Team Grades: 49ers Overcome Adversity At Levi's To Beat FalconsNo Vernon Davis? No problem. No Colin Kaepernick? No problem. No Carlos Hyde? No problem. The San Francisco 49ers started a trio of reserves at key offensive positions, and the team's defense rose to the occasion nicely at home.
Team Grades: Where Is Rock Bottom For The 2015 San Francisco 49ers?The San Francisco 49ers have the worst offense in the NFL, and it's probably time to bench quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After all, the team couldn't be much worse with a different QB, could it?
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.
The 3 Bay Area NFL Players Ranked As Elite By Madden NFL '16For years, NFL fans have feared the "Madden Curse" - the appearance of their big star on the popular video game's cover. In the past, some of those cover shoots have been followed by poor performances and injuries, leading to the curse rumors.
GameDay: Poetic Justice For Niners In New OrleansThis wasn’t a pretty game from San Francisco’s perspective. But in the face of desperation, beauty is only skin deep.
49ers Offense Needs More Consistency For Home Opener Against BearsThe San Francisco 49ers won their first game of the 2014 season, but they didn't generate enough offense consistently on their own. Gifted four turnovers by the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers didn't score at all in the second half of the game. They'll need to make sure they create their own opportunities in Week Two against the Chicago Bears at the Levi's Stadium opener.
Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Kickers To DraftLet’s not kid ourselves: a kicker is not going to win you a fantasy title. But in a tight match-up, you’ll take all the points you can get. All of these players are last-round selections, but you might as well have a strategy for crafting your kicker rankings.
Kicker Dawson Expected To Return For 49ers, 'Hitner' Appears Headed To Cleveland Veteran kicker Phil Dawson says he's returning to the San Francisco 49ers for the 2014 season.
Phil Dawson And Defense Fuel 49er VictoryIn a game that they had to win, San Francisco responded. They beat the best team in the NFC, (record-wise) and remain in control of their playoff destiny.
Kicking Game Is No Longer 49ers Achilles HeelWhile the 49ers have had arguably the best punter in the game the past few seasons, the same can’t be said for their kicking game. Last year Special teams play hurt San Francisco during the regular season and again in Super Bowl. So far in 2013, the 49ers have shored up this weakness, and continue to strengthen their argument as the most complete team in the league.
49ers Rely On Rookie And Veteran To Fill Voids The 49ers had two big holes to fill this offseason, with the departure of Dashon Goldson and the release of David Akers. It would be impossible to have any sustained success with question marks at both positions, but after the Week 1 performances of Phil Dawson and Eric Reid, it appears that the 49ers have found a short-term replacement for Akers, and long-term answer for Goldson.
Veteran Kicker Dawson Ready For Fresh Start With 49ersPhil Dawson has been to Candlestick Park for numerous kicking workouts to try to learn the stadium’s tricky wind. He has hit it off with his teammates and begun to settle into life in the Bay Area—his first major move in more than a decade.