49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


LANDOVER, Md. -- The 49ers remained unbeaten away from home and extended their win streak to six games with a 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.The 49ers improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1997, which is also the last time the 49ers had a six-game win streak. The 49ers have won their first four road games for the first time since the 1992 season.Record-setting Gore: Running back Frank Gore became the first player in franchise history to gain more than 100 yards in five consecutive games. Gore finished with 107 yards on 19 carries. In 1998, Garrison Hearst gained 100 yards in four straight games.Early starters: The win was the first time the 49ers have won at least four games in a season with a 10 a.m. (PT) start time since 1990. The 49ers went 5-0 in early starts that season.Harbaugh makes history: Coach Jim Harbaugh is the third coach in 49ers history to begin his career with a 7-1 record, joining George Seifert (1989) and Steve Mariucci (1997). Harbaugh became the first 49ers first-year head coach to begin the season 7-1 with a 49ers team who held a losing record the previous season.More about Harbaugh: The 49ers' coach joins Jim Mora (2004 with Falcons) as the only rookie head coaches to lead their team to a five-game improvement from the previous season through eight games since 1970. The 49ers opened last season with a 2-6 record.Bruuuuuce: Rookie fullback Bruce Miller, a converted college defensive end, tasted the end zone for the first time in his career. He ran past the coverage of Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh to catch a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith. Miller scored a touchdown last season at Central Florida when he returned a fumble for a score against Houston.Playing takeway: Linebacker Patrick Willis jarred the ball loose from Redskins running back Roy Helu. Safety Donte Whitner recovered the fumble late in the first half to set the table for Miller's touchdown reception. Willis also forced another fumble in the fourth quarter.
Just kickin' it: David Akers continues to be one of the 49ers' top free-agent pickups off the offseason. He made all four field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. Akers is 4-for-4 from beyond 50 yards this season, making kicks of 52, 53 and twice from 55.Sack man: Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks recorded a sack, giving him five on the season with four of them coming in the past three games.Spreadin' it around: Alex Smith completed passes to eight different receivers, tying a 49ers season-high. Smith had another efficient game, completing 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

Large group of Colin Kaepernick supporters demonstrate outside NFL offices

NEW YORK -- Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside the headquarters of the National Football League on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing Kaepernick's name, crowded the steps outside the NFL's midtown Manhattan offices.

Kaepernick, who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, opted out of his contract with the team in March and remains unsigned. Supporters say he is being blackballed for his advocacy, but some critics say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem or contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Chants at the demonstration included "Boycott! Boycott!" Women's March organizer Tamika Mallory, addressing football fans, said, "I don't care how long you've been watching football, if they don't stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off."

Political commentator Symone Sanders said, "We are all standing with Kaepernick. It is time for the NFL to put up or shut up."

Earlier Wednesday, the NAACP called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of Kaepernick, who was born to a white woman and a black man but was adopted by a white couple. The civil rights organization's interim president, Derrick Johnson, said in a letter to the NFL's commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it's apparently "no sheer coincidence" that Kaepernick isn't on a roster.

"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech - to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations," Johnson said.

The NAACP's state president in New York, Hazel Dukes, said: "Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform."

Goodell has said the league isn't blackballing Kaepernick.

Some other players followed Kaepernick's actions last season, and some are doing so in this year's pre-season. On Monday, a group of Cleveland Browns players prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. Among those kneeling was a white player, Seth DeValve. Another white player, Britton Colquitt, did not kneel but kept his hand on the shoulder of a teammate who did.

That protest earned the ire of an Ohio Supreme Court justice, the lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office. Justice Bill O'Neill wrote on Facebook that he wouldn't attend any games at which "draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field."

"Shame on you all," he said.

49ers activate Jimmie Ward


49ers activate Jimmie Ward

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Jimmie Ward was cleared Wednesday morning to begin practicing with his teammates after missing nearly four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Ward underwent conditioning tests on Monday and Tuesday to complete the final hurdles before the club activated him off the physically unable to perform list.

Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Ward was moved to cornerback last season, where he started 10 games.

He finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was the 49ers' primary nickel back in his first two NFL seasons.

Jaquiski Tartt originally took over at free safety at the beginning of camp. But after Tartt missed significant practice time with a ribs injury, undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome stepped in.

Jerome started the 49ers’ first two exhibition games at free safety.