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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 26

Posted by Taylor Price on October 26, 2012 – 10:59 AM

The San Francisco 49ers might be approaching a bye week following this week’s Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, but construction at the new Santa Clara Stadium site will remain constant throughout the 2012 football season.

The 49ers have 12 regular season home games left to be played at Candlestick Park before moving into their future home before the 2014 season. The latest development in the project is the prefabrication of 2,000 concrete sections for the stadium’s treads, risers, steps for seating and various stadium walls. This Tuesday, a 35,000-pound piece of precast concrete will be hoisted to the top of the suite tower and lowered into place. 49ers.com will have all the latest coverage early next week.

As for other stadium developments, Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News offers a glimpse into the latest happenings across the street from 49ers headquarters.

While the project remains at a consistent pace, Rosenberg wrote that it can’t be completed any sooner than in time for the 2014 season.

“Even after crews finish the outside structure in December, it’ll take 18 months to put on the finishing touches and pass inspections: six months to test all the fire alarms, two months to run the escalators, 30 days to burn in the lights, two months to grow the playing field,” Rosenberg wrote.

Other note-worthy items from the story include details on the most death-defying act, which will be installing lights on catwalks an estimated 195-feet in the air along a commercial flight path.

Lastly, Rosenberg points out that some of the 500 workers on site where 49ers jerseys every Friday to show their pride in the project and the team.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 18

Posted by Taylor Price on October 18, 2012 – 10:36 AM

Thursday night’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks features plenty of intriguing storylines. San Francisco’s first divisional game of 2012 is also one with first-place implications. The matchup of 4-2 teams in a three-way tie for first-place in the NFC West also figures to be a clash of two of the best defenses in the NFL.

A cause of concern for the 49ers, however, is the health of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, who is questionable to return to game action after suffering a concussion against the New York Giants.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at the injury reports of both teams and addressed the potential matchups for Staley’s replacement.

“His status likely won’t be known until 90 minutes before kickoff when teams submit their inactive lists. Whether (Staley) plays or not, left tackle will be a focal point tonight,” Barrows wrote. “Seahawks speed rusher Chris Clemons (team-leading seven sacks) will line up opposite the left tackle and the Seahawks also will place rookie Bruce Irvin, whom the 49ers were eying before the draft, on that side of the line at times.”

Another challenge for the 49ers will be limiting the production of Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about San Francisco challenge of stopping Lynch, a runner who’s enjoyed success against the 49ers.

“San Francisco’s 19-17 win at Seattle last year, Lynch (107 yards) broke the 49ers’ string of 36 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher and accounted for a season-high eight missed tackles,” Branch wrot.e “(Vic) Fangio ranked Lynch ahead of Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy and Baltimore’s Ray Rice, other elite backs the 49ers faced in 2011.”

The all-times series in knotted at 13 games apiece between the two franchises. San Francisco has also never lost at home on a Thursday night (2-0). Tonight’s 5:20 p.m. PT kick-off from Candlestick Park can be seen on NFL Network or KGO TV, or heard on the radio on KGO 810 and 107.7 The Bone. All the pre-game information for die-hard 49ers Faithful can be read in this Goal Posts blog entry.

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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 6

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 6, 2012 – 10:24 AM

The 49ers will return to Candlestick Park in four days to kick off their preseason schedule with a Friday night (6 p.m.) matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. The reigning NFC Champs have put together a productive first two weeks of training camp and are eager to see some other jerseys out on the field.

Heading into 2012, the 49ers boast one of the league’s most talented and complete group of linebackers. Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is a key part to the San Francisco defense both in the run game and the pass rush, as evidenced by the six-year extension he signed with the team in February. Despite starting all 16 games during his career year in 2011 (50 tackles and 7.0 sacks) and his new contract, Brooks is more motivated than ever entering his seventh NFL season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee spoke to Brooks about his offseason, which included some trips to the local pilates class. “As a result Brooks enters the 2012 season with a changed physique,” Barrows wrote. “He weighs just as much as he has in previous training camps – 266 pounds – but it’s a different, more muscular type of weight, he said.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate features a variety of news, including the latest training camp headlines, a heart-warming story about 49ers great Jesse Sapolu, an inspiring video of Alex Smith’s career and more.

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