49ers botch their big chances in loss to Seattle

The 49ers had their chances. They had all kinds of chances. And they botched them.   “Today we just found a way to screw it up,” 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. “It’s as simple as that. Every situation, we just found a way to screw it up. Championship teams can’t do that. Teams that talk about going to the playoffs cannot do that. We did.”   The 49ers were hoping…

December 6, 2009

Singletary impressed by 49ers’ leadership on offense

The 49ers closed to within two games of the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday with a 20-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Candlestick Park. It was the 49ers’ most complete game of the season, and an encouraging game from quarterback Alex Smith.   Here is an interview I conducted with Smith after the game:     * * *

November 29, 2009

Is ‘spread’ why 49ers came back on Pack?

This game was similar to the 49ers’ loss to the Houston Texans a while back when they trailed by 21 points at halftime.   With Alex Smith in the shotgun formation, the 49ers made it interesting Sunday in a 30-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, as their playoff hopes sustained a punch to the gut. But does the success in the second half provide the impetus for a dramatic…

November 22, 2009

Only the appropriate post-game quotes

The 49ers snapped their four-game losing streak thanks to Jay Cutler’s five interceptions. And the 49ers needed every one of them. Michael Lewis’ game-clinching pick came in the end zone on the final play of the game.

November 12, 2009

Painful loss for the 49ers

The 49ers have a quick turnaround, which might be a good thing after a game like this. The 49ers lost to the Tennessee Titans 34-27. They fell two games behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West. The 49ers have lost four in a row and five of six.   Yes, ordinarily, it’s a good thing to come right back after having four turnovers lead to 24 points. But the…

November 8, 2009

Smith’s rally falls short; Singletary undecided on QB

Coach Mike Singletary was the last person on the 49ers’ side to talk to the media today. Generally, the head coach is the first.   Singletary returned to his hometown today, and the 49ers were simply awful in the first half. They fell behind 21-0. Before heading to the locker room, he suggested to offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye that the 49ers make a change at quarterback.   Raye was certainly…

October 25, 2009

49ers not satisfied with 35-0 victory

The 49ers recorded their first shutout since the final game of the 2001 season. But there was not the feeling that the team was fully content with the accomplishment, a 35-0 victory, over the winless Rams.   The defense and special teams played very well, to be sure. The defense pitched the shutout and scored touchdowns on Patrick Willis’ interception return and Ray McDonald’s fumble return. Special teams came through…

October 4, 2009

Singletary: We’ll see them again in the playoffs

Mike Singletary had already delivered his postgame locker room address to his players. After the media was allowed into an interview room at one side of the locker room, he had more words to say.   Singletary began working the room, shaking hands with his players after the 49ers’ crushing 27-24 loss to the Vikings. His job was to make sure the loss does not crush the season.

September 27, 2009

Improved 49ers aren’t satisfied with 2-0

Today, the 49ers were better than they were a week ago. They are 2-0, heading into next week’s game against the Vikings.   “This league is about constant improvements,” 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill said. “If we go out there next week and play like we did the first two games, it won’t be good.”   Running back Frank Gore scored on touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards in the…

September 20, 2009

Niners show toughness in overcoming elements, Bills

My game story from the 49ers’ 10-3 victory over the Bills is already up on the PD site. the notebook leads off with Nate Clements’ good day against his former ‘mates. And here are my quickie grades from the game.   * * * The conditions were extreme today in Orchard Park, N.Y. In the second half, it was downright miserable.

November 30, 2008