How to beat the 49ers

Now that we’re halfway through the season, there’s a book on how to beat the 49ers. We know it, the 49ers know it – it’s their job to know it — and the rest of the NFL knows it. Let’s explain that game plan and list the teams that can pull it off. Stop the run with seven defenders. If you can do that, you can beat the 49ers. You…

November 7, 2012

Gore says 49ers O-line is creating biggest holes he’s ever seen

SANTA CLARA – Frank Gore spoke at his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: How does your body feel going into the second half of the season? GORE: I feel fresh still. I’m healthy. I’m ready for the second half. It’s a blessing I’m not nicked up. I’m just having fun running through the big holes they’re giving me. Q: How are your ribs? GORE: A lot better….

November 6, 2012

Preview: How the Niners match up against the Rams

This is the final installment of our NFC West matchup preview. Today we’re breaking down how the Niners match up with the St. Louis Rams. Tomorrow we’ll break down their matchup with the New England Patriots. 49ERS DEFENSE VS. RAMS OFFENSE: This matchup isn’t close. The Niners have a great defense and the Rams have a terrible offense. St. Louis got shut out twice in their final five games last…

May 30, 2012

Live blog: 49ers @ Rams

Here’s the live blog for the Niners Week 17 game in St. Louis against the Rams. I’ll be updating this throughout the game from home. 9:30 Patrick Willis is active and starting ahead of Larry Grant at inside linebacker for the first time in four weeks. Two Minute Warning Ted Ginn Jr (ankle), Kyle Williams (concussion) and Delanie Walker (jaw) are not active. Neither are Scott Tolzien, Shawntae Spencer, Mike…

January 1, 2012

Week 17 picks

Here are my Week 17 picks. Oh and by the way, the Niners officially promoted WR Joe Hastings to the 53 man roster this morning. Good thing I waited until Saturday to make my picks – this changes everything. 49ers @ Rams: 49ers, 16-3. The Rams scored zero points against the Niners last time they played, so with the home field advantage they’ll score a field goal in this one….

December 31, 2011

Submit a question: Week 16

Here’s the 49ers media availability schedule for Week 16. Jim Harbaugh speaks today at 11:55, and Alex Smith speaks after him. Tomorrow, Vic Fangio speaks first in the media tent and Greg Roman will speak second. The locker room is open both today and tomorrow. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo talks on a conference call this morning at 9:05 and Rams inside linebacker James Laurinitis talks at noon. Are there any questions…

December 28, 2011

A look ahead at the Niners next three games

If the Niners win the last three games on their regular season schedule, these past two losses over the last three weeks will mean bupkis. They’ll be the No. 2 seed and they’ll get a first round Bye. If they have to play the Saints, they’ll get to play them at Candlestick Park. I think the Niners can win all three of their last regular season games, but it won’t…

December 13, 2011