Superlatives from the 49ers' 8-1 start

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Superlatives from the 49ers' 8-1 start

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers extended their win streak to seven games, the franchise's longest since 1997. The club went on to win 11 consecutive games and finished with a 13-3 record.The 49ers' 8-1 record is also their best record since 1997, which was Steve Mariucci's first year as head coach.Here are some other facts following the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday:
--Jim Harbaugh became the third coach in 49ers history to open his career with an 8-1 record. He joins Mariucci and George Seifert (1989).--Quarterback Alex Smith led another fourth-quarter comeback, as the 49ers opened the final period trailing 13-12. It was Smith's fourth fourth-quarter comeback this season. He is tied with the Giants' Eli Manning for the league lead this season.--When Smith hit Michael Crabtree for a two-point conversion, it marked the 49ers' first successful two-point try since Sept. 20, 2010 against the New Orleans Saints.--The 49ers have not allowed a rushing touchdown in 10 games, which is tied for third in franchise history. The team-record is 13 games, a streak which began in 1985 and ended in 1986.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 games. It's the fourth-longest streak in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season. The Baltimore Ravens (2006-09) went 39 games. The last time an opponent gained 100 yards against the 49ers was Nov. 22, 2009, when
--Green Bay's Ryan Grant was the last player to gain reach triple-digits against the 49ers' run defense. He had 129 yards on 21 attempts in the Packers' 30-24. However, there was a game last season against Kansas City when both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones nearly reached the century mark. Charles had 97 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Jones added 95 on 19 tries.
--The 49ers lead the NFL in run defense, allowing 73.2 rushing yards per game.--Kicker David Akers is 5-for-5 on kicks from beyond 50 yards this season. Cleveland's Phil Dawson (6-for-6) and Jacksonville's Josh Scobee (also 5-for-5) are the only other kickers with as many attempts who are perfect from 50-plus yards this season.--Akers is tied for first in the NFL with 23 field goals, and he ranks tied for second in the NFL with 91 points on the season. Akers is on pace to break Jerry Rice's franchise record of 138 points (1987).--Akers' surprise onside kick in the second quarter marked the first time the 49ers recovered an onside kick since Dec. 23, 2007. Delanie Walker, who recovered the kick Sunday, also came up with Joe Nedney's kick in 2007.--Walker tied his career high with six receptions. He had 69 receiving yards.--Vernon Davis' touchdown reception was the 33rd of his career, tying him with Brent Jones for most TD catches among tight ends in franchise history.--Davis has started 68 consecutive games, ranking as the third-longest active streak behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (79) and Dallas' Jason Witten (76).--Cornerback Carlos Rogers recorded two interceptions in a game for the first time in his seven-year career. Rogers has a career-high five interceptions, tying him for the NFL lead with Kyle Arrington (New England), Eric Weddle (San Diego) and Charles Woodson (Green Bay).--Rogers' two interceptions marked the first time a 49ers player had two picks in the same game since Walt Harris, Nov. 25, 2007, against the Arizona Cardinals.--The 49ers broke up six passes, giving them 66 for the season. The 49ers rank No. 1 in the NFL in that department. The Houston Texans and Raiders have 58 passes defensed.--Defensive end Justin Smith has started 164 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. His streak ranks third among defensive players and fifth among all NFL players.--Long-snapper Brian Jennings has played in 185 consecutive games.

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

Report: Shanahan announced as 49ers' coach to Falcons' staff

The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.

And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.

Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”

On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.

“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."

The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.

The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.

The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.