49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record


49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vernon Davis set the 49ers' record for most career touchdown receptions for a tight end when he caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Alex Smith in the third quarter.Davis now has 34 career touchdowns, surpassing Brent Jones' total of 33 over 11 seasons (1987-'97)."It means a lot to me," said Davis, who is in his sixth NFL season. "Any time you can make history is a good feeling. It's a great feeling. The win meant more to me today. I'm more excited about the win than anything else. I can celebrate the touchdown catch later."
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Here are some of the other notes from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:--With a 9-1 record and five-game lead in the NFC West, the 49ers can clinch their first division title since 2002 with a victory Thursday over the Baltimore Ravens and a Seattle loss to Washington on Sunday.--The 49ers won for the eighth consecutive game. Coach Jim Harbaugh's eight-game win streak is the fourth-longest by a rookie coach since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Jim Caldwell (Colts, 2009) won 14 in a row; Steve Mariucci's 1997 49ers won 11 in succession; and Ted Marchibroda (Colts, 1975) won nine in a row.--The 49ers improved to 9-1 for the first time since 1997, which was also the last season they won as many as eight games in a row.--The 49ers tied for the fourth-best start in franchise history with the 1989 team. The 1984 team was 15-1; the 49ers teams of 1990 and 1997 were 13-1 and 11-1, respectively.--Since 1981 when the stat was first tracked by Statspass, the 49ers' 44 minutes, 16 seconds of time of possession is the third-most for the 49ers. They held the ball for 45:04 in a 35-3 win over the Detroit Lions in 1991. In 2002, the 49ers' time of possession was 44:33 in an overtime game against the Raiders.--The 49ers defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 11 games, which ranks tied for second in team history. From October 1985 to September 1986, the 49ers went 13 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. The 49ers also had an 11-game streak in 1992.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, which is the longest current streak and tied for third-best in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season.--The 49ers had a plus-four in turnover differential for a plus-17 for the season. Since 2009, the 49ers are 20-2 when winning the turnover battle.--The 49ers did not allow a first down in seven of the Cardinals' 12 possessions.--The 49ers broke up 11 passes on Sunday, giving them an NFL-best 77 passes defensed for the season.--The 49ers did not allow a sack. It's the third time the opposition has failed to record a sack against the 49ers this season.--The 49ers had three interceptions to give them an interception in nine of the team's first 10 games. It's the most games in which the 49ers have registered an interception through 10 games since 1996.--With those three interceptions, the 49ers defense recorded five multi-interception games through 10 games for the first time since the 1988 season.--Linebacker Patrick Willis' four forced fumbles this season is a career-high. He has also set a single-season career-high with 11 passes defensed.--Safety Donte Whitner's 48-yard interception return was the second-longest of his career. In 2009, he had a 76-yard return for a touchdown while playing for the Buffalo Bills against Tampa Bay.--Receiver Kyle Williams recorded career-highs with five catches for 54 yards.--Pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded a sack to give him 7.5 on the season. He ranks behind Denver's Von Miller (9.5) for the lead among rookies.--Kicker David Akers scored 11 points, giving him a league-leading 102 points on the season.

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”