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Niners blitz Texans as Schaub gets benched

Niners blitz Texans as Schaub gets benched

ESPN.com yahoo.com profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 6, 2013
Tramaine Brock intercepted Matt Schaub's first pass of the night and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, Schaub threw three interceptions in all before the embattled quarterback got replaced in the fourth, and the San Francisco 49ers pounded the Houst…
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  • Cards' D flexes muscle, exerts dominance

    Cards' D flexes muscle, exerts dominance

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Patrick Peterson had a little extra vested in the Arizona Cardinals’ final drive of the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The Pro Bowl cornerback intercepted Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at the 1-yard-line and weaved…
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  • Matt Schaub Is A Broken, Morose Man: Your 49ers-Texans Roundup

    Matt Schaub Is A Broken, Morose Man: Your 49ers-Texans Roundup

    deadspin.com Oct 6, 2013
    49ers 34, Texans 3: As you can probably tell from the final score, San Francisco controlled this game. Matt Schaub threw a pick-six within the first two minutes of the game, his fourth in four straight games; he was not happy. Read more...
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  • Washington dominates, impresses in return

    Washington dominates, impresses in return

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington didn’t want anyone to confuse the 58 on his chest for an S -- as in Superman. He knew after missing the first four games because of a suspension the chances of him playing too fast, too st…
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  • Schaub’s latest pick leads to eventual six, 21-0 hole

    Schaub’s latest pick leads to eventual six, 21-0 hole

    The good news is, Matt Schaub’s latest interception was not returned for a touchdown. Actually, there is no good news for the Texans. Anthony Dixon scored a 2-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 21-0 lead over the Texans, following cornerback Tramaine Br…
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  • LT Sowell seen but not heard from Sunday

    LT Sowell seen but not heard from Sunday

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first few seconds Sunday had barely ticked away when Bradley Sowell noticed his gum was stuck to the top of his parched mouth. Think he was a little nervous for his first NFL start? It only took him a few plays -- nearly costly on…
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  • First loss is painful for the Seahawks

    First loss is painful for the Seahawks

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Red Bryant sat with his face almost inside his locker, not wanting to look at anyone or anything. Receiver Golden Tate shook his head and said, “I feel like we just lost the Super Bowl.” It was a gloomy …
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  • Rams get much-needed victory

    Rams get much-needed victory

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams are taking their 34-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars and have no intention of giving it back. In the darned if you do, darned if you don’t scenario that played out at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, the Rams were…
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  • 49ers are again without Patrick Willis

    49ers are again without Patrick Willis

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers will continue to be without two All-Pro defensive players Sunday night against the Houston Texans. Inside linebacker Patrick Willis is inactive and will miss his second straight game with a groin injury he suffer…
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  • Aldon Smith “doing well,” with no specific timetable to return

    Aldon Smith “doing well,” with no specific timetable to return

    profootballtalk.com Oct 6, 2013
    Two weeks ago today, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith decided to pursue in-patient rehab for substance abuse, two days after a DUI arrest. Per a league source, Smith is “doing well.” Another source told PFT that Smith has been in touch with some members of …
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  • Rapid Reaction: Arizona Cardinals

    Rapid Reaction: Arizona Cardinals

    GLENDALE, Ariz. – A few thoughts on the Arizona Cardinals' 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. What it means: The Arizona defense solidified its place as a premier unit in the NFL. It sacked Cam Newton seven times -- including once for a safety – and i…
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  • Jaguars rookie OT Joeckel done for season

    Jaguars rookie OT Joeckel done for season

    Luke Joeckel suffered a right high ankle fracture during the first quarter of Sunday's 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams and will miss the remainder of the season.
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  • Three things revisited: Rams-Jaguars

    Three things revisited: Rams-Jaguars

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    ST. LOUIS -- Looking back at three things worth watching from the St. Louis Rams' 34-20 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. 1. Revving the run. No, seriously this time. For the first time since the Atlanta game, the Rams showed some signs of…
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  • Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert leaves game against Rams wit…

    Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert leaves game against Rams with hamstring injury

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2013
    Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been the poster boy for futility this season. Okay, Gabbert has been pretty bad throughout his NFL career. Gabbert has been dreadful, and he entered Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams with five i…
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  • Cowboys WR Austin inactive vs. Broncos

    Cowboys WR Austin inactive vs. Broncos

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin will miss his second straight game Sunday against the Denver Broncos because of a hamstring strain suffered two weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams.
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  • Cardinals' Rashad Johnson inactive

    Cardinals' Rashad Johnson inactive

    ESPN.com Oct 6, 2013
    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona safety Rashad Johnson is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Johnson was cleared to play Thursday by team doctors after losing the tip of his left middle finger Sept. 22 a…
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  • Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon scores on first catch after se…

    Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon scores on first catch after serving four-game suspension

    yahoo.com Oct 6, 2013
    Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon spent the past four Sundays on the couch while serving his NFL suspension.The St. Louis Rams probably wish he was back on that sofa.In the first quarter, Blaine Gabbert threw a short pass to Blackmon, who wa…
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  • Report:  Niners interested in Freeman

    Report: Niners interested in Freeman

    Well, it looks like the 49ers have another quarterback to “evaluate.” A year after pursuing Peyton Manning but then insisting they merely “evaluated” him, the 49ers reportedly are interested in (i.e., evaluating) Josh Freeman, according to Michael Silve…
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  • Thanks, Obama: Paperwork for 49ers S Donte Whitner to change na…

    Thanks, Obama: Paperwork for 49ers S Donte Whitner to change nam…

    deadspin.com Oct 6, 2013
    Paperwork for 49ers S Donte Whitner to change name to "Hitner" cannot be processed due to government shutdown. Hitner shut down for now. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 6, 2013Read more...
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  • Government shutdown shuts down Donte Whitner name change

    Government shutdown shuts down Donte Whitner name change

    profootballtalk.com Oct 6, 2013
    We’re going to have to wait a little longer before Donte Hitner takes the field in an NFL game. Earlier this week, 49ers safety Donte Whitner said he planned to change his name to Hitner in conjunction with the launch of a line of “#LegalHitner” t-shirt…
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  • Video - Week 5: Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers highlights 02:12

    Week 5: Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers highlights

    Oct 6
    The Houston Texans can't get anything going against the dominant San Francisco 49ers defense as they fell 34-3 in Week 5 of NFL action.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner strips the ball from Houston Texans running back Ben Tate 01:08

    San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner strips the ball from Houston Texans running back Ben Tate

    Oct 6
    San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner strips the ball from Houston Texans running back Ben Tate, allowing the 49ers to come up with the turnover.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis 64-yard TD 00:51

    San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis 64-yard TD

    Oct 6
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick connects with tight end Vernon Davis for a 64-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 31-3 lead.
  • Video - Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub throws third INT 00:24

    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub throws third INT

    Oct 6
    Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub throws his third interception, with San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie coming up with the pick.

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