NFC West

Injury Report: 49ers Need Everyone Healthy To Beat Packers This SundayRemember when the San Francisco 49ers had such a short injury report? We knew it wouldn't last. In the modern NFL, someone is always getting hurt.
Kaepernick Under Fire After Worst NFL Effort Of His CareerEveryone is piling on Colin Kaepernick this week after the San Francisco 49ers quarterback played like a chump on Sunday in a loss at Arizona.
Running The Ball Well And A Strong Defense Could Be Hallmarks Of 49ers SeasonComing off a stunning performance in a 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings at home in Monday Night Football's doubleheader in Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers seem to have rebuilt themselves a little bit in the transition from Jim Harbaugh to Jim Tomsula. As the team prepares to take the show on the road for Week 2 in Pittsburgh, it's clear that running back Carlos Hyde will be the focus of the offense, and the defense is every bit as feisty as it was during the deep playoff runs of 2011-13.
Team Grades: 49ers Defense Better Than Anyone Expected In Monday Night WinFor all the changes in personnel and the unfavorable matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, the San Francisco 49ers defense really played like it was 2011 on Monday night in the season-opening game. The passing game still has miles to go, but running back Carlos Hyde demonstrated he's more than capable of replacing Frank Gore in the lineup. Overall, it was a great night for the 49ers as they started the 2015 NFL season with a surprisingly easy victory.
The Post-Harbaugh Era Begins With A Lot Of Doubt And UncertaintyAfter almost-unmatched success during the first three years of former coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure in San Francisco, the 49ers crashed a bit last year, finishing 8-8. Now, with Harbaugh gone, the season ahead has many questions. The 49ers roster has lost much talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and there are questions about the future of the franchise as new coach Jim Tomsula faces a tough season ahead. Super Bowl 50 will be at Levi's Stadium, but San Francisco is a serious long shot to be playing in the game itself.
Seattle Still The Clear Favorite In NFC West
Patriots Team Grades: New England Puts On Super Bowl-Worthy Performance Against ColtsThe Patriots made it look easy in advancing to their sixth Super Bowl of the Belichick/Brady era.
Here We Go Again: Patriots Face Ravens In AFC PlayoffsNew England and Baltimore are developing an impressive postseason rivalry.
Injury Report: Cardinals Expected To Play Lindley At QB In NFC Wild Card Vs PanthersA knee injury to QB Drew Stanton continues to slow him down in practices, but head coach Brian Polian is hopeful to have his second-string quarterback available for the Panthers. The Cardinals are a battered squad in other positions as well.
Arizona Cardinals Look To Defy Super Bowl Odds Starting With Carolina PanthersDoes Arizona have enough in the tank to make a deep run and play in its second Super Bowl in franchise history? It looks sketchy at best, but this is why you play the games. Arizona has a tough road to travel to get to the Super Bowl, but it is pointless to worry about that for now. For now, it is all about beating Carolina.
CBS Sports' Steve Beuerlein Talks San Diego Chargers Vs. San Francisco 49ersThe San Diego Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but after three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are out. They have the opportunity to play the spoiler for the Chargers, but what has happened to them this year? CBS Sports' Steve Beuerlein spoke on this weekend's west coast game and looks at what has gone wrong and right.
Team Grades: Questionable Call, Injuries And Seahawks Prove Too Much For 49ersFew people thought the 49ers were going to go into Seattle and beat the Seahawks, but the 49ers gave the home team a scare. If not for injuries and a bad call, San Francisco might have been able to keep their postseason hopes alive.