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Teams Best Equipped for Cold-Weather Super Bowl: Road to MetLife Stadium

The NFL has been widely questioned and criticized for putting Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.<p>The league has had cold-weather Super Bowls in Indianapolis. Detroit and Minnesota, but all of those facilities have roofs or domes that allow players to compete in optimum conditions …

49ers’ Alex Boone would like to punch Clay Matthews in the face

AP<p>The NFL fined Packers linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 hitting 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but 49ers guard Alex Boone would have preferred …

Colin Kaepernick's Week 1 Dominance a Precursor for Things to Come

Going into Sunday's game, the Packers had a plan. They weren't going to get beat like they were in last year's divisional playoffs, when Colin Kaepernick completely pantsed them with one of the most dominant individual performances in NFL history.<p>In that game, Colin rushed for 181 yards (the most …

Staley to Kaepernick after Matthews hit: “No one is [expletive] hitting you late”

AP<p>On Sunday, a week’s worth of words from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews became action, when Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick well …

San Francisco 49ers: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 2

The San Francisco 49ers started this 2013 NFL campaign off with a bang, taking it to the Green Bay Packers in a close one at Candlestick Park. The club has a big fat zero in the loss column, which is how they’d like to keep it. Moreover, it was a statement game by the team as a whole, particularly …

Colin Kaepernick's Continued Rise Will Define San Francisco 49ers' Season

On the eve of the 2013 NFL season kicking off for a majority of the league, optimism is rampant for the San Francisco 49ers.<p>And for good reason.<p>The 49ers were one missed defensive holding/pass interference call away from tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins in league history. …

Football (U.S.)

San Francisco 49ers: Top 4 Reasons to Be Excited for the Season

The 49ers kick off the season Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. After months slumming it with baseball, basketball and even golf, our one true love has returned and things feel whole again.<p>For 49ers fans the start of the season has special significance because it allows us to stop endlessly …

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49ers’ Andy Lee plans to unveil knuckleball punt

AP<p>San Francisco punter Andy Lee says he may unveil a tactic that he hasn’t previously employed in the 49ers’ preseason finale on Thursday: A punt …

Updated Outlook for the San Francisco 49ers Offense in 2013-14

After mustering just 21 combined points in the first two preseason games, the San Francisco 49ers finally came out of their offensive shell on Sunday night with a 34-point effort against the Minnesota Vikings. Coming into the preseason game that supposedly holds the most weight, it was satisfying …

Colin Kaepernick Must Not Allow Expectations to Define Success of 2013 Season

During the 2012 NFL regular season and playoffs, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the leap to superstar status. Despite playing in just 13 games last year, Kaepernick joined the ranks of the elite, at least in terms of perception, and helped lead San Francisco to the Super Bowl.<p>…

Kaepernick, 49ers' defense strong in 34-14 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Aside from a handful of boneheaded penalties Jim Harbaugh will most certainly address this week, the San Francisco 49ers looked …

Infographic: Fun Facts About San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

Want to know a little more about 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick? This infographic has you covered.<p>Hat tip to the San Francisco 49ers.

Predicting Awards Honors for the San Francisco 49ers 2013 Season

Nearing kickoff to the 2013 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers have plenty of captivating players who expect to come charging out of the gate—and many of whom are on the verge of making a career statement.<p>Whether it is on the defensive or offensive side of the ball, there is no shortage of …

Why You Should Reach for Colin Kaepernick in Your Fantasy Football Draft

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is primed for a breakout season this year and, statistically, will be top ten in total fantasy points by season's end.<p>After taking over for Alex Smith during Week 6, Kaepernick put up impressive numbers that should make fantasy owners salivate for the …

San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick Will Thrive Despite Weakened WR Corps

All Colin Kaepernick did in 2013 was take away the starting job from a quarterback who had a 104.1 passer rating and lead the San Francisco 49ers all the way to Super Bowl XLVII. Seven regular-season starts and three more in the playoffs, and all the guy did was make 31 other teams wonder how they …

San Francisco 49ers' Most Positive Preseason Surprises So Far

Super Bowl-contending teams like the San Francisco 49ers are usually devoid of any surprising elements, especially when it comes to the preseason.<p>Rosters for said teams have generally been established. Any intriguing developments before the regular season emanate from undrafted free agents who make …

Football (U.S.)

Analyzing San Francisco 49ers' Biggest Potential Weaknesses for 2013-14 Season

The San Francisco 49ers enter the 2013-14 season with Super Bowl expectations, yet that doesn't mean they lack weaknesses.<p>That being said, their potential issues look more manageable than that of most other teams.<p>Whereas some teams are desperate for quality play at quarterback, offensive line and …

49ers looking forward to playing, hitting Alex Smith

AP<p>For years the San Francisco 49ers couldn’t hit Alex Smith in practice.<p>Now that he’ll be on the other sideline, the 49ers are looking forward to the …

The Untold Perspective of the San Francisco 49ers: Part III

Making our way to the third installment of our five-part video series on the San Francisco 49ers, we change gears a bit, turning the attention toward the first-person analyses of former NFL offensive lineman Guy McIntyre, who is now the Director of Alumni for the club.<p>Regarded as a 49er-lifer, …

Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Wide Receiver Situation

The San Francisco 49ers have more questions surrounding the wide receiver position after Thursday night's 10-6 preseason loss to the Denver Broncos.<p>San Francisco's situation at wide receiver is nothing new. Heading into the preseason, there was the recently acquired Anquan Boldin and everybody else.<p>…

Football (U.S.)

Start, Keep, Cut: All Offensive Positions Edition for San Francisco 49ers

Week 1 of the NFL preseason is in the books. If you despise the preseason, I can't blame you. However, this four-week appetizer does have its purposes.<p>Naturally, coaches and front office personnel use the preseason to shape and form their rosters.<p>From fantasy football to standout rookie …

San Francisco 49ers fans rejoice! A computer simulation has your team winning the Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers are set to build on last year’s run to the Super Bowl, so says a prediction model that simulates the NFL season 50,000 …

Niners commence process of sorting out their wideouts

AP<p>With Michael Crabtree out due to a torn Achilles tendon, the 49ers have only one clear-cut starting receiver. And he was playing for the other team …

Throwback Thursday: Garrison Hearst Takes It to the House in OT

In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we head all the way back to Week 1 of the 1998 NFL season. The New York Jets were in town and decided to put up a fight against a high-octane San Francisco 49ers offense powered by Steve Young and Jerry Rice.<p>Fast forward to overtime, with the game tied at 30 …

San Francisco 49ers: Must-Watch Players at Each Position in Preseason

Regardless of a player’s standing, the annual NFL training camp is one of the toughest grinds in pro sports, especially for a team like the San Francisco 49ers that continues to operate with an elevated standard.<p>For the hopefuls trying to make a team or those proving why they deserve to stay—the …

49ers sign CB Eric Wright to one-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed veteran cornerback Eric Wright to a one-year contract and placed him on the "non-football …

49ers Players in Serious Danger of Being Cut

With the regular season debuting less than a month from now, actual football can finally be discussed. Of course, not everything is dandelions and daisies when it comes to football. Roster cuts, while necessary, are one of them.<p>While training camp serves to get players acclimated with each other …

A.J. Jenkins may start at receiver for Niners in preseason opener

AP<p>The 49ers didn’t need much from 2012 first-round receiver A.J. Jenkins during his rookie season.. Which is good, because they didn’t get much. They …

San Francisco 49ers: Chris Culliver's Injury and the Cornerback Situation

The San Francisco 49ers' secondary was not one of its strengths in 2012.<p>Looking forward to 2013, that fact may still be the case.<p>The 49ers carried over all of their top four cornerbacks from the 2012 season: Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox. During the offseason, San …