NFC West

49ers To Face Another Super Bowl Champion QB In Week 5The second of four straight Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks awaits the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in New Jersey, as they prepare to face Eli Manning and the New York Giants on primetime television.
Team Grades: 49ers Better At Home But Still Not Good Enough Against PackersThe San Francisco 49ers embarrassed themselves in Weeks 2 and 3 on the road, but back home for Week 4, they played much better against the best quarterback in the NFL.
Injury Report: 49ers Need Everyone Healthy To Beat Packers This SundayRemember when the San Francisco 49ers had such a short injury report? We knew it wouldn't last. In the modern NFL, someone is always getting hurt. It's the nature of the sport.
Kaepernick Under Fire After Worst NFL Effort Of His CareerEveryone is piling on Colin Kaepernick this week after the San Francisco 49ers quarterback played like a chump on Sunday in a loss at Arizona.
49ers Won't Find Trip To Arizona Easy This WeekendAfter a humbling trip to Pittsburgh in Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers now face another tough road test in Week 3: the first-place Arizona Cardinals. Toss in the potential of a very hot Sunday afternoon in the Valley of the Sun, and the 49ers could be in trouble against Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona is 2-0 with dominant wins over the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. They are for real, and with the Seattle Seahawks off to an 0-2 start, the NFC West could already be in the Cardinals' hands unless the 49ers can pull an upset.
Strong Running Game, Stout Defense Could Be Hallmarks Of 49ers SeasonComing off a stunning performance in a 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings at home in Monday Night Football's doubleheader in Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers seem to have rebuilt themselves a little bit in the transition from Jim Harbaugh to Jim Tomsula. As the team prepares to take the show on the road for Week 2 in Pittsburgh, it's clear that running back Carlos Hyde will be the focus of the offense, and the defense is every bit as feisty as it was during the deep playoff runs of 2011-13.
Team Grades: 49ers Defense Better Than Anyone Expected In Monday Night WinFor all the changes in personnel and the unfavorable matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, the San Francisco 49ers defense really played like it was 2011 on Monday night in the season-opening game. The passing game still has miles to go, but running back Carlos Hyde demonstrated he's more than capable of replacing Frank Gore in the lineup. Overall, it was a great night for the 49ers as they started the 2015 NFL season with a surprisingly easy victory.
49ers Post-Harbaugh Era Begins With A Lot Of Doubt And UncertaintyAfter almost-unmatched success during the first three years of former coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure in San Francisco, the 49ers crashed a bit last year, finishing 8-8. Now, with Harbaugh gone, the season ahead has many questions. The 49ers roster has lost much talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and there are questions about the future of the franchise as new coach Jim Tomsula faces a tough season ahead. Super Bowl 50 will be at Levi's Stadium, but San Francisco is a serious long shot to be playing in the game itself.
New-Look 49ers Hosting Vikings In Monday Night OpenerThe San Francisco 49ers open their 2015 campaign on Monday Night Football, hosting the second game of a doubleheader on ESPN. The Minnesota Vikings come to Levi's Stadium for the matchup, led by an exciting young quarterback and a veteran running back with something to prove after a lost 2014 season.
Patriots Team Grades: New England Puts On Super Bowl-Worthy Performance Against ColtsThe Patriots made it look easy in advancing to their sixth Super Bowl of the Belichick/Brady era.
Here We Go Again: Patriots Face Ravens In AFC PlayoffsNew England and Baltimore are developing an impressive postseason rivalry.
Injury Report: Cardinals Expected To Play Lindley At QB In NFC Wild Card Vs PanthersA knee injury to QB Drew Stanton continues to slow him down in practices, but head coach Brian Polian is hopeful to have his second-string quarterback available for the Panthers. The Cardinals are a battered squad in other positions as well.