Strong defensive effort wasted in 49ers loss to Denver: 5 burning questions answered

The San Francisco 49ers offense turned the clock back to 1946 during their 11-10 loss to Denver on Sunday night. The loss drops San Francisco to 1-2 on the season. Facing a Denver defense which had allowed only 487 yards combined over the first two weeks, the 49ers offense looked on point early in the first quarter. On their second possession of the game, San Francisco opened with a 20-yard…

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49ers – Broncos Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers week three matchup against the Denver Broncos from Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. I will provide updates and analysis from the tool shed throughout the game. 4:22 Inactive for the 49ers: Arik Armstead, Daniel Brunskill, Ty Davis-Price, Tyler Kroft, Kemoko Turay, Nick Zakelj. Armstead did not practice this week, and Turay was excused earlier today to tend to a personal…

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Steve Young: Can Jimmy Garoppolo be 49ers 10-year guy?

Kyle Shanahan thought he was done with Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers head coach spent all offseason talking about moving on from the veteran signal-caller in favor of Trey Lance. Shoulder surgery for Garoppolo on the eve of the NFL Scouting Combine shut down trade talks. San Francisco could have released the quarterback but chose not to. As training camp progressed and no trade partner emerged, general manager John Lynch broached…

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Can the 49er defense contain Russell Wilson? 5 Burning questions against Denver

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Denver for a Sunday night tilt against the Broncos. While the 49ers come into this game holding an 8-7 series record, San Francisco has won only twice in six trips to the Mile High City. Sunday’s matchup at Empower Field and Mile High features a pair of 1-1 teams that run the ball well on offense and can make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks….

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For 49ers, it’s now Super Bowl or bust

For the 2022 49ers, anything less than a Super Bowl victory will be a failure. San Francisco came into this season with a roster regarded by many as the best in the NFL. The only question was whether new starting quarterback Trey Lance would be up to the task. The quarterback question no longer exists.  Jimmy Garoppolo takes over for the remainder of this season. The 49ers have enjoyed great…

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Niners Nuggets: 49ers retaining their core, and an All-Pro returns to Practice

The San Francisco 49ers saved roughly $11.5 million by signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a restructured contract at the end of August. The team has since utilized that savings to re-sign members of its core. Last week the team extended punter Michell Wishnowsky with a new four-year deal. San Francisco followed that up on Monday when they announced the signing of Dre Greenlaw to a two-year extension through the 2024 season….

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Overreaction Monday: Is Kyle Shanahan to blame for Trey Lance injury?

Every Monday during the NFL season is filled with fans and media pundits’ overreactions. Someone must be blamed, especially when you lose your franchise quarterback for the season to a broken ankle. Here are some of the best overreactions I’ve encountered in the aftermath of the 49ers 27-7 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan is to blame for the injury to Trey Lance! If you are in this camp,…

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49ers lose Trey Lance for season in victory over Seattle; 5 burning questions answered

The San Francisco 49ers did what they needed on Sunday to defeat the Seattle Seahawks 27-7 at Levi’s Stadium. After dropping the season opener in Chicago, the 49ers lost their starting quarterback on the second offensive possession against Seattle. The injury occurred on the fifth offensive play of the second offensive possession for San Francisco. It was second and eight from the Seahawks 21 when Kyle Shanahan called a zone…

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49ers – Seahawks Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 home opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. I will provide updates and analysis from the press box throughout the game. 11:18 There is a steady wind coming out of the south, but no rain. 11:32 The 49ers did not elevate any practice squad players this week. Looks like Danny Gray is in line to make his regular season debut….

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49ers extend Mitch Wishnowsky

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday they have signed punter Mitch Wishnowsky to a four-year extension through the 2026 season. Wishnowsky was in the final year of his rookie contract. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the new deal has a max value of $13 million and will pay the 49ers punter just under $3 million per year. Wishnowsky was originally selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the…

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Can 49ers bounce back? 5 Burning questions for 49ers against Seattle

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will look to get their first win of the season when they host their NFC West division rival Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.  The Seahawks were the only team in the NFC West to win on opening weekend, defeating the Denver Broncos on Monday night. This contest is as big as a game in week two can get. A loss for San Francisco would…

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An honest assessment of Trey Lance

There are few places as quiet as a locker room following defeat. Such was the case in the wake of the 49ers 19-10 season opening loss to Chicago on Sunday. As members of the media entered the locker room for the first time following a regular season game since 2019, the frustration was palpable. The players who just fought through rain, wind, and mud for three hours only to come…

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Why adding running back Marlon Mack makes sense for 49ers

The 49ers not only lost to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but they also lost Elijah Mitchell for about two months. The running back was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Mitchell’s injury marks the second year in a row in which the 49ers have lost their starting running back in the first half of the season opener. During his media conference call on Monday, Kyle Shanahan noted the injury to…

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Overreaction Monday: Who’s to blame for 49ers’ loss in Chicago?

Every Monday during the NFL season is filled with fans and media pundits’ overreactions. Someone needs to be blamed, especially when you are a seven-point favorite and lose the season opener to a team expected to be near the bottom of the league. Here are some of the best overreactions I’ve encountered in the aftermath of the 49ers’ 19-10 loss to Chicago on Sunday. The defense lost this game! San…

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Missed opportunities prove costly for 49ers in 2022 opener; 5 burning questions answered

The San Francisco 49ers were their own worst enemy in a 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Sunday’s loss dropped the 49ers to 2-4 in season openers under Kyle Shanahan. The two seasons they won on opening weekend culminated in a trip to the Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game. The four seasons they lost ended in losing records.  On Sunday, the 49ers defense played lights out during…

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49ers – Bears Live Blog

This is the live blog for the 49ers 2022 season opener against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. I will provide updates and analysis from the Soldier Field press box throughout the game. 8:30 There has been a steady rain for the last 90 minutes. The tarp came off about 30 minutes ago and there are already huge puddles from inside the numbers out to the sidelines.  Players have been on…

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Can Trey Lance manage the game? 5 Burning questions for the 49ers in week 1

The San Francisco 49ers travel to Chicago to open their 2022 campaign at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Bears. Sunday will mark the 69th meeting between the two teams, with San Francisco holding a 35-32-1 lead in the series.  San Francisco and Chicago last met on opening weekend in 2003. The 49ers 49-7 blowout would be the highlight of Dennis Erickson’s short tenure as head…

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49ers announce 2022 team captains, two may not play in season opener

The 49ers have officially named their captains for the 2022 season.  During his Wednesday press conference, Kyle Shanahan announced George Kittle, Trent Williams, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Jimmie Ward, and Fred Warner as team captains. The six received the most votes from teammates, with no input from the coaching staff.  One name not included was first-year quarterback Trey Lance. According to Shanahan, Lance finished seventh in the balloting and chose…

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