Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog


Maiocco: 49ers-Seahawks in-game blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco used Twitter to communicate his thoughts and observations from the Candlestick Park press box during Sunday's regular season opener between the 49ers and Seahawks.

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4:49 PM
Cameraman JC tells me midfield meeting -- Harbaugh: "See you on the road." Pete Carroll: "Yep."4:31 PM
Ted Ginn -- again -- to the house ... This time punt-return TD. Have a last four minutes, Ted Ginn. It's 33-17 now.4:27 PM
Ginn had the smallest role on offense of any of the 49ers receivers, but he contributed far more than the others.4:26 PM
Ted Ginn answers w TD return, and aren't the 49ers pleased he accepted the pay cut to stick around. Now, it's 26-17.4:23 PM
Well, now, this got a lot more interesting with Doug Baldwin (Stanford) long run-after catch for TD. 49ers 19, Saehawks 17 w 3:56 left.

4:10 PM
With Akers' 19-yard field goal, it's 49ers 19-10 with 5:54 remaining.4:08 PM
And now they're back where they were . . . kicking a short field goal . . . with a couple minutes being run off the clock.4:05 PM
I''m a little surprised Harbaugh is taking the points off the board. First and goal at the 2 with 8:09 left. 49ers still lead 16-10.4:04 PM
49ers call a run play on third down from the 4. Clearly, they're content with the field goal to take a 9-point lead.4:00 PM
49ers get a break on a horse-collar penalty that wasn't. They have ball inside 5.3:54 PM
Alex Smith to Braylon Edwards for 12 yards, and the 49ers are now 1 of 10 on third downs.3:52 PM
Michael Crabtree has a towel on his head on the sideline. His helmet isn't in sight. He's standing up, though.3:48 PM
Steven Hauschka makes a 39-yard field goal, and now the 49ers might want to scrap the four-corners offense and score some points.3:44 PM
The long arm of Aldon Smith bats down a second-down screen pass. And he comes off the field on third down as 49ers go with 6 DBs.3:42 PM
Don't know about that penalty on Madieu Williams. He never made contact with the defenseless receiver's head.3:34 PM
Michael Crabtree has played just 13 snaps in the game. He has one catch for 4 yards and one drop (of a pass that would've gained 2 yards).3:33 PM
Long, long, long return by Leon Washington. But there's a flag down. It's coming back.3:29 PM
Rookie RB Kendall Hunter takes over for this 49ers' drive, which starts at the 20.3:29 PM
49ers' defense is same as it was in first half. The nickel defense consists of DE Aldon Smith and DBs Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock.3:28 PM
MaioccoCSN Matt MaioccoComrade @RattoCSN points out teams have combined for 2-for-17 on third downs.3:22 PM
Not impressive series for 49ers. Gore stuffed and Vernon Davis heard footsteps on deep pass. Three and out.3:16 PM
Seahawks get into the end zone, and Pete Carroll kicks the PAT. My wife always says, "Never go for two unless you're in the fourth quarter."3:12 PM
Doug Baldwin catches third-down pass from Jackson for a first down. He might be catching passes from ex-Stanford teammate next season.3:08 PM
RT @goodin99 why the numbers on back of 49ers helmets? > In memory of Joe "The Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson.3:02 PM
Total net yards through one half: Seahawks 37, 49ers 128.

2:51 PM
49ers go to the locker room leading 16-0, as Tramaine Brock (one of 7 DBs on the field) picks off desperation throw on final play.2:47 PM
49ers QB Alex Smith is 9 of 11 for 82 yards four carries for 17 yards and a TD.2:46 PM
Alex Smith took chance and it paid off. If he was stopped short, time would've expired in first half. Instead Smith runs it in. 49ers 16-0.2:45 PM
49ers have ball at 1-yard line with :17 seconds left. They can't run it because they don't have any timeouts, right?2:31 PM
Akers make another short field goal (31 yards) and 49ers lead 9-0 with 2:40 left in the half.2:30 PM
Kendall Hunter gets his first career play. He runs on third-and-short and is stopped shy of the first down. Akers back out for FG attempt.2:20 PM
RT @wnykeys Snyder 4 Rachal because of injury? > Don't know, but Rachal is back in there now.2:14 PM
Through 20 minutes, you get feeling that the best chance either team has of scoring is when the other team has the ball. 49ers Seahawks2:12 PMBack to Will Tukuafu, the official ruling is a fumble recovery and not an interception. Also, Adam Snyder was in at RG for Chilo Rachal.2:11 PM
First and goal at the 9, and 49ers don't do anything with it. Akers with the field goal. The 49ers lead 6-0.2:08 PM
Haralson with the hit, Tukuafu with the interception on his FIRST CAREER PLAY FROM SCRIMMAGE.2:01 PM
Remember 49ers' "co-starting receiver" Ted Ginn? He did not see a snap on offense in the first quarter. But he had a 31-yard punt return.2:00 PM
Third-and-11, Alex Smith throws to Braylon Edwards for 7 yards. David Akers with 27 yard field goal. It's 49ers 3-0.
1:57 PM
Interesting that Alex Smith would be used as a lead blocker on a misdirection pitch. But he helped Gore gain 12 yards. Quarter ends: 0-0.

1:51 PM
Seahawks injury report: FB Michael Robinson (ankle) is doubtful to return.

1:50 PM
On first two drives, 49ers had 3rd-and-7 and 3rd-and-3. They had failed run plays both times. But Lee's had two good punts, avging 63 yards.

1:46 PM
49ers are getting some pressure on Tarvaris Jackson. Justin Smith & Ray McDonald now have sacks. They worked out a lot together this summer.

1:41 PM
The ruling on the field stands. Harbaugh's first challenge fails.

1:38 PM
Harbaugh throws challenge flag, saying that bouncing punt hit the Seahawks return man. Replay seemed to show it didn't, but we'll see.

1:36 PM
Boos for the 49ers already, as Gore gets call on draw on third-and-7. And 49ers will punt.
1:35 PM
On the second play, Michael Crabtree comes onto the field.

1:34 PM
Joshua Morgan and Braylon Edwards are 49ers' starting receivers.

1:33 PM
On third downs, 49ers replace Madieu Williams, Parys Haralson and Isaac Sopoaga with Tramaine Brock, Aldon Smith and Reggie Smith.

1:32 PM
Ray McDonald just topped his sack total for all of last year throwing Jackson for 2-yard sack on third down. Seahawks punt. 49ers take over.

1:30 PM
Going back to coin toss, yes, it looked as if Gore was indicating the 49ers wanted the ball. Ref Jeff Triplette announced 49ers deferred.

1:26 PM
But 49ers defense goes back on the field because Tavares Gooden roughs the kicker and it's a Seattle first down.

1:25 PM
Good pressure from Ray McDonald and tackle by Tarell Brown to force Seahawks punt.

1:24 PM
Aldon Smith, Reggie Smith and Tramaine Brock enter on third down.


1:15 PM
Many of the Seahawks were joining the military personnel holding the 100-yard long American flag on their side of the field.

1:15 PM
49ers captains, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis, at midfield for coin toss. Seattle won toss, 49ers defer to second half. Seattle receives KO.

1:13 PM
Around NFC West... RT @STLouisRams Injuries mounting: Rams have lost Bradford, Jackson, J.Smith, Amendola, Bartell to various ailments.

11:57 AM
49ers inactives: Tolzien, K.Williams, Goldson, Kilgore, Person, I.Williams, Dobbs. Madieu Williams starts. More on http:bit.ly9TQlwf

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles


49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.

Foles frenzy: Eagles fly over Vikings to meet Patriots in Super Bowl LII


Foles frenzy: Eagles fly over Vikings to meet Patriots in Super Bowl LII


PHILADELPHIA -- Hey Philly, maybe it's time to forget Carson Wentz. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first Super Bowl.

Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Philly made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC championship.

Next up after their most-lopsided playoff victory: the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England.

Foles replaced the injured Wentz in Game 13 and finished off a rise from last place to first in the NFC East. There were plenty of doubters entering the playoffs, but the former starter in Philadelphia (15-3) under another regime has been brilliant.

His best work might have come against Minnesota (14-4) and its vaunted defense that was torn apart in every manner. Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, showing poise, escapability and moxie in going 26 for 33.

In doing so - helped greatly by the Eagles' domination on defense and a spectacular weaving 50-yard interception return TD by Patrick Robinson - Foles ruined the Vikings' hopes of being the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its own stadium

Instead, the Eagles will seek their first Super Bowl crown in Minnesota on Feb. 4; their last championship came in 1960.

OVER AT HALFTIME: Minnesota made it look easy at the outset, driving 75 yards on nine plays, each of which gained yardage. The payoff was a 25-yard throw from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph well behind linebacker Najee Goode as Philadelphia's defense looked confused on the play.

That didn't happen again for Philly.

Defensive end Chris Long had a huge hand in Robinson's 50-yard interception return. Long burst in from the left side and got his arm on Keenum to disrupt the throw for Adam Thielen. The ball went directly to Robinson, who sped down the left side, then made a sharp cut to the right and got a superb block from Ronald Darby to reach the end zone.

Inspired, Philly's D forced a three-and-out, the Foles led the Eagles on a 12-play, 75-yard masterpiece of a drive. LeGarrette Blount showed all his power and escapability on an 11-yard surge up the middle for a 14-7 lead.

Turnovers, something Minnesota rarely committed with an NFC-low 14 during the season, hurt again and not only ended a solid drive, but set up more Philly points. On third down from the Eagles 15, Keenum was blindsided by rookie Derek Barnett, and the ball bounced directly to Long.

It was only the second strip-sack the Vikings have been victimized by all season.

A blown coverage - another rarity for Minnesota - on third-and-10 allowed Alshon Jeffery to get wide open for a 53-yard TD, and Philadelphia tacked on Elliott's 38-yard field goal to make it 24-3 at halftime.

DANCING IN THE LINC: Fifty seconds into the final quarter, with the score 38-7, Eagles players on the sideline and waiting to kick off on the field were dancing up a storm and fans were chanting "We want Brady."

They get Tom Brady and company in two weeks.

BACK TO THE BIG GAME: Long won the Super Bowl last year with the Patriots, as did Blount. Now they return on the other side.

QUICK DRIVE: Philadelphia got the ball with 29 seconds remaining in the first half at its 20. Foles hit passes of 11 yards to Jay Ajayi, 36 to Ertz and 13 to Ajayi before Elliott's field goal to end the half.

THIRD DOWNS: Minnesota was the league's best team defending third downs and was third in converting them. Yet Philadelphia went 10 for 14.

NEXT UP: Minnesota returns home to watch two other teams play at its stadium for the Lombardi Trophy.

With the entire stadium singing "Fly Eagles Fly" during the NFC trophy ceremony, Philadelphia can look forward to facing New England in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4