49ers didn't see Crabtree replay in time


49ers didn't see Crabtree replay in time

CINCINNATI -- Coach Jim Harbaugh said he was prepared to throw the challenge flag to dispute whether receiver Michael Crabtree stepped out of bounds in the third quarter.But the Fox telecast never showed a replay until it was too late -- and, even then, it wasn't certain whether the play would've been overturned."We had no replay view of it," Harbaugh said after the 49ers' 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. "The official threw his hat early, so figured he saw it. Then you think, we'll just challenge it anyway jut to see if they come up with a view we're not seeing."

Crabtree caught an apparent 10-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith in the third quarter. But Crabtree was called for illegal touch. He was ruled to have gone out of bounds and was the first player to touch the ball. It was a play that could've been reviewed. All scoring plays are automatically reviewed, but the play was not ruled as a scoring play.The 49ers eventually settled for David Akers' game-tying field goal.Afterward, Crabtree said he still was not sure if he remained in-bounds or not."They said I stepped out of bounds. I just went with what the ref said," Crabtree said. "I was in the zone. So I really couldn't see. They said I stepped out of bounds. We got the win, that's all I can say. That's the important thing."Crabtree returned to action after missing last week's game with a left foot injury. He started and played most of the game and caught three passes for 24 yards."I played the whole game," Crabtree said. "I came out of it healthy. I'm blessed with that."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”