Saints have practice scheduled for Candlestick


Saints have practice scheduled for Candlestick

SAN FRANCISCO -- The best road team in the NFL over the past three seasons is coming to Candlestick Park on Friday to get acclimated to the surroundings.Is that a sentence you expected to read?After all, so much as been made this week about the New Orleans Saints being a different team outside of the Superdome. But the fact is that the Saints are one of just two NFL teams -- the Philadelphia Eagles are the other -- with a winning road record each of the past three seasons.
During that time, the Saints have compiled an NFL-best 18-6 record in road games, including a 25-22 victory over the 49ers at Candlestick as defending Super Bowl champs in Week 2 last season.
So, sure, the Saints have not scored as much away from the Superdome. In nine home games, the Saints averaged 41.5 points per game. In five outdoors road games, the Saints averaged 25.8 points. The Saints were 5-3 on the road this season.RELATED: New Orleans Saints 2011 scheduleresults
The Saints traveled to the Bay Area on Thursday evening. On Friday, they have a walk-through practice scheduled at Candlestick Park. The Saints and 49ers meet on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in an NFC divisional-round matchup."The years we've played well on the road, we've been a better football team," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I think more recently we've done real well on the road. Starting in '09, '10 and '11, we're a team that's traveled a lot better and had success on the road. The years we struggled, we weren't as good as a team."Oftentimes that comes with a dome team, more than surface or home and away. One of the things we felt was important for us to be successful that we were going to have to not only play well at home, but we're going to have to travel and play well and fortunately we've been able to do that."The Saints are 0-4 on the road in the club's playoff history, including a 41-36 loss at Seattle last January against a Seahawks team that won the NFC West with a 7-9 record.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."