January 16, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Every member of the San Francisco 49ers can't help but look up to a high school player. That's because above his locker at team headquarters, each 49ers player has a picture of himself in high school, along with where he was ranked by scouting services at the time. Coach Jim Harbaugh had a laminated sheet made for each player during wild-card weekend, which the 49ers had off, then surprised the players with them when they reentered the locker room after a meeting.
January 19, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Twenty years ago, Jerry Glanville, then the goofball coach of the Atlanta Falcons, concocted a way to get under the skin of the San Francisco 49ers. Seeing as his team the year before had swept the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, along with beating the L.A. Raiders and San Diego, Glanville lugged an enormous trophy on the Falcons sideline at Candlestick Park for a 1992 regular-season game. He called the hardware the California State Championship Trophy. "It drove me crazy," former 49ers tight end Brent Jones told the San Francisco Chronicle this week, recalling the trophy and the 56-17 thrashing his team put on the Falcons that day. "I was so angry at the time.
January 28, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - If all goes well for safety Donte Whitner, Sunday night will go the way his first night with the San Francisco 49ers did. Meaning he won't get a wink of sleep. Traditionally, the team that wins the Super Bowl has an all-night party after the game. Whitner pulled an all-nighter on his first day with the 49ers last season, but it was far from a party. In an effort to retool the secondary, then-rookie Coach Jim Harbaugh signed Whitner in August 2011 and expected him to get up to speed right away.
July 25, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was onstage at the ESPYs, making a fashion statement in a red sports coat and Hollywood shades. He threw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game, surprising the crowd - and the catcher - with an 87-mph throw. He made headlines for what he took off (his clothes, for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue) and what he put on (a Miami Dolphins hat, in a pot-stirring Twitter picture). So far in 2013, Kaepernick has gone just about everywhere he has wanted to go. Except into that end zone in the Superdome, where his 49ers were stopped five yards short of a Lombardi Trophy in a 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.
January 14, 2013 |
The San Francisco 49ers are among the NFL's crown-jewel franchises. They have won 19 division titles and five NFC championships, and are 5-0 in Super Bowl appearances. But they also have a sore-thumb statistic. They haven't won a road playoff game in 24 years. That's right, other than neutral-site Super Bowls, their last postseason victory away from home was a 28-3 win over Chicago in the NFC title game at Soldier Field in January 1989. Joe Montana threw three touchdown passes, Jerry Rice caught two of them, and the Bears could generate no offensive heat on a 17-degree day. Chicago's backup quarterback at the time?
January 22, 1989
1988 SEASON COMPARISONS PASSING 49ers: 3,508 Bengals: 3,592 Bengals Player : Esiason Pct. : .575 Yds.: 3,572 TD: 28 Int. : 14 49ers Player : Montana Pct. : .599 Yds.: 2,981 TD: 18 Int. : 10 Player : Young Pct. : .673 Yds.: 680 TD: 3 Int. : 3 RECEIVING 49ers: 230 Bengals: 225 Bengals Player No. Avg. TD Brown 53 24.0 9 Holman 39 13.5 3 McGee 36 19.1 6 Brooks 29 9.9 6 49ers Craig 76 7.0 1 Rice 64 20.4 9 Rathman 42 9.1 0 Wilson 33 12.