michael Crabtree. The veteran wideout has 26 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdown catches on the season. Furthermore, Moss has totaled 11 receptions in Colin Kaepernick’s six starts. 

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle elaborates on Schefter’s report concerning Manningham’s injury.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News looks at Moss’ role with the pending injury news.

Jerrell Richardson of CBS San Francisco covers Patrick Willis’ impact on and off the field.

Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today examines the rooting relationship between Aldon Smith and some of the NFL’s other top pass-rushers.





Tune in  and see who made the NFL’s All-Star team.

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35 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 26”

  1. By Jerry Melrose on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh Humbug!

    May I say
    I pray
    there’s a way
    for Alex to play
    and have his Day
    if only for a shot at the 7/9 record: “Y”ay or “N”ay!

    From Day #1, although Alex’s always shown laudable Loyalty,
    he’s been bashed, battered, bruised, bone-broken, bled, blamed, booed, benched__
    barred, brain-bent, baffled, bewildered & (hush,hush, betrayed!)…

    So, if now Al’s e’X’…I believe he’s ‘O’wed.
    Like when in an Honor Code,
    You reap what you’ve sowed.

  2. By TheGhostofOak on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve lost all hope for this season. Between the play calling and our injuries, I have a hard time seeing us take it all.

    I love Kaep, but hate the way we are using him or calling plays with him in the line up…..just stupid.

  3. By AJ on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    It’s one game and one player… Yeah it was a big loss but we have already secured a playoff spot.. And for Manningham if he’s out for the rest of the season so be it, if you have taken a look at the roster then you would notice we are stacked at pretty much every position so if one player gets injured then you know there’s a talented young or experienced player to fill that spot, and possibly earn that right to start because of their outstanding play making ability like Kap…. Randy Moss is an great receiver and as the article said almost half of his receptions this season are from Kap so at least we know they can connect every now and then, cause he also has Vernon Davis and Micheal Crabtree to throw to… So I think the big loss to the Seahawks and losing Manningham is no big deal for us cause with our stacked roster I’m comfortable with our back ups and their potential to get the job done come game time…


  4. By Beener on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yo AJ,

    Seriously? Stacked at every position? Where are we stacked at WR? Manningham has done nothing all year! Who is gonna replace Moss/Crabtree if they get hurt? Ginn Jr.? Please he should’ve been cut already.

    We need more depth at WR, drastically and fast!

  5. By Randy K. on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now Harbaugh has to insert AJ Jenkins into more the offensive schemes. His reluctance to add La Michael James after Kendall was lost cost him the second Ram game. Without the speed to effectively run off tackle and sweeps, that allowed the Rams to concentrate in between the tackles Frank’s speed outside isn’t what it used to be. Richardo Lockett is also a possible replacement I think his speed is really needed after all isn’t he the one who left everyone in the dust in that pre-season game? The Niners looked so healthy just a few weeks ago now, without Justin they are just an average defence or at least look like one.

  6. By crabber59 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Whiner-Niner Fans, Get pounded by my Hawks and your ready to jump off the ship. Well go back to sipping on your wine and eating your brie. All i have to say is “Go Hawks”

  7. By Raju on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    After Jim Harbaugh became head coach Alex Smith started 25 games, we had almost no injuries in the offensive line. The week he was injured someone in NFL dot com wrote “I don’t know how 49ers are so healthy late in the season”. I was thinking why this guy is writing like this, that week Alex was injured. It was amazing, I don’t know it was the play calling or Alex was always safe in not throwing the ball in the harms way. After Colin Kaepernick started, look at the number of injuries we have. I think they have to analyze why so many injuries after Colin has started. Alex Smith is always the best.

  8. By 9erdog on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    There is no replacement for the Cowboy, he’s the heart and soul of our defense, Too many injuries to key players, for us to go deep into the playoffs? And Kap, just looks lost when things aren’t going right, we were just rolling along winning and doing very well, then the wheels got pulled out from under us!
    Lot of deferent reason for that to have happened.
    Its not over till the fat lady sing. hope we don’t hear from her for a while!

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


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

    all of you who have openly given up hope on this season please jump back off the wagon you jumped on last year,, you disgust me,,your not worthy off the effort our team gives EVERY GAME!!!! please go away and make room within the fanbase for REAL FAITHFUL FANS,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,

  11. By bow53 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    @crabber bear this in mind, ur seahag is gunna sit as a wildcard contender, that means you’ll never see ur team play on ur on turf come playoff time and “THAT ALSO MEANS UR SCR@WED!!!THATS THE ONLY PLACE U GUYS WIN, AND THATS ALL U GOT!!!!!!

  12. By mullerfaithful49ers on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    crabber wow your team fianally beat us congrats we have beat u 6 times and now u beat us WOW im so impressed by yout team just remeber 49ers fans they never said it was easy making to the superbowl have to have faith ok guys stick with this guys

  13. By TTOWNROOSTER on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be too quick to toot your own horn just yet crabber. You may soon be washing down that crow with a Moca Choka Lot e…

  14. By bow53 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    this is my take, i believe will still gunna sit as a 2nd. seed all thought the packers are there , for right now,we will beat the cards sunday, hoping everybody comes out healthy in that game so we will win the west, then i’ll be cheering for the vikes cuz’ they will play there azz off against the packer, they’ll give everything they got to win, in order to qualify for the playoffs plus there playing home , i’m confident the vikes will win, so, were set …..then we get the bye week, which is good, everybody will be e good and ready come post season,to bad we lost super mario…..

  15. By so.cal49ERSfan on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply


  16. By AbySan on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty sure we are not Seatte fans…We have a history of winning, not crying because the refs stole a Superbowl….No injuries last year, 13-3….Still won a ton of games on Akers amazing run. Alex has been good enough, but averages what 120 yards and 2 TD (Average). Kaep is the answer, No Doubt. What was Alex gloing to do last weekend at the Pats…2 TD and 120 yards gives us a BIG “L”. D-fence went to battle in Bradyland…O was awesome….Took a lot out of us. Harder to recover with big injuries, but this team has heart. (2 – 40 yard field goals in two games against the Rams and Kaep has 1 loss….) Crying never won any games!! It is the NFL and on any given Sunday, any team can win. We got to the playoffs even with all the injuries…Be proud of that and back your team. Go Niners!!

  17. By DMT on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    How are you an elite defense, when you collapse with the loss of one lineman?

  18. By phatalerror on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    No one called Harbaugh’s coaching into question to this degree throughout his tenure up until Colin Kaepernick was started.

    Harbaugh was AP’s NFL Coach of the Year. Greg Roman has been praised as a genius when it comes to packages. Vic Fangio is a very respected defensive coordinator. These are decorated, elite coaches.

    Why the complaining about the coaching? Because if you weren’t against Kaepernick supplanting Smith mid-season a week after Smith won the NFC Player of the Week award, you certainly don’t want to chalk up the 49ers complete-team struggles to Kaepernick.

    But Kaepernick is the common link: The offense was fine. The defense was fine. The special teams squad was less special than last year, but adequate. Under Smith, the 49ers were well on their way to a second consecutive two-seed. Now they look vulnerable going into a home game against a team that has lost ten out of their last eleven games. And if by chance the 49ers should lose on Sunday, the Kaepologists will undoubtedly unleash their venom on the coaches.

    Smith and Davis have suffered concussions, but the coaching staff hasn’t. They are convinced that Kaepernick will do what Smith did given enough reps. If Kaepernick doesn’t meet their expectations by commanding the 49ers to the Super Bowl this year, it doesn’t mean that the coaches failed to coach Kaepernick properly. It just means that coaches failed by putting him in front of Smith in the first place.

  19. By SoCal_9er_FAN on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    A tough loss on the road against a hot team and fans are throwing in the towel. With a win at home vs. the Cardinals will lock us up as the 3 seed. I would like to be the 2 seed with a bye. How many times you see a team (Atl) play there first playoff game after the bye and get smoked. We have beat good teams on the road and more times then not your going to have to beat a good team on the road in the playoffs to go any were. For the Seattle fans thinking super bowl I would hate to rain on there parade but your 7-0 at home and 3-5 on the road with wins against the Bills, Panthers and Bears. Not top notch contenders there and being a 5 seed I don’t see a home game in these playoffs. So I would like to see Wilson and the hawks go on the road and show us what there really made of.

  20. By bubster47 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    First, I don’t think it necessarily mattered where we played, or what play calling the coaches made. The Seahawks could do no wrong in that game. They caught everything, ran perfect plays, got penalties called, but not against them. It was just one of those games. However that said, I feel that we get away from what our offense is built for with Kaep in the game. How does Frank Gore, one of the best backs in the league if not the best, have only 6 touches in a game? That is ridiculous. I agree that Kaep may give us some big play ability, but the coaches weren’t calling those types of plays with Alex even though he can make the throws. Plus, sure Kaep can scramble and get out of some tough situations, but if you look at what Alex was doing, he didn’t need to scramble because the ball was already out of his hands. Kaep is not ready to be a starter yet, he needs another year at least of development. Had Alex been the starter against the Seahawks this time and had the type of game Kaep had, he would have been benched in the third quarter. Why wasn’t Kaep benched? The coaches are to in love with Kaep, and blind to it. Put Alex in and open the playbook like they do with Kaep and see what happens!

  21. By bow53 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    that is exactly what i’m saying, the seahags are scr@wed!!!not playing in there own turf,no worries guys we will take the west and be the 2nd seed,cuz’ the vikes are guuna kick azz against the packs……

  22. By bow53 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply


  23. By mfkram64 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    o man listen to most of u…a loss after beating one of the best teams in their house a week before..c’mon everyone knows it was going to be hard to beat seattle at home…and add just coming off a great win against the patriots at their place where they never loss in dec….so stop complaining…they r right were they should be..take stupid tie which should have been a win and they r 11-4…for real they r 10-4-1 looking at their schudule start of year what did u think they be? 11-5 maybe 12-4 see what i mean c’mon they win sunday they end up 11-4-1 divison winners and possible second seed so relax..even third seed so be it…seattle game a win would have been good but them winning means what? they didn’t win division,knock 9ers out of playoffs all they did was win A GAME!niners win sunday and seattle game means f’in shi$! i love what SHIP has posted so so true bro!!!!! so put loss behind and win sunday…at home against a bad team so take care of business and the rest will take place….nothing wrong with 3rd seed..if that’s how it plays out…

  24. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    You people crack me up!! Before the season it was felt we would make it to the playoffs, but probably not have as good a record because of the schedule we faced…we are 12-4 have a good chance of getting a Bye with Vikings help and you all have out of the playoff hunt!!

    You are the ones that disgust me!! Go jump on some other bandwagon!! You have sold “your” so called team short!!! I pity you!!

  25. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Oh…Yeah right Phalacio…Kaep is to blame for all the 9ers woes…whatever you think they are!!

  26. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Oh…I also forgot that we win the SB if Alex is in…wouldn’t even have to play!! Yeah!!

  27. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    The 9ers go into GB, NO, NE and Seattle, 4 of the toughest avenues to play in, and come out of those 4 games 3-1…and based on the last game you want them to hang it up!!! Sorry bunch!!

  28. By phatalerror on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Earlier this year, Jim Harbaugh referred to divisional wins as worth “a game and a half.” Colin Kaepernick is to blame for doing nothing to win the 49ers three divisional contests he’s played three or more quarters in.

    Alex Smith’s record vs. NFC West since 2011: 7-1
    Colin Kaepernick’s record vs. NFC West: 0-2

    Charge the tie against St. Louis to whomever you want. It doesn’t illegitimize Smith’s record, and it doesn’t excuse Kaepernick’s.

    But since it is Kaepernick’s superiors who decide whether he plays or not, that does mean it is ultimately Harbaugh’s fault.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, the 49ers have tumbled several ranks from the NFL Power Polls since Smith was leading the team. No highly-regarded professional thinks the 49ers are a better team today with Kaepernick at the helm. He is not a starting caliber quarterback yet. Bring him back when he can read pro-style progressions.

    But it was nice to see your retorts reduced to a sarcastic one line statement void of any legitimate argument in behalf of Kaepernick.

  29. By phatalerror on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply


    The 49ers went to Green Bay, and Smith’s offense outscored fellow 2005 draftee Aaron Rodgers’.
    The 49ers hosted Seattle, and Smith’s offense outscored rookie Russell Wilson’s.
    The 49ers went to New Orleans, where Drew Brees threw as many touchdown completions to 49ers as Colin Kaepernick did. (Kaepernick’s offense was outscored by Brees’.)
    The 49ers went to New England, where the Patriots turned the ball over 4 times, and where the average starting field position on drives for the 49ers was at their own 47. Brady’s average drive in the game was almost two plays longer than Kaepernick’s, exhausting the defense.
    The 49ers went to Seattle, where Kaepernick can’t sustain drives, and where a tired 49ers defense gives up 35 points. The 49ers’ offense doesn’t account for a touchdown until it doesn’t matter anymore.

    Did you watch these games? When has Kaepernick won a game the way Smith was forced to win games? Kaepernick is winless against teams with a winning record where the 49ers’ defense didn’t produce at least two turnovers. Smith’s record in such games this year is 4-1 (Packers, Lions, Giants, Seahawks, Cardinals). So contrary to the prevailing view that Smith is carried by the defense, Smith has usually been a key factor in 49ers wins. Show me a game where Kaepernick carried the team the way Smith had to this year. There are none.

  30. By Hermie on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    I think this is a team sport…A QB RARELY wins or loses a game on their own…No Brag, Just Fact!!

  31. By 9erfansince86 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    I think everyone is quick to forget the games against the Vikings and Giants that Smith had, not to mention his game against the Seahawks, he played terrible… he threw an interception in the end zone that could have sealed the game and the rest of the game fell on the defense. Lets not forget Last Years NFC Champ game against the Giants when he had soooo many opportunities to win the game and Alex Smith couldn’t even sustain a drive for longer than 3 plays. Don’t get me wrong, I think Alex Smith made great strides under JH and has played well but the fact is CK7 is better… Better Arm, Better Legs, Makes the offense more diverse, gives us a better chance to win against teams that are better prepared to stop the run. If you look at all the games we lost this season, Except the Rams loss, its the games where the other teams offense outplayed our defense… plain and simple. Harbaugh needs to start giving those guys breathers as they clearly always let up in the 3rd and 4th qtr and never give our offense a chance to come back if we are down.

  32. By 9erfansince86 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    Also I would like to ask how come nobody is talking about how dirty that hit was on Manningham? One player held him up while another seahawk came and Bee-Lined it straight for his Knee. That is a typical dirty move by a player coached by a dirty coach such as Pete Carroll. Back in the day the bench would have cleared out on the fielld for a cheap shot like that. And it possibly ruined his career. Ol Rog says he’s looking out for player safety when all he’s doing his making tougher to play defense and not attacking the real cheap shots.

  33. By phatalerror on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    “[Kaepernick has a] Better Arm, Better Legs, Makes the offense more diverse, gives us a better chance to win against teams that are better prepared to stop the run.”

    Fact: Kaepernick can throw the ball with more velocity than Alex Smith.
    Fact: Kaepernick can run faster than Alex Smith.
    Unproven Theory: Kaepernick makes the 49ers’ offense more diverse than it could be under the command of Smith.
    Fiction: Kaepernick makes the offense better. The statistics plainly show that the offense has been less productive under Kaepernick.

    Let’s not confuse raw physical ability with overall talent at the quarterback position. Smith is a smarter quarterback, and has had his share of game-winning touchdown rushes. Ball velocity is only an advantage if you can find your target, and Kaepernick has had trouble with that when the pressure gets to him. Kaepernick’s yards per rush average has steadily declined as defenses have adjusted to him. Kaepernick’s actual production is steadily declining because defenses are acquiring the knowledge needed to gameplan against him at a faster rate than Kaepernick is acquiring ability to be a better quarterback.

    You would have been more accurate by saying, ‘Kaepernick gives us a better chance to win against clueless coordinators and offenses that can’t maintain possession.’

  34. By mfkram64 on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    i love how u post when the niners loss..when they beat the patriots didn’t hear from u all week phatalerror… o let me rephrase that u sent one liners that week..so like i said before give it up….colin is the qb and will be rest of yeer and years to come…go love alex next year with his new team…and please stop hating on colin..all these stats alex does this alex does tha if he was playingt…alex wouldn’t have beat the saints nor the pats not the seahags…ok…colin isn’t declining the d can’t get off the field lately look at it please.,..how can u complain with his play? he didn’t loss the ram games…seattle was a total team let down and it happens… sorry clueless co’s yea belichick is clueless and the bears def. co. is clueless see what u r saying it BS!

  35. By iswordsman on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Phatal what?
    Alex is a smarter q-back? It is clear that his decision making time is longer than Kaeps or Scott’s; decision time being a factor of overall intelligence.
    Fact this: without an offensive scheme that depends on superior q-back play- one which has been delayed up to this point- we will not see an elite offense.
    Of course grits may cook quicker on YOUR stove…

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