Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog


Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco used Twitter to communicate his thoughts and observations from the Candlestick Park press box during Sunday's regular season opener between the 49ers and Seahawks.

4:49 PM
Cameraman JC tells me midfield meeting -- Harbaugh: "See you on the road." Pete Carroll: "Yep."4:31 PM
Ted Ginn -- again -- to the house ... This time punt-return TD. Have a last four minutes, Ted Ginn. It's 33-17 now.4:27 PM
Ginn had the smallest role on offense of any of the 49ers receivers, but he contributed far more than the others.4:26 PM
Ted Ginn answers w TD return, and aren't the 49ers pleased he accepted the pay cut to stick around. Now, it's 26-17.4:23 PM
Well, now, this got a lot more interesting with Doug Baldwin (Stanford) long run-after catch for TD. 49ers 19, Saehawks 17 w 3:56 left.

4:10 PM
With Akers' 19-yard field goal, it's 49ers 19-10 with 5:54 remaining.4:08 PM
And now they're back where they were . . . kicking a short field goal . . . with a couple minutes being run off the clock.4:05 PM
I''m a little surprised Harbaugh is taking the points off the board. First and goal at the 2 with 8:09 left. 49ers still lead 16-10.4:04 PM
49ers call a run play on third down from the 4. Clearly, they're content with the field goal to take a 9-point lead.4:00 PM
49ers get a break on a horse-collar penalty that wasn't. They have ball inside 5.3:54 PM
Alex Smith to Braylon Edwards for 12 yards, and the 49ers are now 1 of 10 on third downs.3:52 PM
Michael Crabtree has a towel on his head on the sideline. His helmet isn't in sight. He's standing up, though.3:48 PM
Steven Hauschka makes a 39-yard field goal, and now the 49ers might want to scrap the four-corners offense and score some points.3:44 PM
The long arm of Aldon Smith bats down a second-down screen pass. And he comes off the field on third down as 49ers go with 6 DBs.3:42 PM
Don't know about that penalty on Madieu Williams. He never made contact with the defenseless receiver's head.3:34 PM
Michael Crabtree has played just 13 snaps in the game. He has one catch for 4 yards and one drop (of a pass that would've gained 2 yards).3:33 PM
Long, long, long return by Leon Washington. But there's a flag down. It's coming back.3:29 PM
Rookie RB Kendall Hunter takes over for this 49ers' drive, which starts at the 20.3:29 PM
49ers' defense is same as it was in first half. The nickel defense consists of DE Aldon Smith and DBs Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock.3:28 PM
MaioccoCSN Matt MaioccoComrade @RattoCSN points out teams have combined for 2-for-17 on third downs.3:22 PM
Not impressive series for 49ers. Gore stuffed and Vernon Davis heard footsteps on deep pass. Three and out.3:16 PM
Seahawks get into the end zone, and Pete Carroll kicks the PAT. My wife always says, "Never go for two unless you're in the fourth quarter."3:12 PM
Doug Baldwin catches third-down pass from Jackson for a first down. He might be catching passes from ex-Stanford teammate next season.3:08 PM
RT @goodin99 why the numbers on back of 49ers helmets? > In memory of Joe "The Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson.3:02 PM
Total net yards through one half: Seahawks 37, 49ers 128.

2:51 PM
49ers go to the locker room leading 16-0, as Tramaine Brock (one of 7 DBs on the field) picks off desperation throw on final play.2:47 PM
49ers QB Alex Smith is 9 of 11 for 82 yards four carries for 17 yards and a TD.2:46 PM
Alex Smith took chance and it paid off. If he was stopped short, time would've expired in first half. Instead Smith runs it in. 49ers 16-0.2:45 PM
49ers have ball at 1-yard line with :17 seconds left. They can't run it because they don't have any timeouts, right?2:31 PM
Akers make another short field goal (31 yards) and 49ers lead 9-0 with 2:40 left in the half.2:30 PM
Kendall Hunter gets his first career play. He runs on third-and-short and is stopped shy of the first down. Akers back out for FG attempt.2:20 PM
RT @wnykeys Snyder 4 Rachal because of injury? > Don't know, but Rachal is back in there now.2:14 PM
Through 20 minutes, you get feeling that the best chance either team has of scoring is when the other team has the ball. 49ers Seahawks2:12 PMBack to Will Tukuafu, the official ruling is a fumble recovery and not an interception. Also, Adam Snyder was in at RG for Chilo Rachal.2:11 PM
First and goal at the 9, and 49ers don't do anything with it. Akers with the field goal. The 49ers lead 6-0.2:08 PM
Haralson with the hit, Tukuafu with the interception on his FIRST CAREER PLAY FROM SCRIMMAGE.2:01 PM
Remember 49ers' "co-starting receiver" Ted Ginn? He did not see a snap on offense in the first quarter. But he had a 31-yard punt return.2:00 PM
Third-and-11, Alex Smith throws to Braylon Edwards for 7 yards. David Akers with 27 yard field goal. It's 49ers 3-0.
1:57 PM
Interesting that Alex Smith would be used as a lead blocker on a misdirection pitch. But he helped Gore gain 12 yards. Quarter ends: 0-0.

1:51 PM
Seahawks injury report: FB Michael Robinson (ankle) is doubtful to return.

1:50 PM
On first two drives, 49ers had 3rd-and-7 and 3rd-and-3. They had failed run plays both times. But Lee's had two good punts, avging 63 yards.

1:46 PM
49ers are getting some pressure on Tarvaris Jackson. Justin Smith & Ray McDonald now have sacks. They worked out a lot together this summer.

1:41 PM
The ruling on the field stands. Harbaugh's first challenge fails.

1:38 PM
Harbaugh throws challenge flag, saying that bouncing punt hit the Seahawks return man. Replay seemed to show it didn't, but we'll see.

1:36 PM
Boos for the 49ers already, as Gore gets call on draw on third-and-7. And 49ers will punt.
1:35 PM
On the second play, Michael Crabtree comes onto the field.

1:34 PM
Joshua Morgan and Braylon Edwards are 49ers' starting receivers.

1:33 PM
On third downs, 49ers replace Madieu Williams, Parys Haralson and Isaac Sopoaga with Tramaine Brock, Aldon Smith and Reggie Smith.

1:32 PM
Ray McDonald just topped his sack total for all of last year throwing Jackson for 2-yard sack on third down. Seahawks punt. 49ers take over.

1:30 PM
Going back to coin toss, yes, it looked as if Gore was indicating the 49ers wanted the ball. Ref Jeff Triplette announced 49ers deferred.

1:26 PM
But 49ers defense goes back on the field because Tavares Gooden roughs the kicker and it's a Seattle first down.

1:25 PM
Good pressure from Ray McDonald and tackle by Tarell Brown to force Seahawks punt.

1:24 PM
Aldon Smith, Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock enter on third down.


1:15 PM
Many of the Seahawks were joining the military personnel holding the 100-yard long American flag on their side of the field.

1:15 PM
49ers captains, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis, at midfield for coin toss. Seattle won toss, 49ers defer to second half. Seattle receives KO.

1:13 PM
Around NFC West... RT @STLouisRams Injuries mounting: Rams have lost Bradford, Jackson, J.Smith, Amendola, Bartell to various ailments.

11:57 AM
49ers inactives: Tolzien, K.Williams, Goldson, Kilgore, Person, I.Williams, Dobbs. Madieu Williams starts. More on http:bit.ly9TQlwf

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow


Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers


Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.

Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.

But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.

“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”

Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.

Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.

“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”

Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.

“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”

Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”

But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.

“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”