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Big Win and Big Loss? Vernon Davis and Anthony Davis Hurt in Victory

September 29th, 2014 at 9:42 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers came away with a 26-21 victory against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The win brings the Niners back to a .500 record at 2-2 and for at least one week, limits the chatter over whether or not the red and gold are on the decline from one of the NFL's elite teams.

Regardless if you think any of that sort of talk is warranted, is irrelevant, any victory is celebrated but this was significant…and that's not pointed at the fans. When asked about what this win could do for morale, Jim Harbaugh said this to CSN's Matt Miaocco:

"It should be good for morale, I would suspect…good for my morale. But we have to keep going."

The response was said with a smile and drew laughs from the group of reporters.

However, while the Niners had a solid win that showed a tough and steady defense that allowed zero points (Philly scored on a block punt in the end-zone, a punt return and a interception returned for a touchdown) and a hard nosed running game that featured Frank Gore at his finest (24 carries for 119 yards and a 55 yard TD reception), the Niners lost two key players due to injury.

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Neglecting Gore and 1-2 Start Looks Awfully Similar to 2013 for the San Francisco 49ers

September 26th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Through three games, San Francisco 49ers starting running back Frank Gore has only 37 touches (35 carries, two receptions) so far. In each game, Gore has seen his touches decrease from the previous one; 16 in week one, 15 in week two (only 13 carries) and six in week three. Whether the explanation is mismatches, the opposing team's defensive schemes or spreading out the ball, the fact remains…the Niners all-time leading rusher and top dog of a offense that has gone to three straight NFC Championships is not being involved.

So far the result of the Niners change of pace offense has resulted in a 1-2 record, awfully similar to their 1-2 start last season. The Niners victorious aerial assault on a soft Green Bay Packers secondary to start off the season last year started chatter about how Niners may be looking to develop a more up tempo and dynamic offense, contrasting to its usual slower pace, gritty, power running scheme.The result you may have forgotten, were two embarrassing blowout defeats at Seattle and back home against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Tight End Vernon Davis on Track to Return for the San Francisco 49ers

September 25th, 2014 at 11:29 AM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers played last weeks game against the Arizona Cardinals without Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis. Davis injured his ankle in week two against the Chicago Bears and was routinely seen on crutches throughout last week, however, this week Davis appears ready to go for week four.

"I'm feeling great. This is going to be a good week for me."

The Niners struggled to score in the second half for the third straight week to start out the season. The 49ers also struggled to run the ball and some suggested that the Niners swayed away from their usual "ground and pound" attack since they were missing Davis' run blocking skills, along with having back up tight end Vance McDonald and starting right tackle Anthony Davis out as well.

Second-year pro Derek Carrier started at tight end with Davis and McDonald absent from the field. Carrier got the early nod after pulling in three balls for 41 yards against the Bears once Davis had left the game with an injury. Davis wouldn't rule anything out after week two's loss despite being in crutches throughout the week. However, things became crystal clear once the weekend rolled around.

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San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin Upset with the Referees.

September 22nd, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a 1-2 start and frustrations are beginning to mount for the red and gold. The Niners have dropped the last two games despite leading at halftime in both occasions. Unfortunately, the Niners have squandered those leads with analysts have pointing towards the Niners being out scored 52-3. Offensively and defensively, the 49ers haven't been clicking after intermission, but another factor is troubling throughout the entire game as well: a league high 36 penalties. However, wide receiver Anquan Boldin believes this isn't just on the Niners.

"For me, it's been obvious the last two weeks: The amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of calls that we've gotten hasn't been close," Boldin said. "You send the tape in, and the NFL just reports back, 'We made a mistake.' But at the same time, the crap is costing us games. At some point, they need to be held accountable."

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San Francisco 49ers Change Offensive Scheme in Another Disappointing Loss

September 22nd, 2014 at 3:45 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Smash mouth defense, complimented by a hard nose running game…If you thought I was describing the San Francisco 49ers, you'd be wrong, at least during week three of the NFL season.

Defense and running the ball with Frank Gore has been a recipe for success for the Niners over the last three seasons, with three straight NFC Championship appearances being evidence for that notion. However, when the Niners traveled to Arizona to take on the Cardinals, its offensive scheme had changed dramatically. Often coming out in four-receiver sets, the Niners attempted to put the Cardinals on their heels with a bit of a "hurry up" and tried to spread the ball around. To the Niners credit, the attack appeared to work at moments with the 49ers leading 14-6 at halftime, but the Cardinals quickly adjusted and shut out the Niners in the second half, resulting in a 23-14 victory for Arizona.

"I don't know…we did what the defense gave us." said Gore. The Pro-Bowl running back was at a loss for words when reporters approached him after the game. Gore carefully searched for the appropriate phrases when asked about the game plan the Niners had on offense. And within 40 seconds, Gore told the group of reporters surrounding him, "I'm sorry, I can't talk right now."

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