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

January 23, 2014
Game-ending pic: Bee's photo lands on Sports Illustrated

Congratulations to The Bee's Paul Kitagaki Jr., whose photo of the biggest play in the playoffs to date - Richard Sherman's last-minute swat in the end zone - landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ah, but this is only one of several keepers taken by the Bee photogs and others at the game.

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Here's our gallery from Seattle. As rough as some of the recent playoff outcomes have been for the 49ers, every game has been well-played and dramatic, some of them instant classics. Sunday's was another. It ranks up there with the 2011 season games against New Orleans and the Giants in my book. Check out all that is happening in picture 44, the agony of picture 25, the juxtaposition of picture 50.

Very good stuff.

-- Matt Barrows

January 20, 2014
Another look: Video highlights from 49ers-Seahawks title game

See the big plays that determined the outcome of Sunday's NFC Championship game, won by the Seattle Seahawks 23-17 over the San Francisco 49ers.




January 19, 2014
Video: Seahawks Richard Sherman post-game interview

Seconds after making the game-saving play to send Seattle to the Super Bowl, cornerback Richard Sherman was fired up.

Sherman deflected a pass intended for San Francisco's Michael Crabtree near the corner of the end zone with less than a minute left, right into the arms of Seattle teammate Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawks' 23-17 win.

Sherman was subsequently whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, after exchanging words with Crabtree and making what appeared to be a choking gesture.

Asked about the incident afterward by Fox reporter Erin Andrews, Sherman stole the show and lit up Twitter with this rant:

-- The Associated Press


January 19, 2014
Live blog: 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19

Follow The Bee's Matt Barrows and Ailene Voisin, along with other reporters and observers covering and commenting on the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Final score: Seattle 23 - San Francisco 17.


 

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 10, 2014
Video: Matt Barrows, Rick Bonnell break down 49ers-Panthers match-up

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer assess keys for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers as those teams prepare for the NFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday.


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January 4, 2014
Saints win keeps alive possibility of a final farewell to Candlestick

The Saints' win over the Eagles tonight means the 49ers, should they win Sunday, would visit the Panthers next Sunday for a game that starts at 10:05 a.m. (PST)

It also keeps alive the possibility of one final game at Candlestick Park. For that to happen, the 49ers, of course, would have to beat the Panthers and the Saints would have to top the Seahawks in Seattle. If both of those events occur, the NFC Championship game will be held in San Francisco.

- Matt Barrows

January 3, 2014
Carlos Rogers still not practicing, Eric Wright also questionable

carlos rogers.JPGSANTA CLARA -- Toward the end of Friday's practice, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers walked by reporters wearing a blue track suit and was asked about his nagging right hamstring.

"I ran on it," Rogers said, "but I don't know."

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Rogers, who hasn't missed a game since joining the 49ers, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

Rogers' potential replacement at the nickel cornerback position, Eric Wright, did practice Friday after appearing on the injury report Thursday as limited with a hamstring issue. Harbaugh was asked if Wright had strained the hamstring in practice Thursday and said: "I wouldn't even call it that. He's back practicing today."

The 49ers have been holding out hope this week that the veteran Rogers will be able to play against the Packers, who run a lot of three- and four-receiver sets. But Rogers did not practice all week.

Rogers was the only player who did not participate in practice Friday. Wright and linebacker Dan Skuta (foot) were limited in practice, as was receiver Michael Crabtree (quadricep), who appeared on the injury report for the first time this week.

-- Matt Kawahara

PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22). October 2012 file photo. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee

December 24, 2013
Playoff scenarios: The 49ers will play _______ in the opening round

With their win on Monday, the 49ers have made the playoffs. But their seeding and first-round destination are very much up the air as we head into the final week. Here are some, but not all, of the scenarios. My guess: The 49ers will visit Chicago in two weeks.

The 49ers get the No. 1 seed with:

* A win at Arizona, plus
* Losses by the Seahawks and Panthers

The 49ers get the No. 2 seed with:

* A win at Arizona, plus
* A loss by the Seahawks

The 49ers get the No. 5 seed with:
* A win at Arizona, or
* A loss at Arizona plus a Saints loss

The 49ers get the No. 6 seed with:
* A loss at Arizona, plus
* A win by the Saints

If the 49ers get the No. 5 seed, they will visit _______ if this happens:

* Chicago. If the Bears beat the Packers and the Eagles beat the Cowboys.
* Dallas. If the Bears beat the Packers and the Cowboys beat the Eagles
* Green Bay. If the Packers beat the Bears.

If the 49ers get the No. 6 seed, they will visit ________ if this happens:

* Philadelphia. If the Eagles beat the Cowboys.
* Chicago. If the Bears beat the Packers and Cowboys beat the Eagles.
* Dallas. If the Packers beat the Bears and the Cowboys beat the Eagles.

(Don't ask me what happens if there are ties; my brain hurts as it is.)

- Matt Barrows

December 22, 2013
'Stick scenario: Seahawks loss means 49ers still can take NFC West

The 49ers' slim hopes of hosting a game in the playoffs grew a bit more robust today when the unthinkable happened: The Seahawks lost at home.

Seattle's 17-10 loss to the Cardinals means the 49ers still have a shot at winning the NFC West, which would at least earn them a bye in the opening round of the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round.For that to happen, they would have to win Monday against the Falcons and in next week's finale in Arizona, and hope the Seahawks lose their finale at home to the Rams.

If the Seahawks had won today, they would have taken the NFC West title and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Seattle hadn't lost at home since the 49ers beat them on Dec. 24, 2011. A Seahawks win also would have clinched a playoff spot for their arch rivals. In fact, if the 49ers lose the last two games they could miss the playoffs entirely.

And yet it's also still possible the 49ers could end up with the best record in the NFC, which would give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. For that to happen, they'd have to win the next two games and the Seahawks and Panthers would have to lose their finales.

At minimum, a 49ers' win Monday would guarantee them a playoff berth for the third straight season. It also would mean they would jump from the No. 6 seed to the No. 5 seed. If they hung onto that position, they likely would visit either the winner of the NFC East or the NFC North in the opening round.

-- Matt Barrows

December 16, 2013
Playoff picture: 49ers have inside track on 5th seed, Candlestick swan song possible

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The 49ers not only control their own destiny as far as securing a playoff spot. If they win their final two games, they will secure the coveted fifth seed in the NFC. In fact, there's even a remote chance they can get the top seed in the conference.

As it stands now, the 49ers have the sixth seed because the two other teams with 10-4 records - the Panthers and the Saints - beat San Francisco earlier this year. But Carolina and New Orleans will play each other next week. The winner likely will go on to win the NFC South and get the No. 2 seed. Should the 49ers beat the Falcons a week from today and Arizona in the finale, the Carolina-New Orleans loser probably would get the sixth seed. ("Likely" and "probably" are the key words when talking about these scenarios).

If everything plays out as expected, the fifth seed is the more coveted spot. If the 49ers are the fifth seed and they win their opening-round game, say in Detroit or Chicago, they would avoid having to go to play the likely No. 1 seed, Seattle, in the second round.

The absolute, best, pie-in-the-sky, ain't-gonna-happen scenario for the 49ers is that they win their final two games, the Seahawks drop their final two and the Saints and Carolina lose at least one more game. That would make the 49ers the NFC West champions, give them a first-round bye and secure them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

A more plausible path that avoids Seattle? The 49ers get the fifth seed and the Panthers the sixth. If both won in the opening round, San Francisco would head to New Orleans in the second round while Carolina would go to Seattle. The Panthers lost to the Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C. in Week 1, but the game was close - 12-7. The Panthers and 49ers seem like the most likely teams to pull an upset over the Seahawks, who have the best chance of obtaining the No. 1 seed.

And if both the Panthers and 49ers won in the second round? That would mean the NFC Championship game would be at Candlestick Park. The old girl may have one more classic in her yet ...

Photo: Getty Images

-- Matt Barrows

December 3, 2013
49ers' best playoff scenario: Win and hope the Panthers lose

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The last team to beat the Seahawks in Seattle? The 49ers did it on Christmas Eve in 2011, winning by two points after Larry Grant stripped quarterback Tarvaris Jackson of the ball at the end of the game. No visitor has won there since, but if the 49ers want to make it back to the Super Bowl, they'll probably have to break Seattle's streak. By virtue of their blowout win over New Orleans last night, Seattle secured a playoff spot and is in the driver's seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Here's the current seeding scenario in the NFC, and my guess is that this is where the teams will be standing at year's end, too.

1. Seattle
2. New Orleans
3. Detroit
4. Dallas
5. Carolina
6. San Francisco

Wildcard round: 49ers @ Lions
Wildcard round: Panthers @ Cowboys

NFC South
The winner of the NFC South is very tough to predict. The Saints and Panthers are both 9-3 and they play each other twice in the next three weeks. What's more, their opponents over the last four games have the same record, so it's impossible to say who has the easier schedule. As of now, the Saints have the superior conference record. They're also the more experienced squad, so let's give them the edge and have them win the NFC South.

Saints: CAR (9-3), @STL (5-7), @CAR (9-3), TB (3-9)
Panthers: @NO (9-3), NYJ (5-7), NO (9-3), @ATL (3-9)

November 25, 2013
Looking ahead: 49ers' most crucial contest with Arizona not Seattle

If the NFL season had ended on Sunday, the 49ers would not make the playoffs. Instead, division rival Arizona would grab the final seed and would visit the Lions in the first round.

Of course, the 49ers have yet to play this week. And if they beat the Redskins tonight, they would nudge out the Cardinals by virtue of their win over Arizona on Oct. 13. Still, it underscores San Francisco's thin margin of error over the final six weeks of the season.

It also means that the season finale against Arizona, and not the Dec. 8 rematch with Seattle, is the biggest game remaining on the 49ers' schedule. The Seahawks currently are 3 1/2 games ahead of the 49ers in the NFC West.

Current NFC Seeding:
1. Seattle 10-1
2. New Orleans 9-2
3. Detroit 6-5
4. Dallas 6-5
5. Carolina 8-3
6. Arizona 7-4
San Francisco 6-4*
Philadelphia 6-5
Chicago 6-5

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NBC announced that the Carolina-New Orleans game on Dec. 8 would be "flexed" to the Sunday night game and that the previously scheduled game, Atlanta at Green Bay, would be played at 10 a.m. (PST)

That means the Seahawks-49ers game at Candlestick Park that day will remain at 1:25 p.m. (PST). As Niners Nation notes, FOX likely protected the 49ers-Seahawks game so that the network would not lose it to a rival.

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The forecast for kickoff in Landover, Md. tonight: 33 degrees. The 49ers certainly are used to warmer temperatures but won't be shocked by the c..c..c..cold. The temperature at kickoff for their Dec. 16 win at New England last year was 34 degrees.

-- Matt Barrows

November 17, 2013
Crying foul: Big play turns into big blow for 49ers

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NEW ORLEANS - Jim Harbaugh, who nearly complained himself hoarse the last time he was in the Superdome, seemed to have plenty to be steamed about after another last-minute loss in New Orleans on Sunday.

Leading by three points late in the fourth quarter and needing a big third-down play against a driving Saints squad, the 49ers appeared to get just that when Ahmad Brooks blew around the Saints right tackle and knocked the ball from quarterback Drew Brees' grasp. Patrick Willis recovered it at San Francisco's 45-yard line with 3:18 left to play.

But as Brooks started to celebrate he noticed a yellow flag drop in from behind the play. The penalty was on him for illegal contact with the neck area of the quarterback. Instead of the 49ers getting the ball or even saddling New Orleans with a long, fourth-down field-goal attempt, the Saints were given a first down at the San Francisco 30-yard line.

Four plays later, Garrett Hartley tied the game with a 42-yard field goal. Then, following a three-and-out series by the 49ers, he won it, 23-20, on a 31-yard field goal as time expired. "The game could have gone in a totally different direction," Brooks said in front of his locker of the fourth-quarter penalty. "... We lost the game, and that's probably the reason why."

The loss not only put the 49ers three and a half games behind the Seahawks in the division, it dropped them into a tie with the Cardinals, Lions and Bears, all of which have 6-4 records. The Panthers also could go to 6-4 with a loss today against the Patriots.

October 16, 2013
Delanie Walker surprised "a little bit" by Aldon Smith DUI

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Delanie Walker, who lost an aunt and uncle to an alleged drunk driver hours after the Super Bowl, said he was partly surprised to hear that former 49ers teammate Aldon Smith was involved in another DUI incident last month. But he also noted that Smith's issues fit a pattern.

"You've got to remember, a lot of us come into this league not having a dime in our name," Walker said on a conference call. "And then you sign million-dollar contracts. I mean, you go out and kind of lose your mind a little bit. And I think it takes time."

It's been an offseason of change for Walker, a 2006 draft pick by the 49ers. He signed a long-term free-agent contract with the Titans, whom the 49ers will face in Nashville Sunday. And he became an anti-drunk driving crusader after his aunt, Alice Young, who had helped raise Walker, was killed along with her husband, Bryan, when they pulled to the side of a highway outside New Orleans.

According to police, a 26-year-old woman struck the couple's car from behind at more than 100 mph, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The driver was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Walker has become an active member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and he said he has an event after the 49ers come to town. One of his goals is to eliminate drunk driving incidents among NFL players. He said that most players have issues with self control in their first two or three years after becoming professionals when they suddenly have money and fame they never had before.

September 18, 2013
Kaepernick has foot injury; 49ers' starting defensive line dinged

The 49ers, who went into Sunday's game in Seattle with only one player, LaMichael James, on their injury report, emerged from it with 10 injured players, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the team's entire starting defensive line.

Kaepernick is listed with a foot injury but practiced in full Wednesday. So did left guard Mike Iupati, who has a shoulder injury. Iupati had surgery on his shoulder this offseason and didn't take part in the team's May and June OTA sessions.

Defensive ends Ray McDonald (ankle, ankle) and Justin Smith (shoulder) did not practice at all. McDonald's injury is not a typo. He has injuries to both ankles, though it was an apparent right ankle sprain that knocked him out of Sunday's game. Starting nose tackle Ian Williams was lost for the season when he suffered a broken ankle in the first quarter.

The others who did not practice were tight end Vernon Davis, who suffered a hamstring strain in the fourth quarter, and James, who still is dealing with a knee injury suffered in the preseason finale.

Starting defensive players NaVorro Bowman (wrist), Eric Reid (concussion) and Aldon Smith (back) were limited in practice. Reid practiced in a blue, non-contact uniform. He has not shown any symptoms since his concussion against the Seahawks but still must pass the league's post-concussion protocol before being cleared to play Sunday against the Colts.

Aldon Smith, meanwhile, briefly left Sunday's game and was replaced by rookie Corey Lemonier. Still, Smith finished the game and had two sacks. He has three and a half on the season, tying him for third place.

-- Matt Barrows

September 18, 2013
Hot tip: Andrew Luck gave Harbaugh his first scouting report on Colin Kaepernick

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The first person to give Jim Harbaugh a scouting report on his future starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick? It was his then-current starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, who attended the Manning Passing Academy alongside Kaepernick and other top college football passers in 2010 when he and Harbaugh were at Stanford.

"When Andrew got back from the Academy, just asked him what quarterbacks stood out to him, who was good and I asked him who he got along with," Harbaugh said today. "He lit up talking about Colin. It was the first name out of his mouth."

Luck was fuzzier on the details during a conference call this morning. "I must have said something because I remember people talking about that as a story when he got drafted. But I don't remember a specific conversation at that point," the Colts quarterback said.

Opposing coaches always bombard the opposing quarterback with praise before the encounter, whether the opponent is Drew Brees or Brian Hoyer. Harbaugh today did just that with Luck, but the admiration was genuine. Together, the two rebuilt Stanford's football program, and Harbaugh gushed over Luck's smarts, maturity and athleticism.

July 27, 2013
Fangio: Locker room normal after Brooks-Divens incident

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Many of you have been asking how Ahmad Brooks and Lamar Divens possibly could coexist in the 49ers locker room this summer and perhaps beyond. After all, it's only been a month and a half since Brooks clocked Divens over the head with a beer bottle, sending him to the hospital for stitches, according to court records. In return Divens has demanded $1 million from Brooks, which Brooks has refused to pay, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney.

One observer, however, says there have been no flare ups since the June 8 altercation. "I have not seen any indication that it has dragged inside the building at all," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "And if I hadn't known that something happened, I wouldn't have known something happened by the way that people are acting."

Fangio not only runs the 49ers' defense, he is the de facto position coach for the outside linebackers. That would give him a lot of time with Brooks in particular.

Brooks is a starter while Divens is a journeyman nose tackle who is currently behind Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey on the depth chart. Which means the situation is likely to resolve itself when the 49ers begin paring down their roster in a month or so.

Is there any precedent for two 49ers fighting and then coexisting inside the locker room? Yes, but it wasn't nearly as ugly -- and as public -- as the one that went down last month.

In 2002, a locker-room fistfight broke out between tailback Kevan Barlow and fullback Fred Beasley after Barlow, so the story goes, accused Beasley of blocking harder for Beasley's buddy, tailback Garrison Hearst, than he did Barlow. The 49ers attempted to defuse that situation by moving Barlow's locker across the locker room from where the rest of the running backs and fullbacks had their space. During most of Barlow's career with the 49ers, his locker room was with the offensive linemen's.

There were no more fistfights. But it always was an uneasy relationship between the two players. Both remained with the 49ers through the 2005 season when Beasley retired and Barlow was supplanted by some guy named Frank Gore.

Neither Divens nor Brooks has been made available to the media since the start of training camp.

-- Matt Barrows

July 15, 2013
Battle stations! Will Michael Crabtree's replacement please step up?

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The 49ers' training-camp battles were mostly shrug-worthy until May 21. That's when Michael Crabtree, the team's best wideout since Terrell Owens skipped town in 2004, suffered a complete tear of his right Achilles' tendon, an injury that will cost him most, in not all, of the 2013 season. With that injury, wide receiver suddenly became the focus of the 49ers' offseason.

Anquan Boldin alleviated some of the concern this spring by looking as if he'd been playing with Colin Kaepernick for 10 years rather than a few weeks. But the player who will line up most often opposite Boldin remains unknown. It's clear the contenders have talent. Also clear is that none has much experience. The coaching staff is tailoring a competition that will give each of the following players plenty of practice snaps and plenty of opportunities. Their hope is that at least one or two rises above the rest.

1. A.J. Jenkins. He's listed first on this list largely because he's likely to be given the best opportunity to succeed this summer. Jenkins is a former first-round pick, and both Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman had high praise for him in June. It was similar to the encouraging words Harbaugh heaped onto Alex Smith in 2011 and Michael Crabtree in 2012. Every year Harbaugh seems to pick out a player who has not achieved his full potential and tries to prop up his confidence with praise. The strategy appears to work. Smith led his team to the NFC Championship game in 2011 and Crabtree had his best season ever last year.

Jenkins, meanwhile, spent the offseason working on his biggest weakness in 2012 -- his strength. It was hard to tell whether he made strides during the non-contact practices in the spring, but Jenkins is noticeably more confidant than he was a year ago when he seemed to end up on the ground on every third play. Training camp, and especially the preseason, will be the true test for Jenkins, who must prove he can operate in spaces far tighter and more violent than those he experienced at Illinois. If he succeeds, his quickness and fluidity would be a nice complement to Boldin's aggressive style. It's also possible that Jenkins will operate out of the slot where he would have more space with which to work.

Ricardo Lockette. If you went into the lab and created the prototypical wide receiver, you would come out with Lockette. He's the fastest 49er, he's big and muscular, he's sharp and he appears to have the desire to be an NFL starter. Oh, and he's also best friends with Kaepernick. (The two spent the offseason training together and they are housemates in Santa Clara). Lockette's track speed would provide a nice one-two punch with Boldin and would force defenses to keep a safety deep like they did last season when Randy Moss was on the field. That, in turn, would benefit Frank Gore and every other offensive player. The mystery with Lockette is, well, why he's still a mystery. He's 27 years old and has never been close to a dominant receiver, even at tiny Fort Valley State. Is he a late bloomer or a perennial underachiever? We'll find out over the next two months. After all, he's never received the opportunity he's getting now.

Read more on Lockette: Roster hopeful is learning from Colin Kaepernick.

March 25, 2013
Report: Harbaugh, 49ers interested in QB Pat White

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A quarterback who can gobble up yards on the ground as well as through the air? Before Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick made headlines, Pat White was well-known for his versatility at West Virginia.

Now it appears as if White, who threw for 6,049 yards and had 56 touchdowns for the Mountaineers while rushing for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns, will at least get a tryout to be one of Kaepernick's backups. White told USA Today on Sunday that he's spoken to Jim Harbaugh by phone and that the 49ers coach is interested in flying him out to Santa Clara for a workout. No date has been set.

"I pay attention to how his players react to Coach Harbaugh," White told the newspaper. "They all want to win for him. And he seems to treat them how they want to be treated. I'm excited to get to know him on that level -- if I do get that opportunity. I'm very optimistic about making it back to the NFL.

White, 27, was the 44th overall pick by the Dolphins in 2009 and has been out of football since the Dolphins released him at the end of training camp in 2010. The 6-0, 190-pound White attempted five passes his rookie season ion 2009. None of them were complete, he was sacked once and and he fumbled once. He also rushed 21 times for 81 yards.

White has been working with San Diego-based quarterback coach George Whitfield in an effort to spark an NFL comeback.

The 49ers, meanwhile, have just two quarterbacks on the roster at the moment - Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien. Josh Johnson, who spent the 2012 offseason in Santa Clara, signed with the Bengals last week. Asked about possible additions to the quarterback depth chart earlier this month, Harbaugh declined to talk about specific names.

-- Matt Barrows

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.

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
Your questions, Matt Barrows' answers about the 49ers-Giants game

Many fans sent questions for Matt Barrows to answer. Several were selected and included in the following video Q&A sessions leading up to Sunday's NFC Championship game between the 49ers and New York Giants. Check it out.


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

January 18, 2012
Still looking for your stories about getting tickets to 49ers-Giants NFC title game

The road to the Super Bowl is going through Candlestick Park, and tickets for Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and New York Giants promise to be the hottest in town. Are you still trying to buy a ticket? What would you pay for a seat and a chance to watch the 49ers return to the Super Bowl? Do you already have tickets and, if so, how did you secure them? Are you selling your seat amid the last-minute rush? Send an email to Matt Kawahara at mkawahara@sacbee.com and tell him about it.

January 17, 2012
Questions for Matt? What do you want to know about 49ers-Giants matchup?

With the 49ers returning the NFC championship game for the first time since 1997, we expect fans have a few questions. And who better to answer them than The Bee's Matthew Barrows?

If you have a question about Sunday's matchup between the 49ers and New York Giants, email your questions to bblomster@sacbee.com. We'll choose the best questions for give Matt, and he'll answer them on video that will be posted to our web site and featured during the run-up to Sunday's game.

If your question is chosen, you will receive an iTunes gift card, so please remember to include your name and mailing address.

Again, the email address is bblomster@sacbee.com.

January 17, 2012
Going to the NFC title game at Candlestick? Tell us your ticket tale

The road to the Super Bowl is going through Candlestick Park, and tickets for Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and New York Giants promise to be the hottest in town. What would you give/are you giving up for a seat in the stadium and a chance to watch the 49ers return to the Super Bowl? Do you have tickets to the game? Are you selling your seat amid the rush for tickets? Send an email to Matt Kawahara at mkawahara@sacbee.com and tell him about it.

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

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

January 6, 2012
Podcast: Looking ahead to playoffs. And was there a Saints snub?

Here's a podcast The Bee's Ed Fletcher did with me that looks back at the regular season and ahead to the playoffs and the team the 49ers are likely to face, the Saints. Ed (with whom I used to play football on Saturday mornings in Land Park) asks me if I've ever feared being pummeled by an NFL football player.

The second, shorter clip is about the phantom phone call that Jim Harbaugh didn't give Sean Payton before their preseason game in August. The scuttlebut out of New Orleans at the time is that that snub prompted the Saints to be very aggressive against the 49ers in the preseason opener.

A missed phone call might fuel a heated postseason rematch between Harbaugh and Saints coach Sean Payton. (1 minute)

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

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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