San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Short turnaround from Sunday as Niners prepare for Thursday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) gets a head start on the Atlanta Falcons cornerback Fabian Moreau (22) at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Dec 19, 2021. The 49ers are in Tennessee for Thursday Night Football Dec 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 The San Francisco 49ers (8-6-0) don’t have much time to exhale after their 31-13 crushing of the Atlanta Falcons (6-8-0) at Levi Stadium last Sunday as they will have a short turnaround and draw down on the Tennessee Titans (9-5-0) on Thursday Night Football.

#2 Talking about last Sunday’s thriller at Levi Stadium the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got plenty of time to throw 18-23, 235 yards passing and one touchdown.

#3 The 49ers scored two touchdowns in each of the second and third quarters that help pad the scoring against the Falcons on Sunday a great showing of offense or what they did is the real deal and will be a force against the Titans on Thursday Night Football.

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49ers shoot down Falcons 31-13; Niners pick up fifth win in six games

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws against the Atlanta Falcons defense in second half action on Sun Dec 18, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — These are the games you’re supposed to win if you want to be playoff contender.

The San Francisco 49ers took care of business in a 31-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco has won two games in a row as they continue their playoff push for in the NFC playoff race. They are currently the sixth seed in the NFC and in the second wild card position. Atlanta has lost two of its past three games.

It was a start JaMycal Hasty would soon like to forget as he fumbled the opening kickoff that was recovered by the Falcons at the 49ers 14-yard line.

San Francisco’s (8-6) stout defense let Hasty off the hook as they made a goal line stand on a fourth and goal from their own one-yard line when Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw incomplete to Kyle Pitts.

“I thought our defense played really well in the first half,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanhan. “The two drives before our final drive, I think we went three and out on both. We needed to stay on the field and finish them right there. (Our) D came up huge with those four down stops which made us survive it.”

After a 48-yard field goal by Yonghoe Koo the 49ers offense revved up the engine on their second offensive possession. They drove down 79 yards on 11 plays which resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The drive was set up with receptions of 25 and 28 yards to tight end George Kittle from Jimmy Garoppolo.

San Francisco went up 10-3 on its third possession. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk rumbled in for a six-yard touchdown run to complete an eight play 77-yard drive. Brandon Aiyuk contributed a 36-yard reception and Jeff Wilson Jr. had a 17-yard rush to help set up Juszczyk’s first rushing TD of the season.

Atlanta (6-8) responded with an eight play 65-yard drive of their own capped off with a 20-yard touchdown from Ryan to wide receiver Russell Gage who leaped high up in the air over Aubrey Thomas for the reception. The drive was aided on a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Arden Key, who had sacked Ryan one play earlier.

Garoppolo marched the 49ers down the field on just six plays and 75 yards in 3:27 that resulted in a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Deebo Samuel to close out the half. Samuel had a 30-yard reception to open the drive.

Samuel now has seven rushing touchdowns on the season, compared to his five receiving touchdowns.

“I just saw it on the install,” Samuel said regarding his new hybrid role on offense. “He (Shanahan) knows my mindset when it comes to just playing the game. I’m never going to shy away from any contact or shy away from anything that they ask me to do.”

San Francisco made the second half a living nightmare for Ryan and the Falcons offense.

Ryan was sacked in back-to-back plays in their opening drive of the second half. The second sack resulted in a fumble by Ryan with Fred Warner recovering for the 49ers.

“Our pass rush is coming alive and they’re coming alive when we needed them to,” said 49ers linebacker Fred Warner. “They’re the ones who start it, penetrating on first and second down so they can earn the right to rush on third down.”

San Francisco only needed four plays to make the Falcons pay for their miscue as Wilson Jr. rushed for a five-yard touchdown to increase the Niners lead to 24-10.

“Our guys were locked in today,” Garoppolo said. “It was a big game. NFC opponent, playoff picture and everything like that. It’s December football. We knew what we were in for.”

It was Wilson’s first rushing touchdown of the season as he made his second consecutive start for the injured Elijah Mitchell.

Atlanta drove 71 yards on nine plays capped off with a 22-yard field goal by Koo.

The 49ers put the game away with another quick drive. They went 75 yards on five plays when Garoppolo completed a four-yard touchdown reception to Jauan Jennings with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter.

San Francisco’s defense held the fort late in the fourth quarter as they stopped back-to-back drives by Atlanta’s offense forcing the Falcons to turn the ball over downs icing the game for the 49ers.

Ryan, who was under duress for the majority of the game, finished 19 of 32 for 236 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions with a QB rating of 92.7. Gage led Atlanta in receiving with eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.

San Francisco rushed for 162 yards while holding Atlanta to just 62 yards as both the offensive and defensive lines for the 49ers dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball.

Atlanta’s playoff push took a severe blow, but the team is not ready to concede their season with three games left in the season.

“We know nothing is set in stone,” Gage said. “You know we have three games left, anything can happen. The season has been crazy as we’ve all seen. So we’re gonna go out here and try to find a way to win these last three (games).”

Garoppolo finished 18 of 23 for 235 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a QB rating of 126.1. Wilson Jr. led all rushers with 110 yards on 21 carries. Kittle led the 49ers in receiving with six catches for 93 yards.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 6-for-11 on third down conversions. Atlanta was 5-for-13.

UP NEXT: San Francisco travels out to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football 11/23 at 5:20pm at Nissan Stadium

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Falcons Patterson and 49ers Samuel who will be the better wideout today?

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson makes a second half run agianst the New Orleans Saints on Sun Nov 7, 2021, will match up against the San Francisco 49ers Sun Dec 18, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, talk about the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson he’s been compared to the San Francisco 49ers (7-6) wide receiver Deebo Samuel both have five touchdown catches this season and you’ll get a chance to compare them side by side later today.

#2 Head coach Kyle Shanahan said it’s important to have a turnover free game the 49ers are 12-1 when they don’t turn the ball over. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo wins most of his games when he doesn’t throw an interception.

#3 Joe, talk about rookie running back Elijah Mitchell who will not be in the line up for today’s game and Shanahan has said he was not “optimistic” about Mitchell even returning for this Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Mitchell is clear from concussion protocols but his suffering a knee injury.

#4 The grieving process takes a long time said coach Shanahan regarding 49er cornerback Dontae Johnson who mother passed away and was away last week. Shanahan said that getting Johnson out there and to prepare for today’s game this past week will help him mentally prepare. Johnson 30 is starting in place of Emmanuel Moseley.

#5 Kickoff is at 1:25pm today at Levi Stadium between the Falcons and 49ers, the Falcons have been playing .500 ball winning four of their last eight games, defeating the Carolina Panthers (5-8) last Sunday 29-21. The 49ers are coming off a three point win against the Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) 26-23 last Sunday. Joe what’s your prediction for today’s game.

Joe Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Jimmy G is a can’t miss when it comes to wins and receivers; plus more 49ers news

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) drops back to throw against the Cincinnati Bengals defense Sun Dec12, 2021 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 Dave in games that San Francisco 49ers (7-6) quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t throw an interception the 49ers have won. Garoppolo in his last game threw for 296 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

#2 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Garoppolo’s success in not throwing the interception is based on his letting it rip and not hesitating.

#3 Injury updates: Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair is suffering a sprained elbow and is day to day. Al-Shaair has 11 tackles and three of those for a loss also pass rusher Dee Ford is questionable for this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) at Levi Stadium.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: 49ers gear up for a potent Eagles offense led by QB Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts carries the football against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta in the first half of action last Sun Sep 12, 2021 during week 1 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Dre Greenlaw who picked off Detroit Lions quarterback Jerod Goff’s pass for a 39 yard return last Sunday during week one will have surgery for an injured groin. Greenlaw is one of three starters for the 49ers who will be out of the line up this Sunday in week 2 in Philadelphia. Greenlaw is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.

#2 The other two 49ers who will be lost for the rest of the season are cornerback Jason Verett and running back Raheem Mostert out with knee injuries.

#3 Azeez Al-Shaair will taking over Greenlaw’s spot at linebacker Al Shaair impressed head coach Kyle Shanahan in the game in Detroit last Sunday with seven tackles, two of those he threw for loses, and broke up two passes.

#4 The 49ers will used Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles who will be in the starting line up Sunday at strongside linebacker. Flannigan-Fowles was a safety when he came in as a 2019 undrafted free agent.

#5 The Philadelphia Eagles will host the 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for week 2. Last week the Eagles crushed the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta 32-6. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts put the hurts to the Falcons with 27 completions out of 35 throws for 264 yards and three touchdowns. How do you see the Eagles matching up against the 49ers in week 2?

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Colts showed too much offense and Indy defense wasn’t giving any ground to Carr

For the Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers (17) he was busy all day giving the touchdown signal as the Colts ran over the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise NV on Sun Dec 13, 2020 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) are headed down the road to post season and the Las Vegas Raiders (7-6) found why after being on the other end of a lopsided loss 44-27.

#2 The Colts in first half scored ten points in each of the first and second quarters and had a 20-14 lead. The Raiders who had lost three of their last four games had to be concerned going into the second half if they could conjure up some offense to get past the Colts.

#3 The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr struggled on offense in the second half as the Raiders scored six in the third and seven in the fourth quarters well short to catch the Colts. For Carr 316 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

#4  The Colts stopped the Raiders ground game cold, none of the Raiders running backs could get any traction as Carr was the only one who carried in a touchdown but other than that for the most part the Colts defense shut it down.

#5 The Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) have won two of their last six games will face the Raiders in Vegas for Thursday Night Football this week. The Chargers got a win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 20-17. The Raiders beat the Chargers the last time the two teams meet in LA on Nov 8th 31-26.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Superbowl Wayne: Colts, Rivers have won five of last six as Raiders prepare to host this Sunday

The Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt (99) gets a second half sack on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers (17) on Sun Dec 6, 2020 in Houston (AP News photos)

On the Raiders podcast with Superbowl Wayne:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (7-5) in their last game in New Jersey at the Meadowlands against the New York Jets (0-12) needless to say shocked the nation when Raiders quarterback Derek Carr  with a Hail Mary comeback touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the game for a 46 yard pass to wide Henry Ruggs III for the game winning touchdown.

#2 The Raiders had a lead against the Jets in the first half 17-13 but the second half the Raiders didn’t score in the third quarter and the Jets got 15 points in the fourth quarter before Carr’s game saving touchdown pass to get Vegas by the Jets.

#3 Carr threw well enough to win the game 381 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. But it was his pass to Ruggs III to win the game will be the play everybody will remember.

#4 The Raiders host the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) this Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise. This will be the Raiders first home game in three weeks after getting crushed by the Atlanta Falcons(4-8) in the first leg of their road trip before narrowly winning against the Jets last Sunday. The Raiders no doubt are looking for a little home cooking.

#5 Indianapolis Colts have won four of their last six games. The Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers has been doing a bang up job for Indianapolis in his last game he and the Colts beat a well prepared Houston Texans (4-8) team in a close contest 26-20. Rivers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans.

Superbowl Wayne filled in for Rich Perez on the Raiders podcast at


Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Barbara Mason: Loss snaps Raiders three game win streak; Vegas set for a reboot head to Atlanta Sunday

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) just before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise NV on Sun Nov 22, 2020 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara the Raiders (6-4) just missed getting their fourth straight win against the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) in a game that was just out of reach 35-31.

#2 The Raiders who hung with one of the best teams in the NFL right down to the final quarter of the game where each team scored 14 points but the Raiders needed a little more but time just ran out.

#3 Once again those second and third quarters were critical on both sides of the ball. The Raiders held the Chiefs just to seven points in each of those quarters but couldn’t produce any offense in the third quarter which turned out to be critical in the end.

#4 For Raiders quarterback Derek Carr an explosive afternoon of throwing against the Chiefs defense accomplishing 275 yards, three touchdowns, and was intercepted once.

#5 So it’s back to the drawing board for Las Vegas as their heading to Atlanta for a 1:00pm kickoff. The Falcons have been playing .500 ball they lost to New Orleans Sunday 24-9 and beat the Broncos the week before 34-27. Barbara talk about how you see the Raiders faring in Atlanta on Sunday?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Lami: Will loss to the Falcons be something Niners can shake off?

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On the 49ers podcast with Joe:

#1 After a close loss to the Atlanta Falcons, will there be much recovery for the 49ers coming off the loss mentally and physically?

#2 Close contest as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had himself an afternoon throwing against the 49ers defense throwing 25 for 39 for 210 yards but the key play for Ryan was his five-yard pass to Julio Jones for the gamer.

#3 Injuries are insurmountable against the 49ers, but cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) and nickle corner K’Waun Williams (concussion) are both scheduled to return to practice after they sat on the sidelines last Sunday.

#4 With defensive end Dee Ford (hamstring) out for the rest of the season, the 49ers were trying to acquire pass rusher Terrell Suggs, a seven-time Pro Bowler. Suggs was snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs.

#5 The 49ers have four players going to the Pro Bowl in edge rusher Nick Bosa, Sherman, tight end George Kittle, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

Joe Lami does the 49ers podcasts each Friday at

San Francisco 49ers preview: Rams Seek Revenge While Niners Need to Get On Track

file photo from 49ers corner Richard Sherman (left) and tight end George Kittle (right) pose for a selfie with fans

By: Joe Lami

SANTA CLARA — The Niners stumbled in a trap game, yet still, control their own destiny to the NFC one-seed. If they win out, they take the top seed. A loss to the Rams before the NFC West winner-take-all matchup with the Seahawks would give home-field to either Green Bay or New Orleans. Even with a loss this week, San Francisco would win the NFC West with a win in Seattle, thanks to a tiebreaker.

The importance of retaining the #1 seed is crucial for San Francisco. Three of the five 49ers’ Super Bowl victories came when they were the top-seed in the conference.

The good news for San Francisco is they are beginning to get healthier. Both Richard Sherman and K’Waun Williams are set to return this Sunday after missing Sunday’s loss. The return of Sherman will be important to get him game time before next weekend’s gauntlet in Seattle. Guard, Mike Person is listed as questionable, fighting a neck injury. Jaquiski Tart (broken ribs) and Dee Ford (quad, hamstring) are listed as out.

The Niners will use this matchup against the Rams to get back on track. San Francisco’s won five of their last eight games against LA, including this year’s week four 20-7 win.

In that win, San Francisco’s defense completely shut down Jared Goff, allowing only 78 passing yards on 24 attempts. The Niners shutout the Rams on third-down, holding them to 0-for-9. The offense was just okay, as Garoppolo threw for 243 yards, 101 of them were caught by George Kittle, of course. Even though Jimmy didn’t throw a TD, he rushed one in San Francisco’s second touchdown of the afternoon.

The Rams have been Jekyll and Hyde this season, looking great at times, beating the Seahawks and Saints, but then getting boat raced by the Cowboys.

Kyle Shanahan mentioned last week about preparing for Atlanta’s Super Bowl. His team didn’t answer, and they’ll face another desperate team this week. LA’s playoff hopes have pretty much gone up in smoke, as they need to win out and pray for a miracle that Minnesota doesn’t beat the Packers or Bears. They hold the final tiebreaker over the Vikings.

His team will need to be ready for everything that the Rams will bring. Todd Gurley has been much more active these last three weeks, nearly totaling 200 yards and three touchdowns. He was inactive when the Niners completely shut down the Rams in week six, expect him to get a lot of carries on Saturday.

Jared Goff is currently fourth in the NFL in passing yards, just shy of 4,000. His 17-15 TD to INT ratio is shocking, however, and can be taken advantage of a hungry 49ers’ defense.

The Niners offense fell back to earth last week, scoring just 22 points. After the best month of his career, Garoppolo finished with 200 yards and a touchdown for a 90.3 rating, the lowest in the last five games. It was also the second-lowest in the last eight weeks. TLDR, Garoppolo has been one of the best QBs in the second half of the season.

If the Niners can contain Gurley, and get to Goff, like they did four times already this year, they should be able to slow down LA’s offense. Meanwhile, their defense is susceptible to the run. Breida only had four carries last week, while Raheem Mostert had 14. Mostert’s been excellent these past few weeks, giving the Niners a multi-headed monster in the backfield.