49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Wilson

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49ers key matchup No. 1: Kaepernick vs. Wilson

Editor's note: This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Seahawks matchups to watch Sunday, 5:20 p.m. (NBC-TV), at CenturyLink Field, Seattle

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49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Seattle QB Russell Wilson

Tale of the tape
Kaepernick (7): 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, second season, Nevada
Wilson (3): 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, rookie, Wisconsin

The 49ers saw Russell Wilson at his worst earlier this season. The Seattle Seahawks have yet to see Colin Kaepernick.

The two dual-threat quarterbacks will meet for the first time Sunday night when the 49ers and Seahawks meet in an NFC West matchup that could be a preview of a playoff meeting next month. And it could be the first of many meetings with Kaepernick and Wilson running their respective offenses over the coming seasons.

But Kaepernick's mind is not on the future. It's on tonight's game.

"He'll be my adversary Sunday night," Kaepernick said. "That's what we're worried about."

The 49ers are 4-1 since Kaepernick stepped into the lineup to replace Alex Smith, who sustained a concussion and was demoted once he got healthy. Kaepernick is completing 65.6 percent of his pass attempts with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating is 101.3. Kaepernick is also the 49ers' second-leading rusher with 379 yards and five touchdowns.

Kaepernick has already gotten the better of his road meetings against New Orleans' Drew Brees and New England's Tom Brady. Kaepernick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance last week in a 41-34 victory over the Patriots.

Meanwhile, Wilson has come on strong in his rookie season. The third-round draft pick has thrown 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 95.5 passer rating. He has rushed for 409 yards, as the Seahawks have incorporated more quarterback runs into the offense since their Oct. 18 meeting at Candlestick Park.

Wilson completed just 9 of 23 passes for 122 yards and an interception in the 49ers' 13-6 victory earlier this season. Wilson had three rushing attempts for 10 yards in that game.

"The biggest difference they're doing since we last played them is they've installed the gun-read game into their offense and they're doing it a lot," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "They had shown it very sparingly prior to the last game. Now they're doing it a lot.

"And the quarterback's just gotten better and better, as you'd expect a rookie quarterback to do. He's no longer a rookie. This is his 15th pro start. So, he's really a good quarterback. He's very elusive, he's fast, got good command of their offense, throws the deep stuff well and he's been a great acquisition for them."

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

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Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

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Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.

The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.

Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.

The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.

Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.

But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.

Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.

Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.

The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.

Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.

The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.

On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.

If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.

On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.