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?

Join J Hawkes for the San Francisco 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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.

Join David Zizmor for the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cardinals have their way against the 49ers in 31-17 route

San Francisco 49ers defenders can only watch Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) take off down field during second half action Sun Nov 7, 2021 game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Superstars injured?? Nothing to worry about for the team from the desert.

The Arizona Cardinals used the next man up mantra and it payed off well for them in their 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco have lost five of its last six games. Arizona got back in the win column after losing their first game of the season last week against Green Bay. They are perfect on the road so far at 5-0 and have a half game lead on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West division.

The Cardinals were without their two best players on offense, quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle injury) and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring injury).

Arizona lost their starting running back Chase Edmonds on the first offensive series. James Connor rose to the occasion and one of the best game of his career.

Connor finished the game with 96 yards on 21 rushes and two touchdowns. He also chipped in with five receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, a 50 yard screen pass that had him run past multiple 49ers defenders. The three touchdown game was a career best for Connor.

Replacing Murray at quarterback for Arizona (8-1) was backup quarterback Colt McCoy, who made his first start of the season.

McCoy looked comfortable throughout the game running head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense as he completed 22 passes on 26 attempts to finish with 249 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

“No we had everything in,” said Kingsbury if he needed to simply the offense to prepare for McCoy’s first start. “We ramped it up. He does a great job of communicating with me on what he likes, what he doesn’t like so it was a full array out there.”

San Francisco (3-5) had a rough day overall as their defense weren’t able to stop the run and make key stops on third downs that allowed to Arizona’s offense to keep drives alive.

Offensively it wasn’t much better as they had two fumbles in the first half that killed promising drives as they tried to keep pace with the Cardinals.

“We didn’t stop the run and we didn’t stop those screens,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. “When you’re giving up some explosive screens and all of that free yardage, it doesn’t matter who was playing quarterback. We made it extremely easy on them.”

The 49ers welcome back their all-pro tight end George Kittle after he missed the past three games due to an calf injury. Kittle, who had one of the fumbles in the first half, was one of the few offensive bright spots for San Francisco. He led the Niners in receiving with six catches for 101 yards and one touchdown, a six yarder with 16 seconds left before halftime to get the home team on the board.

Connor scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to get Arizona on the board. He capped off a nine play 57 yard drive with an 13 yard rushing touchdown on a sweep right that left him untouched on his way to the endzone.

The Cardinals finished the first quarter with its second touchdown of the game when they went 80 yards on eight plays that Connor finished off with a one-yard run up the middled for his second rushing touchdown on the afternoon.

The drive was allowed to continue thanks to a controversial 15-yard personal foul penalty on 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead that was called for grabbing the inside of McCoy’s helmet. It set up Christian Kirk’s 34 yard end around pass to Antoine Wesley at the one yard line.

This is a solid team,” said Connor. “When the stars go down, other players got to step up. That is what this team did tonight. I tried to manifest that. I just tried to picture myself having a big game and it happened.”

San Francisco cut Arizona’s lead to 17-7 when quarterback Jimmy Garopollo connected with Kittle just before halftime. That would be the closet the 49ers would get to the Cardinals.

Arizona put the game away in the second half as they scored on its first two possessions. They only needed three plays on their opening drive of the second half that was capped off with McCoy throwing a screen pass to Connor who found a seam with a cutback to the middle of the field and found paydirt 45 yards later for a 24-7 lead.

The Cardinals went up 31-7 with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter when Eno Benjamin rushed for a 21 yard touchdown to finish off a seven play 71 yard drive.

“It’s pretty embarrassing and it’s unacceptable,” said 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner on his team’s poor defensive showing.

Arizona’s defense was the unsung hero of the game. They pressured Garopollo numerous times and ended up sacking him five times. They also held the 49ers rushing attack to just 41 yards on 11 carries turning San Francisco into a one-dimensional offense.

“That was the goal, to get out and stop the run,” said Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden, who had three of the team’s five sacks. “We knew it was going to be a nasty game, and we wanted to come out and get a little nastier than them early and make them switch up their game plan. Once the quarterback dropped back, we feel like we can get after any quarterback.”

Garoppolo had a subpar game despite finishing 28 of 40 for 326 yards with one touchdown and and one interception. The Cardinals constant pressure forced Garopollo to over throw ball on many occasions during the game. Arizona’s defense also made Garoppolo uncomfortable in the pocket which resulted in rushed decisions and the disrupting the timing on routes.

“I mean slow start,” said Garopollo. “I think that put us behind the eight ball from the get go. And just throughout the game, there’s just a little mess ups here and there that the turnovers killed us. Just little things like that.”

San Francisco made the score look somewhat respectable scoring the last 10 points of the game with a 11 yard touchdown reception by Brandon Aiyuk and a Robbie Gould 26 yard field goal but it was too little too late for the home team that is 1-8 at Levi’s Stadium in its past two seasons.

“Our crowd deserves it though because they’re out there screaming, yelling. They get loud for us, the faithful. And so we’ve got to play better for them,” Garoppolo said.

Aiyuk had his best game of the season for San Francisco catching six passes for 89 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Mitchell had just 36 rushing yards on only eight carries.

Kirk led Arizona in receiving with six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Hicks recovered both fumbles and finished tied for the lead in tackles with six for the Cardinals.

UP NEXT: San Francisco hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football on 11/15 at 5:15pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers hoping to gain a split from the Cardinals today at Levi

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Muarry (1) escapes a tackle from Green Bay Packer free safety Darnell Savage (26) during the second half of Sun Oct 28, 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes

#1 Such an improved and more satisfying result from last week’s contest against the Chicago Bears (3-5) at Soldier Field in Chicago for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (3-4) who threw 17-28 for 322 yards and surprisingly no touchdown passes but carried for two touchdowns to help his own cause in an 11 point win over the Bears 33-22.

#2 One of the important factors that came out of last week’s win for San Francisco was that it snapped the Niners four game losing streak and got some weight off their shoulders in the process.

#3 Although Garoppolo didn’t throw for any touchdown passes he was able to be instrumental in the 49ers three touchdown drives and also closed the game getting the 49ers in field goal range to close out the scoring.

#4 Garoppolo said he was not used to running in quarterback keepers but said doing it in front of his former college teammates who were attendance as he attended Eastern Illinois and had them watching in the crowd at Soldier Field he said it was pretty cool to be able to carry the ball in for scores twice in front them.

#5 The last time the 49ers played the Arizona Cardinals (7-1) on Oct 10th at State Farm Stadium the Cardinals got a seven point win 17-10. The Cardinals behind quarterback Kyler Murray have won seven of their last eight and their last loss came after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers (7-1). Taking into account how Murray is not likely to be in the line up today due to an injury how do you see this match up today between these two teams today at Levis Stadium?

Join J Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: With Garoppolo and Lance hurt bye week couldn’t have come at a better time

It was just that kind of a game for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance who ducked, dodged, and squirmed his way in a very physical game against the Arizona Cardinals Sun Oct 10, 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The 49ers have a bye this Sun Oct 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave one thing you can say about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance’s first full game the Arizona Cardinals didn’t waste anytime initiating him with a series of hits in many of his 16 runs, was sacked twice, and hit five times while he was trying to throw in the pocket last Sunday.

#2 Lance has a twisted left knee and will rest during this week’s bye week which couldn’t have come at a better time.

#3 Come by Oct 24 is there is a possibility for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to return he has that sore calf and it could be possible that both quarterbacks could be feeling better.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers week 5 podcast with Joe Hawkes: Lance to start today for injured Garoppolo; Murray throwing lights out for Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance and head coach Kyle Shanahan converse on the game plan during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks on Sun Oct 3, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Lance will start against the Arizona Cardinals Sun Oct 10, 2021 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. (photo from AP News)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, San Francisco 49ers (2-2) quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo rested on Thursday sitting out practice as the 49ers get ready to face the Arizona Cardinals (4-0) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan Garoppolo will rest for today’s game and Trey Lance will get the start .

#2 Garoppolo’s practice sessions if any has been very limited and Garoppolo has said that his calf injury still hurts to the point where he can’t push off and throw a pass.

#3 Shanahan said he wants to protect Garoppolo and George Kittle telling the media “sometimes you have to protect them from themselves” Shanahan said that Kittle is doubtful for today’s game in Arizona as well. What will it be like without Garoppolo and Kittle in the line up?

#4 Lance has looked good in practice and the few snaps he’s taken in the regular season how much of a test will this be with Lance being under center and starting the game against the Cardinals today?

#5 The Cardinals as a team that are a big test in of itself as they are 4-0 and quarterback Kyle Murray has been leaving defenses flat footed when he runs the keeper. Murray in Sunday’s last game against the Los Angeles Rams threw for 268 yards, two touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted and won the game convincingly 37-20. Missing some of the players to injuries will the 49ers be headed into a hornet’s nest today?

Joe Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo possible to return this Sunday; Lance ready to step in at moments notice

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is possible to return this Sun Oct 10, 2021 against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Garoppolo appears in this photo standing on the sidelines from last Sun Oct 3, 2021 after getting injured against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffering from a right calf injury is a good chance to play this Sunday in Arizona. The diagnosis was less severe with just bruising issues that would not be a problem by game day.

#2 Dave, talk about Trey Lance he overthrew last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks but settled down on a moment’s notice how ready do you see going into State Farm Stadium in Glendale against the Arizona Cardinals.

#3 How much time does Lance get with the offensive line to protect him will head coach Kyle Shanahan allow him to run the ball something we didn’t see too much off during pre season and some of the snaps he’s taken in his first few games.

Join David for the 49ers podcast each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers upset Cardinals 20-12 behind C.J. Beathard’s 3 TDs

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) holding intercepted ball that he picked off in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz — With the 49ers already officially eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 41-33 in Week 15, didn’t mean that San Francisco had nothing to play for in 2020.

Like preventing their bitter rivals in the Arizona Cardinals from making it to the postseason. If the Cardinals don’t make the playoffs after entering Week 16 holding down the final spot in the NFC playoffs, they can thank the 49ers.

The 49ers pulled off the 20-12 upset over their State Farm Stadium tenants on Saturday afternoon.

San Francisco (6-9) avoided being swept by Arizona this season. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 24-20 in Week 1. Arizona (8-7) came into this season having swept the season series from San Francisco in five out of the last six seasons.

In his first start since Week 8 of the 2018 season, C.J. Beathard played with a steady hand in engineering the 49ers’ run-first offense which made his job that much easier. Beathard completed 13 of 22 passes for 182 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Beathard threw touchdown passes to running back Jeff Wilson and Kyle Juszczyk giving the 49ers a 14-6 lead late in the third quarter.

Entering Week 16, Beathard was 1-9 as a starting quarterback for San Francisco. He was pressed into action after injuries to Jimmy Garappolo and Nick Mullens.

Beathard was also sacked three times.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Juszczyk hauled in his second score of the game (Beathard’s third TD of the game) from nine yards out that gave the 49ers a 20-12 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

But it was Wilson that shouldered most of the offensive burden for the 49ers against the Cardinals. With Raheem Mostert placed on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain on Friday, Wilson rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 22 carries in his second start.

A day after most of the world opened presents on Christmas, the 49ers unwrapped tight end George Kittle and immediately felt his impact in the starting lineup.

The 49ers’ best and freshest player, Kittle looked healthy in his first game since Week 8 was on a pitch-count. He spent most of the time on the sideline as he rotated back and forth with Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley. Kittle was targeted just once in the first half, catching a 24-yard pass with 6:22 left in the first quarter. He played 13 of the 49ers’ 26 snaps in the first half.

Kittle caught four passes for a team-high 92 yards. He caught all but one pass that was thrown his way.

San Francisco’s defense deserves a ton of credit for the 49ers’ win today.

Despite playing without three defensive lineman, including Javon Kinlaw, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Jimmie Ward, the 49ers didn’t play like they were short-handed.

The 49ers were able to hold their own against Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray.

Murray completed 31 of 50 passes for 247 yards, but was sacked three times and threw an interception. He also rushed for a team-high 75 yards on eight carries.

Arizona scored its first and only touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Kenyan Drake jumped on top of a pile and stretched his arm just far enough for a 1-yard touchdown. Murray couldn’t connect with DeAndre Hopkins on the 2-point conversion and the 49ers still led 14-12.

San Francisco’s defense leaned on linebackers Fred Warner (14 tackles) and Dre Greenlaw (7 tackles), while the defensive backfield was a major factor as cornerbacks Jason Verrett (7 tackles), Ahkello Witherspoon (7 tackles), K’Waun Williams (6 tackles) and safety Tarvarius Moore (11 tackles) limited Arizona receivers in yards-after-the-catch.

The 49ers held Hopkins in check, limiting the dynamic wide receiver to a team-high eight catches for 48 yards. A far cry from Week 1 where he caught a career-high 14 catches for 151 yards against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Verrett who was primarily guarding Hopkins throughout the day made the biggest play of the first half, breaking up a well-thrown pass from Murray in the end zone that prevented a potential touchdown. The play forced Arizona to kick a field goal that gave San Francisco a 7-6 lead at halftime.

San Francisco’s biggest plays came on Arizona’s final two drives of the game, including the aforementioned Witherspoon’s interception of Murray’s pass in the end zone.

The 49ers wouldn’t have had to sweat out the game if kicker Robbie Gould didn’t miss two field goals and an extra point.

Gould who made his 400th career field in Week 15, missed field goals from 37 and 41 yards. He missed an extra point after Juszczyk’s second touchdown that kept the score at 20-12.

San Francisco plays its final “home” game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium, while Arizona heads to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the season finale.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Beathard excited to get an opportunity to start and play an entire game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback CJ Beathard (3) celebrates a touchdown with running back Jeff Wilson (30) in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sat Dec 26, 2020 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah with the injury to 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens who most likely will need Tommy John surgery the 49ers will see quarterback CJ Beathard start. Beathard did get into last Sunday’s game in Dallas after Mullens left throwing 100 yards and one touchdown.

#2 Beathard has been trying to get the starting job on the 49ers since 2017 but with Jimmy Garoppolo holding the position and after his injuries Nick Mullens would fill in Beathard would have to wait. Fast forward to this season the opportunity comes for Beathard with just two regular season game remaining this season.

#3 Beathard said he’s excited for a chance to get under center and play the entire game as he and the 49ers faced the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium this Saturday.

#4 Beathard says he’s an improved quarterback than the quarterback he was back in 2017-18. Beathard says he’s stronger physically and can get rid of the ball quicker and believes he’s quicker in the pocket and can cut down on the number 35 sacks he took in his ten start during the 2017-18 season.

#5 Jeremiah  tight end George Kittle returned today for the first time in six games. Kittle has been on the team’s three week window in trying to make a return. I know head coach Kyle Shanahan will be watching him in practice carefully.

Join Jeremiah each Sunday for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers have Kittle on three week practice schedule; can he return soon?

The San Francisco 49ers George Kittle (85) trying escape New England Patriots defensive back JC Jackson (27) after catching a pass on Sun Oct 25, 2020 in Foxborough. Kittle has been out for the last five weeks and could return this Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The 49ers tight end George Kittle is moving towards coming back do you see him returning on Saturday in Glendale or maybe on Jan 3 against Seattle?

#2 Wednesday the 49ers have opened Kittle’s practice window a three week window to help determined when he could come back. There is only two games left and Kittle could return Saturday.

#3 Kittle had missed the last five games due to a fractured foot, knee sprain, and bone bruise. Kittle previous to these injuries had missed only three games in the first three years of Kittle’s NFL career.

#4 Joe, talk about quarterback Nick Mullens. He put it all on the line in the last game and came away with an injury and will eventually need Tommy John surgery.

#5 Joe, talk about the 49ers picking up quarterback Josh Rosen who will be backing up quarterback CJ Beathard for this Saturday’s game in Glendale.

Join Joe each week for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com