Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6

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Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers did not exactly take quick measures to erasethe memory of their lackluster performance Sunday against the New York Giants.The 49ers slogged along offensively Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawksat Candlestick Park.Defensively, they had their difficulties keeping powerful running back MarshawnLynch in check.But the 49ers got their act together just long enough to pull out a less-thanthrilling 13-6 victory over the Seahawks in the 49ers' first game of the seasonagainst an NFC West opponent.Both teams entered the night in a three-way tie for the NFC West lead with 4-2records. The Arizona Cardinals, the next team on the 49ers' schedule, are also4-2.The 49ers returned to the reliable running of Frank Gore to do most of theheavy lifting. The 49ers got away from Gore in a 26-3 beatdown at the hands ofthe Giants on Sunday. Gore carried just eight times for 36 yards.On Thursday, Gore carried 16 times for 131 yards.The 49ers' offense had not scored a touchdown in six quarters when they tookover for their first drive of the second half.Quarterback Alex Smith, who struggled with his accuracy in the first half,completed all six of his attempts during a 10-play, 86-yard drive.He hit one underneath pass after another. The drive was capped with his 12-yardtouchdown pass to Delanie Walker, who received a nice block from Vernon Davisnear the left front of the end zone to enable Walker to get into the end zonefor the first touchdown of the game.The touchdown gave the 49ers took a 10-6 lead with 4:29 remaining in the thirdquarter.Smith finished his night completing 14 of 23 passes for 140 yards with onetouchdown and one interception.BLOWN OPPORTUNITY: The 49ers should've been able to extendtheir lead at the end of the third quarter. Gore's 37-yard run placed the ballat the Seahawks' 8-yard line.After Colin Kaepernick, on his first snap of the game, was stopped for a 1-yardloss, Smith had Randy Moss running along the back line of the end zone. Smithdid not see him until it was too late.By the time Smith threw in Moss' direction, Seattle cornerback Brandon Brownerpeeled off his man to intercept Smith's pass.AFTER A LOSS: The 49ers' continued their streak of keepingteams out of the end zone after a loss. In the games after Jim Harbaugh's fiveregular-season losses, the 49ers entered the game outscoring the opposition bya combined 93-11, which included three field goals and one safety.MISSING MARIO: The 49ers played without Mario Manningham,who started four games this season. He sustained a right shoulder injury atsome point in the 49ers' loss Sunday to the New York Giants.Manningham appeared to be in discomfort with limited range of motion when heworked out on the field approximately two hours prior to kickoff. WithManningham sidelined, Randy Moss and Kyle Williams split most of the time,alongside Michael Crabtree, in two-receiver sets.THIS 'N' THAT: Left tackle Joe Staley received medicalclearance to return to action after sustaining a concussion Sunday against theNew York Giants. He started and played every snap. . .With four receptions last week, running back Frank Gore moved past former 49ersfullback (and current running backs coach) Tom Rathman for second-mostreceptions by a back in 49ers history. Gore needed 35 receiving yards to surpass Rathman and move into third place behind Craig andHugh McElhenny in receiving yards. . .Kicker David Akers, who had missed five of his previous 10 field-goal attempts,got back on track with a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter. He gave the49ers a 13-6 lead with 5:24 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 28-yardfield goal . . Veteran running back Brandon Jacobs was active for the first time all season.He did not play.

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.”