Cowboys fans cheer last and loudest


Cowboys fans cheer last and loudest

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers fans who showed up in team gear for the "Red Out" ended up leaving Candlestick Park on Sunday feeling quite blue.It's difficult to estimate how many of the announced crowd of 69,732 fans supported the Dallas Cowboys, but a conservative estimate is a quarter of the fans were rooting against the home team.But, as far as the noise level, Cowboys fans nearly equaled the decibels generated Sunday by the 49ers fans throughout the game. Of course, those wearing blue got the last and loudest cheers when the Cowboys pulled off the 27-24 victory in overtime."There were a lot of Cowboys fans in the stands today," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. "It felt like kind of an away game."The 49ers this week tried to market a "Red Out," encouraging fans to show up at Candlestick decked out in red.
In 2005, first-year 49ers coach Mike Nolan was not pleased with the number of Cowboys fans who found their way inside of Candlestick Park. "I would like 49ers fans to keep their tickets," Nolan said after Cowboys fans forced the 49ers to call a late-game timeout because crowd noise.Perhaps, Jim Harbaugh knew what to expect. The 49ers had crowd noise blaring at practice -- something that is generally only done in preparation of road games. Harbaugh said it was to prepare the 49ers' defense to communicate when things got loud.When asked about the large contingent of Cowboys fans on Sunday, Harbaugh said, "I thought our crowd was into it. There was obviously some Cowboys fans there that were loud. That's my only reaction."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end


49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6 foot 2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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