Superlatives from the 49ers' 8-1 start


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.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.