Smith, 49ers WRs misfire against New York

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Smith, 49ers WRs misfire against New York

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Smith threw 26 passes in the NFC Championship.Nine of them went to wideouts. One was completed. To Michael Crabtree. For three yards."You don't get that many opportunities, it's hard to talk, you know?" Crabtree ruminated in the 49ers locker room after their heartbreaking 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at Candlestick Park."(New York's) defense played great, man. Great defense, bro. Like, you can't say nothing about that. It's great. Great, man, just like, sometimes you just got to move the ball, man, you got to make plays. You've got to give people a chance to make plays."Crabtree was targeted five times by Smith, who also threw four balls Kyle Williams' way.

The lack of an outside threat obviously limited the 49ers' chances, despite tight end Vernon Davis catching three passes for 112 yards, including touchdowns from 73 and 28 yards, and running back Frank Gore catching a team-high six passes for 45 yards."They were good," Smith said of the Giants' defense. "They mixed it up a lot today, coverage-wise, mixed it up a lot. There wasn't one thing that jumps out at me. I got up, they pressed us. They played coverage. They played Cover-2. Mixed it up all throughout the game."We just weren't able to get into a rhythm, get any guys going outside, so it limited us."While the rain itself may not have been a factor, the fear of a wet ball slipping on throws outside might have weighed heavily on Smith's mind, right?"The wind was a little more of a factor," said Smith, who completed 12 of 26 passes for 196 yards with the two TDs and a 97.6 passer rating.And this from Crabtree: "Nah, it wasn't no weather. The other side of the ball was catching the ball. They could throw."Indeed, Eli Manning threw 58 passes, completing 32, for 316 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. And Victor Cruz was targeted 17 times, catching 10 passes for 142 yards and giving 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers the business all night.Be sure, though, Crabtree was not indignant. He seemed matter-of-fact about the whole thing, saying he was often double-teamed by the Giants."I mean, half the time you're not going to be open," he said. "That's why they call you a playmakerwhether or not they're rolling the safety, we've got to hit it."His lone reception came with less then six minutes left in regulation, getting the 49ers to the Giants' 7-yard line before David Akers' 25-yard field goal tied the game at 17-17 with 5:43 to play.So was Crabtree open more often than not?"I'm a receiver, man, I'm always going to feel like I'm open, even if there's somebody on me," he said. "Like I said, just give me a chance."

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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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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