49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record


49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vernon Davis set the 49ers' record for most career touchdown receptions for a tight end when he caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Alex Smith in the third quarter.Davis now has 34 career touchdowns, surpassing Brent Jones' total of 33 over 11 seasons (1987-'97)."It means a lot to me," said Davis, who is in his sixth NFL season. "Any time you can make history is a good feeling. It's a great feeling. The win meant more to me today. I'm more excited about the win than anything else. I can celebrate the touchdown catch later."
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Here are some of the other notes from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:--With a 9-1 record and five-game lead in the NFC West, the 49ers can clinch their first division title since 2002 with a victory Thursday over the Baltimore Ravens and a Seattle loss to Washington on Sunday.--The 49ers won for the eighth consecutive game. Coach Jim Harbaugh's eight-game win streak is the fourth-longest by a rookie coach since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Jim Caldwell (Colts, 2009) won 14 in a row; Steve Mariucci's 1997 49ers won 11 in succession; and Ted Marchibroda (Colts, 1975) won nine in a row.--The 49ers improved to 9-1 for the first time since 1997, which was also the last season they won as many as eight games in a row.--The 49ers tied for the fourth-best start in franchise history with the 1989 team. The 1984 team was 15-1; the 49ers teams of 1990 and 1997 were 13-1 and 11-1, respectively.--Since 1981 when the stat was first tracked by Statspass, the 49ers' 44 minutes, 16 seconds of time of possession is the third-most for the 49ers. They held the ball for 45:04 in a 35-3 win over the Detroit Lions in 1991. In 2002, the 49ers' time of possession was 44:33 in an overtime game against the Raiders.--The 49ers defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 11 games, which ranks tied for second in team history. From October 1985 to September 1986, the 49ers went 13 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. The 49ers also had an 11-game streak in 1992.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, which is the longest current streak and tied for third-best in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season.--The 49ers had a plus-four in turnover differential for a plus-17 for the season. Since 2009, the 49ers are 20-2 when winning the turnover battle.--The 49ers did not allow a first down in seven of the Cardinals' 12 possessions.--The 49ers broke up 11 passes on Sunday, giving them an NFL-best 77 passes defensed for the season.--The 49ers did not allow a sack. It's the third time the opposition has failed to record a sack against the 49ers this season.--The 49ers had three interceptions to give them an interception in nine of the team's first 10 games. It's the most games in which the 49ers have registered an interception through 10 games since 1996.--With those three interceptions, the 49ers defense recorded five multi-interception games through 10 games for the first time since the 1988 season.--Linebacker Patrick Willis' four forced fumbles this season is a career-high. He has also set a single-season career-high with 11 passes defensed.--Safety Donte Whitner's 48-yard interception return was the second-longest of his career. In 2009, he had a 76-yard return for a touchdown while playing for the Buffalo Bills against Tampa Bay.--Receiver Kyle Williams recorded career-highs with five catches for 54 yards.--Pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded a sack to give him 7.5 on the season. He ranks behind Denver's Von Miller (9.5) for the lead among rookies.--Kicker David Akers scored 11 points, giving him a league-leading 102 points on the season.

49ers release Ian Williams

49ers release Ian Williams

The 49ers on Thursday released nose tackle Ian Williams off the reserve/non-football injury list with an injury settlement.

The move, which was disclosed on the NFL, daily transaction report, is a procedural move, according to sources. It allows the 49ers to provide Williams with more compensation than he would have received if he had remained on reserve/non-football injury for the entire season. The move does not preclude the 49ers from re-signing Williams in the future.

The 49ers originally agreed to a five-year contract extension with Williams in the offseason. However, the contract was amended to a one-year deal after he underwent a team physical after undergoing surgery on his left leg.

Williams, 26, is a five-year NFL veteran. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame in 2011.

He played his first 16-game season in 2015. He ranked third on the 49ers with 85 total tackles, according to the stats compiled by the coaching staff.

Williams took over as the 49ers’ starting nose tackle in 2013 after the free-agent departure of Isaac Sopoaga.

But he started just 10 games over the next two seasons due to two fractures of his lower leg.

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly reveals why 49ers going with slower-paced offense

Chip Kelly's offense with the 49ers is his slowest-paced version of his four NFL seasons.


“I think that’s what fits with this group of guys we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Kelly said this week.

Kelly did not expound on that thought. But it could be safe to assume his thinking is the same reason why it does not make sense to enter a Ford Pinto to race against pro stock dragsters.

The 49ers’ offense is running more plays this season. The 49ers snap the ball every 24.4 seconds on offense. That’s down from 26.1 seconds last season, and 29.7 seconds in Jim Harbaugh’s final season in 2014.

Last season in Philadelphia, Kelly’s team snapped the ball every 22.6 seconds. In Kelly’s final season at Oregon in 2012, the Ducks snapped the ball every 20.5 seconds.

“I don’t think we’re playing fast right now,” Kelly said. “So if someone said, ‘How are you playing offensively?’ I don’t think we’re playing fast offensively. I think we’re just not going back (to huddle). We’re saving seven yards of run time for our offensive line because they don’t have to run back in the huddle, get a play called and then do it.

“We’re just calling it at the line of scrimmage. So I think it’s a lot of what Denver used to do when Peyton (Manning) was there. But there’s a lot of times that we’re under 15 seconds when we’re snapping the ball and getting the play off. So we’re not playing fast and we’re not calling tempo-type plays in those situations. We’re just calling plays.”

Kelly said part of the problem is that the 49ers are not converting third downs. The team has a 36.3 percent success rate on third downs, which is actually an improvement over the 30.5 percent success of last season.

But the 49ers’ overall lack of offensive success this season cannot be camouflaged.

The 49ers are averaging just 4.5 yards per play. The 49ers have not averaged fewer than 5 yards per play since 2007, when Alex Smith sustained a shoulder injury and was replaced by Trent Dilfer.

While the 49ers are running more offensive plays than it has in the past, so is the opposition. The 49ers have averaged 64.3 plays per game. The 49ers have defended 69.9 plays per game – only 2.3 more plays than last season but 8.1 more plays than in 2014.

The biggest problem for the offense has been its run defense. The league’s worst run defense has surrendered 185.1 yards per game and is on pace to give up 2,962 yards this season, which would be the most in the NFL since the 1980 New Orleans Saints yielded 3,106 rushing yards.