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49ers Really Need Boldin And Hyde To Heal During Bye WeekWith an extra week of preparation and rest before they head up to Seattle for a November 22 matchup against the hated Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers are hoping that wide receiver Anquan Boldin and running back Carlos Hyde heal well enough to face the final seven games of the season with confidence. The 49ers offense is the worst in the NFL by almost any measurement, and without Boldin and Hyde, there's no chance it improves.
Kaepernick Drama Was Predictable For 49ers And Completely AvoidableEven as quarterback Colin Kaepernick was leading the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 postseason, there were obvious problems with handing over the steering wheel to the offense.
Team Grades: 49ers Manhandled By Seahawks On Thursday Night FootballSo much for momentum: The San Francisco 49ers lost on Thursday Night Football at Levi's Stadium, dropping to 2-5 on the season with the 20-3 loss against the hated Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks And 49ers Battle To Avoid Last Place In NFC West Thursday NightThe Seattle Seahawks entered the 2015 NFL season with high expectations while the San Francisco 49ers entered the season with more questions than answers.
Team Grades: 49ers Show Big Improvement In Week 5 Against Giants, Despite Late LossThe San Francisco 49ers did not get blown out in New York by the Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. In fact, the 49ers played so well, they had the lead very late in the 4th quarter. However, a two-time Super Bowl champion QB delivered in the clutch for the Giants, throwing the winning touchdown pass with just 21 seconds left. Overall, though, this was a moral victory for the 49ers even as they dropped to 1-4 on the season.
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.
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