For the 49ers to win in in the second half of the season and move forward in the playoffs, it will all come down to the play of Alex Smith. They will get consistent performances from the defense and special teams, so if the offense can do their part, then San Francisco is going to be tough to beat. The running game has been solid this year, and when the team loses it’s because they got nothing from Smith and the passing game.
Division rivals need no reason to dislike each other, and the 49ers and Seahawks have added fuel to the fire. After the teams recent match-up, 49ers head coach Jim Harbuagh questioned some of the play in the Seattle secondary that may have been overly physical, and this resulted in a war of words between the two teams. However, the end result will only help out San Francisco.
In a sport that puts so much focus on winning and losing, Chris Culliver of the San Francisco 49ers is not the norm. The young cornerback as been close to death, is just happy to be alive, and has learned to cherish each day. He has made his presence felt on the field and embodies the ideals that the team looks for in its players.
After another impressive performance for the 49ers, Frank Gore is slowly becoming on the best all around backs to ever grace the 49ers uniform. The ultimate goal has eluded him, but if the team can get him the ball early and often, they will be in a position to compete for a Super Bowl.
The New York Giants just put the rest of the NFC on notice. After dismantling the 49ers, who many believed to be the most complete team in the NFL, the Giants are back to the form that earned them a Super Bowl win last year. However, San Francisco can point to missed chances to at least keep the game close.
Not only have the 49ers avoided the injury bug, but they have gotten more and more healthy. The lone name that is new is the most important player on the 49ers roster, Alex Smith. However, the injured finger on his right hand seems to be fine and of no real concern. The Giants on the other hand are missing a few starters on offense and will hope that Hakeem Nicks is able to play.
Alex Smith is on the verge of becoming an elite quarterback. The San Francisco signal caller was nominated this week for the FedEx Air Player of the Week award, which is the 3rd time in the past year that he has been up for the award.
This time it was the passing game that set up the run and led to a 45-3 win over the visiting Buffalo Bills. Alex Smith finished with over 300 yards passing while the defense played another impressive game. With momentum on their side, the 49ers will take on the New York Giants next week in the biggest game of the year for San Francisco.
Colin Keapernick made his presence felt in last week’s win over the New York Jets. He size and speed put him in the same conversation with Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, but he is still far from earning a starting role in this league. He is on the right team with the right coach and will have a chance to show what he is made of eventually.
San Francisco responded after last weeks last with a 34-0 win over the New York Jets. The team did not play great, but dominated the Jets the whole day and showed that they are the team with a back up quarterback who can make a difference.
The injury report for the 49ers and Jets had the usual precautionary listings, but the name that stood out is Darrelle Revis. The Jet star is out of the season and both teams will attack the game differently with him out of the line up.
The match up between the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers will be a game featuring teams with identical records who can’t afford to lose the game. The Jets just lost their best player in Darrelle Revis and will playing short handed on defense. The big question entering the game is what impact if any Tim Tebow will have.