Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice predicts undefeated 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Rice predicts undefeated 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Eight games, eight wins. All the 49ers do right now is win, and Jerry Rice believes they will take home some serious hardware this season. 

"They're gonna continue winning," Rice said Monday morning on ESPN's "First Take." "Oh no, they're gonna win the whole thing. They're gonna win the whole thing. I picked them from Day 1. Jimmy G's gonna get them to the promised land." 

There was no holding the Hall of Famer back. Rice looked right into the camera, pointed and said, "Hear me right now, they're gonna win the Super Bowl."

Rice has shown plenty of faith in the 49ers this season. He said San Francisco could play in the Super Bowl after the team started 5-0, and called them Super Bowl contenders after the Red and Gold won their first two games. Now, he's doubling down. 

With the Patriots losing to the Ravens on Sunday night, the 49ers are the last unbeaten team in the NFL. But their schedule is about to get much more competitive

[RELATED: Where 49ers, Raiders stand in playoff picture after Week 9]

Through Week 9, the 49ers' first eight opponents had a combined 22-43-1 record. Their next eight opponents are 43-24-1. 

If the 49ers truly are Super Bowl contenders, they will have to prove it against teams like the Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Ravens. It all starts Monday night on Nov. 11 against Seattle. 

Jerry Rice offers injury advice after Steph Curry breaks his left hand

Jerry Rice offers injury advice after Steph Curry breaks his left hand

From one G.O.A.T. at his craft to another, Jerry Rice has some advice for Steph Curry. 

Rice and Curry both have won three championships in their respective sports. The legendary 49ers receiver knows Steph is one of the best leaders in basketball, and he believes that will be the key to the point guard's rehab after the Warriors star broke his left hand Wednesday night in a loss against the Suns. 

"I think it's very important when you have an injury you still show your face and you let the players know that, 'Hey look, I support you guys 100 percent and as soon as I can get back, I'm gonna be on that court,'" Rice said Thursday on 95.7 The Game. 

Rice was incredibly durable over his 20-year NFL career. He averaged 15 games played per season and played all 16 games in every season except for two -- 1987 and 1997. He actually played 17 games, one more than the regular-season schedule, between the Raiders and Seahawks in 2004.

But Rice only suited up in two games back in '97 and has some key takeaways from that time of his playing career. 

"I remember when I tore my ACL, MCL and I came back in like -- I tore it in Week 1 and I came back in Week 16, and the only thing about that is I came back and I cracked my patella. So it's very important for him [Curry] to be healthy when he comes back, to show his face and just let his teammates know that he's still a part of it is going to be the most important thing."

[RELATED: 'Be back soon!': Steph provides injury update wearing cast]

Curry underwent more tests Thursday on his broken hand. The Warriors likely will have results Friday and determine if he needs surgery.

Tevin Coleman ties Jerry Rice's 49ers record with four-TD performance

Tevin Coleman ties Jerry Rice's 49ers record with four-TD performance

SANTA CLARA -- Tevin Coleman accounted for two touchdowns in his first four games as a 49er.

He topped that in the first half alone Sunday.

Not once, not twice, but three times Coleman hit pay dirt within the first two quarters of San Francisco's dominant Week 8 win over Carolina at Levi's Stadium. He got his wheels moving early, and the 49ers kept their foot on the gas pedal for a 51-13 blowout victory.

With just over a minute left in the first quarter, Coleman took a play-action hand-off 19 yards to the house, barely being touched on his way to the end zone as a result of some clever misdirection, which proved to be an ongoing theme in the game.

A few minutes later, again using misdirection, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found Coleman on a screen pass, who proceeded to go 10 yards untouched for his second touchdown of the contest.

Then, on the first play following the two-minute warning, Coleman took a hand-off through the right side of San Francisco's offensive line for a 48-yard touchdown scamper, giving the 49ers a commanding 27-3 lead going into halftime. Again, untouched.

But Coleman's impressive day wasn't over.

On yet another misdirection play late in the third quarter, Coleman walked into the end zone for a 1-yard score, giving him four in the game. In doing so, Coleman joined some very exclusive company. He and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice now are the only players in franchise history to score at least four touchdowns in a single game.

"That’s definitely amazing to hear that," Coleman said of matching Rice's feat. "I work hard each and every day. … It’s a great accomplishment."

Coleman credited the 49ers' offensive line and receivers for providing good downfield blocking and opening huge holes that he was able to glide through so many times. San Francisco's running back remained modest in the aftermath of the victory, but his teammates were far more effusive with their praise.

"He can fly, man," Garoppolo said. "We had a trap play where he was 1-on-1 with the safety and, I mean, he just burned him. Pure speed. He did everything today. Tevin was awesome."

San Francisco's star tight end echoed a similar sentiment.

"From the first time that Tevin came into the building," George Kittle remarked, "just watching him run with the ball and how he reads it, how he gets downhill, him taking the edge and then getting vertical is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen, and he does it with zero regard for his body, which is pretty amazing for a running back. 

"He gets downhill so fast, so I just love watching him play. For him to get, I think, 110 yards on 11 carries, something like that, and three touchdowns, I’m just happy for him. He deserves that because he grinds every single day, and we’re just happy we could help him do that."

Coleman's running style didn't come about by accident. It has been intentional.

"That’s just my mentality," he clarified, "just to get downhill and get extra yards that we need. That’s what I like to do and what I try to do."

While Garoppolo and Kittle are happy to have Coleman, it was coach Kyle Shanahan who brought him to the 49ers in free agency after serving as his offensive coordinator for his first two NFL seasons while both were with the Atlanta Falcons. Shanahan wasn't necessarily surprised by Coleman's performance against the Panthers, but rather, he views it as evidence of maturation.

"I think Tevin is very similar to how he was when I was in Atlanta," Shanahan said, "just the skill set and everything doesn’t change. I had him his first two years, and I think he is more of a veteran now. He’s been through a lot more. I think everyone matures in this league. 

[RELATED: Coleman's hands are full with 49ers, 2-year-old twins]

"Tevin was great right away, but I think he knows what he wants. He knows how to play in the offense -- Tevin could play in any offense, so it doesn’t matter -- but he had some good looks today, and when Tevin has a good look, he can usually get it across the end zone."

Coleman had plenty of good lucks Sunday, and he took full advantage of them.