San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will Samuel and Warner injuries impact 49ers vs. Seahawks on Sunday?

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel will be out of action for two weeks with a groin pull injury here he sits after the injury against the Minnesota Vikings on Sun Nov 28, 2021 at Levi Stadium (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David, the San Francisco 49ers (6-5) have a good run going with a three game winning streak coming off a win last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (5-6) 34-26 at Levi Stadium but will the injuries of wide receiver Deebo Samuel and linebacker Fred Warner have an impact for this weekend’s game against the Seattle Seahawks (3-8) in Seattle?

#2 Dave talk about the job the 49ers defense did to hold back the Vikings allowing the Vikings to score only one touchdown in each of the first and second quarters and shut them out in the fourth quarter.

#3 49ers are in Seattle this Sunday against the struggling Seahawks who have lost three in a row. Their last loss coming Sun Dec 5 vs. the Washington Football Team 17-15. These days it’s been frustrating for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson against Washington he threw 20-31, 247 yards, and two touchdowns. Dave, how do you see this match up this Sunday at Lumen Field?

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49ers hitting their stride in 34-26 win over the Vikings

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman (26) and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) both reach up for the ball as Norman is called for pass interference in the second half at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara Sun Nov 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Winning cures all ails and criticism.

For the San Francisco 49ers they used a familiar formula in which has made them successful in the month of November in a 34-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

That formula was to control the time of possession by utilizing the hottest rookie running back in the NFL, in Elijah Mitchell, and get timely turnovers on defense.

San Francisco has won three games in row to climb over the .500 mark. They also climbed up to the number sixth seed and second wild card spot in the NFC. Minnesota had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell a game under .500 and are in a three-way tie for the seventh and final playoff spot.

“Yeah, I think we have played our best football, these past three games,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when asked if his team were hitting their stride during its current winning streak. “Just in all three phases. I thought this one was a huge one because it’s a little different that the last two (games) because it came down to the wire and things went good for both sides at certain times in the game.”

Minnesota (5-6) drew first blood after Harrison Smith intercepted 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopollo on the Niners first possession and returned the ball to San Francisco’s 49 yard line.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins engineered an eight-play drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown reception to wide receiver Adam Thielen with 3:33 left in the first quarter.

San Francisco (6-5) responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive to even the score at 7-7 when Deebo Samuel scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns, a 20-yard end around down the right sideline. The key play of the drive was a 37-yard reception to Brandon Aiyuk on a 3rd and 14 to Vikings 33 yard line.

Minnesota went up 14-7 early in the second quarter. Cousins led a six-play drive for 80 yards that accumulated in a 20-yard touchdown reception to Thielen who was left wide open in the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.

The 49ers finished off the first half with a 15-play, 85-yard drive to tie the score at 14 apiece. The drive was set up with a 24-yard reception to Aiyuk at the Vikings six-yard line. After an offside penalty, Garoppolo found Jauan Jennings in the flat as he tip-toed his way along the sidelines for a two-yard touchdown reception.

San Francisco opened the second half with a six-play, 75-yards to take their first lead of the game that resulted in a three-yard rushing touchdown from Samuel as he cruised around the left sideline for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Samuel set up the drive with a 49-yard rush to get the inside the Vikings red zone.

“Yeah. I wasn’t happy with how it (the game) started,” said Garoppolo. “But what we did before halftime and coming out in the second half, I think really helped turn the game in our favor.”

Samuel finished with 66 yards of rushing on just six carries.

The Niners defense came up with a big turnover on Minnesota’s first play of the second half. Azeez Al-Shaair intercepted Cousins at the 26-yard line and returned it for 24 yards to the Vikings two-yard line.

San Francisco didn’t waste any time punching the ball in the endzone as Mitchell scored on the next play, a two-yard rushing touchdown.

Mitchell, the rookie running back sensation, finished the afternoon leading all rushers with 133 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown.

“Whoever is in my way, I just try to run the ball, run them over, if anything run by them. It’s just the mindset I have and I’m going to continue to have it,” Mitchell said.

The Vikings got back into the game when Alexander Mattison scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown with 8:28 left in the third quarter to complete a five-play, 75-yard drive. However, kicker Jordan Berry missed the extra point wide right to trail 28-20.

San Francisco marched down the field on their next possession as Robbie Gould kicked a 46 yard field goal to extend the 49ers lead to 31-20.

Minnesota answered back immediately as Kenny Nwangwu returned the kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to close the game to 31-26. The Vikings went for the two-point conversion but Cousins failed to connect with wide receiver Justin Jefferson on a passing attempt.

The Niners defense held down the fort in the fourth quarter as the kept Minnesota off the scoreboard on the Vikings final two offensive possessions. Each resulted in a turnover in downs inside the 49ers red zone.

“Disappointing loss,” said Cousins. “I was proud of the way our team battled in all three phases and made plays. It was a great team effort but, this one hurts right now.”

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had to be carted off the field after suffering a shoulder injury on a play where Niners defensive lineman Kevin Givens stripped Cook of the ball that was recovered by Al-Shaair.

Garopollo finished with 230 yards on 17 of 26 with one touchdown and one interception. Cousins 20 of 32 for 238 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jefferson threw one pass for 24 yards on a Philly special type of play in the second half.

Aiyuk led the Niners in receiving with three catches for 91 yards. Jefferson led all Vikings receivers with four catches for 83 yards. Thielen chipped in five catches for 62 yards and his two touchdowns but was shutout in the second half.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 5-for-12 on third down conversions. Minnesota was just 2-for-8.

Samuel, only had one reception for 12-yards but it was a meaningful one. It allowed him to reach the 1,000 yards receiving milestone for the first time in his career.

Linebackers Dre Greenlaw (groin) and Fred Warner (hamstring) suffered injuries and did not return. Samuel also left the game in the fourth quarter with a groin injury.

UP NEXT: San Francisco travels out to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Sunday 12/5 at 1:25pm as the game was flexed out by the NFL and NBC as the original scheduled time was supposed to be at 5:20pm on Sunday Night Football.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Can 49ers open up the offense against Vikings today at Levi Stadium?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) drops back to look for a receiver as Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard, left, and defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) get their rush on at Jacksonville Sun Nov 21, 2021. The 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings today at Levi Stadium (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49er linebacker Dre Greenlaw and defensive end Dee Ford both have practiced this week but have not been activated and are not on the injured list could you talk about their status?

#2 Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins who play the 49ers today at Levi Stadium has had less turnovers than 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. When you consider though that Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage picked off Cousins three times but each interception was negated by the officials. Nonetheless it shows that Cousins could be flawed.

#3 The 49ers won their third game in four weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sun Nov 21st by a convincing 30-10 final. For Garoppolo 16-22, 176 yards, and two touchdowns the 49ers had quite an offensive day last Sunday with Garoppolo under center.

#4 Joe, talk about Brandon Aiyuk who caught seven passes for 85 yards, and a touchdown against Jacksonville and has been a key to the offense these past four weeks.

#5 The 49ers host the Vikings today at Levi Stadium. The Vikings just got by the Green Bay Packers last Sunday 34-31. Cousins was 24-35 for 341 yards and three touchdowns. How do you see the Vikings matching up against the 49ers today at Levi.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers try for their third straight win face Vikings at Levi on Sunday

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, right, makes it into the end zone for a 25 yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins, center, and linebacker Myles Jack (44) on Sun Nov 21, 2021 at Jacksonville. The 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings this Sun Nov 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David the San Francisco 49ers (5-5) handled the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) rather handedly on Sunday in Jacksonville 30-10. They didn’t play down to the Jags level and were in control on both sides of the football for most of the game.

#2 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 16-22 for 176 yards and threw for two touchdowns. The 49ers big offensive quarter was the second quarter where they scored 17 points.

#3 The 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings (5-5) on Sunday the Vikings have won four of their last six games including a big win over the Green Bay Packers (8-3) last Sunday 34-31. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was 24-35 for 341 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers. How do you see the Vikings and 49ers this Sunday in Santa Clara?

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49ers power past Jaguars 30-10

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of Sun Nov 21, 2021 game at Jacksonville (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

There are teams you are supposed to beat if you want to contend for the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers easily took care of business in their 30-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field.

What could have been a trap game for San Francisco (just ask the Buffalo Bills) having to play an east coat game against a bad team, the 49ers game plan went according to script.

San Francisco have won two games in a row and are in a four way tie in the NFC for the seventh and final playoff spot. Jacksonville have lost two games in a row after stunning the Bills three weeks ago in a 9-6 win.

The 49ers (5-5) opened the game with the longest drive in the NFL since 2000. They went 20 plays for 87 yards in a span of 13:05. They failed to get a touchdown as the drive waas capped off with a 20 yard field goal from Robbie Gould

On the 49ers next possession, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led a seven play 80 yard drive that resulted in a 25 yard rushing touchdown by Deebo Samuel. The third year wide receiver lined up in the backfield and ran a sweep down the left sideline for paydirt. It was Samuel’s third rushing touchdown of the season.

San Francisco’s defense were able to get back the ball to offense when Josh Norman punched the ball loose on a Laviska Shenault reception. Fred Warner recovered the fumble at the Bengals 35 yard line.

The 49ers scored capitalized on the turnover as Garoppolo connected with Brandon Aiyuk on a six yard touchdown reception to extend its lead to 17-0.

Jacksonville (2-8) finally got on the board just after the two minute warning when 12 play 67 yard drive Matthew Wright kicked a 30 yard field goal with 1:53 left in the 2nd quarter.

San Francisco responded with seven play 45 yard drive of their own. They ended the half with a 48 yard field goal from Gould.

The 49ers defense picked up where it left off in the first half by dominating the Jaguars offensive line and putting constant pressure on Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

San Francisco held Jacksonville to just 54 yards on the game. Contrary to the Niners rushing attack that controlled the time of possession with 171 yards on the ground.

San Francisco put the game away with their first possession of the second half that resulted in another long, time consuming drive.

Garoppolo led the Niners on a 11 play 77 yard drive that consumed 5:45. Garoppolo completed the drive with one yard touchdown reception to tight end George Kittle to give the Niners a commanding 27-3 lead.

Jacksonville scored its only touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter in what is known as garbage time. James Robinson ran in a one yard touchdown that only fantasy football owners appreciated.

Garoppolo finished the afternoon 16 of 22 for 176 yards and two touchdowns with a 126.3 quarterback rating. Samuel led the 49ers in rushing with 79 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

Aiyuk lead all wide receivers catching all seven targets for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Lawrence, the 2021 number one pick, finished 16 of 25 for 158 yards with no touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 81.8.

Warner led the Niners defense with seven combined tackles. Arden Key had a sack for a second consecutive game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 6-for-12 on third down conversions. Jacksonville was 5-for-11.

UP NEXT: San Francisco returns home to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 11/28 at 1:25pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers try not to look past Jaguars after beating Rams; Mitchell to sit out today’s game

San Francisco 49ers running back Eli Mitchell (25) who will sit out today’s game in Jacksonville is seen here trying to avoid Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) and inside linebacker Troy Reeder (51) who are in hot pursuit during last Monday Night Football last on Nov 15, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the San Francisco 49ers (4-5) are coming off in what have called a miraculous win. The 49ers prior to their 31-10 win against the Los Angeles Rams (7-3) on Monday Night Football had lost five out of their last six games was the win over the Rams just a one off or are the 49ers back on track?

#2 Joe 49ers safety Jimmie Ward had himself a game Monday Night with two interceptions and returned one one of them for a touchdown it seemed like Ward and everyone else was up for the challenge against the Rams.

#3 Former 49ers general manager Trent Balalke who is the Jacksonville Jaguars GM was the GM when Ward was first drafted at No.30 by the 49ers in 2014 they most likely will exchange pleasantries when they meet this Sunday in Jacksonville.

#4 Joe, running back Elijah Mitchell had a pin inserted into his broken finger on his right hand after surgery is still being sidelined and is wearing a protective non contact bandage and is stretching with the team during practice.

#5 Joe the 49ers who are coming off a surprising and uplifting win over the Rams last Monday who were one of the winningest teams in the NFL face the Jaguars (2-7) Sunday. The Jaguars after losing five straight games have won two of their last two games. The 49ers can’t let up on the gas because you never know what a team like Jacksonville could do on any given Sunday in spite of their record.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers hoping to grab last playoff spot improve with fourth win

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a first half pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi Stadium on Monday Night Football Nov 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave an unexpected upset victory for the San Francisco 49ers who now improve to 4-5 defeating the visiting Los Angeles Rams (7-3) with that huge 31-10 victory on Monday Night Football were you just as shocked by the turn around as everyone else?

#2 Lots of key players in this one two of which quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 15-19, 182 yards throwing, two touchdowns take all that considered the 49ers were in the red zone quite a few times. Also talk about Jimmie Ward who had two picks off Rams quarterback Matt Stafford.

#3 Dave the 49ers really beat a Goliath of a football team in the Rams now they play one of the worst and struggling teams in the NFL next Sunday Nov 21st in Florida against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7). You can never count anyone out on any given Sunday as the Jags have won two of their last four games. They did lose to the Indianapolis Colts (5-5) last Sunday 23-17. How do you see next Sunday’s match up in Jacksonville.

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49ers put a thumping on Rams 31-10 end home skid

San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Williams (1) gets mobbed by teammates after returning an interception in first half action at Levi Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football Nov 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—393 days is now just a footnote.

That is how long the San Francisco 49ers went between home wins after an impressive 31-10 victory over their NFC West Division rival Los Angeles on Monday Night Football at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco is just a half game back out of the seventh and final wild card spot in the NFC behind the Carolina Panthers.

San Francisco ended its eight-game home losing streak at Levi’s and are 2-8 at home over the past two seasons. Los Angeles have lost two games in a row for the first time this season and have looked very bad in both of them.

Los Angeles (7-3), in a Super Bowl or bust mode, added two veterans this week via free agency and via trade. They added defensive end Von Miller in a trade with the Denver Broncos and Odel Beckham Jr. after he was released by the Cleveland Browns last week.

Like the other 47 men who dressed in the road uniforms, neither of them were factors in a game where they had no answers on offense or defense.

San Francisco (4-5) dominated all three facets of the game from start to finish as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to taking advantage of two Matthew Stafford interceptions on the Rams first two drives.

Jimmy Ward made the first of his two picks at the 49ers seven yard line on a deep throw by Stafford that was clearly overthrown while Ward played center field on the play as they ball went right into his hands.

The 49ers offense had its longest offensive drive of the season on its opening possession. They went 93 yards on 18 plays that last 11:03. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo capped off the drive with an eight yard pass to tight end George Kittle for the game’s opening touchdown.

“I don’t want to say it took their soul away, but it definitely did something,” Garopollo said.

On the next Rams possession, Ward intercepted the ball on a wide receiver screen and ran it back 27 yards to paydirt as LA’s first two possession mirrored their first two in last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans in which they lost 28-16.

Los Angeles responded with a seven play, 75 yard scoring drive completed by a Tyler Higbee 10-yard touchdown from Stafford with 13:16 left in the second quarter.

San Francisco’s offense, that looked like an well oiled machine in the first half, answered right back with another 90 yard plus drive. Garropolo led the Niners offense on a 11 play, 91 yard drive where Deebo Samuel capped it off with an eight-yard rushing touchdown for a 21-7 lead.

“Any time we get to sit there and drink Gatorade, that’s great football,” said Niners linebacker Fred Warner.

The Rams looked like they were going to close the gape to a 11-point game when kicker Matt Gay lined up for a 35 yard field goal attempt with 18 seconds left in the half. Instead they faked the field goal as punter Johnny Hekker threw to Kendall Blanton who was cut down in the open field by 49ers defensive tackle DJ Jones for only a two yard gain as the Niners special teams weren’t fooled on the play.

The second half featured San Francisco’s dominance by their defensive front. They controlled the trenches as the Rams running game was stymied only gaining 52 yards on the ground making the Rams offense one dimensional for the rest of the game.

Nick Bosa and Arden Key each sacked Stafford late in the fourth quarter. Stafford was never comfortable in the pocket as the Niners had constant pressure on the Rams quarterback forcing him into bad throws and ruining Stafford’s timing with his wide receivers.

San Francisco, up 24-7 early in the fourth quarter, put the nail in the coffin on a 4th and 5 gamble at Los Angeles’s 40 yard line. Garropolo threaded the needle on a post route to Samuel who caught the ball between two Rams defenders and out raced the rest of the secondary to the endzone for his second touchdown of the game.

Samuel finished the game catching all five targets for 97 yards and one receiving touchdown. He combined for 133 all purpose yards with his 36 yards on the ground.

Garrpolo rebounded well from last week’s loss going 15 of 19 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 141.7, his best of the season.

“Honestly it felt like the Super Bowl year (in 2019),” Garoppolo said.

Stafford finished an abysmal night going 26 of 41 for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while getting sacked twice. Stafford was the victim of having six of his passing attempts dropped by his targets.

Copper Kupp led all wide receivers 11 receptions for 122 yards on 13 targets. Beckham only had two receptions for just 18 yards in his Rams debut.

49ers rookie running back Elijah Mitchell led all running backs with 97 yards on 27 carries. Mitchell’s good night allowed San Francisco to dominate the time of possession battle by an almost two-to-one margin 39:03-20:57 by running the ball 44 of the 64 offensive plays.

“Our whole offense basically stood up and cheered,” said Kittle on the Niners goal to run the ball 40 times during the game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished the game 8-for-14 on third down conversions. Los Angeles was 3-for-10.

Los Angles was without wide receiver Robert Wood, who suffered a tore his ACL in practice this past Friday. Woods was placed on the IR and will miss the rest of the season.

UP NEXT: San Francisco head out on the road to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars on Sunday 11/21 at 10:00am at TIAA Bank Field.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Beckham and Rams heading to Santa Clara for clash with 49ers on Monday Night Football

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver and now Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr will be making his Rams debut on Monday Night Football Nov 15 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers (3-5) who have lost five of their last six games will be tested again as they face the Los Angeles Rams (7-2) on Monday Night Football. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says the 49ers situation is a sense of urgency.

#2 The 49ers were defeated soundly in their last game by the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) 31-17 last Sunday

#3 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw 28-40, 326 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Garoppolo’s line looked good enough to win the game but the Cardinals just kept adding up the scoring and no matter what Garoppolo did the 49ers just couldn’t catch Arizona.

#4 Los Angeles Rams (7-2) wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr who joins the Rams this week will be all the rage as the Rams are rolling and with the addition of Beckham that gives the Rams just that more yards in receiving going into Monday Night’s game.

#5 Joe, set this one up the 49ers having lost five of their last six and have trouble keeping teams from scoring once in the red zone what do you expect out of the 49ers defense in stopping the Rams high potent offense going into Monday Night’s contest?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Beckham most likely won’t join SF; Odell looking for post season contender

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr (13) walks off the field before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Beckham who left the Browns on Mon Nov 8, 2021 is available for a team who will sign him. Beckham said he’s only interested in a team that will be a contender for post season and the Super Bowl. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 After the San Francisco 49ers (3-5) most recent loss to the Arizona Cardinals (8-1) on Sunday 31-17 the subject of Odell Beckham Jr has been raised and would he be a fit for the 49ers? 49er head coach Kyle Shanahan likes what Beckham brings to the game however Beckham Jr is looking to join a team that is a post season contender.

#2 In spite of the Cardinals three key starters quarterback Kyler Murray, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and defensive end JJ Watt all out for last Sunday’s game due to injuries. Former 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy and running back James Conner took over to defeat the 49ers for their fifth loss out of six games.

#3 The Los Angeles Rams (7-2) second place behind first place Arizona were rolling they did suffer a tough loss to the Tennessee Titans (7-2) 28-16 last Sunday. The Rams come to Levi Stadium for Monday Night Football as a four point favorite over the 49ers.

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