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Morning Tailgate: Underrated 49ers

Posted by Taylor Price on July 9, 2013 – 10:40 AM

The kind folks at NFL.com have shared their opinions on the most underrated and overrated players for each team in the National Football League.

On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers underrated and overrated players were unveiled.

Keep in mind, this is the opinion of two NFL.com writers. It’s hard to agree with all of their selections, especially when Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was placed among the overrated players.

Sorry, can’t support that claim.

However, the top underrated player was a solid choice. NFL.com selected former 49ers wide receiver John Taylor.

“Robin to Jerry Rice’s Batman, Taylor was the perfect No. 2 receiving option for the San Francisco 49ers. He was neither flashy nor physically imposing, but he was multi-dimensional — finishing his career with the second-most punt return yards in franchise history. He was also big in the clutch. You might recall Montana’s game-winning touchdown pass to Taylor — not Rice — in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Taylor is sixth all time in receiving yards in team history, but even more impressive is that he’s one of just two Super Bowl champions enshrined in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (Randy White is the other). If that doesn’t epitomize “underrated” I don’t know what does.”

NFL.com selected Garrison Hearst, Frank Gore, Bryant Young and Tom Rathman as San Francisco’s most underrated players.

The overrated list included R.W. McQuarters, Dexter Carter, Kevan Barlow, William Floyd and Montana.

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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Mexico vs. Peru at Candlestick Park

Posted by Taylor Price on April 12, 2013 – 4:43 PM

Bruce Miller is a talented football player. When it comes to soccer… let’s just say he’s best suited for the gridiron.

We found that out on Friday when the fullback showcased his soccer skills for 49ers.com. Why did he do it, you may ask? It’s because Mexico and Peru will meet in an international soccer friendly next week at Candlestick Park.

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MT: 49ers Top NFL Team Sales

Posted by Taylor Price on April 9, 2013 – 9:42 AM

The San Francisco 49ers sold the most team gear in the National Football League last season.

That’s according to a report from NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal, who also shared the top 15 jersey sales from the 2012 season. According to Rosenthal, the NFL’s tracking of team sales showed the 49ers last finished atop the NFL’s rankings in 1979 and also finished No. 2 back in 1994 and 1995.

Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis made the top-selling jersey list at the No. 4 and No. 10 spots, respectively.

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell also weighed in on the team’s booming merchandise sales.

“49ers sell more gear than any other NFL team this year,” Rovell wrote on Twitter. “Congrats @JedYork.”

The 49ers have made an effort to make team merchandise more accessible to fans with the creation of the 49ers Team Store in Palo Alto, Calif., plus an official Facebook account for the store that keeps fans up to date with the latest arrivals.

The team is also offering jerseys of recently acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

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2013 Winter Fest Photo Blog: Saturday

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 23, 2013 – 7:24 PM

Following a fun night full of charity auction bidding for the 49ers Foundation, the 13th annual Winter Fest kept the good times going into Saturday. Friday night’s silent and live auctions brought in nearly $400,000, setting a record for a one-night donation total in the event’s history.

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2013 Winter Fest Photo Blog: Friday

Posted by Alex Espinoza on March 22, 2013 – 5:53 PM

The 13th Annual 49ers Winter Fest is in full swing at Lake Tahoe.

The fun-filled weekend got off to a great start on Thursday when families of players, coaches and guests of the 49ers Foundation arrived and took part in a lively welcome reception. Winter Fest marks one of the biggest annual events for the 49ers Foundation, as last year’s gathering raised more than $1 million for local causes in the Bay Area.

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Morning Tailgate: Jan. 18

Posted by Taylor Price on January 18, 2013 – 11:41 AM

In the final weeks of the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers wisely hid the quarterback running element of the “Pistol” offense. Colin Kaepernick didn’t leave the pocket often on designed-runs, but unleashed the quarterback scrambles against Green Bay to the tune of 181 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback in any NFL game. Ever.

Do the 49ers have more weapons to unleash this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons with a  Super Bowl appearance on the line? CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco believes Vernon Davis is the one that fits the bill.

“After the victory over the Packers, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman pointed out that the 49ers like to keep their ace card hidden until they need it,” Maiocco wrote in a Friday mailbag offering. “This would appear to be the time for Davis to emerge.”

Davis hauled in a 44-yard pass against the Packers last week on a perfectly thrown touch pass from Kaepernick. The 49ers tight end ran by A.J. Hawk’s coverage to make the over-the-shoulder reception.

Could that happen against the Falcons in the NFC title game? It’s certainly possible. Seahawks tight end Zach Miller caught eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in last week’s Divisional Playoff defeat.

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Week 13 #Vote49ers Pro Bowl Update

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 27, 2012 – 11:28 AM

The 49ers boast arguably the best quartet of linebackers in the NFL. Ahmad Brooks might not get the national publicity of the other players in his position group — Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith — but those around the 49ers know how valuable Brooks is on the left edge of the defense.

On Sunday, the seventh-year veteran showed why the 49ers signed him to six-year extension in the offseason, recording five tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. Brooks, who is vying to be named to his first Pro Bowl, is among a host of 49ers that are making strong cases to be nominated to the NFL’s annual All-Star game. You can vote for San Francisco’s finest at 49ers.com/ProBowl.

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Week 12 Game Notes

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 26, 2012 – 12:57 PM

The 49ers moved their record to 8-2-1 with a 31-21 victory on the road at New Orleans. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the Week 12 matchup.

With a Win…

  • The 49ers improved to 47-24-2 overall and 24-13 on the road against theNew Orleans Saints.
  • San Francisco improved to 10-3 on the road under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • In the month of November under Harbaugh, the 49ers improved to 5-1-1.
  • The Niners improved to 16-4-1 vs. NFC opponents under Harbaugh.
  • San Francisco improved its regular season record under Harbaugh to 21-5-1.
  • The 49ers have won 8 of their first 11 games for the 2nd consecutive season (9-2 in 2011), the first time the team has accomplished that feat in back-to-back years since 1997-98.

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Gameday Story: I’ve Got Your Back

Posted by Taylor Price on November 20, 2012 – 10:58 AM

The San Francisco 49ers boast not one, but two of the best running backs in the National Football League. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter literally carrying a heavy workload for the 49ers, the team has gone 19-1-1 when the duo combine for 20 or more carries.

Such was the case in the team’s recent 32-7 dismantling of the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Gore carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards, while Hunter added 27 yards on five carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run.

The talented running backs share a great deal of respect for each other on and off the field. The bond between the two has clearly translated into consistent success for San Francisco. The relationship of the 49ers running back was further examined in the recent edition of Gameday. Running backs coach Tom Rathman explained the dynamic of his meeting room and how Gore constantly looks out for his younger teammates.

Get to know the hard-working ways of the 49ers running back in the latest Gameday cover story.
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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 29

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 29, 2012 – 10:47 AM

The 49ers, Cardinals and Monday Night Football are no strangers to each other. In fact, San Francisco has six MNF matchups with Arizona all-time, including five of the past six years. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined tonight’s tilt in the desert and the burgeoning rivalry between the two divisional foes.

“No, it’s not as historic as the Bears-Packers, Cowboys-Redskins or Raiders-Chiefs,” Inman wrote. “It’s also not the type of high-stakes rivalry the 49ers have forged with the Cowboys and Giants. But the 49ers and Cardinals aren’t friendly neighbors in the increasingly competitive NFC West.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from the weekend and offers more insight on tonight’s primetime showdown.

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