The most talked-about 45 seconds of the 49ers’ season occurred Monday night. And that period of time will continue to reverberate through the franchise for quite a while.
One of the questions I had about the replay challenge after Frank Gore’s failed goal-line run was why the play was not reviewed immediately. Gore was tackled with 15 seconds remaining in the game. The whistle did not blow to signal a replay challenge until there were four seconds remaining.
There were a couple of instances from Monday’s game that got people talking about Mike Singletary’s rapport with offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Rookie receiver Josh Morgan has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Rams with a groin strain.
The 49ers would have had 40 seconds to get things together for that final play of Monday’s game if Shaun Hill’s spike with :02 remaining had counted after Frank Gore’s failed run at the goal line. (He was tackled with :15 on the game clock.)
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz took a brief break from his game-planning to face the Rams this week to explain what happened in the final hectic minute. He discussed the confusion in the final minute and how he really didn’t learn what had actually occurred until he spoke on the phone this morning with former 49ers coach Mike Nolan. * * *
Coach Mike Singletary addressed the media to talk about the 49ers’ 29-24 loss to the Cardinals last night.
I was home for just a few minutes this morning before driving to the 49ers’ practice facility. But it was long enough to shower and watch the final minute of the game again. The thing that stood out was how Shaun Hill handled himself. While everybody around him on the field – and on the sideline – was panicking, Hill was about the only person thinking clearly.
Here’s what 49ers interim coach Mike Singletary had to say during the Q&A after the 49ers’ 29-24 loss to the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.:
The 49ers absolutely blew this game tonight. They had control of the game throughout, and then mismanaged the final critical seconds of the game – an excruciating 29-24 loss to the NFC West-leading Cardinals.
Check here throughout the evening for all your 49ers-Cardinals needs on this Monday night in the desert.
Just went out for a walk around downtown Tempe, and now I’m back in the hotel awaiting a call from a Phoenix radio station. In the meantime, I’ll set aside an hour or so to answer some questions on any topic. Thanks for asking some questions. Now, I’m heading out to the the stadium.
Here is a dose of intriguing matchups for tonight’s 49ers game against the Cardinals in the desert.
Niners interim head coach Mike Singletary met with his former coach, ESPN’s Mike Ditka, last week in Santa Clara.
Receiver Dominique Zeigler, who dominated on the practice squad like none other the past two seasons, got a much-deserved promotion today.
The 49ers just concluded practice, and coach Mike Singletary held his gaggle with reporters.
There’s a lot more than football on the mind of Mike Martz this week, as he and his family are going through a difficult time.
GM Scot McCloughan (and Mike Nolan) has not experienced much success in finding wide receivers via the draft. But what about the team’s two youngest wideouts? Can they play? At this point, we do not know.
Remember when GM Scot McCloughan said Alex Smith would not return to the 49ers in 2009 if he did not head into the offseason as the starter?
Third receiver Arnaz Battle, the 49ers’ leading pass-catcher among team’s wideouts, will miss Monday night’s game with a foot sprain, coach Mike Singletary just announced.