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49ers could get big offensive addition Sunday

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Tight end Delanie Walker was San Francisco’s leading receiver the first time the team faced the Giants.  Out since Week 16 with a broken jaw, it sounds like Walker may return for the NFC championship game.

Walker said on Twitter that he will return to the lineup. Coach Jim Harbaugh says the doctors haven’t determined Walker’s status quite yet.

While he’s not a household name, he’s a huge part of the 49ers offense. Walker is a physical marvel and lines up anywhere on the field. He’s a great blocker and his versatility makes their tight end offense tough to defend.

The Giants’ safeties and linebackers have struggled to cover tight ends this year, so Walker and Vernon Davis present plenty of issues. and makes their two tight end attack work. Davis scored a long touchdown on the Giants last time around.

The 49ers can use as many receiving weapons as possible. Braylon Edwards was a starter the last time these teams played, and he has since been cut. Ted Ginn isn’t at 100%.

Walker’s return would provide a nice boost for the 49ers offense.

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  1. zlmillerkazz says: Jan 17, 2012 11:21 AM

    Delanie Walker is incredibly underrated… a fantastic football player overall.

    – Not everything is about how many touchdowns someone scores or how often their name is mentioned by the media.

  2. The Commish says: Jan 17, 2012 11:22 AM

    Eh, over last 4 weeks the Giants have effectively shut down Keller, Witten, Gonzalez, and Finley. I think they’re up to it.

  3. jenniferxxx says: Jan 17, 2012 11:24 AM

    Burn incense to the referee gods. Whomever they favor will win. Whether it’s backward passes that are deemed forward … fumbles that mysteriously get called dead … or even phantom blows to the head … it’s all about the officials.

    Let their will be done.

  4. Nevis says: Jan 17, 2012 11:25 AM

    They will need him too, as Ginn is suddenly in doubt.

  5. radrntn says: Jan 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    niners representing nor cal…props to the niners

  6. eastcoastninerfan says: Jan 17, 2012 11:27 AM

    The return of D-Love, just in time! Not everyone knows of him…but pretty sure folks in Detroit may.

  7. dmackdaddy says: Jan 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    This would be HUGE for our Offense. We need another weapons and D Walk is just the man we’ve been waiting for to come back. Glad we held him out this long and no IR. Harbaugh was hoping he could come back this week and the Super Bowl!

    Go Niners! Bring on #6!

  8. tennis22drew says: Jan 17, 2012 11:30 AM

    I sure hope he comes back, our receivers aren’t scaring anyone!

  9. wte1 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:34 AM

    Just how good is he?

    Is he like 20% Gronk, 30% Gronk? More?

  10. mrplow3 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:36 AM

    Yep, even if good Eli show’s up (I think he will) I still see the 9ers squeaking out something like a 24-20 victory.

    San Fran is the most complete team from top to bottom. Add to that the soggy home field advantage and I’d say they are once again SB bound.

  11. rd3777 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:37 AM

    Walker is another freak like Vernon Davis. If he’s cleared by the MD’s he will play.

  12. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 11:44 AM

    Delanie Walker is one of the most underrated guys in football. This article failed to mention his special teams play as well. Delanie’s blocks spring big plays on Special Temas and offense, not to mention is very unique play making ability.

    I am shocked he could play this soon after breaking his jaw in 2 places, but he is part of the core group that has been here awhile and seen all of the struggles and losses. He will go all out and leave it all on the field like the rest of his teammates even if he causes him great pain and suffering. Love the guy, a true warrior!

    Go 9ers!

  13. gobigblue310 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:44 AM

    As a Giants fan, heres to him missing the game. No idea why he’s not a household name, the guy is a beast.

  14. rabidbillsfan says: Jan 17, 2012 11:45 AM

    @wte

    Here’s a question, how good would Gronk be With A.) No Brady, B.) No Hernandez, C.) No Welker, or D.) None of the above. I say Mediocre at best. He would be a poor mans Jason Witten, but because he play on a pass-first offense with a great QB and great supporting cast, he is the next Mike Ditka or Kellen Winslow. Walker is undedrrated. He is what Grueden would call a “Joker”. Lines up in the backfield, in tight on the line, flanker, and split end. On a side note, why hasn’t anybody mentioned the possible Superbowl storylines that could come from these 2 games. Giants-Pats, Superbowl 42 rematch? Giants-Ravens, Superbowl 35 Rematch? Pats-Niners, Brady takes on his Idols team (Montana), and we all know the Ravens-Niners storyline. This could be the most exciting superbowl in years!!

  15. hedleykow says: Jan 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    broken jaw = alligator arms

  16. n0hopeleft says: Jan 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    Good.

    Just in time for Mathias Kiwanuka to light his arse up, and soften up that kisser again.

  17. bspurloc says: Jan 17, 2012 11:57 AM

    .
    Good they will need him to block JPP……..

    keep grabbing at straws from the last regular season matchup…..

  18. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    hedleykow says: Jan 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    broken jaw = alligator arms
    ————————————————
    His helmet flew off during a play and he caught a knee straight to the jaw. You’re an idiot. Delanie is tough as nails.

  19. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 12:03 PM

    n0hopeleft says: Jan 17, 2012 11:55 AM

    Good.

    Just in time for Mathias Kiwanuka to light his arse up, and soften up that kisser again.
    ————————————————————
    Giants fans start talking like your players, it’s ends this Sunday so enjoy it while you can.

  20. thefnlimit says: Jan 17, 2012 12:04 PM

    jenniferxxx says:Jan 17, 2012 11:24 AM

    Burn incense to the referee gods. Whomever they favor will win. Whether it’s backward passes that are deemed forward … fumbles that mysteriously get called dead … or even phantom blows to the head … it’s all about the officials.

    Let their will be done.
    ==============================

    That didn’t happen when the Giants played the Packers……..

  21. 5f6a says: Jan 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    Giants fans are scum of the earth. Only Philly fans are worse.

    They’re illiterate, ignorant and sub-human.

    Eli gets the career-ending injury in the first Q from Aldon Smith.

  22. norcal031 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    I’m happy for the Niners but I also hope this drive can put a spotlight on the actual city. It’s kinda dirty and almost all minorities are leaving in droves to cities like Daily City Oalkand and Richmond and those who have stayed are concentrating in one very blighted part of The City.

  23. nomesayin says: Jan 17, 2012 12:29 PM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Jan 17, 2012 11:24 AM
    Burn incense to the referee gods. Whomever they favor will win. Whether it’s backward passes that are deemed forward … fumbles that mysteriously get called dead … or even phantom blows to the head … it’s all about the officials.

    Let their will be done.
    ————————————————–
    What a great post. Get some younger officials with better eyesight. There are many times during any given contest when it feels as though the officials are the clown car of the NFL.

    Leavy, in particular, is a joke. He was up to his old tricks again on Sunday. He really should be sat down or dismissed. His act is getting old. He’s sooo bad that his ‘ineptness’ makes me suspicious of his motivation for such blatantly BAD judgement.

    If you think about it, all it takes is an inadvertent, questionable “Hit to the QB’s head” penalty (which turns a missed 3rd down opportunity into a new set of downs), or a blown fumble judgement, etc, to change the momentum of the game.

    Try as he might, though, Leavy could not help the Packers on Sunday.

  24. keepthisrealbro says: Jan 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    The Commish says:
    Jan 17, 2012 11:22 AM
    Eh, over last 4 weeks the Giants have effectively shut down Keller, Witten, Gonzalez, and Finley. I think they’re up to it.
    ==================

    Damn you shut down Dustin Keller and Tony Gonzalez. We are screwed

  25. jcusa514 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:38 PM

    Since when is Ted Ginn ever at 100%? both talent and health wise?

  26. cadub49er says: Jan 17, 2012 12:38 PM

    Delanie Walker = wheel route = six points. Giants may be able to cover one tight end, they can’t cover two.

  27. bubba9er says: Jan 17, 2012 12:39 PM

    As soon as I read the title of the article, I knew it had to be about Delanie Walker. The guy is an unsung hero. He blocks like a fullback and runs like a WR. YAC is a huge deal with Delanie if you can get him the ball. He is also huge on special teams. Would be great to get him back before heading off to our appointment in February in Indianapolis.

    Go Niners!

  28. calwilliams06 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:42 PM

    It would indeed be a MASSIVE boost for the Niners if Delanie Walker was cleared to play. Soo underrated by the media, but sooo effective on the field.

    Incredibly versatile, he’s verging on dominant in the blocking game and is productive and reliable as a pass catcher. The Niners were able to move the ball when needed on the Saints, but without Delanie, I have a hard time seeing them do it to the Giants.

    Vernon Davis is a beast, but beyond him and Delanie, there’s not much for a D. to worry about. Crabtree really is only a #2 receiver and Kyle Williams, while promising, hasn’t yet shown he can take over a game. And that’s about it as far as receivers and tight ends.

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:43 PM

    Lol, dude how nasty is tailgating gonna be in SF next sunday for their 1st NCF champ game since 1997! Hard to believe- SF was totally dominant all the time growing up in the late 80s and 90s…it’s been a while since they had something like this, and for fans who grew so accustomed to it, I’m sure the fans there are ready to cut it loose! Congrats- NOW BEAT THE NYGS PLEASEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. mistakenny says: Jan 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Giants fans saying they shut down keller gonzalez blah blah them old azz tight ends hello most teams cannot account for 2 big super fast athletic tight ends like vd n dw so talk smack till sunday n watch the niners end yall

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Won’t matter. Boley will shut down Big Verne, which he did before he got injured (which was the only time Davis got free, BTW), and Jacquian will run with Walker.

    No worries. 49ers will regret cutting Edwards. He wouldn’t have made big plays, but those up the seam routes won’t be there for Davis and Walker because we don’t have to double Crabtree (HA) nor Kyle Williams. I feel very confident about Fewell’s plan against this pedestrian offense.

    And no, 49er fans, those short passes won’t set up the running game nor deep passes. All you can do is hope for Eli fumbling on a strip sack or throwing an INT like the one he threw on Sunday. WE WILL smack Alex Smith around.

  32. waxedagain says: Jan 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    “niners representing nor cal…props to the niners”

    Niners representing inept ownership that got lucky. Harbaugh could have chosen Miami.

  33. havok82 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:10 PM

    “Giants fans are scum of the earth. Only Philly fans are worse.

    They’re illiterate, ignorant and sub-human.”

    You are confused. That is the Webster’s definition of a JETS fan. Giants fans are much more evolved that the knuckle-draggers that share their stadium.

  34. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 1:18 PM

    5f6a says: Jan 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    Giants fans are scum of the earth. Only Philly fans are worse.

    They’re illiterate, ignorant and sub-human.

    Eli gets the career-ending injury in the first Q from Aldon Smith.
    ——————————————————-
    Philly fans are better bro! I work with a few who are huge 9ers fans this week. They know football at least and give some credit to other teams…

  35. mrjackson206 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:20 PM

    That’s big talk there Mr. Wright 212. I’m sure the Saints fans thought the same thing. Guess what its only your D-line that is any good. That can be contained. Secondary though? SUSPECT. You better hope OUR defense has an off game, because truth be told, our D is the better D.

    I’m confident the Giants will lose again to my Niners however. Yack all you want buddy. Your team lost once, & I’m confident my Niners will pull through, & your team will lose yet again.

  36. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    Good don’t double up Crabtree and Williams so they can absolutely kill your secondary while Gore pounds that front 4 into submission.

    Davis and Walker won’t have the dropsies like Finley did.

  37. itsmammoth says: Jan 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    Yeah, admit it… T.O. popped into your head before you clicked on this.

  38. ihatesocal says: Jan 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    “”mrjackson206 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:20 PM

    That’s big talk there Mr. Wright 212. I’m sure the Saints fans thought the same thing. Guess what its only your D-line that is any good. That can be contained. Secondary though? SUSPECT. You better hope OUR defense has an off game, because truth be told, our D is the better D.

    I’m confident the Giants will lose again to my Niners however. Yack all you want buddy. Your team lost once, & I’m confident my Niners will pull through, & your team will lose yet again.””

    Oh here we go with the typical NY myopia.

    Listen, you are playing on the road against the best defense in the league in terms of points allowed and turnovers (well, to be fair the best turnover differential, which has a lot to do with offense as well). The last time they played, the 49ers dominated most of the game, with the exception of a late-game surge. The 49ers were missing key personnel just like the Giants were. Just like the Giants, the 49ers are a much better team now than they were in week 10.

    You have a lot of reasons to be concerned. The Giants will turn the ball over, the Niners probably won’t. The 49ers special teams will give the Giants a long field pretty much the entire game. The Giants will be vulnerable to the 49ers run game. The Giants linebackers cannot match up with the 49ers Tight Ends (anyone who says otherwise is a Giants homer). The 49ers O-Line has done a great job all season at handling 4-3 defenses that rely on a strong Dline pash rush (they struggle with 3-4 blitz packages a la the Ravens). Alex Smith can make throws, has confidence and will be better than he was in Week 10. Poor weather favors the 49ers.

    People have overlooked the 49ers all year and Giants fans seem to have dismissed Week 10 amidst a flurry of excuses. I can tell you that the 49ers are not overlooking the Giants, as you haven’t heard a peep from their players about being “unstoppable.” Typical NY shenanigans.

    I love seeing NY fans heartbroken and that is just what they will be, come Sunday.

  39. jerrygogo says: Jan 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    DW VD < HN VC

  40. oaktown49er says: Jan 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    If that last NY game is any indication I don’t want Ginn to play. When he bounced that wide open pass in scoring range to Webster he almost changed the game. Without that play the game wouldn’t have been as close. But the Giants are playing better now… wow this is gonna be a heck of a game. Go Niners!

  41. ihatesocal says: Jan 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    Mods please delete my first post. I quoted the wrong post! Sorry mrjackson206, it was supposed to quote this one:

    “Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Won’t matter. Boley will shut down Big Verne, which he did before he got injured (which was the only time Davis got free, BTW), and Jacquian will run with Walker.

    No worries. 49ers will regret cutting Edwards. He wouldn’t have made big plays, but those up the seam routes won’t be there for Davis and Walker because we don’t have to double Crabtree (HA) nor Kyle Williams. I feel very confident about Fewell’s plan against this pedestrian offense.

    And no, 49er fans, those short passes won’t set up the running game nor deep passes. All you can do is hope for Eli fumbling on a strip sack or throwing an INT like the one he threw on Sunday. WE WILL smack Alex Smith around.”

    Oh here we go with the typical NY myopia.

    Listen, you are playing on the road against the best defense in the league in terms of points allowed and turnovers (well, to be fair the best turnover differential, which has a lot to do with offense as well). The last time they played, the 49ers dominated most of the game, with the exception of a late-game surge. The 49ers were missing key personnel just like the Giants were. Just like the Giants, the 49ers are a much better team now than they were in week 10.

    You have a lot of reasons to be concerned. The Giants will turn the ball over, the Niners probably won’t. The 49ers special teams will give the Giants a long field pretty much the entire game. The Giants will be vulnerable to the 49ers run game. The Giants linebackers cannot match up with the 49ers Tight Ends (anyone who says otherwise is a Giants homer). The 49ers O-Line has done a great job all season at handling 4-3 defenses that rely on a strong Dline pash rush (they struggle with 3-4 blitz packages a la the Ravens). Alex Smith can make throws, has confidence and will be better than he was in Week 10. Poor weather favors the 49ers.

    People have overlooked the 49ers all year and Giants fans seem to have dismissed Week 10 amidst a flurry of excuses. I can tell you that the 49ers are not overlooking the Giants, as you haven’t heard a peep from their players about being “unstoppable.” Typical NY shenanigans.

    I love seeing NY fans heartbroken and that is just what they will be, come Sunday.

  42. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 17, 2012 1:52 PM

    Niners will win! espn nfl network doesnt give us any respect but theyll have to cover us next week as we march to the superbowl!! keep talking giants youre about to get sent home crying!!

  43. jckid21 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    “49ers could get big offensive addition Sunday”

    Montana coming out if retirement….because there ain’t anyone on that roster coming back that could be considered a “big” offensive addition.

  44. sportsguybayarea says: Jan 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    good to have walker back for a huge match-up againts a very tough opponent. also, FRANK GORE will play this time. he left the game during the week 10 match up againts the giants during thee regular season. he had 6 carries for 0 yards before leaving the game with an ankle injury. alex smith played well in that game and basically won it when everyone was saying he couldnt win the game without gore and a running game

  45. nineroutsider says: Jan 17, 2012 2:17 PM

    jckid21 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    “49ers could get big offensive addition Sunday”

    Montana coming out if retirement….because there ain’t anyone on that roster coming back that could be considered a “big” offensive addition.
    —————————————————
    Alex Smith will shut all of you up again this week! This is what we heard all week from Saints fans. Enjoy it while you can, but make sure to be on here after the game. Not many Saints fans were…

  46. 49erstim says: Jan 17, 2012 2:24 PM

    @ ihatesocal :

    Well stated Sir. Best post of the day by far. An actual intelligent football conversation.

    From my admittedly slanted point of view this match-up favors San Fran. Especially with the (hopefully) re-addition of DW. We rock the superior D and Special Teams (Andy Lee is a beast) and that opportunistic offense, while not “scary” usually plays well enough to beat you. Their major offensive flaw is alack of consistency in the playcalling. the get TOO conservative with small leads and that comes back to bite them late. indicative of late surges by teams such as New Orleans and this very same Giants team. You dont have to get pass happy with a 10 point lead, but you cant be utterly predictable either.

    This Giants team is a tough squad. I dont understand their inconsistent play. Strong pass rush on D and 3 pretty good Receivers with a good back and franchise QB. Why do they struggle? answer…. Lack of discipline. thatsthe only explanation.

  47. visavis101 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:32 PM

    Hmmm….. There must be something to this Stanford to 49ers coach connection. Walsh had Montana, a 3 round draft pick and Montana became a championship QB who knew how to win in the final quarter of football games and it seems now that Harbaugh has Smith which looked all the world to me like a first round washout to his first 5 season and yet I must now admitt that his play against the Saint looked and felt very Montana like…. with Smith’s leading the 49’ers not once, but twice on 80 yard touchdown drives in the final minutes of the fourth quarter capping the second driver off with a perfect pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left on the clock to beat the Saints. Yes…. It looks to me like Smith and with him the 49’ers have arrived to play championship football.

  48. jvibottomline says: Jan 17, 2012 2:33 PM

    Not to catch passes kids, guy is heck of run blocker!

  49. 49erstim says: Jan 17, 2012 2:45 PM

    JCkid….. go troll somewhere else please. DW is a big part of that offense. You post like an unintelligent fool. that ding means your fries are done champ. get on that!

  50. irongershwin says: Jan 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    I see a lot of 49’s fandom on this thread. How about may the best team win; and a word caution, we have a Super Bowl winning QB and an all weather defense. Don’t be so quick to judge a 9-7 team. Ask Green Bay what they think about a 9-7 team.

    I wouldn’t say Giants fans are illiterate and dumb with no basis for your argument, considering we can be quite loquacious and utilize a myriad of extensive vocabulary.

  51. jerrygogo says: Jan 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    ihatesocal says:
    Jan 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    Poor weather favors the 49ers.

    HAHA!

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