San Francisco’s pair of Pro Bowl inside linebackers live for competition. So much so, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman would do anything in their power to win a Super Bowl.
More importantly, the 49ers dominant defenders want nothing more than to win the ultimate prize together.
The tight-knit relationship of San Francisco’s play-making linebackers came into greater focus in our latest Gameday magazine cover story. The cover, designed by team graphic designer Ben Mayberry, depicts the bond between two of the NFL’s most versatile defenders.
In true fashion, both primetime players brought their best effort in the 49ers 45-31 Divisional Playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. The tandem combined to make 12 tackles with Willis leading the team with seven tackles and a crucial sack on Aaron Rodgers. It stood as San Francisco’s only sack of the game and forced a Packers punt to start the second half.
Get to know more about the tight bond between the two linebackers and their all-out approach to this year’s postseason in our latest Gameday feature.
Tags: Jim Harbaugh, Navorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Vic Fangio
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When it comes to the San Francisco 49ers safety tandem of Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson, both are very like-minded when it comes to playing the game of football.
The duo resembles one another in the fact that both are extremely passionate, hard-nosed, intelligent players who play the game the right away. They also deliver some of the most jarring open-field hits in the National Football League.
The hard-hitting safeties were the subject of our latest 49ers Gameday Magazine cover story, a Holiday-inspired shoot photographed by team photographer Terrell Lloyd and designed by team graphic designer Ben Mayberry. A poster version of the cover is also available just in time for stocking-stuffers.
Find out how much fun the 49ers safety tandem has playing beside one another and the respect they have for playing physical football the right way.
Tags: Dashon Goldson, Donte Whitner, Vic Fangio
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The San Francisco 49ers have one of, if not the, best rush defenses in the NFL. Filled with multiple All-Pro and Pro Bowl players, it’s hard for all 11 deserving players to get recognition.
One of the most unheralded defenders is defensive tackle Ray McDonald, a hard-working lineman who’s earned the respect of his teammates and coaches with his consistent approach.
McDonald continues to be at the forefront of San Francisco’s tough defense and maintains his role as one of the locker room’s favorite players. This week’s Gameday Magazine cover story touched on McDonald’s respect amongst his peers in their words only.
Tags: Dashon Goldson, Jim Tomsula, Justin Smith, Parys Haralson, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean-Francois, Tarell Brown, Vic Fangio
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Our latest Gameday cover story examined the remarkable career of the 23rd inductee into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, Gordy Soltau.
The three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl player was instrumental in the franchise’s success in the 1950s. For the story we spoke to the versatile 49ers player as well as his son, Mark Soltau, for insight on the proud career Gordy Soltau enjoyed with the 49ers.
The vintage cover layout designed by team graphic designer Ben Mayberry provides a glimpse into the joyful energy Soltau provided to the 49ers locker room. Get to know the latest 49ers Hall of Famer in our latest Gameday cover story.
Tags: David Akers, Gordy Soltau, Jed York
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Carlos Rogers has been a reliable cornerback on the field for the San Francisco 49ers. Behind closed doors, Rogers has also been instrumental in teaching his veteran wisdom to the team’s young defensive backs. All of it has translated to team-wide success.
Rogers’ detailed note-taking and film study habits have trickled down through the locker room in a positive way. Not only is Rogers continuing his Pro Bowl play of 2011 into his second season in the Bay Area, but he’s setting the bar high for his teammates with a lead-by-example approach.
Rogers recorded three tackles in the 49ers recent 45-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. Get to know more about the mental approach to the game that Rogers has mastered over the course of his career in our latest Gameday Magazine cover story.
The “Student of the Game” shoot was photographed by team photographer Terrell Lloyd and designed by team graphic designer Ben Mayberry.
The pen behind Rogers’ ear… that was all Carlos.
Talk understanding details.
Tags: Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver, Ed Donatell, Jim Harbaugh
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The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 35-3 in the 2012 preseason finale. Seventh-year linebacker Ahmad Brooks received a lot of exposure last Thursday night. And, he did so without stepping foot on the playing field.
With Jim Harbaugh electing to rest his entire starting defense, Brooks’ attention was largely through the team’s Gameday Magazine where he served as the second cover story of the team’s 10 home programs. The story examines Brooks’ rise in recent years as a member of San Francisco’s feared defensive attack. Photographed by Kym Fortino and designed by Ben Mayberry, the cover story also looks at the positive comments made by Brooks’ coaches this offseason after he signed a six-year contract extension with the club.
Tags: Ahmad Brooks, Jim Harbaugh, Vic Fangio
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Today marks the eighth NFC Championship game held at Candlestick Park, the most out of any NFL stadium. Add to the history between the 49ers and Giants in the playoffs and this game has all the makings of a great contest.
The 49ers beat the Giants back in Week 10, but both teams have changed significantly since then. Frank Gore was banged up and held to 0 yards rushing while Bradshaw was out for New York. Both running backs are healthy this time around.
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It seems like this day would never get here. The 49ers and Saints have seemingly been on a collision course for the last two months with the only question being where the game would be played. The 49ers pulled off a win against the Rams in Week 17 to earn home field advantage. We’ll find out how big of an advantage that ends up being today.
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Playoff positions will be decided all around the NFL today and the same is true in St. Louis. The 49ers have already secured a spot in the playoffs, but a win would give them a first-round bye.
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The 49ers are going for their 12th win of the season today against the Seahawks. It would be their first 12-win season since 2001. The 49ers will have their work cut out for them against a hot Seahawks team that’s won their last three games.
The 49ers will also be without linebacker Patrick Willis and wide receiver Ted Ginn who are both inactive.
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