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.

Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'


Trump to anthem protesters: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field'

On Thursday prior to the 49ers' game against the Rams, Eric Reid continued his protest during the national anthem by taking a knee.

On Friday, President Donald Trump had an idea as to what should happen to players like Reid. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

The statement was welcomed by cheers from the crowd. 

Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in protest last season. Kaepernick isn't on an NFL roster. Reid sat out Thursday's game with an injury. 

Said Reid of his (non) stance earlier in the year:  “When we started last year, if you recall, we said our goal was to raise awareness and shed light on the issues that were happening in our country. I think we accomplished that goal. What I was upset about was the narrative, the false narrative, that were being told about us, people saying that we’re un-American, that we’re against police entirely and the military. That just wasn’t true. At first I thought that was a small sacrifice to pay to get the word out and raise awareness. I settled with thinking raising that awareness was victory.

“Then fast forward to Charlottesville and the country sees what an un- American protest really looks like. That’s when I had my change of heart. Because what Colin, Eli and I did was a peaceful protest fueled by faith in God to help make our country a better place. I feel I needed to regain control of that narrative and not let people say that what we’re doing is un-American, because it’s not. It’s completely American. We’re doing it because we want equality for everybody. We want our country to be a better place. So that’s why I decided to resume the protest.”

To date, at least 14 players have protested during the national anthem -- that number rises to close to 60 if you include the NFL preseason.

Trump added: “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.

“But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that [referees]? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”

Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR


Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.

“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”

The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.

Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.

Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”

Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.

Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”

When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route.“