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Continuing to stay active this offseason, the San Francisco 49ers sent a Round 6 selection in the upcoming NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin

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Written by Marc Caviglia


Instead of delaying the inevitable, the San Francisco 49ers released veteran kicker David Akers after just two year with the team.  Akers had a career year in 2011, however lost his touch in 2012 and put together his worst season as an NFL kicker.

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Even though the NFL league year doesn’t start for another two weeks, and no trades are set and stone, the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s reported that the 49ers will receive a Round 2 selection (No. 34 overall) this year and a Round 2 selection in the 2014 draft.

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—Written by Jacob Lerman

On Wednesday here on 49ers Fanaticism, we’ll explain the MVP from the Seahawks/Niners matchup, the future MVP in the Cardinals/Niners duel, and any internal depth chart issues that may be taking place this week.


Who Was the MVP in Week 7

Following years and years of jokes that our punter was the team MVP (mainly in 2006 and 2007 as he was the brightest spot on the otherwise futile 49ers teams), the awards this week will go to (drumroll please…) Andy Lee.
In a defensive struggle of a game where the Seahawks were unable to post a touchdown, field position was key. Lee showed that he is more than just a strong leg by keeping the ball away from dangerous return man Leon Washington and putting four of his five punts inside the 20. Lee and the 49ers gave Russell Wilson a lot of field to play with, and he was unable to capitalize and maintain drives. In a game where no offensive or defensive player stood out above the rest, the 49ers got back to their roots with great special teams.

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—Written by Jacob Lerman

The 49ers got back to their game on Thursday, the grind it out, defensive struggle that us fans have grown to love over the last two years. Don’t take this win lightly, Jim Harbaugh noted that every division win is like a game and a half due to the nature of tiebreakers. This one was an important one.
Victorious were the 49ers, their third game over the last four where they did not allow a touchdown. They limited Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to 39% completion, posting only 122 yards on 23 attempts. As good as they were against the pass on Thursday night, they were unable to handle the tough running of Bay Area native Marshawn Lynch. Lynch grinded out over 100 yards averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
Let’s look back on the keys to the game and see how they matched up.

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- Written by Forest Spiegel

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
Game Time: Thursday, 5:20pm PST
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Betting Line: 49ers -7

After several years of the NFC West being the cellar dwellers of the NFL, both San Francisco and Seattle are looking to jump to the top of the standings in the new toughest division in football. There is an underlying feud between Jim Harbaugh and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll that goes back to their Stanford-USC days, so expect that surface in some fashion during the game. Regardless of coaches, this division game is always tough and physical and don’t expect anything different on Thursday.

The 49ers are coming of their worst loss of the short Harbaugh era, and don’t have much time to regroup before their game against the Seahawks. Seattle on the other hand, is coming off an incredibly emotional victory at home against the New England Patriots, in which sensational rookie quarterback Russell Wilson out-Tom Brady’ed, Tom Brady. The Seahawks’ and 49ers’ defense are ranked second and third respectively in PPG so don’t look forward to a high scoring game. This division looks like it is up for grabs so both teams will do whatever it takes to win.

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—Written by Jacob Lerman

On Wednesday here on 49ers Fanaticism, we’ll explain the MVP from the Giants/Niners matchup, the future MVP in the Seahawks/Niners duel, and any internal depth chart issues that may be taking place this week.


Who Was the MVP in Week 6

No seriously. Who was the MVP in Week 6? On the 49ers side this past Sunday, it’s conceivable that nobody is deserving of this prestigious award. But rules are rules and there was one 49ers player who did more than usual on Sunday.

Randy Moss finally had a downfield catch. The way the 49ers have used Moss over the first six weeks of the season has certainly been interesting. He’s not on the field too frequently, and when he has been this season, he’s been doing a pretty stellar job holding blocks during the run game. The Randy Moss who used to be all about himself, has changed his tune and turned into a team player (from what we can tell).

On Sunday, Alex Smith hit Moss for a 55-yard strike downfield, his longest catch this season by 35 yards (previous was a whopping 20 yarder). I’d like to say this would be foreshadowing for bigger games upcoming, but in an ideal scenario, Harbaugh is only asking Smith to make the easy short passes to be the effective game manager he is.

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—Written by Jacob Lerman

Well that certainly wasn’t what the 49ers envisioned Sunday’s game would play out. The New York Giants hammered the San Francisco 49ers 26-3 and beat them in every aspect of the game on Sunday.

Alex Smith reverted back to the old – the one before Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman molded Smith to be effective and efficient. Smith was constantly rushed, as his offensive line was unable to withstand the dominant pass rush the Giants showed for the first time this season. Smith threw three interceptions, two more than any game since Harbaugh and Roman started coaching him in 2011. Fact is, none of the 49ers players showed up on Sunday. They failed to smell the red zone; not once on Sunday did they get closer than the Giants 24 yard line.

Let’s look back on the keys to the game and see how they matched up.

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- Written by Jacob Lerman

New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers
Game Time: Sunday, 1:25pm PST
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Betting Line: 49ers -6.5
You read it right, the Giants and 49ers have developed a real rivalry here in the past couple of seasons. After the New York Giants won the Super Bowl last year, 49ers fans can’t help but think how close the Niners were to their 6th title. Regardless, it’s a new season and the past is just that….past. The 49ers are coming off an incredible 79-3 run over the last 2 games simply dominating AFC East opponents, the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills.
The Giants have had an up-and-down start to the season – winning against lesser foes, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Cleveland, and losing to NFC East teams, Dallas and Philadelphia. Injuries have hit them hard in the early going, seeing Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks miss time; but they have more than adequate back-ups to fill their shoes.

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—Written by Jacob Lerman

On Wednesday here on 49ers Fanaticism, we’ll explain the MVP from the Bills/Niners matchup, the future MVP in the Giants/Niners duel, and any internal depth chart issues that may be taking place this week.


Who Was the MVP in Week 5

Week 5 against the Bills was a near-flawless display of offense and defense. The offense put up 621 total yards with 311 rushing and 310 passing. The defense couldn’t quite pull off a second shutout in as many weeks – but certainly came close. With the NFL record of over 300 rushing and 300 passing yards – it’s only right to give the MVP to the man in charge of it all…no, not Jim Harbaugh. The Quarterback: Alex Smith.

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