Harbaugh: Smith made right call to score TD


Harbaugh: Smith made right call to score TD

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said Thursday that quarterback Alex Smith's decision to cross the goal line on his 28-yard run late in the 49ers' victory over the New Orleans Saints on Saturday was the right call.
Harbaugh did not dismiss a question about whether Smith scored too soon in the 49ers' eventual 36-32 victory over the Saints. He said it was a tough call.
Smith's 28-yard touchdown run gave the 49ers a 29-24 lead with 2:11 remaining.
When the play began, the 49ers trailed 24-23. If Smith had decided to take a knee at the 1-yard line, the 49ers could have run off more time before kicking a field goal. The clock would still stop at the two-minute warning, and the Saints had one timeout remaining."You'll get some debate because there are two schools of thought on this one," Harbaugh said. "First of all, we didn't heads-up him (Smith) to do that because it was a third-and-8 play and we were back at the 30-yard line and we're trying to get a first down. You certainly wouldn't put any thought in his mind at that point."The other thing was, he scores and you're still outside the two-minute warning, still around 2:10, 2:15, 2:20. So with them having one timeout, you kick that field goal at about 1:20, and that gives the Saints -- or the opposing team -- a 1:20, only needing a field goal to beat you."So I think you weigh out all the percentages and odds, and you'd rather have the touchdown at that point. I think it's the right decision by Alex. He made a battlefield decision, and took it into the end zone. And I think it was the right one."The way things turned out, the Saints scored too quickly. Drew Brees hit Jimmy Graham on a 66-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining to give the Saints a 32-29 lead.The 49ers then moved 85 yards on seven plays to score the game-winning touchdown on Smith's 14-yard pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds remaining.

Jets sign former 49ers wide receiver

Jets sign former 49ers wide receiver

Quinton Patton signed with the Jets on Thursday, the team announced.

The 49ers selected the wide receiver in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2013 draft.

He caught just three passes in each of his first two seasons in San Francisco.

In 2015, he registered 30 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, he recorded 408 receiving yards on 37 receptions.

In the 49ers Week 14 loss to the Jets, Patton caught four passes for 31 yards.

Patton visited New York last weekend.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.