| Sep 17, 2012
The San Francisco 49ers topped the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Niners' quarterback Alex Smith was 20-31 for 226 yards and two touchdown passes, both were to tight end Vernon Davis.
The first came just 2:35...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:28 PM
The 49ers will lean on their Tank personnel (one wide receiver, two tight ends, two backs) to establish the run and set up their play-action passing game. Look for schemes that will target the Bears' eight-man defensive fronts Monday night and test the...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 2:39 PM
Jay Cutler won't play for the Bears Monday night at San Francisco, and fans should be glad. After suffering a concussion on Sunday, he clearly shouldn't exposed himself to risk again so soon. But the Cutler episode only shows that the current way of...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 6:49 PM
What more can this Bears defense do to carry the ballclub?
The Bears rank fifth in total defense and first in interceptions with 19. They have returned seven interceptions for touchdowns.
With Jay Cutler out with a concussion, the already stout and...
| Oct 12, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The most improbable, unbelievable throw by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't even hit its intended target.
It came last Saturday before Game 1 of the National League division series between the San Francisco...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 11:23 PM
College Football--Louisville at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. (ESPNU); Texas vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m. (ABC); Iowa at Michigan State, 11 a.m. (ESPN); Northwestern at Minnesota, 11 a.m. (ESPN2); Alabama-Birmingham at Houston, 11 a.m. (FXSP);...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 10:22 PM
NFL Football--Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Noon (CBS); Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles, Noon (FOX); Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins, 3:25 p.m. (FOX); Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, 7:20 p.m. (NBC)...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 5:50 PM
It would be snobbish — not to mention cowardly — if I suggested we all park our opinions of the Bears and the NFL until there's more evidence to evaluate in a few weeks.
But pessimism over the 1-1 Bears is not a rush to judgment, a knee-jerk...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 1:43 PM
49ers QB Alex Smith vs. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: This isn’t that kind of matchup – mano-a-mano – but the play of the opposing quarterbacks definitely will impact the outcome in this battle of NFC West co-leaders. And they’re...
| Oct 23, 2012
All around the NFL, this figures to be a landmark week for the men who carry clipboards and draw up Xs and O's.
Joe Vitt has returned to the New Orleans Saints as interim coach, his six-game suspension behind him.
Carolina's Ron Rivera is facing...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 10:29 PM
NFL Football--Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints, Noon (CBS); San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, Noon (FOX); Houston Texans at Denver Broncos, 3:25 p.m. (CBS); New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens, 7:20 p.m. (NBC)...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:52 PM
Christian Ponder didn’t flinch, even against that swarming San Francisco defense. Minnesota’s quarterback has come a long way from his rough rookie season.
Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another...