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Morning Tailgate: 49ers Bracketology

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 25, 2013 – 11:33 AM

Bracektology doesn’t just apply to the NCAA this time of year. NFL.com is also featuring football’s version of March Madness, as you can vote for the top play of all time. We’re down to the round of 32 and the 49ers are represented with three plays, Steve Young’s iconic 49-yard touchdown scramble against the Vikings, “The Catch,” and Garrison Hearst’s 94-yard touchdown run.

Voting for the Sweet 16 of NFL.com Bracketology ends on Tuesday, so be sure to support some of the greatest moments in 49ers history. You can also vote for Colin Kaepernick, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice to be featured on the upcoming cover of the 25th anniversary Madden NFL video game.

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate spotlights Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll as they compete to win the NFC West.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com looked at the draft history of Harbaugh and Carroll and how it relates to their past college coaching experience.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed the offseasons of the 49ers and Seahawks.

Sando also looked at the 2009 Draft class and how Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin stack up.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared details on the hilarious retirement YouTube video from former 49ers OL Anthony Adams.

Jim Corbett of USA Today passed along comments from former West Virginia QB Pat White regarding a possible workout with the 49ers.

Maiocco discussed possible contract extension candidates on the 49ers.

Inman analyzed the current state of the 49ers roster position-by-position.



Gone fishin’.

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18 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: 49ers Bracketology”

  1. By tanglung on Mar 25, 2013 | Reply


  2. By tanglung on Mar 25, 2013 | Reply

    I remember that regular season Steve Young run. That years in the playoffs. The Vikings talked trash saying the had something to prove against THE 49ERS. THE 49ERS altamately kicked their @sses and went on to win superbowl 23……

  3. By johninchina on Mar 25, 2013 | Reply

    “The catch” man, “the catch”, has to be the greatest play in NFL history . . . it brought a legacy of excellence to the NFL, opened the door to a tradition of the pursuit of excellence that still is the highwater mark or bar by which all football teams will be measured . . . that legend is over and died this Feb.; can it be revived ? Time will tell ! The only cure for the pain of losing, is winning ! For defeat, is victory ! Can failure lead to success ? I believe it can . . . if we keep striving and moving forward with a confident hope and expectation that we are able and will overcome . . . we are the 49ers ! Gold and crimson . . . The San Francisco 49ers !!!

  4. By mfkram64 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    alot of mock drafts have niners taking hankins at 31…like i said before not big on him just something about ohio st. dline guys…just me…hope they trade up and get richardson or elam…..

  5. By Jesse Luna on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    No the Niners should use a few of those many picks and make a trade with the Jets for Reevis and dare I say, Tebow. Yep Tebow! We need a back-up and if anyone can turn Tebow into a q.b and a winner it’s Harbaugh. Remember Tebow is unstopable when used on first and goal within in the “5” yard line. GO 49’ers!!!

  6. By Jesse Luna on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I would say it is 50/50 between Montana and Young. Montana with the “Catch’ did start our dominance over the the NFL. Young, ahead of his time with his awesome running made way for these new awesome q.b’s. And yes Tebow could be one of them in the right system.

  7. By temper11 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I have to say the Catch as well. I do love watching that Young run, but “The Catch” will forever have the edge. Funny you should mention Tebow. I was just making an argument for Tebow as backup to a co-worker. He thought I was crazy. My take is that the guy is a gamer and could probably run the read-option pretty effectively. If Jim could straighten out his p@ssing ability, maybe he can be turned into an effective back-up to take over the rains if Kap gets knocked out for a game or two. I freely admit though that I may have a bias toward him due to the fact that the media has such a bias against him. My judgement may be clouded.

  8. By tanglung on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I just can’t see it…. Tebow is just a bunch of hype…. No…. Can’t see it….

  9. By phatalerror on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    At the very least, Tim Tebow always did whatever was asked of him. He didn’t become a locker room issue until the Jets deliberately skipped over him on the depth chart when they benched Mark Sanchez. He fits Harbaugh’s vision of having multi-faceted players, and could legitimately compete for a third-string QB than can also come in as a runningback, an extra blocker, or whatever else might be needed. He was a team player that played a critical role in helping the Broncos get to the 2011 playoffs. Thanks to John Elway, he was also 2011’s most-betrayed player.

    So regardless of his strengths, he’s not a good fit for the 49ers on that final basis.

  10. By mfkram64 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    tebow? way to much baggage the niners don’t need…a circus…revis is someone to look at but to me way to many questions….is he 80-100% heathly? to much money? I like naamdi and woodson for bargin price….than draft day take a d-line guy than a safety and honey badger with 2nd rd second pick…will address all areas and get youth for future…

  11. By temper11 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    mfkram64, that (tebow baggage) is the x-factor against any argument, my own included, to put tebow in a niners uniform. I like the guy, seems like a genuine person that plays the game of football with a lot of p@ssion, but I don’t want the media circus that comes with him. The media certainly aren’t doing him any favors as I’m sure that is a consideration for any team that thinks about bringing him on.

  12. By dave g. on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tebow is a media circus that I don’t want. PERIOD.

  13. By mfkram64 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    temper 11 that’s why u stay away…good guy or not he brings to much media…it will be all about him and u know what I really don’t know why we r even talking about him….revis isn’t coming here to much to give and to much money for him…tlike I posted before coach will draft a qb late and try out some undrafted guys and bring in a fa veteran…

  14. By temper11 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    agreed. We are talking about him for no other reason than to p@ss the time. Draft can’t get here soon enough.

  15. By dave g. on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    mfkram64: For real! You asked the best question: Why are people even talking about Tebow? Anyone bringing up Tebow is completely clueless. Why don’t we bring in Gus from the California Atoms as our field goal kicker, Rudy for Special Teams and Jonny Manziel as our 2nd string QB and draft him first overall! What is wrong with you people? Lets take our momentum in a completely different direction and have the media give us attention for everything else except a Championship. Unbelievable!

  16. By 49erdefense2012 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    hurry up and get here already draft

  17. By tanglung on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply


  18. By mfkram64 on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    dave g. don’t u love it…..look at the two guys who r talking about tebow….he’s a good guy tries hard blahblahblah…..who cares! the niners don’t need him period! good guy please…..get over the aaaya shucks kinda guy….we want talent

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