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Recap Week Six with the Football Night in America crew

Every Sunday night, we gather at the big desk to talk about big stories from the Sunday that was. The sixth Sunday of the 2019 season provided plenty of topics to discuss. The end result with Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and Mike Tirico, all 20 minutes of it, appears below. It moves quickly through four [more]

Jared Goff thinks Rams will get “right back on track”

Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for a career-low 78 yards in Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the 49ers that head coach Sean McVay summed up as a “humbling day” for his team. All things considered, it’s been a humbling stretch for the Rams. They’ve lost three games in a row, which is the same number of [more]

Kyle Shanahan: I think our defense is just getting started

The 49ers won four games all of last season, but Sunday’s 20-7 victory over the Rams means they’ve already surpassed that total this season. At 5-0, the 49ers are one of only two undefeated teams in the league and the biggest driver in the last two victories has been the defense. They’ve allowed 10 points [more]

49ers defense smothers Rams in 20-7 win

The 49ers gave up more points against the Rams than they did against the Browns last Monday night, but the performance by the defense was just as effective as they moved to 5-0 on Sunday. The Rams opened the game with a 56-yard scoring drive and then went on to pick up just 109 yards [more]

“Unwavering belief” links today’s Seahawks to 2013 edition

Last year, after the Seahawks beat the Lions in Detroit, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson told PFT that it felt like 2012 all over again for a team that most had overlooked. This year, after the Seahawks beat the Browns in Cleveland, I asked him if it feels like 2013. “Hopefully,” Wilson said in reference to [more]

49ers open up 10-point lead on Rams in third quarter

The Rams and 49ers were even at halftime, but the 49ers have pulled away from their NFC West rivals in the third quarter. Rookie running back Darrell Henderson couldn’t handle a pitch from Rams quarterback Jared Goff and the 49ers recovered the ball inside the 20-yard-line to kick off the quarter. Tevin Coleman got the [more]

49ers and Rams take 7-7 tie to halftime

Anyone expecting a shootout between the Rams and 49ers on Sunday afternoon has failed to see it materialize. The Rams ran their way to an early touchdown and the 49ers followed it up with a touchdown of their own, but that accounts for all the scoring thus far. That means it is 7-7 with 30 [more]

Rams come out running without Todd Gurley

The Rams don’t have Todd Gurley in the lineup on Sunday, but they’ve come out running against the 49ers. After taking possession of the ball near midfield following a 49ers punt, Rams head coach Sean McVay dialed up seven straight running plays. Wide receiver Robert Woods got the ball on two of those plays, including [more]

Panthers used Gerald McCoy’s knowledge of Jameis Winston against him

The Carolina Panthers sacked Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston seven times on Sunday, and they forced him into throwing four interceptions. Former Tampa Bay defensive lineman Gerald McCoy had a major role in that. Apart from the 2.5 sacks from McCoy himself (he’d had none through five prior games), McCoy told PFT via phone from London [more]

George Kittle active for 49ers on Sunday

The 49ers made tight end George Kittle a Friday addition to the injury report, but he’s not going to miss Sunday’s NFC West matchup in Los Angeles. Kittle is active against the Rams after being listed as questionable with a groin injury. Kittle caught his first touchdown of the year as the 49ers moved to [more]

Did ESPN truly offer Monday Night Football to Richard Sherman?

While not quite to the level of #HandshakeGate, the recent claim from 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman that ESPN offered him a “lucrative deal” to move from the playing field to the Monday night broadcast booth in 2018 may be equally as accurate as the contention that Baker Mayfield snubbed Sherman before the coin toss on [more]

Matt Breida not fined for waving goodbye on touchdown run

Packers running back Aaron Jones was fined $10,527 for his wave goodbye on a touchdown run Sunday. But the NFL did not fine 49ers running back Matt Breida for his wave goodbye on a touchdown run Monday, Matt Maiocco of reports. The difference appears to be where the waves were directed. The league ruled [more]

Todd Gurley’s injury truly is a quad, not a knee

Running back Todd Gurley will miss Week Six, officially due to a quadriceps injury. Some wonder whether it’s really a recurrence of his knee problems, but that it’s called something other than a knee injury in order to keep everyone from freaking out with questions about his knee. A source with knowledge of the situation [more]

Todd Gurley is out for Sunday’s 49ers-Rams game

Last year, Rams running back Todd Gurley didn’t miss a game until Week 16. This year, he’s officially out for Week Six. The Rams have announced that Gurley is out for Sunday’s NFC West showdown against the 49ers. Gurley suffered a quadriceps injury nine days ago against the Seahawks. Some (including me) have wondered whether [more]

Kyle Shanahan embraces the challenge of replacing injured players

The 49ers don’t have their starting tackles or their starting fullback for Sunday’s showdown with the Rams. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan welcomes the task of coaching up his backups to perform at a high level. “That’s what I think we all like about coaching is the challenge each week of putting together a game plan [more]

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