There are a lot of comparisons to be made between Ravens veteran Ray Lewis and the 49ers' Patrick Willis. But one comparison that had not been made prior to this season is in the area of motivational speaking.
Mike Mayock, who will serve as the NFL Network analyst for the 49ers' Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens, says Alex Smith has earned the right to be the 49ers' QB for the foreseeable future.
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has worked for both Jim and John Harbaugh, and he'll tell you a little bit about each guy, but as for the differences in their coaching? "That's top secret."
Fullback Bruce Miller was an onlooker during the warmup period of 49ers practice late Tuesday afternoon, two days after sustaining a concussion. His availability for Thursday's game against the Ravens remains unclear.
Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, a five-time Super Bowl champion, is among 26 semifinalists announced Tuesday for the Class of 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 49ers defense forced the Cardinals into five turnovers and allowed just 229 total yards. Patrick Willis registered seven tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble.
Right tackle Anthony Davis says he's recovering fine from his right ankle sprain which he suffered on Sunday, and he proved it to reporters in the locker room on Tuesday.
Safety Dashon Goldson will not be suspended for fighting Sunday with Arizona Cardinals receiver Early Doucet, an NFL spokesman told CSNBayArea.com.
It was just a 23-7 final score, but the 49ers dominated Arizona in week 11, and Michael Crabtree had his way with much-hyped rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson. Matt Maiocco goes player-by-player on the 49ers' offense.
While the 49ers only held a walk-through instead of a full practice on Monday, they were still required to submit an injury report. Bruce Miller concussion was the only player listed as unable to participate.
Fullback Bruce Miller sustained an apparent concussion in the first quarter of the 49ers' 23-7 victory Sunday, and right tackle Anthony Davis sprained his ankle. Who will fill their voids if they can't play Thursday?
Combined, the Cardinals quarterbacks completed just 14 of 35 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. That's a passer rating of 28.6, without the 49ers ever sending more than four pass rushers.
Cardinals WR Early Doucet: "He Dashon Goldson kind of hit me while I wasn't looking. I just kind of lost it after that. I'm usually a fair player, and I feel like that wasn't a fair shot he took at me."
Vernon Davis set the 49ers' record for most career touchdown receptions for a tight end when he caught an 18-yard scoring pass in the third quarter. Matt Maiocco provides his game notes after The 49ers' 23-7 win over Arizona.
With their seventh straight win, the 49ers clinched a winning season for the first time since 2002 and could clinch the division next week if Jim Harbaugh can best his brother in Baltimore and Seattle loses to the Rams.