Smith and Montana names in same sentence

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Smith and Montana names in same sentence

After an uneven first half, the 49ers' passing game got going in the second half Saturday in a 19-17 victory over the host Seattle Seahawks.And in the process, quarterback Alex Smith was credited with his fifth come-from-behind victory of the season -- and his fourth on the road. Smith tied Joe Montana for the most fourth-quarter comebacks in a single season in franchise history. Montana led four road comebacks in 1989.Smith completed just 5 of 16 first-half pass attempts for 43 yards in the first half. And he didn't get much help with a couple of dropped passes along the way.
But Smith, and the 49ers' offense as a whole, rallied in the second half. He finished with 14 completions on 26 attempts for 179 yards with no touchdown and no interceptions.Afterward, Smith met the media. Here is what he said:On the offense's production in the third quarter.
"They were playing us tough on the outside, a lot of man-to-man and press. It really felt like, especially that two-minute drive at the end of the half, it really felt like as we were playing I had a lot of backs turned to me and it felt like I could have moved the chains better at the end of the half and we took advantage of it in the second half. I kind of had it in my head. If they were going to play that way I was going to try to use my legs."On if the game felt like a playoff-type atmosphere.
"Yeah, absolutely. We know what was on the line. You hear all the talk coming out here all week. They were playing for their playoff lives and as you can see they threw everything at us. This is about as hostile an environment as it gets, I think. It's a tough place to play. I don't think we've won here for a few years. It's always going to be tough, especially when there's something on the line for both teams."On what was going through his mind after the Seahawks took the lead on Marshawn Lynch's TD run following the blocked punt by Heath Farwell.
"Obviously there was a little shift in momentum there with the punt block and then the score. But we got good field position. We had a decent amount of time on the clock. I'll tell you the truth, I don't know what that call was. I don't know how you throw the ball out of bounds to somebody and get offensive pass interference, it seemed like a pretty phantom call to me, but you deal with it. We had been talking about it all day we hadn't taken a shot. They were playing us aggressive and we knew they were trying to stop us before we took a shot. Michael (Crabtree) made a great play and got us in field goal position to win us the game."On making the decision to take a shot down field.
"We were just talking about it on the sideline and we knew at some point we were going to have to go after them and take that shot. We made the play when it counted."On if the fourth-and-2 play-call was originally for Vernon Davis.
"We ended up getting the holding call on that as well and we declined it. We came back to Vernon he wasn't the primary. He made a great play"On Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams getting hurt.
"I hope those guys get back healthy as soon as possible. I don't anything about the details of it."On if he saw Delanie Walker after the game.
"I haven't seen him yet, but obviously he does quite a bit for us run and pass."On the deep pass to Crabtree that set up the game-winning field goal.
"This all the way was Crabtree. With the look we got -- I had Vernon (Davis) on my right with a corner on him and had the matchup on the left with Crabtree that we liked and took the shot and he made a great play."(Transcription provided by the Seattle Seahawks public relations department.)

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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