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49ers place long snapper Jon Condo on reserve/retired list after one game

49ers place long snapper Jon Condo on reserve/retired list after one game

Veteran long snapper Jon Condo was placed on the reserve/retired list Monday after playing one game with the 49ers.

Condo was signed last week to replace Colin Holba as the team’s long snapper. The team’s regular long-snapper, Kyle Nelson, is scheduled to miss another three games as he serves the remainder of a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

After joining the team, Condo struggled in practices and did not look sharp on his snaps during the team’s 24-20 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

“He just said his heart wasn’t in it. Definitely surprised us," Shanahan said during his weekly press conference Monday. "He was honest with himself, he knew his heart really wasn’t in it and then he was honest with us. He just said he knows his heart’s not in it and he doesn’t want to end up letting us down."

Condo, 38, was the Raiders’ longsnapper from 2007 to ’17. He appeared in the final four games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He began his career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in three games before winning a spot with the Raiders two seasons later.

The 49ers plan to sign veteran long snapper Garrison Sanborn as Condo's replacement, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported. 

When asked last week why the 49ers released Holba, coach Kyle Shanahan called it an issue of the timing with his snaps.

"There are very little details and stuff with timing and you want guys to be perfect every time," Shanahan said. "No, he wasn’t perfect, so we are just trying to see if we can get someone a little more consistent. He wasn’t bad though, either. We just thought we could make an upgrade.”

NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in NFC after win vs. Saints

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NFL playoff picture: Where 49ers stand in NFC after win vs. Saints

The 49ers avoided their first losing streak of the season Sunday, and (briefly) regained control of the NFC's top seed. 

San Francisco improved to 11-2, dropping the New Orleans Saints to 10-3 in a nail-biting, 48-46 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The 49ers moved back into the NFC's No. 1 seed, and they could hang on to it if the Seattle Seahawks lose to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. 

A Seahawks win at the LA Coliseum would drop the 49ers back into the No. 5 seed, but San Francisco would still be on a path towards earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Though the Seahawks currently hold the tiebreaker, the 49ers could win the NFC West -- and, likely, the NFC's top seed -- if they win in Seattle in Week 17 and hold a tiebreaker over the Seahawks. 

Those can get complicated, with records against the division, common opponents and/or conference possibly taken account into account. The 49ers have a win over the Saints while the Seahawks do not, but it'd still be easier for the 49ers to root for the Seahawks to slip up before a must-win Week 17. 

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Here's what the NFC playoff picture looks like following the conclusion of the 1 p,m. ET/10 a.m. PT games.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
  2. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
  3. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-7)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (10-2)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (9-4)

Watch George Kittle set up 49ers' win vs. Saints with huge catch and run

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Watch George Kittle set up 49ers' win vs. Saints with huge catch and run

The Game of the Year ended with Robbie Gould nailing a 30-yard field goal to give the 49ers a wild 48-46 road win over the Saints on Sunday, but that never could have happened if it wasn't for tight end George Kittle. 

Facing a 4th-and-2 with 39 seconds left as the 49ers trailed the Saints, 46-45, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found Kittle on a quick out route, and the star tight end went to work. Kittle raced down the sidelines for a 39-yard gain as he was churning along with a Saints defender holding onto Kittle's facemask. 

A 15-yard penalty took the 49ers to the 13-yard line. 

After a 3-yard run by running back Raheem Mostert and Jimmy G taking a knee, Gould booted the ball right through the uprights for one huge victory. The 11-2 49ers now hold the top seed in the NFC playoff picture.

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Kittle finished the day with six receptions on eight targets for 67 yards and one touchdown. His biggest catch, however, set up a field goal that had the Faithful going crazy in the Big Easy.