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  1. Ranking QBs most deserving of new deals

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers had some options with quarterback Colin Kaepernick after watching him suffer three game-changing turnovers in the fourth quarter of their NFC Championship Game defeat this past season. They could have made him play out his roo...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  2. Pivotal plays: Bowman's breakup tops list

    Mike Sando

    NaVorro Bowman's fourth-and-4 pass breakup all but delivered the San Francisco 49ers to victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. The play was notable for a few reasons. Having Bowman, an inside linebacker, in coverage agai...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  3. Ravens await 49ers' ascending WR Crabtree

    Mike Sando

    One year ago, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree voiced frustration over the opportunities available to him during an overtime defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Crabtree had finished that game with a singl...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  4. Rapid Reaction: 49ers 28, Falcons 24

    Mike Sando

    ATLANTA -- Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome: What it means: The 49ers are heading to a Super Bowl for the sixth time in franchise history. They will seek t...

    Blog | January 20, 2013
  5. Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    Mike Sando

    Five nuggets of knowledge about the NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome: Quarterback equalizers: The 49ers went 5-2 this season when facing top-10 quarterbacks by regular-sea...

    Blog | January 18, 2013
  6. Rapid Reaction: 49ers 45, Packers 31

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round Saturday night at Candlestick Park: What it means: The 49ers will play in the NFC Championship Game for a second consecutive season, and they...

    Blog | January 12, 2013
  7. Jacobs and NFC West short-yardage guys

    Mike Sando

    Peter from Rutland, Vt., points to Anthony Dixon's failed third-and-1 rushing attempt in the NFC Championship Game as one reason the San Francisco 49ers might have signed former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. This play escaped my att...

    Blog | March 29, 2012
  8. 49ers could do worse than Alex Smith

    Mike Sando

    Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers have little choice, in my view, but to reach agreement on a new contract. The 49ers, having missed out on Peyton Manning, cannot plausibly go from an overtime defeat in the NFC Championship Game with Smith to...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  9. Around the NFC West: Backing Alex Smith

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers embraced Alex Smith as their starting quarterback one year ago, when most viewed Smith as a first-round draft bust. Embracing him has only become easier after the team went 13-3 and reached the NFC Championship Game with Sm...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  10. What makes quarterbacks, receivers click

    Mike Sando

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Those pushing for the San Francisco 49ers to upgrade at wide receiver can point to the NFC Championship Game for supporting evidence. Michael Crabtree's 3-yard reception stood as the lone catch for a 49ers wideout during a 20-17 ov...

    Blog | January 30, 2012
  11. Poking holes in 49ers' success; too soon?

    Mike Sando

    Less than a week has passed since the San Francisco 49ers' season ended in the NFC Championship Game. It's not too soon to question whether the 49ers can expect another season as successful as the one they just finished. A couple recent analyse...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  12. 49ers hurt, not slain, will rise to fight again

    Mike Sando

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Notes and observations from San Francisco 49ers headquarters one day after the season ended with a 20-17 overtime defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game: That was Jim Harbaugh, not the 16th century priva...

    Blog | January 23, 2012
  13. Rapid Reaction: Giants 20, 49ers 17 OT

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 20-17 defeat to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park: What it means: The 49ers missed a chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI thanks largely to two critical miscues in t...

    Blog | January 22, 2012
  14. First-half thoughts as Giants lead 49ers

    Mike Sando

    SAN FRANCISCO -- A few quick thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers as they head to halftime trailing the New York Giants 10-7 in the NFC Championship Game: The 49ers' pass rush is the key to the second half. San Francisco isn't getting enough press...

    Blog | January 22, 2012
  15. Chat wrap: 49ers prediction to come

    Mike Sando

    Six of eight humans predicting NFL outcomes for ESPN cast their votes for the New York Giants over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game. They were split on the 49ers and New Orleans Saints last week. I'll post my prediction Friday,...

    Blog | January 19, 2012
  16. Around the NFC West: 49ers' good timing

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers went into the 2011 season hoping to close the deal on a new stadium in Santa Clara. Let's just say it was a good time to go 13-3 and advance to the NFC Championship Game. Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News says ...

    Blog | January 19, 2012