Bradshaw: Giants 'learned a lot' from loss to 49ers


Bradshaw: Giants 'learned a lot' from loss to 49ers

As expected, Ahmad Bradshaw and his aching foot returned to practice Friday for the New York Giants, two days before the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park against the 49ers.And though he did not play in the regular-season meeting on Nov. 13 between the two teams, Bradshaw believed the Giants came out of the 27-20 loss all the more prepared."Right now, we have a lot of confidence," Bradshaw, who has made a custom of sitting out practice on Wednesdays and Thursdays before returning on Fridays, told reporters. "We have a lot of guys that have been in this situation. We have a great gameplan going into it. Playing them the first time gave us a lot of ammo and we have things to use against them. If we can go out and execute, we will be fine.
"We learned a lot and we have a lot of stuff on film. I think our coaches handled what our gameplan is going to be and like I said, if we execute, we will be good."Bradshaw's 659 rushing yards led the Giants this season, though his 3.9-yards-per-carry average was a career-worst, and his 12 games played tied a career low. Still, his nine rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores were career highs."Ahmad's done a great job catching little passes and getting yardage, getting big plays," said quarterback Eli Manning. "He's just one of those players where you want to try to create touches for him, whether it's the run game or screens, little check-downs where good things seem to happen. He makes guys miss. If you can get the ball in his hands, good things usually happen."Bradshaw missed all of November due to injury but has averaged 4.0 yards per carry since returning, including the playoffs. And five of his TD's came in the regular season's final three weeks.The Giants have been on the road for all but one game since Christmas Eve, and are 4-0 in that span. So why should they brash Giants be afraid of the 49ers and their homefield advantage?"Our plan is to take their crowd out the game and that is just by making plays," Bradshaw said. "We had seven big plays last week and if we can stick to that routine, we can hopefully take their crowd out of it."But across from Bradshaw will be waiting the NFL's No. 1-ranked rush defense, which allowed a mere 77.2 yards on the ground per game this season."They are a great defense," Bradshaw said. "We just have to stick to our game plan. Linebacker-wise, they have great linebackers and a great DB corps. I just want to go out and play my game. We have a great plan and I think we will be fine."That is the plan in every game, to run the ball, especially because of how good we have been these last couple games running the ball."And the forecast for rain?"It doesn't matter what the conditions are," he said. "If it is a rainy game, hopefully we run the ball more. Just stick your cleats in and keep digging."

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

49ers, McDonald agree to five-year extension

The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced late Friday.

The deal is worth $35 million, including $16 million in guaranteed money, ESPN reported. The actual contract terms and amount of fully guaranteed money is expected to be less than the reported figures.

McDonald ranks third on the 49ers with 24 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He has touchdown receptions this season of 75 and 65 yards.

"Vance has shown consistent growth throughout his four-year career and his production this season is the result of his dedication and hard work,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We believe he has only scratched the surface of what he will be able to accomplish in his career. Vance is a tremendous ambassador for the 49ers, and his passion for helping others provides a wonderful example for this organization. We look forward to his continued contributions to this organization, both on and off the field.”

McDonald is in the final season of his original four-year, $3.99 million contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in 2013.

In McDonald’s three previous seasons, he caught just 40 passes for 475 yards and three touchdowns.

McDonald spoke last week about the greater chances he's gotten to prove himself since the 49ers traded Vernon Davis last season.

“I just always look back at the opportunity when Vernon went to (Denver),” McDonald said. “Just being able to have the trust and the opportunity to start games and play every down.”

Said 49ers coach Chip Kelly, "He’s one of our weapons on the offensive side of the ball and he runs better than most tight ends in this league. So really depends on week to week what people have available at the safety spot to kind of match up with him. But he’s certainly someone that I think people defensively have to game plan for.”



Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Injury report: Staley's streak of 92 consecutive starts in serious jeopardy

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game due to a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced on Friday.

Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (153) rank ahead of him on the list. Staley has not missed a game since the beginning of the 2011 season.

Coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his weekly show on KNBR that the 49ers have two more days of training “and then we’ll see what Joe’s status is going into the game on Sunday.”

Kelly added, “That’s kind of what we normally do with everybody. The best thing to say with Joe is he’s day-to-day. We’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field.”

With Staley not expected to play, the 49ers will likely shift left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle. Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games of the season at right guard, would likely start at left guard.

The 49ers expect outside linebacker Aaron Lynch to return to action on Sunday after missing five games with a high-ankle sprain, Kelly said on KNBR. Lynch is listed as questionable, along with defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who has a left elbow injury

The Jets will be without at least one starter. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was ruled out due to injuries. Brent Qvale, a third-year player from Nebraska, is scheduled to make his fifth NFL start.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)

RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)