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NFL capsule: 49ers 1-point favorites vs. Saints

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NFL capsule: 49ers 1-point favorites vs. Saints

SAN FRANCISCO (7-2-1) At NEW ORLEANS (5-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - 49ers by 1, per Bovada.lv
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 6-4; New Orleans 6-4SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 46-24-2AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 2; Saints No. 12 (tie)LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Saints 36-32, Jan. 14, 2012LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Bears 32-7; Saints beat Raiders 38-17STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers QB Alex Smith had three TDs, 0 INTs and a 103.2 rating when teams last met in last season's divisional playoffs. He also ran for a 28-yard TD. ... When Smith sat out last week (concussion), QB Colin Kaepernick had two TDs, 0 INTs and 133.1 rating in first career start against Chicago last Monday night. ... WR Michael Crabtree has four TDs in past three games. He also had TD catch in last season's playoff victory over New Orleans. ... 49ers average 165.3 yards rushing, most in NFL. ... 49ers allow 13.4 points per game, fewest in NFL. ... LB Aldon Smith has 29 career sacks, most by player in first 26 games. He had 5 12 sacks last week. ... New Orleans has won five of last six after 0-4 start. ... QB Drew Brees holds NFL records with TD passes in 53 straight games and 20 or more completions in 46 straight. ... New Orleans has allowed at least 400 yards of offense in all 10 games. ... New Orleans has rushed for 140 yards or more in each of last three games, all with RB Darren Sproles out (broken hand). ... WR Marques Colston has 55 career TDs and needs one more to pass Deuce McAllister for most by Saint. ... Colston has seven TDs in past seven games. ... WR Lance Moore had two TDs last week.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”