49ers-Giants rewind


49ers-Giants rewind

After making my debut on The Weather Channel on Friday at 6:20 a.m., I had some time to spare before my kids got up to go to school. So I re-watched the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the New York Giants, which took place Nov. 13 at Candlestick Park.

BOX SCORE: 49ers 27, Giants 20
--The Giants' opening drive was a lot like the Saints' opening drive last week. New York drove 75 yards on 13 plays. At the end of the drive, safety Donte Whitner stripped receiver Victor Cruz of the ball after a third-down completion. The only reason it wasn't a turnover is because it was ruled that Cruz's forward progress had been stopped before the ball came out. Kicker Lawrence Tynes kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Eli Manning was 7-of-7 for 54 yards on the opening drive. Manning began the game with 10 consecutive completions for 102 yards -- the best start of his NFL career.

--Back then, Braylon Edwards was starting at wide receiver for the 49ers. He caught a 21-yard pass on the opening drive of the game, and added another 9-yard reception on the same drive. The opening drive went for 11 plays, 62 yards, and ended with David Akers' 36-yard field goal.--On that same drive, Delanie Walker caught an 11-yard pass, and Ted Ginn picked up a first down with a 14-yard catch on third-and-8.--Akers made a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Walker recovered Akers' surprise onside kick. Akers made a 39-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 9-6 lead late in the first half.--Running Frank Gore was limited to no yards on six carries before leaving with a knee injury. Kendall Hunter had the same number of rushing attempts (six) for 40 yards.--Cruz got wide open against 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers and dropped a pass. The Giants went back to the same route on the next play, and Rogers was there for the interception.--The next drive ended when Alex Smith's well-thrown pass hit Ginn in the hands and deflected to cornerback Corey Webster at the New York 16-yard line for an interception.--On first drive of second half, Walker delivered a stiff arm that knocked down linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka en route to a 19-yard completion. That led to another Akers field goal and a 12-6 lead. Michael Crabtree let a chance for a touchdown slip through his hands as Smith made a great throw along the left side against Webster's coverage. And on the next play, Smith and Edwards were not on the same page on a slant route at the goal line.--The Giants went after rookie cornerback Chris Culliver for the first TD of the game, which came late in the third quarter. Manning hit Mario Manningham, who got a step behind Culliver, with a 13-yard fade route in the back of the end zone.--On a third-and-2 early in the fourth quarter, Walker shifted abruptly off the line of scrimmage and drew the Giants offside for a big first down. Giants coach Tom Coughlin's face turned fire-engine red.--Two plays later, Smith found tight end Vernon Davis on a crossing pattern. The Giants blew an assignment to leave Davis wide open. Davis made a jump at the goal line over safety Kenny Phillips for a 31-yard touchdown. Smith hit Crabtree, who motioned out of the backfield, for the two-point conversion.--Rogers intercepted his second pass of the game, as Manningham stopped his pattern and Manning essentially threw it to Rogers, who returned it 17 yards.--On the next play, the 49ers cashed in on Hunter's 17-yard TD run. The 49ers scored their touchdowns within 61 seconds of each other.--Receiver Hakeem Nicks, returning from a hamstring injury, beat the tight coverage of cornerback Tarell Brown for a 32-yard touchdown pass, as Manning got rid of the ball to beat Dashon Goldson's safety blitz.--Down by 7 on the final drive, Manningham could not hold onto Manning's pass that could've been a 42-yard touchdown. Manningham got a couple steps behind Culliver with 2:50 to play. The 49ers gave safety help on Nicks' side throughout the game, leaving Culliver in man coverage against Manningham.--The Giants went back to Manningham against Culliver later in the drive, but the pass was out the back of the end zone.--On fourth-and-2 from the 49ers' 8-yard line, Willis blew up the play when he put his right shoulder into tight end Jake Ballard, who was designed to run a route into the end zone to clear the way underneath for Cruz. But Ballard couldn't shake free. Manning really had nobody open. But it didn't matter because Justin Smith batted down the pass with his right hand at the line of scrimmage, anyway.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.