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The old notion that a player can't lose his job due to injury is used almost exclusively by terrible coaches. Good coaches play the best players, regardless of how they got their chance. And Alex Smith is no longer the 49ers' best option at quarterback.…Share Tweet
With all the folderol about whether Ndamukong Suh did or did not kick Matt Schaub in the man-parts during the Houston Texans' overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, the move that New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley put…Share Tweet
Victory trumps QB confusion for 49ersNEW ORLEANS -- There were two primary takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers' latest physically dominant performance against a potential NFC contender. One, the 49ers can beat capable opponents, especially one-dimensional ones, in multiple ways. They mi…Share Tweet
Darren Sproles flips the much-larger Aldon Smith off his back (VIDEO)In this corner, we have Aldon Smith. The San Francisco 49ers' linebacker is sporting red and gold, stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 258 lbs. In this corner, we have Darren Spoles. Wearing black and gold, the New Orleans Saints running back stands a scan…Share TweetAhmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.Share Tweet
49ers' defense flusters Brees in victoryCNNSI.com Nov 25, 2012Colin Kaepernick is proving he's worthy of being the 49ers' starting quarterback. San Francisco's new signal-caller scored two touchdowns to lead a 31-21 win over rival New Orleans.Share TweetLargely lost in the news that Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face four-game suspensions for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances is that both players will continue to play until furShare TweetTwo weeks ago, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens were deactivated and running stairs as punishment, after missing curfew. This week, they were helping the Rams win a game to improve to 4-6-1. Jenkins had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, and…Share Tweet
Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins becomes Ryan Lindley’s nightmare with two interception returns for scoresAfter three quarters, Larry Fitzgerald had three catches from Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley. Janoris Jenkins caught two passes from Lindley, and both went for touchdowns. The problem for Arizona is that Jenkins plays cornerback for the Rams.…Share TweetSan Francisco's defense has the ability to make anyone look bad, even the great Drew Brees. Brees doesn't often make mistakes, much less throwing a pair of interceptions that are returned for touchdowns in the same game. San Francisco got the Saints qua…Share TweetThoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 at University of Phoenix Stadium: What it means: The Cardinals' latest quarterback experiment will not produce immediate positive results, even at home against a struggl…Share Tweet
Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Nov 25, 2012We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from official Buddy Of The West Horton narrowly escaping certain death to Indianapolis cheerleaders remaining Chuckstrong. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »Share TweetAfter Monday night’s loss to the 49ers, the Bear changed out 40 percent of their starting offensive line. After Sunday’s win over the Vikings, there’s likely to be another 40-percent turnover. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that guard CShare TweetWhat quarterback controversy? Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley just led a 15-play, 91-yard touchdown drive, to give his side a 7-0 lead over the Rams. Running back Beanie Wells (in his first game back after being activated from injured reserve …Share TweetJay Cutler missed the Chicago Bears' disastrous loss to the San Francisco 49ers. On his return, he threw a nasty stiffarm, earned an unsportsmanlike penalty, and tied a lineman's shoe on the way to a 28-10 Bears victory. Early in the game, Cutler was ru…Share TweetDan Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play Sunday, and the Miami Dolphins scored 17 points in the last 8:08 to rally past the Seattle Seahawks 24-21.Share TweetSt. Louis wide receiver Danny Amendola is active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after being listed as doubtful on Friday.Share TweetWith 1:53 left in the third quarter of the Miami Dolphins' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for a 19-yard gain, taking the ball from the Miami 33-yard line to the Seattle 48. And then…Share Tweetdeadspin.com Nov 25, 2012Damn you, BW3. In a premature attempt to extend what's so far been a boring Seattle-Miami NFL game, a groundskeeping blunder led to a delay in the action when midway through the third quarter, Sun Life Stadium's sprinkler system went off, leading player…Share TweetBye weeks are all over, but Thanksgiving means that we still have a light slate of late afternoon kickoffs around the league. It’s not the most exciting set of games, either, although the 49ers’ visit to the Saints has plenty of compelling storylines.Share TweetIn a minor surprise, the St. Louis Rams will have wide receiver Danny Amendola for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Amendola had been listed as "doubtful" after missing all of last week's practices with a foot injury. Amendola lead…Share TweetThoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 24-21 road loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 12: What it means: The Seattle defense failed to hold a late-game lead on the road once again, same as the case was at Detroit. As a result, the Seahawks are 6-5 heading int…Share Tweet
Russell Wilson gets on hot streak, Seahawks take leadAfter a slow start, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has found his footing. He’s brought his team back for a 14-7 lead over the Dolphins, with a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. He’s also completed 14 straight passes, on the kind of hot streak heâShare TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Greetings from the Superdome, site of the San Francisco 49ers' Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints. I arrived early enough to walk around the Superdome and surrounding area before the early kickoffs. The shrimp poboy sandwich at W…Share Tweet
Week 12 trip inside 2012 Playoff MachineESPN's Playoff Machine returned recently, allowing users to project playoff seeding based on game outcomes. The machine allows for picking outcomes on a game-by-game basis, or by general parameters. A quick look at how the NFC's top six would shake out …Share Tweet
Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaningThe Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. In that same period of time, the Cardinals have had 14. On average, that’s one new coach every three years. And for a franchise that has existed since 1920, only Jim Hanifan has finished six seasons asShare Tweet
49ers postgame press conferenceNov 2549ers react following game with Saints
Sunday Blitz: Rams-Cardinals RecapNov 25Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Rams' 31-17 win over the Cardinals.
Sunday Blitz: 49ers-Saints RecapNov 25Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the 49ers' 31-21 win over the Saints.
Rams Snap Winless StreakNov 25Rams top Cardinals for their first win in six games, 31-17.
Don Banks: Kaepernick choice looks great after 49ers beat Saints; more Sna…Nov 25EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 12 heavy on impressive road wins...
NFL Week 12 review: John Clayton's Last CallNov 25With young talent and shrewd moves, the Bengals are getting it right, writes John Clayton.