January 12, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In his second season as a starter, Colin Kaepernick improved to 3-0 in road playoff games, but it will take a successful journey to the most hostile environment in the NFL for the 49ers to repeat as NFC champions. The 49ers toppled the host Carolina Panthers, 23-10, Sunday, taking over the game on two Kaepernick touchdowns, one a throw and one a run, sandwiched around halftime. San Francisco advanced to the NFC championship game Sunday in Seattle, where the 49ers have been blown out the last two seasons.
December 26, 2013 |
They are scorching-hot as NFL coaches. Their chairs, for the moment, are comfortably cool. This season features an unusually high number of coach-of-the-year candidates, making that one of the more competitive races. There's no time to campaign for the honor, of course, with all the focus on a fluid playoff picture that won't be fully decided until Sunday night. But several coaches could make a convincing case that the 2013 award belongs in their office. The field of contenders includes Kansas City's Andy Reid, who rescued the bottom-of-the-barrel Chiefs; Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, whose team has a chance to go from worst to first in its division (something at least one NFL team has done every year for the last decade)
October 31, 2013 |
San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list Thursday, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges. Smith had been undergoing rehabilitation at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. With San Francisco (6-2) on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then formally practice next week ahead of a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers.
October 15, 2013 |
A tale of two locker rooms. Jim Harbaugh met his Stanford team for the first time in 2007. Bo McNally, a Stanford safety from 2006-09, recalled: "He said, 'Look, we're going to be champions here. If you don't think it's possible, we don't want you here. No hard feelings, but take your scholarship for the rest of the year and figure out what else you want to do.'" Jim Mora faced UCLA players for the first time in 2012. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said: "His face was stone cold.
October 10, 2013 |
The problems are stacking up for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. He is on indefinite leave of absence from the team while he undergoes treatment for substance abuse, a development that came after his DUI arrest last month. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said Smith, 24, is expected to surrender on his own this month.
September 22, 2013 |
For the first time in Coach Jim Harbaugh's three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have lost consecutive games. The frustration of falling to the Indianapolis Colts showed after Sunday's 27-7 defeat at Candlestick Park, when, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, running back Frank Gore yelled angrily at Harbaugh while they walked off the field. Gore finished with 11 carries for 82 yards, but most of that came in the first half. After halftime, he had three carries for 12 yards.