49ers Blog and Q&A

News, notes and reader questions about the San Francisco 49ers

May 8, 2014
Live chat replay: Draft day finally has arrived
April 3, 2014
Great debate: WR or CB first for 49ers?
March 7, 2014
Live chat replay: 49ers head to free agency

Revisit the chat led by The Bee's Matt Barrows as he answered questions and discussed the 49ers as the team heads into free agency.

Click here to follow the live blog from all mobile devices.

February 28, 2014
Live chat: 49ers after the combine, 11 a.m.

Join The Bee's Matt Barrows for a live chat to discuss the 49ers in the wake of the NFL combine. Chat about what they saw from potential draft choices and how they might proceed when it comes time to pick the team's next building blocks.

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January 21, 2014
Live chat replay: The Bee's Matt Barrows reviewing San Francisco 49ers season

See what Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee's 49ers beat writer, and others had to say in dissecting the 49ers' season.


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January 12, 2014
Live blog: 49ers at Carolina Panthers, 9 a.m.

Join The Bee's Matt Barrows as well as other reporters and observers covering and commenting upon the second-round NFC playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers from Charlotte, N.C. Coverage begins at 9 a.m., and the game is scheduled to begin at 10:05.


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January 7, 2014
Live chat: San Francisco 49ers on to Round 2

Sacramento Bee 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows hosts a live chat with readers as the Niners prepare for the division playoffs.


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January 5, 2014
Live blog: SF 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 1:40 p.m. Jan. 5

Follow the San Francisco 49ers vs Green Bay Packers game with Sacramento Bee beat writer Matt Barrows and others. Game time is 1:40 p.m. Pacific, Sunday, Jan. 5.


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December 23, 2013
Last game at Candlestick: 49ers vs. Atlanta, 5:40 pm Dec. 23

Follow updates from the last game at Candlestick Park as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons. Game time is 5:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.


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December 15, 2013
Love blog: 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9 a.m. Dec. 15

Join Matt Barrows and several other reporters and observers for live online coverage of Sunday's game between the 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coverage begins at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. kickoff.


December 10, 2013
Live chat: After big win over Seattle, what's next for 49ers? 11 a.m.

The 49ers had a big win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but what's next as the Niners work to get into solid postseason position? Join Matt Barrows at 11 a .m. to discuss possibilities.


December 8, 2013
Live blog: 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, noon

The Seattle Seahawks (11-1) come to San Francisco to take on the 49ers (8-4) Sunday at 1:25 p.m.

Follow the action in our live blog beginning at noon. The last time the teams met, on Sept. 15, the Seahawks won 29-3.

December 3, 2013
Live chat replay: Join Matt Barrows to discuss key part of 49ers season

Join The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows to discuss the 49ers following their victory over the St. Louis Rams and as they prepare for an important game against the Seattle Seahawks.


November 5, 2013
Live chat: Halfway there - the 49ers after Week 8


August 29, 2013
Live chat: San Francisco 49ers: Cut-down day cometh
August 16, 2013
Live chat replay: 49ers prepare to face Alex Smith

The 49ers get to play against their one-time leader, quarterback Alex Smith, who now runs plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Matt Barrows answered questions today in an 11 a.m. chat.

July 23, 2013
Live chat replay: Discussing 49ers training camp with Matt Barrows

The 49ers' defense of the NFC championship begins with the official opening of training camp on Thursday. In anticipation of that significant day, Matt Barrows is hosting a live chat beginning at 11 a.m. today.

June 14, 2013
Live chat: What we learned this spring

June 5, 2013
Chat replay: Kaepernick's "erratic" practices, a Mangenius hire, Roman's creativity trap

Join Matt Barrows at 11 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the 49ers and their final week of organized team activities.

May 7, 2013
Matt Barrows talks about 49ers' upcoming rookie minicamp

Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have their 11-man draft class. Now, it's time to move on to the next step. As the team's rookie minicamp approaches, it's time to discuss the possibilities and concerns.

Join Matt Barrows at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a live chat on the 49ers' upcoming rookie minicamp.

April 26, 2013
Matt Barrow hosts live chat on NFL draft and the 49ers

The NFL draft is in full swing. Join Matt Barrows in a live chat at 11 a.m. today as he breaks down what it means for the team's future. Jason Jones follows with the Raiders at noon.

April 23, 2013
Live chat replay: Matt Barrows hosts: NFL draft and the 49ers

The NFL draft takes place April 25 and the 49ers have 13 picks, including two in the second, third and fourth rounds. This year's draft is thought to be lacking in sure-fire stars at the top but crowded with good players in the middle rounds. Join Matthew Barrows for a live chat on the draft and the 49ers at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Jason Jones follows with the Oakland Raiders at noon.

April 11, 2013
Live chat replay: Matt Barrows discusses the NFL draft

What should the 49ers do with their 13 draft picks? Matt Barrows discussed that and all issues surrounding the NFL draft coming up April 25.

April 2, 2013
Chat live with Matt Barrows: San Francisco 49ers draft

February 3, 2013
Super Bowl live chat: Talk about the game, ads, halftime - your call, 3 p.m.

Join Joe Davidson before kickoff today and share your comments and observations throughout Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

There will be plenty to discuss: a potentially electrifying match-up, plenty of televised ads to laud or tear apart and - as always - a halftime show that could be great or embarrassing. Maybe both.

The chat begins at 3 p.m. and will last throughout the game.

February 1, 2013
LIVE CHAT replay: Matt Barrows shares final pre-Super Bowl insights

Matt Barrows hosted his final pre-Super Bowl live chat earlier today. Check out the in-depth discussion and see if you agree with the conclusions about how the 49ers-Baltimore Ravens match-up will turn.

January 29, 2013
LIVE CHAT: Matt Barrows shares his Media Day insights, noon

With annual Super Bowl Media Day having starting early this morning, Matt Barrows will have plenty of topics to discuss with you in his live chat beginning at noon today.

January 20, 2013
Chat live: Matt Kawahara hosts 49ers-Falcons game chat

January 18, 2013
Live chat, Sunday: Talk about 49ers-Falcons game while it's being played

If you are looking to discuss the 49ers-Falcons NFC Championship game while it's being played, join our live chat, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., an hour before kickoff on Sunday, and running throughout the contest.

The Bee's Matt Kawahara hosts.

January 18, 2013
Live chat: Matt Barrows previews 49ers-Falcons playoff game, 11 a.m.

The 49ers are one victory away from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995. To get there, they must defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

With so much on the line, there's plenty to talk about. Join Matt Barrows at 11 a.m. today for a live chat to discuss the game and how it might turn out.

January 15, 2013
Chat live during 49ers-Falcons game, beginning 11 a.m. Sunday

Living rooms and bars hold only so many people, and we guess there are so many opinions that will arise during the NFC Championship game between the 49ers and Atlanta Falcons that one room can't hold them all.

We, on the other hand, can. If you join our live chat beginning at 11 a.m. and running throughout the game, you'll be able to tell a whole lot of people why the game is working out the way it is. And they can tell you.

Matt Kawahara -- the Sacramento Bee reporter who wrote that great piece on Colin Kaepernick last Friday -- will host the chat, posting your comments, answering your questions and offering his own take on the game as it unfolds.

Join Matt K. at 11 a.m. for warm-ups and check in throughout the game.

January 15, 2013
Matt Barrows hosts 49ers-Falcons live chat, 11 a.m. Friday

If you're looking to share your thoughts with Matt Barrows about the 49ers and how they will fare in the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons, a live chat at 11 a.m. Friday will be your chance.

Matt will offer his insights, listen to yours and answer questions as the 49ers prepare to play for a berth in Super Bowl XLVII.

You can participate through your computer or mobile device.

In the meantime, are you or any of your friends "Kaepernicking"? If we have to tell you what it is, then you haven't been doing it.

If you have, though, and you have pictures of it, please share them with us on the 49ers fan photo gallery.

January 11, 2013
Live chat: Matt Barrows previews 49ers-Packers playoff game, noon

The 49ers' first postseason game of the season is 5 p.m. Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. Matt Barrows will lead a live discussion of that matchup during a live chat at noon today.

August 18, 2012
Live chat: SF 49ers-Houston Texans first half

July 31, 2012
Live chat replay: 49ers training camp: Who looks good so far?

June 8, 2012
Live Chat: What we learned from 49ers' OTAs, 11 a.m.

Matt Barrows hosts a live chat at 11 a.m. today focusing on the 49ers organized team activities and what they revealed about the team and its development so far. Brings you questions, comments and observations for your online conversation with Matt.

May 9, 2012
Chat with Matt: 49ers rookies: How they fit

April 26, 2012
Chat live with Matt: NFL Draft first round

April 17, 2012
Live chat replay with Matt: 49ers schedule, draft options

March 21, 2012
Chat live with Matt: Alex Smith returns to SF 49ers

March 6, 2012
49ers live chat: Free-agency market takes shape

Join Matt Barrows at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a live chat focusing on the 49ers and the free-agent market. The team stands to lose some key players and is looking to bolster some positions by playing the market. Matt will provide insider perspective while discussing the issues with you.

January 24, 2012
Live Chat: Matt Barrows hosts 49ers NFC Championship follow-up

Join us at 11 a.m. when Matt Barrows, who has covered the 49ers throughout this resurgent season, moderates a live chat focusing on the 49ers following their dramatic loss in the NFC Championship game on Sunday:

January 22, 2012
Chat live: NFC Championship game, 49ers vs. Giants

January 20, 2012
Chat live: NFC Championship preview, 49ers vs. Giants

January 14, 2012
Chat live with Matt Kawahara: 49ers vs. Saints

January 12, 2012
NFC playoffs preview: Barrows vs Triplett, 49ers vs. Saints

January 4, 2012
Chat live with Matt: 49ers back in the playoff hunt

December 14, 2011
Chat with Matt: 49ers faltering down the home stretch

December 6, 2011
Chat with Matt: Playoff-bound 49ers

November 29, 2011
Live chat: For the 49ers, 11 down, 5 to go

Join Matt Barrows today at 11 a.m. for a live chat focusing on the first-place 49ers, who have gone from hopeful to surprising to formidable, compiling a 9-2 record, second-best in the NFL.

November 15, 2011
Chat with Matt: 49ers on the edge of a winning season

November 1, 2011
Live chat: How good are the 6-1 49ers?
October 11, 2011
Chat live with Matt: The 49ers' historic win

October 4, 2011
Chat live with Matt: 49ers alone atop the NFC West
September 20, 2011
Live chat: Dissecting a 49ers loss to Dallas
September 13, 2011
Live chat replay with Matt: 49ers prepare for Week 2

August 26, 2011
Chat live with Matt: 49ers' most important preseason game

August 19, 2011
Chat live with Matt: 49ers pre-season update

August 12, 2011
Chat live with Matt: The 49ers' first test for Jim Harbaugh

June 24, 2011
Chat live with Matt Barrows about 49ers, free agency

June 10, 2011
Live chat: Everything you want to know about Camp Alex Smith

June 3, 2011
Live chat with Matt Barrows: Alex Smith organizes minicamp

May 2, 2011
Chat replay: 49ers' NFL draft wrapup
April 28, 2011
Live chat with Matt: NFL Draft Day is here


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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