San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers-Packers battle for NFC Divisional round Saturday at the Frozen Tundra

Dallas Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott (4) sits on the AT&T Stadium turf in Dallas after recovering his own fumble as the San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (92) looks on in the second half on Sun Jan 14, 2022. The 49ers advance to the NFC Divisional round for Sat Jan 20, 2022 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave could you once again go over that ongoing question at the water cooler throughout the country as to why the Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys just simply didn’t allow the referee to touch the ball but a hurry offense end the game and season for them?

#2 Dave, talk about the 49ers injuries of concern quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo shoulder sprain, pass rusher Nick Bosa in concussion protocols, and linebacker Fred Warner who is suffering from a high ankle sprain will they be able to recover in time for Saturday night’s NFC Divisional round.

#3 The Green Bay Packers (13-4) took a tough loss in their final game of the season against the Detroit Lions (3-13) last week 37-30 in Detroit. Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns and back up Jordan Love replace him later in the game. Did giving Rogers a break was intended for resting him for the playoffs?

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Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: NHL announces no NHL players at the Olympics; U Conn women not in top 10 first time in 16 yrs; plus more

The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to not have players attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled between Feb 5-22 and will make up postponed games during that time as announced Tue Dec 21, 2021 (image from Vegas Hockey Now)

On the Headlines podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica tonight we start with the NHL calling for this week’s leaguewide shutdown which was announced on Monday due to the positive coronavirus outbreak that has ten NHL teams facilities already shut before the shutdown was announced.

#2 The Holiday break was announced two days earlier and the NHL isn’t schedule to be back until Monday. Five games scheduled for Thursday has been postponed a total 50 games postponed this season.

#4 The NHLPA and the NHL have come to an agreement that no players will be participating in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Feb 5-22. The NHL with it’s massive Coronvirus outbreak and travel between Canada and the US has been banned the NHL decided to not send players to Beijing. The NHL will use those dates to make up games that are currently postponed.

#3 Jessica, in women’s college basketball the U Conn Huskies 16 year steak of being in the top 10 is over. The Huskies lost to Louisville and dropped four places in the AP poll on Monday dropping to 11th. The last time the Huskies were in 11th place was back on Mar 7, 2005.

#4 Monday was also another brutal day for the NFL as 47 players were put on the Covid 19 list a record for one day since the pandemic began in 2020. Some of the 47 keynote players in the Covid 19 quarantine are Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff.

#5 New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will be out for the rest of the season with a sprained neck injury. According the Giants head coach Joe Judge doctor recommended that Jones sit out the remaining three games this season after scans showed the extent of Jones’ neck injuries.

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Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Return of Yanks Severino; MLB Players prepared to sue MLB over shortened 2020 season; Packers Rogers calls out Pat McAfee show over work ethic remarks, plus more

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino returned to the pitcher’s mound Tue Sep 21, 2021 as he has recovered from Tommy John surgery and could be a big push in the Yankees bid to make the post season. Severino watches the Yankees from the dugout on Jun 20, 2021 and was activated on Mon Sep 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 The Major League Players Union are prepared to sue MLB over the 2020 season shortened season due to the Coronavirus epidemic that the 60 game schedule was too short. Martin F Scheinman an arbitrator will hear grievance proceedings as the Players are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for losing out on some 102 regular season games.

#2 The entire 2020 regular season was played in front of no fans, limited amounts of media, front office employees and player personal were allowed during the 60 game season. The loss hit the players in 2019 that went from $3.99 billion to $1.54 billion in 2020. This could be a stigma in negotiations in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which expires Dec 1st as the 2022 season could face a lock out.

#3 The New York Yankees on Monday who are a 1/2 game back in the AL Wild Card race were glad to announce the return of pitcher Luis Severino who made his first appearance in two years after having Tommy John surgery on Tuesday . Yanks manager Aaron Boone says he’ll be using Severino out of the bullpen. Severino signed a four year $40 million deal before 2019 campaign. He also could make appearances in the post season.

#4 After the Las Vegas Raiders came calling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers the Steelers came away with multiple injuries which included quarterback Joe Roethlisberger who is suffering a left pectoral injury. The Steelers don’t know when in the game Sunday that Roethlisberger got the injury.

#5 Despite the Green Bay Packers win over the Detroit Lions Sunday 35-17 critics on the Pat McAfee show are questioning Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers his performance, work skills, mental make up and are questioning Rogers work habits. Rogers in return called out BS in his response to the McAfee show saying, “”It’s absolute (expletive) to give people a platform who have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state and my focus, my work habits – people who are not in my life or I’ve not had communication with them or not in the locker room,” Rodgers said. “That’s just (expletive). It’s so ridiculous that people can get a platform to do this.” 

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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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San Francisco 49er podcast with David Zizmor: Verett out for season ending ACL injury; Mostert out for season will need knee surgery

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) might have carried his last ball for the 49ers. Mostert is slated for knee surgery after chipping his knee cartilage on Sun Sep 12, 2021 at Ford Field in Detroit (USA Today photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, just wanted to start the program asking you about the torn ACL injury for cornerback Jason Verett in Detroit during the Niners season opener last Sunday Verett is out for the rest of the season. The 49ers called Richard Sherman and have been making calls and watching who would fit in best to replace Verett.

#2 The debate is growing about ripping out the green carpet which caught Verret’s leg and replace carpeted surfaces in the NFL with real grass.

#3 The injury to running back Raheem Mostert in another in a series of injuries related to the carpet at Ford Field as Mostert chipped his knee cartilage and will be out for the rest of the season and will need arthroscopic surgery.

#4 The 49ers last season led the NFL with 32 injured reserve transactions and are in the top 10 in the NFL for the last four seasons.

#5 Taking these and other unmentioned injuries under consideration how much does this change the dimensions of the game plan going into Philadelphia for next Sunday against an Eagles team that won their opening game last Sunday convincingly 32-6 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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49ers dominate early, hold off Lions late with 41-33

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws against the Detroit Lions defense in the second half of action at Ford Field in Detroit during week 1 Sun Sep 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

DETROIT, MI — The 49ers scored 17 unanswered points in two minutes in the second quarter, highlighted by a Dre Greenlaw interception return for a touchdown, but narrowly escaped with a 41-33 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

San Francisco (1-0) carried a 38-10 lead early in the fourth quarter and allowed the Lions to to score 23 straight points in a span of three minutes to pull within eight points. But with 12 seconds remaining in the game, the Lions turned the ball on downs at the San Francisco 24-yard line to thwart Detroit’s late rally.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo shook off a fumble on the first snap of the game, finished the game 17 of 25 for 314 yards. Garoppolo hooked up with wide receiver Deebo Samuel on a 78-yard touchdown pass after second-year cornerback Jeff Okudah stumbled in coverage.

“We got into a pretty good groove and we were rolling pretty good, but you want to finish better than that,” Garoppolo said. “There was a relaxation on the sideline.

“At the end of the day, it’s a win and we’re happy with that.”

The scoring play gave the 49ers a 28-point lead midway through the third quarter, which they would need.

Samuel had nine catches for a career-high 189 yards, but had a key fumble late in the fourth quarter that gave the Lions hope with a little over a minute left.

Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell, who stepped in for the injured Raheem Mostert (knee), snapped a 7-7 tie with a 38-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter that put the 49ers up 14-7. Mitchell finished with 104 yards rushing.

Tight end George Kittle had four catches for 78 yards.

San Francisco took an early 7-0 lead after rookie quarterback Trey Lance connected with wide receiver Trent Sherfield on a 5-yard score following a play-action pass in the first quarter.

Defensively, San Francisco must tighten up their run defense. The Lions ran through multiple running lanes in the game and racked up a 116 yards on the ground. Defensive end Nick Bosa, who returned to action for the first time since tearing his ACL early last season, had four tackles and a drive-ending sack in the fourth quarter.

Middle linebacker Fred Warner led the team with 11 tackles (8 solo, 3 assisted). San Francisco forced three turnovers off the rebuilding Lions.

In his debut with his new team, quarterback Jared Goff finished 38 of 57 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Tight end T.J. Hockenson had a career-high eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.

It was third time straight time that Hockenson scored a touchdown in the season-opening game.

Detroit (0-1) recorded 430 yards in total offense, with the majority coming when the 49ers were up comfortably in the second half.

San Francisco held a 31-10 lead at halftime, their highest total after two quarters since 2008.

“We dug ourselves into a really big ditch early against a very good team,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said. “We were better in the second half, but that wasn’t good enough.”

On the injury front, the 49ers are holding their breath on the status of starting cornerback Jason Verrett who left the game late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers believe that Verrett tore his ACL.

Next up for the 49ers: a trip to Philadelphia where they will take on the Eagles in Week 2. Second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts was 27 of 35 for 264 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles in a 32-6 throttling of the Atlanta Falcons on the road.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Critics say that Lance not ready for prime time

Former NFL quarterbacks and TV analysts are saying Trey Lance (5) needs more time before becoming a starting quarterback as Jimmy Garoppolo (10) is expected to start this season for the San Francisco 49ers (file photo

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, just going through some former NFL quarterback and TV analyst analysis regarding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance and should he be getting time or as much time under center as starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo first we ask you is it too soon and too fast to put Lance in there right now?

#2 Former quarterback and NBC analyst Chris Collinsworth said that Lance is turnover worthy and that his number of interceptions are down in pre season because defenders dropped the balls.

#3 Former New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said that Lance is a ways off from getting the starter job and will need to continue to learn from Garoppolo.

#4 Garoppolo who gets the start this morning against the Detroit Lions is looking forward to the opener. Garoppolo who had injuries in the past season is looking for a healthy 2021 with the hope that the line could give him some time to throw the ball.

#5 Joe, the Detroit Lions will be looking to starting quarterback Jerod Goff to help light a fire for this team. The Lions had a rough season last year going 5-11. Matt Stafford quarterbacked most of their games and this year they’ll be expecting a lot from Goff who takes the reigns in Detroit.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: No secret Garoppolo and Lance will be rotating under center Sunday

Love the duds. San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo in checkered sweater (left) and Trey Lance in checkered sweater (right) are the 49ers Brothers and will be sharing duties under center at Ford Field in Detroit on opening day Sun Sep 12, 2021 (image from Clutch Points)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance participated in only three practices this week before the team flew off to Detroit. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Lance was doing good and that his limitations didn’t have anything to do with his index finger fracture.

#2 As opposed to the week right after injuring the finger where Lance was doing drop back drills without a football in hand he got to throw in practice on Wednesday. Lance has not spoken to the media since he fractured his hand against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sun Aug 29th.

#3 You can only imagine how the Lions are trying to figure out how the 49ers plan to use him on Sunday’s opener. Platooning quarterbacks no doubt will be confusing for Detroit especially since there is not much film on how they will run plays that will be available.

#4 Lance has been limited on play as he played just one game with North Dakota last season after all games were moved up to the spring league and played 16 games in 2019.

#5 In the final pre season game on Aug 29th starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Lance rotated with Garoppolo taking 14 snaps and Lance was in for ten plays. Shanahan plans to rotate them in the opener on Sunday and everyone is curious to see how that will look like.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Lance still wearing a splint and not throwing with opening day coming on Sunday

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) is seen here on the sidelines during the last exhibition game on Sun Aug 29, 2021 against the Las Vegas Raiders (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 On Monday during practice the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance had a splint on his right index finger and just some six days before the week 1 opener at Ford Field in Detroit this Sun Sep 12th Lance still can’t practice and throw a football.

#2 Lance did some drop back drills but did not throw a football. Last week he did drop back drills without a football but on Monday he did drop back holding a football but not throwing it.

#3 The 49ers will be starting Jimmy Garoppolo as Garoppolo and Lance are the only quarterbacks on the roster so with Lance’s fractured finger injury the Niners have promoted quarterback Nate Sudfeld from the practice squad roster.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Job for now is Garoppolo’s; Lance will need accuracy to win job

Trey Lance (5) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) will be mixing quarterback duties at least for the first game of week 1 in Detroit on Sun Sep 12 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field (mercurynews file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, How much pressure is on Trey Lance now that he knows he will be rotating at quarterback with starter Jimmy Garoppolo as opening day approaches on Sun Sep 12.

#2 Head coach Kyle Shanahan says that Lance will get plays but he won’t be the starter to begin the regular season.

#3 Garoppolo most likely will be starting and if he is the winning quarterback under center with improved numbers he will remain the starting quarterback.

#4 One of the things that Lance has to do to win the job is he will have to show he’s mobile out of the pocket and that if he goes long he accurate and can set up scoring situations.

#5 Both Garoppolo and Lance had fairly good camps will this be a matter of Lance learning the system and executing it to win the starter job and this more of a quarterback controversy than just trading off mid games?

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