12:14 AM EST, Thu December 13, 2018
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Shanahan on 49ers’ clock mismanagement: ‘It was a very bad feeling’

A few hours after the Miami Miracle, Kyle Shanahan was afraid his team might be part of the Santa Clara Stunner. On Sunday, 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens mismanaged the clock at the end of a 20-14 win over the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium. As a result, the 49ers didn’t end the game with a kneel-down by Mullens, but gave the ball back to Denver, which ran a final play from their 39-yard line with five seconds left. Unlike the Dolphins, who had pulled off a final-play, multi-lateral, 69-yard touchdown earlier in the day to beat the Patriots 34-33, the Broncos didn’t have a miracle: The game...
Dec 11, 2018

Ex-teammate on 49ers CB: ‘Richard Sherman and his era is over here’

Richard Sherman recently termed the Seahawks a “kind of middle-of-the-road” team. Evidently the word got back to the Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark. On Monday night, after Seattle throttled Minnesota, 21-7, Clark turned his gaze toward his next opponent. The Seahawks will visit the 49ers on Sunday two weeks after pounding them, 43-16, in Sherman’s first game in Seattle as an opponent. The Seahawks, who were 6-5 when Sherman termed them “middle of the road,” are 2-0 since and have won by a combined score 64-23. The 49ers are 3-10. “At the end of the day, ‘middle of the...
Dec 10, 2018

49ers’ Kittle on pace to break Gronkowski’s NFL record

George Kittle just missed out on a single-game NFL record Sunday, but the 49ers tight end could finish 2018 with a single-season league record. Kittle, who has 1,103 receiving yards, needs 225 yards in the final three games to break Rob Gronkowski’s record for most receiving yards by a tight end. Gronkowski had 1,327 yards in 2011. At his current pace, Kittle will finish with 1,358 yards. However, it’s possible Kittle could surpass Gronkowski’s seven-year-old mark, but not own the NFL record: That’s because Kansas City’s Travis Kelce has 1,159 yards this season, 56 more than...
Dec 10, 2018

49ers share Jed York’s address to team after death of his brother

On Sunday, Kyle Shanahan told reporters the team shared a “special moment” with CEO Jed York in the locker room after their 20-14 win over the Broncos. And the 49ers have shared the moment with the public. On Sunday night, the team website posted video of York’s emotional comments to the 49ers after a victory that came two days after his younger brother, Tony, died at 35. Before York spoke, Shanahan said the 49ers were playing for Tony York, the biggest Niner fan Shanahan had met, and gave Jed York a game ball. York shared hugs with Shanahan and general manager John Lynch before...
Dec 9, 2018

49ers’ Staley devours third career reception

Left tackle Joe Staley is a former tight end who enjoys receptions as much as greasy food. So the nearly 300-pound lineman reacted instinctively in the second quarter Sunday when he saw quarterback Nick Mullens’ batted pass hanging in the air. Staley grabbed the deflection, was tackled for a five-yard loss and enthusiastically skipped back to the huddle as the Levi’s Stadium crowd roared its approval in the 49ers’ 20-14 win over the Broncos. “The correct thing to do is bat it down,” Staley said, smiling. “But a lineman sees the ball in the air and you’re not not going to catch...
Dec 9, 2018

49ers ride George Kittle’s 210 receiving yards to upset win over Broncos

Forget franchise records. Tight end George Kittle nearly put his name in the NFL record book Sunday. Needing 73 yards to break the 49ers’ record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season, Kittle did that in less than 15 minutes en route to collecting the third-most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history in a 20-14 win over the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium. Kittle finished with 7 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. His receiving yards nearly broke the record held by Denver’s Shannon Sharpe, who had 214 in a win over the Chiefs on Oct. 20, 2002. The Cardinals’ Jackie Smith,...
Dec 9, 2018

Secondary shuffle: 49ers CB Williams inactive with knee injury

Nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams will be inactive for today’s game against the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium with a knee injury, which will cause more shuffling in the 49ers’ banged-up secondary. Without Williams, rookie D.J. Reed will assume his spot instead of playing free safety. Meanwhile, rookie Marcell Harris and Antone Exum will start at safety. Harris and Exum will comprise the 49ers’ eighth starting safety combination in 13 games. Strong safety Jaqusiki Tartt (shoulder stinger) is out with an injury he’s dealt with throughout the season. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon (knee)...
Dec 7, 2018

49ers’ Lynch not eager to see Sherman switch to safety

General manager John Lynch’s initial thought on Richard Sherman discussing a move from cornerback to safety? “It was ‘Slow down there, Sherm,’” Lynch said Friday on KNBR. Lynch obviously isn’t eager to see Sherman, 30, switch positions. And that’s not an imminent issue: On Thursday, Sherman said he can envision moving to safety near the end of a career that he expects to conclude when he’s 35. “I like the fact he’s saying he can play until he’s 35 because I’m a huge fan of Richard Sherman and what he brings to our team,” Lynch said. “… I think Sherm was speaking...
Dec 6, 2018

49ers’ Mullens has been better than expected

Nick Mullens is the 49ers’ starter, but he’s yet to prove he’s a starting-caliber NFL quarterback. At least that was head coach Kyle Shanahan’s assessment when asked if Mullens has shown No. 1-QB qualities. “I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “Being a starter -- he’s got command of the offense. I think the game’s not too big for him. But. I’m not going to go there yet.” At this point, it’s fair to say this: Mullens has been far better than expected. A 2017 undrafted free agent who began the season on the practice squad, Mullens has completed 64.5 percent of his passes,...
Dec 5, 2018

49ers’ Shanahan didn’t expect to be hired by Broncos last year

Kyle Shanahan is 0-1 against Broncos head coach Vance Joseph entering Sunday’s game against Denver at Levi’s Stadium. Shanahan and Joseph have never met in the regular season as head coaches, but they have competed in another arena: Shanahan, Joseph and Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewed for the Broncos’ opening that went to Joseph in January 2017. Given Shanahan’s ties to the franchise - his father, Mike, won two Super Bowls with the Broncos and spent 20 seasons with the team as a head coach and an assistant - many viewed Shanahan as the frontrunner for the...
Dec 4, 2018

49ers’ Kyle Nelson suspended by NFL

Long snapper Kyle Nelson, the 49ers’ third-longest tenured player, has been placed on the NFL’s reserve/suspended list, according to the league’s official transaction report. Nelson, 32, who has played in 76 straight games since joining the 49ers in 2014, has been suspended for 10 games, ESPN reported. It is not known what policy Nelson violated. The 49ers did not have an immediate comment on his suspension. Last week, the 49ers reportedly worked out five long snappers, including Jon Condo, 27, who spent 12 seasons with the Raiders. Nelson is in the final year of his contract. Only left...
Dec 3, 2018

49ers’ Dante Pettis shines in return to Seattle

SEATTLE — Cornerback Richard Sherman wasn’t the only 49er who made his return to Seattle on Sunday. He was joined by rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis, who played at the University of Washington, and was able to channel his college brilliance ...
Dec 2, 2018

49ers’ Pettis shines in return to Seattle

SEATTLE — Cornerback Richard Sherman wasn’t the only 49er who made his return to Seattle on Sunday. He was joined by rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis, who played at the University of Washington, and was able to channel his college brilliance in the 49ers’ 43-16 loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Pettis, a second-round pick, had 5 catches for 129 yards and had touchdown catches of 75 and 17 yards in the best performance of what had been a relatively quiet, injury marred season. “I love this city,” Pettis said. “I’ve been here for four years. It’s always cool to come...
Dec 2, 2018

49ers routed by Seahawks in Sherman’s return to Seattle

SEATTLE — Richard Sherman didn’t see Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throw five interceptions again. But the 49ers cornerback did see Wilson throw four touchdown passes, three before halftime, as Seattle eviscerated the 49ers 43-16 on Sund...
Dec 2, 2018

49ers’ routed by Seahawks, 43-16, in Sherman’s return to Seattle

SEATTLE - Richard Sherman didn’t see Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throw five interceptions again. But the 49ers cornerback did see Wilson throw four touchdown passes, three before halftime, as the Seattle eviscerated the 49ers 43-16 on Sunday in Sherman’s first game at CenturyLink Field as an opponent. Three days before kickoff, Sherman said he didn’t have a relationship with Wilson - his teammate for six seasons - and took a shot at the QB when a reporter noted Sherman had witnessed the elusive QB make countless plays with his feet. Responded Sherman: “I’ve also seen him...

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