Veteran Kicker Phil Dawson Signs One-Year Deal With 49ersVeteran kicker Phil Dawson has signed his new one-year contract to stay with the San Francisco 49ers, after reaching agreement on the deal Friday.
Dawson Kicks 23-Yard Winning Field Goal, 49ers Beat RamsJim Tomsula kept the focus on his players until the very end, just as he has strived to do all season long. Then, after smiling in his last news conference as 49ers head coach, he was fired less than 90 minutes later Sunday night.
Team Grades: 49ers Finish Tough Season With Big Overtime Win Over RamsIt didn't mean anything, really, but the San Francisco 49ers finished their 2015 season with an overtime win at home over the visiting St. Louis Rams. Give credit to the special teams which blocked the Rams OT field-goal attempt before the offense responded with the game-winning FG. With a 5-11 record, the 49ers still finished last in the NFC West Division, but the team avoided its worst season in a decade with the Week 17 victory at Levi's Stadium—the site of Super Bowl 50 in five weeks.
Team Grades: 49ers Start Strong In Motown But Fade In Second HalfThe San Francisco 49ers scored a touchdown in the first quarter Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the first time the S.F. offense had managed an early TD all season. When the 49ers tied the score with 40 seconds left in the first half, things looked good for San Francisco. But it wasn't to be, as Detroit shut out the 49ers in the second half on the way to a 32-17 victory at Ford Field.
Don't Let The Final Score Fool You, 49ers Were Bad In Lost Over BengalsThe San Francisco 49ers lost at home on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 24-14, but the game wasn't that close. The Bengals led 24-0 late in the third quarter, and the 49ers turned the ball over four times on the day while committing a whopping 11 penalties overall.
Team Grades: Niners Take A Huge Step Backward Against BrownsHoping to build off momentum from their first road win of the week in Chicago last Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers faced the worst team in the league this week—and lost badly.
Team Grades: 49ers Show Up On The Road In 26-20 Overtime WinThe San Francisco 49ers won their first road game of the year Sunday in Chicago, beating the Bears in overtime on a long pass play from Blaine Gabbert to Torrey Smith.
Team Grades: 49ers Fight Hard At Home In Narrow Loss To CardinalsOnce again, the San Francisco 49ers played much better at home on the Levi's Stadium turf than they do on the road, but it wasn't enough to beat the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals.
Team Grades: 49ers Overcome Adversity At Levi's To Beat FalconsNo Vernon Davis? No problem. No Colin Kaepernick? No problem. No Carlos Hyde? No problem. The San Francisco 49ers started a trio of reserves at key offensive positions, and the team's defense rose to the occasion nicely at home.
Team Grades: Where Is Rock Bottom For The 2015 San Francisco 49ers?The San Francisco 49ers have the worst offense in the NFL, and it's probably time to bench quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After all, the team couldn't be much worse with a different QB, could it?
Team Grades: 49ers Better At Home But Still Not Good Enough Against PackersThe San Francisco 49ers embarrassed themselves in Weeks 2 and 3 on the road, but back home for Week 4, they played much better against the best quarterback in the NFL.
At 40, Phil Dawson Enjoys Role As Mentor To Rookie Punter