Maiocco's Instant Replay: No winner on this day with 24-24 tie


Maiocco's Instant Replay: No winner on this day with 24-24 tie


SAN FRANCISCO -- Seventy five minutes of football was not enough to determine a winner at Candlestick Park Sunday afternoon.

Both David Akers and Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein missed potential game-winning field goals in overtime, and the NFC West rivals tied 24-24.

It's the first time the 49ers have taken part in a draw since October 19, 1986 against the Atlanta Falcons, and it's the first tie in the NFL since November 16, 2008 when the Eagles and Bengals tied 13-13.

KAEPERNICK TO THE RESCUE (ALMOST): The 49ers traded up to select quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second round of last year's draft.They got him for moments like Sunday, when starter Alex Smith was forced out of the action against the St. Louis Rams due to a concussion in the second quarter.It wasn't always graceful, but Kaepernick ran for a second-half touchdown when he engineered an 11-play, 81-yard drive, culminating in a seven-yard touchdown scamper at the left pylon to cut the 49ers' deficit to 17-14 with 8:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.On the ensuing kickoff, Tramaine Brock stripped Rams return Isaiah Pead of the ball and Darcel McBath made the recovery at the 20-yard line. On the next play, Frank Gore got around the left side for a 20-yard scoring run to give the 49ers a 21-17 lead with 8:23 remaining.Kaepernick finished the game completing 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards with no touchdown passes and no interceptions.He ran eight times for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Until the fourth quarter, very little went right for the 49ers, who still lead the NFC West with a 6-2-1 record.
Smith took a huge, legal hit from Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar at the beginning of a 12-play series. Dunbar hit Smith at the end of a 4-yard run. Dunbar hit Smith high in the back of his right shoulder, a legal hit because Smith was out of the pocket and considered a runner.The jarring hit clearly fazed Smith, but he remained in the game long enough to complete the 49ers' only scoring drive of the first half. Smith hit Michael Crabtree on a 14-yard touchdown pass to cut the 49ers' deficit to 14-7 with 8:13 remaining in the second quarter.At that point in the game, Smith completed 7 of 8 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. He had also been sacked twice.But when the 49ers took over for their next series three minutes later, Smith remained on the sideline and Kaepernick went into the game.Dr. Daniel Garza, the concussion expert on the 49ers' medical staff, walked with Smith into the team's locker room a short time later.Smith sustained a concussion in the 49ers' second game of last season but did not miss any playing time. Smith sustained his concussion in the first half of a Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys but did not report his condition to the medical staff until after the game. He was back in the starting lineup for the next game.SLUGGISH START: The Rams thoroughly dominated the first 13 minutes of the game on both sides of the ball to take a 14-0 lead. St. Louis struck first when quarterback Sam Bradford hit rookie Brian Quick on a 36-yard touchdown after 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver fell down in coverage.The next time the Rams touched the ball, running back Steven Jackson took care of most of the work on the ground, including a 7-yard scoring run up the middle for a 14-0 lead with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter.INACTIVES: The 49ers did not have a third quarterback because Scott Tolzien was one of the team's inactive players. There is no longer an emergency third quarterback rule in the NFL. Teams are allowed to suit up 46 players.The 49ers' seven inactive players were: Tolzien, receiver A.J. Jenkins, running backs LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs, guard Joe Looney, nose tackle Ian Williams and safety Trenton Robinson.Meanwhile, the Rams deactivated rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Chris Givens for violating team rules.THIS 'N' THAT: Crabtree has caught a touchdown pass in each of his past five games against the Rams. He has six touchdown receptions in that time. . . . The Rams out-witted the 49ers toward the end of the first half when 49ers special-teams coordinator Brad Seely sent Culliver off the left corner to attempt a block. Punter Johnny Hekker took the snap on a fourth-and-4, and immediately threw a pass to a wide-open Rodney McLeod for a 21-yard gain. The Rams ran out the clock to go into the locker room leading 14-7. . . Safety Dashon Goldson was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taking off his helmet in the field of play. And at the end of a third-down play, defensive lineman Ray McDonald was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Sam Bradford. Those plays enabled the Rams to increase their lead to 17-7 late in the third quarter on Greg Zuerlein's 27-yard field goal. . . The 49ers return to action next week on "Monday Night Football" to face the Chicago Bears, who enter Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans with a 7-1 record.

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

49ers players get week break, while coaches search for answers

SANTA CLARA -- In the early afternoon Monday after the 49ers’ day-after-game meetings concluded, the players were excused for the next seven days.

Coach Chip Kelly opted to give the 49ers a week break, rather than going through a couple days of practices before providing the players with a mandatory four consecutive days off during the bye week.

The 49ers on Sunday dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there will be no extra practices to attempt to sharpen their performance.

“They’ve been at it since July 31st,” Kelly said. “They haven’t had more than one day off in a row. So I think at this point in time that’s what our whole MO has always been.

“They’ll meet with our strength and conditioning coaches. They have their lifting programs in terms of what they can do and what they have to do. And I think at this point in time we need to heal up. I think it’s a good break for them to do what they need to do and that’s the way I’ve always done it and our teams have been fresh coming out of the bye week.”

While the players will be off for a week, Kelly said the coaching staff will continue to work through Friday in an attempt to identify areas in which they can improve and snap out of their six-game losing streak on Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’ve got a lot of self-scout that we have set aside,” Kelly said. “We’ll be in here all week kind of looking at what we’ve done in the first seven games, what have our opponents done to us in the first seven games relative to what we thought going into the game based on the break downs. Did they change?

“If they were 60-percent pressure going into our game and they were only 30-percent pressure in our game, trying to delve into how people are defending us. How are people attacking us from an offensive standpoint in terms of attacking our defense and what their tendencies were going into the game and then what actually transpired in the game. So we’ve got a lot of film work and a lot of studying to do here during this week.”

Kelly reiterated on Monday that he is not looking at leaving the 49ers after this season. He said he has not heard from any schools with coaching openings or potential openings. Kelly said he has tried to remain focused on his job through the longest losing streak he has ever experienced as a coach.

“No one’s happy, so I don’t know if the word’s anguish, but I mean obviously you try to keep it consistent in terms of your approach to everything that you do,” Kelly said. “I don’t think being consistent and being even-keeled means that it doesn’t bother you or that you’re not frustrated in terms of what’s gone on.”

Kelly said the 49ers have the talent to win games. When asked why the coaches have not been able to extract more victories, Kelly placed the blame for the team’s poor play on himself and his staff.

“That’s on us,” Kelly said. “I agree 100-percent in terms of what you’re saying. But our job is to put our players in position to make plays and we’re not doing a good enough job of that right now.”

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office. 

[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]

On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095. 

Here's an excerpt from the GoFundMe site: 

"The 49ers are currently in the basement of the NFC with a 1-6 record. After a demoralizing week 7 loss to Tampa Bay this team is showing no signs of improving. The level of ineptitude that has been on full display every Sunday thus far can only be rectified with a total reexamination of the organizations interior." 

The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.

The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"