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Smith and Montana names in same sentence

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Smith and Montana names in same sentence

After an uneven first half, the 49ers' passing game got going in the second half Saturday in a 19-17 victory over the host Seattle Seahawks.And in the process, quarterback Alex Smith was credited with his fifth come-from-behind victory of the season -- and his fourth on the road. Smith tied Joe Montana for the most fourth-quarter comebacks in a single season in franchise history. Montana led four road comebacks in 1989.Smith completed just 5 of 16 first-half pass attempts for 43 yards in the first half. And he didn't get much help with a couple of dropped passes along the way.
But Smith, and the 49ers' offense as a whole, rallied in the second half. He finished with 14 completions on 26 attempts for 179 yards with no touchdown and no interceptions.Afterward, Smith met the media. Here is what he said:On the offense's production in the third quarter.
"They were playing us tough on the outside, a lot of man-to-man and press. It really felt like, especially that two-minute drive at the end of the half, it really felt like as we were playing I had a lot of backs turned to me and it felt like I could have moved the chains better at the end of the half and we took advantage of it in the second half. I kind of had it in my head. If they were going to play that way I was going to try to use my legs."On if the game felt like a playoff-type atmosphere.
"Yeah, absolutely. We know what was on the line. You hear all the talk coming out here all week. They were playing for their playoff lives and as you can see they threw everything at us. This is about as hostile an environment as it gets, I think. It's a tough place to play. I don't think we've won here for a few years. It's always going to be tough, especially when there's something on the line for both teams."On what was going through his mind after the Seahawks took the lead on Marshawn Lynch's TD run following the blocked punt by Heath Farwell.
"Obviously there was a little shift in momentum there with the punt block and then the score. But we got good field position. We had a decent amount of time on the clock. I'll tell you the truth, I don't know what that call was. I don't know how you throw the ball out of bounds to somebody and get offensive pass interference, it seemed like a pretty phantom call to me, but you deal with it. We had been talking about it all day we hadn't taken a shot. They were playing us aggressive and we knew they were trying to stop us before we took a shot. Michael (Crabtree) made a great play and got us in field goal position to win us the game."On making the decision to take a shot down field.
"We were just talking about it on the sideline and we knew at some point we were going to have to go after them and take that shot. We made the play when it counted."On if the fourth-and-2 play-call was originally for Vernon Davis.
"We ended up getting the holding call on that as well and we declined it. We came back to Vernon he wasn't the primary. He made a great play"On Delanie Walker and Kyle Williams getting hurt.
"I hope those guys get back healthy as soon as possible. I don't anything about the details of it."On if he saw Delanie Walker after the game.
"I haven't seen him yet, but obviously he does quite a bit for us run and pass."On the deep pass to Crabtree that set up the game-winning field goal.
"This all the way was Crabtree. With the look we got -- I had Vernon (Davis) on my right with a corner on him and had the matchup on the left with Crabtree that we liked and took the shot and he made a great play."(Transcription provided by the Seattle Seahawks public relations department.)

An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

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An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

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49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

2017 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Offense
QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

Defense
DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals