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49ers Place Hunter, Williams on IR

Posted by Alex Espinoza on November 27, 2012 – 2:28 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have placed WR Kyle Williams and RB Kendall Hunter on the Injured Reserve List. The team also announced that RB Jewel Hampton has been added to the active roster from the Non-Football Injury List. The team also added WR Chad Hall to the practice squad, and waived S Eddie Whitley from that unit.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 25

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 25, 2012 – 11:05 AM

Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson has eight interceptions dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, including last week’s pick against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com put together a behind-the-scenes, black and white photo gallery of the Week 7 victory for the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Goldson has maintained his status as one of the game’s most complete safeties in 2012 with his hard-hitting ability and knack for forcing turnovers. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group wrote that Goldson figures to play a big role in the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

“His contribution in preventing deep passes, plus his efforts on run defense and punt coverage Thursday, earned him a game ball from coach Jim Harbaugh,” Inman wrote. “Goldson also made a fierce stop on running back Marshawn Lynch that Harbaugh called ‘one of the best front-up tackles I’ve ever seen.'”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features a look back at Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s legacy, Delanie Walker’s contributions to the 49ers and more.

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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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Niner Talk: 49ers-Seahawks Week 7

Posted by Taylor Price on October 17, 2012 – 10:42 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have their first NFC West divisional game this Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. And it’s a big one.

Every play figures to be crucial in a matchup of 4-2 teams who are locked into a three-way tie for first place.

Third-year 49ers wideout Kyle Williams aims to make an impact on NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” matchup. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound receiver continues to contribute on offense with 10 catches for 106 yards this season, including a 43-yard touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills. Williams has also taken over kick return responsibilities for the 49ers. He’s averaged 27.5 yards on 12 returns, including a 94-yard kickoff return against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 8

Posted by Taylor Price on October 8, 2012 – 11:43 AM

The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to join the NFL’s 300/300 club. Sunday’s 45-3 win over the Buffalo Bills featured 311 rushing yards and 310 passing yards, making the 49ers the first team in NFL history to rush and pass for more than 300 yards in the same game.

The 2012 team did it on Bill Walsh Field, too.

The win was impressive on many fronts. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reviewed the masterful performance in his latest postgame review blog.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 5

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 5, 2012 – 11:17 AM

The 49ers roster is littered with playmakers. Team photographer Terrell Lloyd and Kym Fortina were in New York to capture the 34-0 shutout victory over the Jets and collaborated to make this great photo gallery. Don’t forget to check out their “Biggie Head” gallery from Green Bay either.

San Francisco has jumped out to a 3-1 start in the competitve NFC West, where Arizona (4-1), St. Louis (3-2) and Seattle (2-2) have .500 records or better. Much of the 49ers’ success has to do with their offensive line, which has developed a strong rapport in its four games as a unit. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discusses the growth of the o-line and how they’ve improved since last year.

“Nobody is questioning the 49ers’ offensive line now,” Maiocco wrote. “In fact, the line might be the team’s strongest position on that side of the ball.”

Up next, the 49ers will have to try slow down Mario Williams and Buffalo’s defensive line, which is one of the best San Francisco will face all year. Tickets for Sunday’s 1:25 p.m. kickoff are still available through NFL Ticket Exchange. More stories about this weekend’s matchup can be found after the jump.

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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 24

Posted by Taylor Price on September 24, 2012 – 7:44 AM

Greetings from Boardman, Ohio, site of the 49ers headquarters for the next five days.

We’re up early (East Coast time) to share the top headlines from the 49ers first loss of the season, a 24-13 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings. The loss was uncharacteristic for the 49ers in the Jim Harbaugh era. The team’s normal efficient, ball-control offense and hard-hitting defense did not perform for 60 minutes and it cost the team.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com writes that the Vikings “Out-Ninered the Niners.” As a result, All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman recorded a career-high 18 tackles against a run-heavy offensive attack.

Minnesota’s commitment to the run game was key, according to Barnwell, who added, “Fortunately for the Niners, they caught a lucky break in terms of scheduling. They’re assigned to play the Jets next week, a team that will likely be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who appears to have suffered a serious knee injury during his team’s win over the Dolphins on Sunday.”

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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 21

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 21, 2012 – 11:05 AM

Alex Smith has led the 49ers to a 15-3 regular season record since Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach before the 2011 campaign. Much of Smith’s success has been attributed to Harbaugh, who has helped the 49ers quarterback become one of the league’s most efficient players under center.

Chase Stuart of FootballPerspective.com analyzed advanced statistics and metrics of Smith’s season along with other NFL quarterbacks of the past and concluded that Harbaugh had similar years during his NFL playing career. Stuart specifically looks at Smith’s low interception rate among other things, noting, “Since Harbaugh came to town, Smith has a 93.6 passer rating, the 7th best mark of any quarterback over that time frame.”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features a look back to yesterday’s show of 49ers support from the San Francisco Giants and more.

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49ers Healthy for Home Opener

Posted by Taylor Price on September 14, 2012 – 3:56 PM

The San Francisco 49ers enter Sunday night’s home opener relatively healthy. Two players, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and running back Brandon Jacobs, were officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Both players were inactive in the team’s 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Harbaugh, however, said Jacobs is “getting close” to returning to action.

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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 13

Posted by Taylor Price on September 13, 2012 – 10:13 AM

Calvin Johnson’s injured foot is the hot-topic as the 49ers continue to prepare for a Sunday night home opener against the Detroit Lions.

The wideout gracing this year’s EA Madden video game cover did not practice on Wednesday but returned to work on Thursday according to multiple reports.

In order to stop the wide receiver who has caught 45 touchdowns since 2008, the most in the NFL, the 49ers will use many defensive looks. The same coverage or defensive philosophy just won’t work for 60 minutes against Johnson.

Cornerback Tarell Brown is “geeked” for the challenge, writes Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Brown and the rest of the 49ers secondary will likely need all available senses on Sunday night when the Lions arrive with All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson, who led the NFL in receiving yards (1,681), ranked second in touchdowns (16) and was fourth in receptions (96) last year,” Branch wrote.

CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach also discussed the challenge of stopping the player known as “Megatron” in their latest Matt & Mindi segment.

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