49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record


49ers superlatives: Davis sets 49ers record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Vernon Davis set the 49ers' record for most career touchdown receptions for a tight end when he caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Alex Smith in the third quarter.Davis now has 34 career touchdowns, surpassing Brent Jones' total of 33 over 11 seasons (1987-'97)."It means a lot to me," said Davis, who is in his sixth NFL season. "Any time you can make history is a good feeling. It's a great feeling. The win meant more to me today. I'm more excited about the win than anything else. I can celebrate the touchdown catch later."
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Here are some of the other notes from the 49ers' 23-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:--With a 9-1 record and five-game lead in the NFC West, the 49ers can clinch their first division title since 2002 with a victory Thursday over the Baltimore Ravens and a Seattle loss to Washington on Sunday.--The 49ers won for the eighth consecutive game. Coach Jim Harbaugh's eight-game win streak is the fourth-longest by a rookie coach since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Jim Caldwell (Colts, 2009) won 14 in a row; Steve Mariucci's 1997 49ers won 11 in succession; and Ted Marchibroda (Colts, 1975) won nine in a row.--The 49ers improved to 9-1 for the first time since 1997, which was also the last season they won as many as eight games in a row.--The 49ers tied for the fourth-best start in franchise history with the 1989 team. The 1984 team was 15-1; the 49ers teams of 1990 and 1997 were 13-1 and 11-1, respectively.--Since 1981 when the stat was first tracked by Statspass, the 49ers' 44 minutes, 16 seconds of time of possession is the third-most for the 49ers. They held the ball for 45:04 in a 35-3 win over the Detroit Lions in 1991. In 2002, the 49ers' time of possession was 44:33 in an overtime game against the Raiders.--The 49ers defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in 11 games, which ranks tied for second in team history. From October 1985 to September 1986, the 49ers went 13 games without allowing a rushing touchdown. The 49ers also had an 11-game streak in 1992.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, which is the longest current streak and tied for third-best in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season.--The 49ers had a plus-four in turnover differential for a plus-17 for the season. Since 2009, the 49ers are 20-2 when winning the turnover battle.--The 49ers did not allow a first down in seven of the Cardinals' 12 possessions.--The 49ers broke up 11 passes on Sunday, giving them an NFL-best 77 passes defensed for the season.--The 49ers did not allow a sack. It's the third time the opposition has failed to record a sack against the 49ers this season.--The 49ers had three interceptions to give them an interception in nine of the team's first 10 games. It's the most games in which the 49ers have registered an interception through 10 games since 1996.--With those three interceptions, the 49ers defense recorded five multi-interception games through 10 games for the first time since the 1988 season.--Linebacker Patrick Willis' four forced fumbles this season is a career-high. He has also set a single-season career-high with 11 passes defensed.--Safety Donte Whitner's 48-yard interception return was the second-longest of his career. In 2009, he had a 76-yard return for a touchdown while playing for the Buffalo Bills against Tampa Bay.--Receiver Kyle Williams recorded career-highs with five catches for 54 yards.--Pass-rusher Aldon Smith recorded a sack to give him 7.5 on the season. He ranks behind Denver's Von Miller (9.5) for the lead among rookies.--Kicker David Akers scored 11 points, giving him a league-leading 102 points on the season.

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.