NFL Playoffs podcast with Dave Zizmor: Can 49ers Purdy take on the league to get to the Superbowl?; Chargers battle Jaguars Saturday; plus more

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy affixes his cap after the 49ers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders on Sun Jan 1, 2023 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. On Sat Jan 14, 2023 at Levi Stadium the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks for the Wild Card Playoff. (AP News photo)

David talks NFL playoffs and predictions:

#1 Dave, let’s take each scheduled game one at a time, lets start with Saturday’s NFC Wild Card game Seattle and San Francisco.

#2 Next we have game two of the Saturday playoff doubleheader with the Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars.

#3 Four games are scheduled for this Sunday’s playoffs with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

#4 New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings is the second game for the afternoon and Tony will give you his prediction.

#5 The Baltimore Ravens are in Cincinnati to face the Bengals a 5:15 kickoff.

#6 Rounding playoff schedule the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickoff at 5:15 on Monday Night Football as well Dave who do you like in this one.

David Zizmor filled in for Tony Renteria. Dave takes you through each playoff game during the post season on Tuesday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: No. 2 seeded Vikings could be a challenge for 49ers in the post season

Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph (1) celebrates after kicking a 40-yard field goal during overtime against the Indianapolis Colts in Minneapolis on Sun Dec 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 David, talk about the impressive comeback victory by the No.2 seeded Minnesota Vikings (11-3) who were down to the Indianapolis Colts (4-9-1) 33-0 only to come back and win 39-36.

#2 In the win for the Vikings was this a matter of the Colts just simply let down or the Vikings have the makings of a competitive and challenging football team looking ahead to the post season.

#3 With the win for the Vikings the San Francisco 49ers (10-4) are maintaining the No.3 seed in the NFC this could be a neck and neck race a battle for the number two spot and the Vikings can feel the 49ers breath on their necks.

David is filling in for Marko Ukalovic who podcasts the 49ers Mondays at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Sudfeld most likely back up quarterback to Lance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nate Sudfeld (7) prepares to heave one against the Minnesota Vikings defense on Sat Aug 20, 2022 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, there was a combination of back up in Saturday night’s game in Minnesota for head coach Kyle Shanahan to evaluate we’ll start with the back up quarterbacks vying for a job at the quarterback position Brock Purdy and Nate Sudfeld what impressed you most about their work under center?

#2 Sudfeld went 13-17 for 102 yards and a touchdown he’s been getting a lot of looks in the last two pre season games.

#3 Brock Purdy could end up as the third stringer for Trey Lance, Purdy 14-23 for 128 yards from the sound of head coach Kyle Shanahan he’s pretty keyed in on Purdy.

#4 Joe, talk about the defense they held the Vikings to seven points is this reflective of the kind of defense the 49ers will have in the regular seaon?

#5 49ers return back to Santa Clara on Thu Aug 25th against the Houston Texans. Will Lance get to play the first half in this one and what are some of the things that coach Shanahan looks for in this final pre season game.

Join Joe Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at

49ers offense sloppy, defense the star of the show in 14-7 preseason win over Vikings

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tayler Hawkins, center, celebrates with teammates linebacker Segun Olubi, left, and safety George Odum, right, after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

It’s only the preseason but things need to get cleaned up on the offensive side of the ball.

The San Francisco 49ers had another stellar performance by their defense, while the offense looked in preseason form in their 17-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday evening at U.S. Bank Stadium.

San Francisco improved to 2-0 on the preseason, while Minnesota dropped to 0-2.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had his backup quarterbacks rotating every two series to start the game. The majority of the offensive and defensive starters, including Tre Lance and Fred Warner, sitting this one out as this was an opportunity for guys on the bubble to make an impression before the cutdown to from 85 to 80 happens on August 23rd.

The defense stood out on the Vikings first drive. An outside corner blitz led to Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond to force a throw up in the air only to have 49er cornerback George Odom intercept the ball and return it for 34 yards.

Another welcome sighting was the play of defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. He recorded one sack and was in the backfield during his time in the first half. It was Kinlaw’s first game action since he tore his ACL last October.

The offensive side of the ball was another story in the first half. A combination of dropped by balls by three different players, penalties, bad pass protection from the offensive line led to just two Robbie Gould field goals as San Francisco trailed Minnesota 7-6 at halftime.

The 49ers were 1/7 on third down conversions and 0/2 on fourth down conversions in the first half.

San Francisco’s defense had three takeaways during the game and have six in the first two preseason games with five interceptions and one fumble recovery. The combo of Malik Turner and Sam Womack III were responsible for the fumble recovery.

Nate Sudfeld led a 14-play, 79 yard drive at the end of third quarter that resulted in a JaMycal Hasty two-yard rushing touchdown to give the Niners a 14-7 lead with 14:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sudfeld finished the game 13 of 17 for 102 yards and one touchdown. Brock Purdy was 14 of 23 for 128 yards and no interceptions. Neither separated themselves for the backup quarterback job as they both played better in the second half.

Mond finished 10 of 20 for 82 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Sean Mannion was 10 of 15 for 65 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

GAME NOTES: 49ers offensive lineman Alfredo Gutierrez made his NFL debut in the final two minutes of the game and received the game ball from Shanahan.

UP NEXT: San Francisco finishes out the preseason against the Houston Texans on Thursday 8/25 at 5:15pm at NRG Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers pull off 17-7 win over Vikings; Are 49ers bluffing about dealing Garoppolo?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (15) tries to break a tackle by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields (36) at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sat Aug 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Taking a look at today’s pre season game against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis the 49ers defense kept them in check for most of the game.

#2 Taking a look at the quarterbacks and your evaluation of who might win a job as back up Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy in terms of accuracy and getting the offense in the red zone how did they do today against the Vikings?

#3 Some say in the press particularly NBC Sports that the 49ers are running a Jimmy Garoppolo bluff and they might very well keep him as back up?

David Zizmor does the San Francisco 49ers podcasts Wednesday’s at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: McDaniels likes the direction of the team and a positive locker room

Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake is stopped by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chandon Sullivan in first half action during pre season game #2 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Aug 14, 2022

On the Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders who are 2-0 under new head coach Josh McDaniels defeated the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Allegiant Stadium 26-20 and coach McDaniels looks to be ahead of the curve right now.

#2 It’s only pre season but as our Raiders beat reporter Rich Perez says the mood in the locker room has been one of being positive and of confidence.

#3 Tony, some of the Raiders players have looked good in the last two pre season games back up quarterback Nick Mullens was 7-9 with 94 yards and a touchdown and Jarrett Stidham was 10-15 for 68 yards and one keeper for a touchdown. McDaniels really has confidence in his back up quarterbacks.

#4 Tony talk about the Raiders running backs Brittain Brown 15 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown and Austin Walter seven carries for 30 yards.

#5 The Raiders next up are in Miami for pre season game #4 on Sat Aug 20. Tony talk about some of the things coach McDaniel will look at on both sides of the ball.

Join Tony Renteria for the weekly Raiders podcasts at

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders Mullens throws for TD defeat Vikings 26-20 in pre season game #2 at Allegiant

Minnesota Vikings tight end Jesper Horsted puts the tackle and sends Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Parry Nickerson flying in second half action during the Raiders second pre season game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Aug 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Nick Mullens threw seven for nine completions for 94 yards as the Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Aug 14th. The win was the Raiders second win of the preseason.

#2 Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham started under center and went 10-15 for 68 yards and carried four times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

#3 The Raiders offense are predicted to finish third or better in the AFC West this year because of their offense and that they could make it as a post season team.

#4 The Raiders got help from running back Brittain Brown who carried 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, running back Austin Walter carried seven times for 30 yards. McDaniels likes the direction of the running back position.

#5 The Raiders are in Miami next to face the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sat Aug 20th for a 4:00 pm PDT kickoff. Will McDaniels continue to rotate his quarterbacks and will Derek Carr get some snaps or sit in pre season game 3?

Join Rich Perez following every Raiders home and away game for the Raiders podcasts at

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?

Join David Zizmor for the San Francisco 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at

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.

Join Joe for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday at