49ers Goodwin Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers’ Week 10 play of the game: Goodwin’s 83-yard TD

We break down the San Francisco 49ers’ play of the game from their Week 10 matchup with the New York Giants — a 83-yard pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard’s long touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was the Niners’ Week 10 play of the game for a number of reasons, the least of which being that it was the 49ers’ first touchdown of the game and a long third-down conversion. After the game, we learned, earlier that morning, Goodwin and his wife…

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49ers Giants Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers vs. Giants: Week-10 game balls

  We hand out six game balls to the San Francisco 49ers after their first win of the season — a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants.   On Monday’s Locked on 49ers podcast, Brian Peacock handed out six game balls to the San Francisco 49ers after their first victory of the 2017 season: HC Kyle Shanahan Shanahan waited 10 weeks for his first victory, and received a mini-Gatorade shower for his efforts. Shanahan — still a player favorite —  hasn’t lost the 49ers’ locker room, and looks to…

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49ers Giants Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Third down conversions help propel 49ers to first victory of season

The San Francisco 49ers — one of the NFL’s worst teams on third down — converted over two-thirds of their third down attempts en route to their first win of the 2017 season.   Although the 2017 San Francisco 49ers have been an inconsistent offensive team, a few things have been consistent during their nine-straight losses: penalties, turnover differential, red-zone scoring percentage and third down conversation rate, as the Niners ranked near the bottom of the league in all four categories. In Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants, the…

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49ers Giants Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers now underdogs to visiting Giants after point-spread swing

After beginning the week as Vegas favorites for the first time this season, the San Francisco 49ers are now three-point underdogs to the visiting New York Giants.   Although the winless San Francisco 49ers and the one-win New York Giants have similar records, they began the 2017 NFL season with drastically different expectations. The 49ers — with a new coaching staff and new general manager — were in obvious rebuilding mode after a disappointing two-win season. Meanwhile, the Giants — and many analysts — expected a repeat playoff performance after…

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49ers Celek Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers TE Garrett Celek a sneaky start in fantasy football in Week 10

If you’re playing daily fantasy — or you’re streaming tight ends in season-long fantasy football — get San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek into your Week-10 lineup.   San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek may be a bad tight end in a bad offense, but he’s in a perfect position to produce for…

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49ers Safeties Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers’ Long-Term Plans at Free Safety and Strong Safety

The San Francisco 49ers lost Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt for the remainder of the season, and fellow safety Eric Reid is in a contract year. What are the Niners’ long-term plans for the safety position?   When the San Francisco 49ers’ new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh began installing his version of the Cover-3 Press — a system made famous by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll — his most immediate task was finding a free safety who could play the integral “Earl Thomas” role. Although Saleh didn’t have a…

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49ers Garoppolo Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

Will QB Jimmy Garoppolo see the field on Sunday?

The San Francisco 49ers traded for their new franchise quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, on Monday. When will the ex-New England Patriot make his 49ers debut?   Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers executed a stunning trade with the New England Patriots, acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick. With the…

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49ers Garcon Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

WR Pierre Garçon out for the season with neck injury

Wide receiver Pierre Garçon — the San Francisco 49ers’ top receiver in 2017 — will miss the rest of the season after being placed on IR due to a neck injury.   Earlier this evening, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch broke the unfortunate news that the Niners’ top receiver Pierre Garçon will be placed…  

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49ers Breida Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: RB Matt Breida’s shovel-pass touchdown

We break down QB C.J. Beathard’s shovel-pass touchdown to RB Matt Breida. The score was Breida’s first NFL TD, and one of the Niners’ few highlights from their Week-8 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. There wasn’t a lot for San Francisco 49ers fans to enjoy from the Niners’ 33-10 lossto the Philadelphia Eagles, but one bright spot was the play call and execution of a shovel-pass screen in the third quarter of the game. The 21-yard pass from rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard to rookie running back Matt Breida was a perfect play…

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49ers Stadium Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers ask fans and season ticket holders if winning is important

The San Francisco 49ers — investigating why Levi’s Stadium is getting emptier with each passing Sunday — continue to ask fans and season ticket holders if winning is important. On Wednesday, Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle learned the winless San Francisco 49ers sent fans and season ticket holders a post-game questionnaire that included a rather peculiar question: The 49ers sent a questionnaire to fans asking “in terms of game day experience how important is it that your team wins?” In fact, this isn’t a new phenomenon; the 49ers send questionnaires to season…

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49ers Datone Jones Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers sign free-agent defensive lineman Datone Jones

After recently losing multiple defensive lineman to injury, The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent Datone Jones on Monday. What should the Niners expect from the former first-round draft pick?   Yesterday, the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive line received a needed boost with the signing of former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones. Jones — a first-round draft pick in 2013 — signed with the Minnesota Vikings last offseason, but never played a regular-season down with the team.  Jones sustained a shoulder injury during the Vikings’ preseason game with the 49ers, before being released by Minnesota prior…

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49ers Garcon Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers: Offensive player statistics through Week 6

With over a third of the San Francisco 49ers’ 2017 season complete, which Niners have exceeded expectations, and which have disappointed? We break down the 49ers’ individual offensive stats over the first six weeks of the season.   Quarterback Brian Hoyer –  Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the 49ers’ young season has been quarterback Brian Hoyer, whose poor play caused head coach Kyle Shanahan to make a quarterback change midway through Week 6. Hoyer’s 58.0 percent completion rating, 2.0 percent touchdown percentage, 6.1 yards-per-attempt and 74.1 quarterback rating are all below his career averages….

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49ers Shanahan Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

The ‘Illegal pick play’ offensive pass-interference penalty

n the past month, two San Francisco 49ers potential game-winning drives were ended by questionable or botched offensive pass-interference calls. We take a look at the official 2017 NFL rulebook to see how the league defines the illegal pick play OPI penalty that ended the Niners’ final drive on Sunday.   The 0-6 San Francisco 49ers aren’t a good football team. Their opponents certainly shouldn’t need help from the officials. Just three weeks removed from a phantom offensive pass-interference penalty on rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor that ended the 49ers’ chance for victory against…

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49ers Beathard Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

When will Shanahan bench QB Brian Hoyer for C.J. Beathard?

With the San Francisco 49ers winless after five games — and rarely finding the end zone — many Niner fans are pleading for a quarterback change. When will head coach Kyle Shanahan switch QBs from Brian Hoyer to rookie C.J. Beathard?   When the San Francisco 49ers moved up to draft quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, it was a matter of when — and not if — the rookie would start for the 49ers this season. Now that the 49ers have lost their first five…

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49ers Kittle Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Top 10 plays from Week 5 vs. Colts

We break down the 10 most important plays — from a win-probability perspective — from last Sunday’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers’ 26-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts marked the Niners’ second straight overtime loss, and their fourth straight loss by three or fewer points. Today, we’re going to break down each of the 10 most important plays of the game. Play importance will be determined by calculating the play’s impact on each team’s probability of ending the game with a…

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Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers sacrifice 2017 productivity, betting on future success

t’s no secret that 2017 is a rebuilding year for the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers general manager John Lynch would never admit it – nor would he attempt to rebrand the team’s rebuild a “reload” like his predecessor – but his offseason actions speak louder than his words. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, like all competitors, hates to lose. He doesn’t try to hide his frustration during post-game press conferences, or after errant third-down pass attempts: Every NFL franchise wants to win, but over the offseason, the 49ers prioritized winning in the…

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49ers Cardinals Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Trent Taylor’s 3rd-down targets vs. Cardinals

We break down each of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer’s 12 third-down pass attempts to rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor during the Niners’ Week 4 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Earlier this week, we discussed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer’s reliance on wide receiver Trent Taylor on third down in the team’s overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Today, we’ll take a look at each of Hoyer’s third-down attempts to his rookie wide receiver. Taylor played only 56 percent of the 49ers’ offensive snaps on Sunday, but he…

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49ers Taylor Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers vs. Cardinals: Trent Taylor’s 3rd-down usage

In Week 4, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted 13 passes to rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor — and 12 of the 13 were thrown on third down. Unfortunately for the Niners, only two of those 12 third-down passes to Taylor were completed and converted for a first down. Sunday’s Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals was more of the same for the winless San Francisco 49ers; the Niners accumulated far too many penalties, converted only 26 percent of their third-down attempts and failed to score a touchdown in a…

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49ers Rams Analysis Featured News and Analysis Film Room 

49ers film room: Breaking down safety Jimmie Ward vs. Rams

On Thursday night, San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward returned from injury for his first NFL start at free safety. We break down Ward’s performance against the Los Angeles Rams.   When the San Francisco 49ers decided to change their defensive system to a 4-3 Cover 3 Press last offseason, many questioned the move, because the 49ers lacked a player on their roster for the scheme’s most important position — free safety. The 49ers already had two potential strong safeties in first-rounder Eric Reid and second-rounder Jaquiski Tartt. Still, some…

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49er Cardinals Analysis Featured News and Analysis 

49ers begin difficult stretch of 4 of 5 away games

The San Francisco 49ers – winless in three games — now begin the most difficult portion of their 2017 schedule. Over the next five games, the Niners play four games on the road — three with 10 a.m. starts — and a home game in name only.   The San Francisco 49ers were certainly dealt a difficult early schedule for the 2017 NFL season. After opening the season against the dangerous Carolina Panthers, the 49ers travelled to a Seattle stadium where they haven’t scored 20 points in a game since…

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