49ers-Giants: Wednesday checklist


49ers-Giants: Wednesday checklist

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will hold their first practice of the week Wednesday afternoon to begin preparations toward facing the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park.Here's are some of the elements to keep tabs on throughout the day:--The 49ers are scheduled to hit the practice field at 2 p.m. At that point, we'll have a better idea whether to expect tight end Delanie Walker or receiver Ted Ginn to play in the game.If Walker participates in any portion of practice, it means that he has been cleared and you can expect him to suit up for Sunday's game. Walker sustained a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve. The game Sunday will take place four weeks after the injury.When the 49ers faced the Giants on Nov. 13, Walker was the 49ers' leading receiver with six receptions for 69 yards. Strangely, those were the last passes Walker caught in the regular season. He was held without a catch in his final six games.Ginn twice exited Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a right knee injury. He was seen with a pronounced limp on Monday.--Keep checking those weather reports. The forecast calls for rain to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday and last through Monday. It's almost impossible to project which team a sloppy field would favor.--The 49ers are certain to be asked about some comments from the Giants, such as safety Antrel Rolle saying, "I might be a little biased, but in our minds, we can't be beat."Many have focused on the last part of that quote -- "we can't be beat." The entire quote sounds reasonable. But a couple 49ers have already responded.Donte Whiter, the hard-hitting 49ers safety, responded via Twitter: "Out here in San Fran we let our Shoulder Pads do all the talking.haha"Tackle Anthony Davis chimed in with a dash of humor: "Are the Giants doing drunk interviews? lol"

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.