SAN FRANCISCO -- Jim Harbaugh famously went for a two-point conversion against a Pete Carroll team near the end of a Stanford blowout victory over USC in 2009.On Thursday, in a much closer game, Harbaugh declined an additional two points in the closing minute of the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Carroll-coached Seattle Seahawks.Seattle offensive lineman Paul McQuistan was called for a chop block in the end zone on a fourth-down play with :43 seconds remaining. Referee Walt Anderson announced that the penalty resulted in a safety.The scoreboard at Candlestick Park read: "49ers 15, Seahawks 6."However, Harbaugh asked for a measurement where the ball was spotted following quarterback Russell Wilson's completion to Ben Obomanu. The Seahawks needed 17 yards for a first down. The play resulted in a 16-yard gain.Harbaugh elected to decline the penalty, and take the points off the board, so the 49ers could take two snaps on offense and run out the clock. Otherwise, the 49ers would've faced an onside kick."Because we could just kneel on the ball and have the game be over," Harbaugh answered for his rationale. "Otherwise, they'll onside kick it, and you give them a chance to win."The 49ers were happy with the 13-6 victory to improve to 5-2 on the season.But those who bet the 49ers, who were anywhere from a seven- to nine-point favorites, probably were the only ones none-too-pleased with Harbaugh's decision to decline two points.In 2009, Harbaugh elected to go for a two-point conversion against USC with about six minutes remaining and Stanford leading 48-21. Stanford eventually won the game 55-21, and that led to the memorable "What's your deal?" exchange between Carroll and Harbaugh at midfield.
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.
Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft.
Mullens posted a drawing on Twitter from his childhood of "Joe Montana, Football Star." He wrote, "I've known about the
@49ers since 2nd grade & now I can't wait to be apart of the organization! Ready to get to work in San Fran."
Draft picks, players who sign as undrafted rookies and other rookies invited for tryouts are scheduled to report Thursday for the 49ers' rookie minicamp. Practices will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
As a senior, Mullens (6 foot 1, 196 pounds) completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.
Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:
--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville: He began his career with one-season stints at Sacramento State and City College of San Francisco before transferring to Louisville. Hikutini (6-4, 247) caught 50 passes for 668 yards and eight TDs in his final college season. Hikutini missed the Cardinals’ bowl game, the Senior Bowl and combine workouts due to a knee injury. He returned from the non-surgical injury to run at his pro day. Hikutini announced his signing with the 49ers via Twitter.
--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranked Jerome as the top undrafted player. Saint Francis announced the contract agreement.
--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. Georgia Southern announced Breida's decision to sign with the 49ers.
--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.
--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.
--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.
--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.
--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State: Bolden played four seasons at Oregon State, catching a total of 170 passes for 1,863 yards and seven touchdowns. Bolden (5-8 ¾, 178) ran 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. (Bolden via Twitter)
--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Colorado Football)
--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (Flynn via Twitter)
--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (@WVUSports247)
--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)
--OL Bret Treadway (Treadway via Twitter)
--DB Jihaad Pretlow, Fordham (Instagram @la_rivers)
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.
“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.
“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?
“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”
Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.