1. Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Offseason Options for Their Secondary

    The San Francisco 49ers chose not to extend Donte Whitner or Tarell Brown, even though both have been valuable contributors over the last few seasons. Now, they're left with two tough decisions to make...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 months ago 5,230 reads 17 comments

  2. How Good Can Michael Crabtree Be If He Stays Healthy?

    2013 was a forgettable year for Michael Crabtree . The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver missed the first 11 games of the regular season...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 6 months ago 4,213 reads 11 comments

  3. Why NaVorro Bowman's Recovery Is Most Important Offseason Item for 49ers

    When NaVorro Bowman tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee in the NFC Championship Game, it felt like two seasons for the San Francisco 49ers were slipping away...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 4,018 reads 18 comments

  4. Ranking San Francisco 49ers Free Agents Based on Importance of Return

    Anquan Boldin, Donte Whitner and Phil Dawson were three of the San Francisco 49ers ' most consistent performers in 2013. And they all could become unrestricted free agents by March 11...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 13,151 reads 44 comments

  5. Why San Francisco 49ers Can Afford to Not Re-Sign Anquan Boldin

    Atop the list of decisions the San Francisco 49ers have to make this offseason is whether to re-sign Anquan Boldin . The 11-year veteran was the 49ers' most productive receiver in 2013, catching 85 passes for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 20,338 reads 79 comments

  6. After 2 Playoff Road Wins, Colin Kaepernick Looks Ready for Seattle Challenge

    During Sunday's NFC Championship Game, the Seattle Seahawks will not see the Colin Kaepernick they embarrassed in September at CenturyLink Field. They'll face the new-and-improved Kaepernick...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 4,202 reads 51 comments

  7. San Francisco 49ers' Divisional Round Win Sets Up Battle of NFL's Best Defenses

    Spearheaded by a dominant second half, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Carolina Panthers 23-10 in the NFC divisional round on Sunday. The 49ers shut out the Panthers in the final 30 minutes...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 98,899 reads 204 comments

  8. Is Colin Kaepernick or Cam Newton Facing More Pressure for NFC Divisional Round?

    When the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers take the field on Sunday for their NFC divisional round clash, the players will be under more pressure than they've faced all season...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 31,208 reads 39 comments

  9. 5 Things to Know for 49ers vs. Panthers Divisional Round Showdown

    The San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers are practically mirror images of each other. Led by great defenses, sound running games and dual-threat quarterbacks, these two ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 7 months ago 7,077 reads 23 comments

  10. Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Biggest Offseason Needs

    The San Francisco 49ers don't have many glaring needs, but they have several position groups that need to be upgraded or replenished with youth. Among those position groups are wide receiver and cornerback...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 8 months ago 10,447 reads 26 comments

  11. Why the Arizona Cardinals Are the Perfect Final Test for the San Francisco 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff spot on Monday night, but now is not the time to celebrate. With a win against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the Niners could secure the No...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 8 months ago 15,282 reads 106 comments

  12. Colin Kaepernick Raising His Level of Play at Just the Right Time

    The vultures were circling above Colin Kaepernick . The San Francisco 49ers were 6-4, coming off two straight losses in which the third-year quarterback played poorly...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 8 months ago 4,765 reads 14 comments

  13. San Francisco 49ers' Keys to Victory in Week 15

    Entering Week 15, the San Francisco 49ers are in the driver's seat to secure a playoff berth. But before they start to clear their schedules for January football, they need to focus on their next opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 8 months ago 1,483 reads 2 comments

  14. Why Jim Harbaugh Badly Needs a Win Against Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

    Jim Harbaugh would never publicly admit it, but he needs this game. His San Francisco 49ers have lost two straight to Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks . And the combined score of those games was 71-16...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 9 months ago 9,066 reads 136 comments

  15. San Francisco 49ers Sporting Championship Defense at Perfect Time in Season

    The San Francisco 49ers defense was better than it's been all season against the Washington Redskins on Monday night...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 9 months ago 2,216 reads 12 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers X-Factors in Week 12 Matchup with Washington Redskins

    The San Francisco 49ers (6-4) are struggling. Losers of two straight, they need a lift from a few of their most inconsistent players...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 9 months ago 2,709 reads 23 comments

  17. What to Expect from Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers Offense in Week 11

    What happened to the San Francisco 49ers offense in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers ? Call it great Carolina defense, poor San Francisco offense or a lot of both, but the ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 9 months ago 4,476 reads 70 comments

  18. How Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree Can Open Up 49ers Passing Attack

    The 6-2 San Francisco 49ers enter the second half of the regular season with plenty of room to improve their passing attack, which ranks last in the NFL in yards per game. The return of Mario Manningham is just what the doctor ordered...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 10 months ago 10,325 reads 12 comments

  19. Adjustments San Francisco 49ers Must Make Following Bye Week

    The San Francisco 49ers did a lot of things well in the first half of the season, and they got results to show for it. At 6-2, the Niners have the fifth-best record in the NFL ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 10 months ago 11,327 reads 26 comments

  20. Colin Kaepernick Has Plenty of Time to Turn Around Slow Start to Season

    The San Francisco 49ers have scored more than 30 points in their last four games—all wins—and yet even during the winning streak, Colin Kaepernick hasn't been exceptional...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 10 months ago 7,557 reads 32 comments

  21. Over/Under Stat Predictions for San Francisco 49ers vs. Tennessee Titans

    San Francisco 49ers stars Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis will be up against a very good Tennessee Titans defense on Sunday...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 10 months ago 5,447 reads 7 comments

  22. 5 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers' Week 6 Matchup Against Cardinals

    Points will be at a premium when the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals square off on Sunday. Both teams are coming off their best defensive performances of the season, ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 11 months ago 12,914 reads 24 comments

  23. San Francisco 49ers: Studs, Duds and Biggest Surprises at the Quarter Mark

    With 372 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Anquan Boldin has unquestionably been a stud for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. But not all Niners, including the guy throwing Boldin the ball, have played up to or above expectations...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 11 months ago 12,698 reads 25 comments

  24. 5 Bold Predictions for San Francisco 49ers' Week 4 Matchup Against St. Louis

    After two San Francisco 49ers blowout losses in which he didn't score a touchdown, Frank Gore is going to find pay dirt multiple times against the St. Louis Rams ...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 11 months ago 16,636 reads 18 comments

  25. Full Week 3 Stat Predictions for San Francisco 49ers Offensive Players

    The San Francisco 49ers offense couldn't have been much worse on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks held the Niners to 207 total yards and forced five turnovers en route to a 29-3 win...

    Joseph Akeley Written by Joseph Akeley about 11 months ago 6,286 reads 16 comments