Recap of San Francisco 49ers Post-Season
Super Bowl XLVII
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31
The Niners came oh-so-close to winning it’s 6th Super Bowl. Trailing 34-29, San Francisco faced a first-and-goal from the Ravens’ 7-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game. After LaMichael James ran for two yards, quarterback Colin Kaepernick unsuccessfully targeted Michael Crabtree on three consecutive plays, ending the 49ers quest for No. 6.Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was named MVP after throwing three touchdown passes in the first half. Kaepernick rushed for a touchdown and threw for 302 yards (including a touchdown pass to Crabtree). Frank Gore rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
San Francisco 28, Atlanta 24
The Falcons jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead and looked to put a dagger into NIners’ Super Bowl run early in the second quarter. But this 49ers team proved not to be your typical team. Colin Kaepernick lead the Niners to a pair of scoring drives and trailed 24-14 at half. Harbaugh made the necessary adjustments in the second half and Frank Gore scored two touchdowns to propel San Francisco to its first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31
After giving up an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his first drive of the game, Kaepernick changed up and used his legs in leading the Niners to a dominating win over the Packers. Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns (runs of 20 and 56) and tossed two touchdowns to Crabtree (passes of 12 and 20). The Packers had no answers to stopping Kaepernick and the 49ers offense and got torched for a record-setting 579 yards in total offense.
Week-By-Week Look at the San Francisco 49ers Season:
Sunday, September 9, 2012
San Francisco 30, Green Bay 22
The Niners opened the season with an impressive win at Lambeau Field. As like their playoff run, the 49ers were the recipients of quality play at quarterback. Unlike their playoff run, the signal-caller was not Colin Kaepernick. It was Alex Smith who completed 20-of-26 passes for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Frank Gore added 112 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
San Francisco 27, Detroit 19
In their home-opener, the Niners’ defense sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford three times and Alex Smith threw two touchdowns in the victory. The win over-shadowed the pre-game hype regarding how Harbaugh would shake the hand of Detroit coach Jim Schwartz following the game. It proved uneventful, just like the Lions’ play on the field.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Minnesota 24, San Francisco 13
The Niners turned the ball over three times and Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw two touchdowns to tight end Kyle Rudolph in suffering their first loss of the year. The game featured the return to Minnesota of Randy Moss, who caught just three passes for 27 yards. Alex Smith’s interception snapped a streak of 249-consecutive-regular-season passes without a pick.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
San Francisco 34, New York Jets 0
It was a blowout victory for the Niners who looked crisp following the loss from the week before. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter ran for touchdowns and the defense stymied New York quarterback Mark Sanchez all day. Guess who made a cameo appearance in the first quarter of the victory? None other than backup quarterback Kaepernick when Harbaugh unveiled the new version of the “wildcat.” The result: a seven-yard run for a touchdown. Huh? Did I just read that right? Kaepernick? Was that a sign of things to come? Keep reading!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3
If you look into the 49ers record books, this date is sure to stand out. The Niners clobbered the Bills on both sides of the ball from start-to-finish. But it was the offense that received all the glory. And rightfully so as they posted a franchise-record 621 yards. Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and Frank Gore rushed for 106 yards and scored a touchdown. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (six catches, 113 yards) and Vernon Davis (five catches, 106 yards) add to the onslaught.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
New York Giants 26, San Francisco 3
It was not a good day for the Niners. Quarterback Alex Smith threw three interceptions and the running game was out-of-whack in the rematch of the NFC Championship game from the previous year. For the first time this season, the vaunted 49ers’ defense didn’t look like it’s normal self as Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
San Francisco 13, Seattle 6
The recipe for victory in this one was simple: give the Seahawks a large dose of Frank Gore and the Niners defense would take care of the rest. In their first game against an NFC West opponent, Gore rushed for 131 yards and the defense put a hurtin’ on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. The rookie completed just nine of 23 passes for 122 yards. The win put the Niners in sole position in the West.
Monday, October 29, 12
San Francisco 24, Arizona 3
49ers’ fans remember the names of Montana, Young, Garcia, etc. On this night, you can move Alex Smith’s name to front of the list. Why? All he did was set an NFL record for highest completion percentage when he went 18 of 19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns (two to Crabtree and one to Moss) in dominating the Cardinals.
The 49ers enter the “Bye Week” looking good at 6-2 and ready to establish themselves as the premier team in the NFC.
Sunday, November 11, 2013
San Francisco 24, St. Louis 24
Oh man, things can change in hurry. First, the Niners settle for a tie against the Rams. It is the first tie in the NFL since 2008. Secondly, quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first half and didn’t return in the second half. Harbaugh called Kaepernick’s number to come in relief. Although he didn’t throw a touchdown, he was able to run for a score. But, as we now know, bigger and better things will soon start happening.
Monday, November 19, 2012
San Francisco 32, Chicago 7
With Alex Smith not medically cleared to play, Kaepernick made his first start in his NFL career. The Bears came to Candlestick with the reputation of having a top-notch defense. That reputation couldn’t have been more wrong as Kaepernick sliced the Bears all night, passing for 243 yards including two touchdown passes. The Niners’ defense hammered Chicago quarterback Jason Campbell, sacking him six times. Aldon Smith was a beast the entire game, recording 5 ½ sacks.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
San Francisco 31, New Orleans 21
Making his second start of the season, Kaepernick used both his arm and legs in the victory. He threw a touchdown pass to Frank Gore and added a seven-yard touchdown run. What made Kaepernick’s performance noteworthy was that Harbaugh elected to go with Kaepernick as his starting quarterback over Alex Smith, who claimed to be healthy enough to play. The defense sacked Drew Brees five times.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13
The loss hurt because the Niners had taken a 13-10 lead with 1:34 left in the game. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford drove his team for a game-tying field goal. The Rams picked up the win when Greg Zuerlein booted a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in overtime. But this was a defining moment for the Niners because the keys were officially turned over to Kaepernick What a smart decision that turned out to be.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
San Francisco 27, Miami 13
Kaepernick’s 50-yard touchdown run gave Niners’ fans a glimpse of what is now called the “Read Option” offense. Kaepernick fabulous run broke-open a tight 20-13 lead with 2:10 left in the game. Crabtree is turning into Kaepernick’s favorite target as he caught nine balls for 93 yards. Aldon Smith had two more sacks, giving him 19 ½ for the year.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
San Francisco 41, New England 34
What was billed as a possible Super Bowl matchup, the Niners held on for a close victory in a pouring rain and clinched a playoff spot. It was the type of game that Harbaugh had been waiting to witness with Kaepernick at the help. The 49ers had built a 31-3 lead behind the passing of Kaepernick. Moss, Delanie Walker and Crabtree all caught touchdown passes. Kaepernick added a fourth touchdown pass (to Crabtree) after Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to tie the game at 31-31.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Seattle 42, San Francisco 13
In its second-consecutive Sunday night game before a national television audience, Seattle proved not to be intimidated by the Niners. Marshawn Lynch scored two first-half touchdowns as the Seahawks built a 28-6 halftime lead. Although Seattle did clinch a playoff spot, the NIners only needed one more victory to clinch the NFC West. Mark the date of this game because the NIners will not lose another game.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
San Francisco 27, Arizona 13
Although they were not spectacular, the Niners were able to post a victory to win the NFL West and give them a No. 2 seed in the NFL Playoffs. That seeding allowed the 49ers to receive a first-round bye in the playoffs. Kaepernick threw a pair of touchdowns to Crabtree in the win. Crabtree had eight catches for 172 yards and finished the season with 1,105 yards, the first receiver since Terrell Owens in 2003 to to go over 1,000 yards .