Watch Richard Sherman return interception for 49ers touchdown vs. Bucs


Watch Richard Sherman return interception for 49ers touchdown vs. Bucs

After years of making life tough on 49ers quarterbacks, Richard Sherman has the shoe on the other foot nowadays, and he made perhaps his most important play yet in a San Francisco uniform during the third quarter of the 49ers' Week 1 matchup with the Buccaneers.

Shortly after Jimmy Garoppolo completed his first passing touchdown since tearing his ACL in Week 3 of last year, Sherman further increased San Francisco's lead to 20-7 on Sunday with a pick-six of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

Ironically, it was a near-mirror image of a first-half Garoppolo interception, which the Bucs also returned for a touchdown.

The interception marked Sherman's first since coming over to the 49ers from the Seahawks. It also was San Francisco's second interception of the game after Mark Nzeocha tallied one in the first half.

The 49ers set an NFL record for the fewest interceptions in a season with just two last year, so they've already matched that total before the conclusion of their first game.

49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on bother Joey's insight, success playing Chiefs


49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on bother Joey's insight, success playing Chiefs

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers will have scouted the Kansas City Chiefs extensively heading into Super Bowl LIV. There’s two full weeks to dissect player strengths and weaknesses, techniques and tendencies while trying to find advantages in the season’s championship game.

49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa will absorb everything coaches and scouting reports say about Kansas City’s offensive line, tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchel Schwartz in particular.

Then he’ll call the best resource he’s got. After all, Few know Kansas City’s flank protectors like his brother Joey. The elite L.A. Chargers edge rusher faces them twice per season in the AFC West and will provide great insight in how to best the Chiefs’ front.

“We're going to be talking,” Nick Bosa said on Thursday. “He has pretty good input on these guys. He's going to give me everything that he could give me and it's up to me to go use it.”

Joey Bosa will be able to explain it to his brother well. Nobody knows Nick’s playing style, temperament and technical ability better, so he can customize the advice to help Nick maximize his reps. Joey has fared well against the Chiefs, with 21 tackles, two sacks, seven quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in six games against them.

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Nick Bosa has been doing pretty well on his own this postseason, with eight tackles, three sacks and seven other quarterback pressures in two playoff games.

The Bosa brothers have often trained together, with several sessions expected this offseason as they reflect on little brother’s excellent first NFL season.

“I feel like this offseason we're definitely going to have a lot of conversations while we train about just things that I've learned this year from playing and things that he's learned, obviously,” Nick Bosa said. “But, we play a pretty similar position, pretty similar scheme. So, there's going to be a lot of back and forth with that for sure.”

But first, Joey Bosa will try and help his little brother pressure an AFC West rival and impact the Super Bowl in the 49ers’ favor.

49ers' Super Bowl 54 injury report: Tevin Coleman runs on side field

49ers' Super Bowl 54 injury report: Tevin Coleman runs on side field

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Tevin Coleman did not participate in 49ers practice Thursday, but he ran with a football in his arm on a side field.

The 49ers remain hopeful Coleman will be available to play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV after sustaining a dislocated right shoulder in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Coleman and wide receiver Dante Pettis (illness) were the only 49ers who did not participate in practice on Thursday, as the team returned to work in preparation to face the Chiefs.

Pettis has not appeared in a game since Week 12 when the 49ers faced the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 24. He has not caught a pass since Week 9 against Arizona on Oct. 31.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander (pectoral), defensive end Dee Ford (hamstring) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) were limited on the practice field.

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Here is a look at the 49ers’ practice participation report for Thursday:

49ers practice report

Did not practice

RB Tevin Coleman (shoulder)
WR Dante Pettis (illness)


LB Kwon Alexander (pectoral)
DL Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)

Full participation

LB Dre Greenlaw (ankle)

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