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Three things you need to know from 49ers' season-ending 34-13 win over Rams

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Three things you need to know from 49ers' season-ending 34-13 win over Rams

LOS ANGELES -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 34-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17 on Sunday:

1. MOMENTUM INTO 2018

The 49ers opened the season with a franchise-worst nine-game losing streak. That seems like an eon ago.

Jimmy Garoppolo moved into the starting lineup on Dec. 3. The 49ers’ transformation was dramatic.

San Francisco finished the season with a five-game win streak with a remade offense and a defense that stopped the run and rallied aggressively to the ball.

Of course, the least-impressive of the 49ers’ win during their streak came against a playoff-bound Rams team that sat 17 of their starters. Still, a win is a win. And the 49ers head into the offseason feeling confident in the direction that has been charted under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

It was not long ago that the 49ers looked as if they might have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Now, the club will have a coin toss with the Raiders to determine which teams draft in the Nos. 9 and 10 spots. Both the 49ers and Raiders finished with 6-10 records with identical strengths of schedule of .512.

2. GOOD NEWS FOR GOODWIN

There were a lot of 49ers players who were upset with the hit that injured wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and sent him to the hospital for precautionary evaluations.

Goodwin has experienced his most success as an NFL player, as he came so close to a 1,000-yard season.

But it has also been a season of anguish. He and his wife, Morgan, lost their child due to complications in pregnancy in November. Two weeks ago, Goodwin revealed his biological father passed away.

It was a scary moment on Sunday when Blake Countess made a dangerously high and illegal hit on Goodwin. He sustained a concussion. Goodwin came back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to join his teammates for the flight home. He appeared to be in good spirits.

“Happy New Year,” an upbeat Goodwin said to a reporter before boarding the team bus to the airport.

3. UP-AND-DOWN GAROPPOLO

Garoppolo said he’s had a great time since coming to the 49ers in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He has clearly bonded with his new teammates.

The 26-year-old made more mistakes Sunday than in his previous four starts. But he also showed plenty flashes of the franchise quarterback the 49ers believe he can be.

He completed 20 of 33 passes for 292 yards with two touchdowns and a career-high two interceptions. His passer rating was 84.4.

Now, the hard work begins for the organization. The 49ers need to lock him up to a multi-year contract extension to erase any doubt about his future. The 49ers have the ability to retain him with the franchise tag, but the club needs to find a way to reach an agreement to make sure the union lasts for the foreseeable future.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.
 

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

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Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.