49ers Defensive player-by-player review

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49ers Defensive player-by-player review

Here is the entire defensive player-by-player review from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle but played only about 15 snaps in the game. He rushed the passer eight times. He was not credited with any tackles.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end and was on the field the vast majority of the time. He rushed the passer 36 times, and was credited with one tackle. . . . Good penetration against right guard Rex Hadnot to force Skelton incompletion on third down in first quarter. . . . Got pressure on Skelton, forcing him to throw off-balance on ball that Goldson intercepted in third quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive (coaches' decision). (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95)
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end and played nearly every snap. and was credited with no tackles and two quarterback hurries. . . . Shoved left tackle Levi Brown into the backfield to blow up play, opening door for NaVorro Bowman to stop Wells for 1-yard gain.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: He saw limited action in the 49ers' base defense. He was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: He played only a couple snaps on defense. He was not credited with any tackles.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: He made one tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and recorded a team-high seven tackles. He also had an interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. . . . His forced fumble of Beanie Wells was initially ruled down by contact, but Willis urged coach Jim Harbaugh to throw the challenge flag. . . . Called for unnecessary roughness on a fourth-down play when he hit Bartel as he was sliding. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker and was credited with three tackles and one pass defensed. . . . Sniffed out a wide-receiver screen to stop Larry Fitzgerald for no gain at end of first quarter. . . . Right tackle Jeremy Bridges knocked him down as Chester Taylor gained 34 yards in the fourth quarter. . . Made hit on receiver Early Doucet short of the yard marker on fourth down late in the game. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and was credited with two tackles and one sack. . . . Working against right tackle Brandon Keith got credit for the sack when he was first to touch Skelton after he slipped. . . . Allowed 12-yard pass completion to fullback Reagan Maui'a in second quarter for Cardinals first first down of the game.
56-Tavares Gooden: Played exclusively on special teams and was credited with one tackle and a forced fumble.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker, and was credited with one tackle, as he played mostly on base downs. . . . Took on block of Maui'a and tripped up Wells for no gain.
99-Aldon Smith: He recorded a sack, two quarterback hurries and a pass defensed as part of the 49ers' nickel defense . . . . Taylor dropped him with a chip block, but Smith quickly got back to his feet and tracked down quarterback Richard Bartel for a fourth-quarter sack. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Inactive (coaches decision). (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and was credited with four tackles and a pass defensed. . . Followed Larry Fitzgerald out of the slot and broke up third-down pass to end Cardinals' first drive. . . . Was in the right spot but Richard Bartel's pass went through his hands and was caught by Larry Fitzgerald for a 23-yard touchdown in fourth quarter. . . . He did not properly follow receiver Andre Roberts from the slot on a play that went for 45 yards in the third quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback and was credited with two passes broken up. . . . Got his hands on pass from John Skelton that was intended for Roberts, deflecting ball to Willis, who recorded the first-quarter interception. . . . Delivered big hit on Wells to break up fourth-quarter pass.
26-Tramaine Brock: Played defense in the fourth quarter as part of the 49ers' dime defense but was not credited with any tackles. . . . He had a rough day with penalties. . . . Called for holding on 49ers' first punt return of the game. . . Called for another holding penalty that was part of offsetting penalties. . . . Called for pass interference against DeMarco Simpson for a 21-yard penalty in fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Played special teams, and recorded one tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Played more than 30 snaps as the 49ers' third cornerback. He recorded two tackles. (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: Saw action as the 49ers' sixth defensive back, then took over when Dashon Goldson was ejected early in the fourth quarter. . . . Was in deep zone on Fitzgerald's 23-yard touchdown catch. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played every snap. He recorded two tackles, an interception and two passes defensed. . Had deep coverage on Larry Fitzgerald and made interception and 48-yard return to set up 49ers' second touchdown. . . . Brown up pass in end zone for Fitzgerald in late fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Did not see action on defense, but some some time on special teams.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety and recorded two tackles and one interception. . . . Had underneath coverage on Larry Fitzgerald and made diving interception in the third quarter. . . Got a hit on Doucet as ball was skipping through his hands for an incomplete pass at the goal line in the late fourth quarter. . . . He was ejected in the fourth quarter for retaliating against Cardinals receiver Early Doucet with several punches. The NFL told CSNBayArea.com that Goldson would not be suspended, but he is subject to a 25,000 fine. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams.Specialists
2-David Akers: He had a rough day, as he missed three of his six field-goal attempts in the first half. Two of the kicks were blocked, and he hooked a 49-yarder to the right. He made field goals of 22, 43, 29 yards. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 45.3 yards (38.0 net) on just three punts.
86-Brian Jennings: Had a low snap that might have contributed to second blocked field goal. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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