San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will the Omenihu arrest be a distraction to 49ers Championship game?

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) celebrates during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 San Francisco 49ers defenseman Charles Omenihu arrest on Monday for domestic violence who has been accused for pushing his girlfriend to the ground. Omenihu bailed out and misdemeanor charges are pending.

#2 David from the aspect of the 49ers in Philadelphia facing one of the toughest teams in the NFL against the Eagles. Will the 49ers and their whole focus should be on the upcoming NFC Championship game but could the arrest of Omenihu be a distraction to the team and the upcoming game.

#3 Dave it’s onto the 49ers and Eagles match up at Lincoln Financial in Philadelphia how do you see the match up between both of these clubs this Sunday.

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49ers send home Cowboys with gritty 19-12 win in Divisional round matchup, will face Eagles for NFC crown

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy celebrates his team’s win with his parents at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday Jan 22, 2023. (San Franscico 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA — The team by the Bay is heading back to the NFC Championship.

The San Francisco 49ers grinded out a 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys
in the NFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco earned a trip to its second consecutive NFC Championship game and
third in the past four years. Dallas goes home disappointed with its second
consecutive playoff defeat at the hands of the 49ers after finishing the
regular season with a 12-5 record.

“It hurts,” said Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after the game.
“Very disappointed we weren’t able toto come out. Disappointed in my play.
Disappointed for the guys in the locker room. It’s unfortunate. Sucks.”

Both defenses set the tone early in the first half not allowing either
offense to sustain long drives and forcing punts. Turnovers played a key factor
in San Francisco’s victory as they won the turnover battle two to one.

Deommodore Lenoir intercepted Prescott at the 27-yard line and returned it
six-yards with 5:49 remaining in the first quarter. San Francisco cashed in the
turnover with a 26-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

Dallas answered back with a 14 play 74-yard scoring drive when Prescott
connected with tight end Dalton Schultz for a four-yard touchdown reception to
give the Cowboys its first lead of the game.

Cowboys’ kicker Brett Maher, who came into the game having missed four of
his last five PAT attempts, had his attempt blocked by Samson Ebukam as the
kicking woes for Maher continued.

“That’s just God putting me in a good spot to block it. All I did was did my job and put my hands up. The kick was low, and I just thanked God he was able to help me block that because that’s a point off the board,” Ebukam said.

With the score tied at 6-6 late in the second quarter, Prescott threw his
second interception of the game when a pass intended for Cee Dee Lamb,
deflected off the hands of Jimmy Ward and picked off by Fred Warner who
returned it to the Cowboys 12-yard line.

Once again, San Francisco settled for a Gould field goal, a 50-yarder, to
end the first half up by three points.

“The defense getting those turnovers, the offense being able to make some third downs (conversions). I don’t think in the first half we had one first down running the ball. I think they were (from) throwing the ball. I think that changed big in the second half. Winning the turnover battle and everything after that,” 49ers head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Dallas received its first break of the game when Ray Ray Mcloud was stripped
of the ball on a punt return after the Niners defense stalled the Cowboys drive
at their own 48-yard line. Kevlin Joesph knocked the ball out of McCloud’s
hands and the ball was recovered by Damone Clark.

Dallas capitalized with a 25-yard field goal by Maher.

The 49ers regained the lead when they marched down the field on their next
possession with a 10 play 91-yard drive that was finished off with a Christian
McCaffery two-yard rushing touchdown. The drive was set up by a 29-yard circus
catch of a reception by tight end George Kittle.

“This is exactly where you wanna be right?” Kittle said about
being one game away from the Super Bowl. “At the start of year back in
OTA’s, all you are doing is preparing for the Super Bowl. To be one step away
from that, it’s awesome.”

Each team would exchange field goals in the fourth quarter. However, when it
mattered at the end, San Francisco’s defense clamped down and held the fort by
not allowing Dallas to get close to scoring the equalizing touchdown late the

With 4th and 10 at their own 18-yard line with just over two minutes
remaining in the fourth quarter, head coach Mike McCarthy decided to punt the
ball with three timeouts left instead of going for it. San Francisco gained two
first downs to milk the clock down 45 second before giving Dallas one last
desperate final drive that resulted in the game clock running out and ending
the Cowboys season.

“We didn’t have enough today. And the guys laid it out there. I don’t
know how close you were to the field. It was an extremely physical football
game. Both teams laid that out there, so, we came up short,” McCarthy

Purdy, despite being pressured throughout the game by Dallas’ front four,
had an efficient game going 19 of 29 for 214 yards with no touchdowns or
interceptions and a QB rating of 87.4. Running back Elijah Mitchell led all
rushers with 51 yards on 14 carries. Kittle led the 49ers in receiving with
five receptions for 95 yards.

“We just stuck with it,” said McCaffery about the offense being more successful in the second half. “I don’t like making blanket statements after games without watching the tape, but you could just feel guys sticking with it, not panicking, just talking it one play at a time.”

Prescott finished 23 of 37 for 206 yards with one touchdown, two
interceptions with a QB rating of 63.6. Lamb led all receivers with 10 catches
for 117 yards. Schultz chipped in five catches for 27 yards to go along with
his touchdown.

GAME NOTES: San Francico finished 7-for-14 on third down conversions. Dallas
was just 5-for-15.

San Francisco is now 19-19-1 overall against Dallas and 10-10 at home against them. The Cowboys is 5-4 against the 49ers in the postseason. 

Dallas running back Tony Pollard suffered an apparent broken leg in the first half and did not return to the game.

UP NEXT: San Francisco takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC
Championship Game on Sunday at 12:00pm at Lincoln Financial Field.

Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders drop third straight game 32-13; Bengals snap two game loss streak

The picture is worth a thousand words as Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) goes to recover a fumble by Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) who is laid out which pretty much summed up the Raiders afternoon on Sun Nov 21, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) dropped their third straight game on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to the Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) 32-13. For the Bengals they snapped their two game loss streak. Bengals running back Joe Mixon rushed for 132 yards and carried for two touchdowns to contribute to the Bengals offense.

The Bengals who had a bye last week came out well rested and had quite a fourth quarter scoring 19 points to pretty much put the game out of reach. The win also puts the Bengals right back in playoff contention in the AFC North.

The game was so out of hand for the Raiders that Bengals kicker Evan McPherson didn’t feel any pressure kicking field goals becoming the 13th kicker in NFL history to kick three field goals over 50 yards in a game. The Bengals defense did their job holding the Raiders to under 300 yards at 278 yards of offense the second time Cincinnati has done it against an opponent this season.

On offense for the Raiders the 278 yards of offense was their third lowest total for 2021. It was another rough afternoon for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with 19 completions out of 27 attempts for 215 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Raiders first half on offense was atrocious they scored a field goal only in each of the first and second quarters and got shutout in the third quarter giving them virtually no chance at all to catch the Bengals.

The Raiders had six chances to get a first down and couldn’t making it 14 straight non first down conversions over two games (see last week against Kansas City Chiefs). The Raiders after their former head coach Jon Gruden resigned back on Oct 10th after losing to the Chicago Bears 20-9 won two straight games against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.

lt was Nov 2 when former running back Henry Ruggs III was DUI and killed Tina Tinton of Las Vegas and was put under house arrest and soon released by the Raiders. Then on Nov 5th Raider cornerback Damon Arnette video recorded himself holding an automatic rifle with a scope threatening a fan on social media after posting the video on social media the Raiders general manager Mark Mayock announced Arnette had been released. Since that week the Raiders have been a struggling team.

The Raiders hope to turn things around this Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys (7-3). The Cowboys have won four out of their last six games but lost their last game Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) 19-9. A 1:30 pm PST kick off for the Raiders and Cowboys this Thu Nov 25th.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Things starting to look up for Raiders take two game win streak to New Jersey against Giants Nov 7th

The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) makes a leaping catch over the Philadelphia Eagles free safety Avonte Maddox (29) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Oct 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) were excited after their win over the Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) last Sunday 33-22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the Raiders second win in a row.

#2 The Raiders were on offense for most of the time from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the third quarter running some 30 plus plays to the Eagles seven the Raiders ball possession just took Philadelphia out of their games on both ends of the ball.

#3 For the Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts 18-34, 236 yards, and two touchdowns overall not as much opportunities on the field to be competitive with the Raiders in trying to keep up with them.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had lots of opportunities under center throwing 31-34 for 323 yards, with two touchdowns. The Raiders scored 17 in the second quarter and 13 in the third quarter for their second straight win.

#5 Raiders are feeling pretty adjusted to the new head coach Rich Bisaccia who took out some offensive plays from the playbook and the adjustment is working.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders hope to keep roll going after bye week

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) talks with running backs Hunter Renfrow (13) and Josh Jacobs (7) during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sun Oct 24, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony after watching the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) win their second straight game just how motivated are they after the head coaching change and the coaching job that Rich Bisaccia is doing.

#2 It seems like the attitude is much more positive and plays are getting finished they way they should and the players have responded to Bisaccia and the coaching staff on both sides of the ball.

#3 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 31-34, 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Carr has been laser beam focused and has directed the offense in the victories against Denver (3-4) and Philadelphia (2-5).

#5 Tony, can the Raiders keep it going they have a bye this Halloween Sun Oct 31st before resuming action on Sun Nov 7 against the New York Giants (2-5) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The Giants crushed their last opponent the Carolina Panthers (3-4) 25-3 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday. How do you see the Raiders and Giants matching up on Nov 7th?

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Raiders display varied offense to win 33-22 over Eagles

The Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) keeps the football after scoring a second half touchdown agianst the Philadelphia Eagles on Sun Oct 24, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas (AP News photo)

Raiders display varied offense to win 33-22 over Eagles.

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) came out on fire on an office and the fence playing a great all-around game beating the Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) 33 to 22. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr distributed the ball to varied receivers and running backs in a great effort of offense that the Raiders have not seen in a while.

The defense added a superior effort in shutting down Jalen Hurts. Kenyan Drake had a tremendous game running the ball as did Josh Jacobs in key situations. Brian Edwards scored a tough 2 yard touchdown and is beginning to really blossom as wide receiver for the team.

The bye week for the Raiders is well deserved they really played well these first weeks of the season. Unfortunately they had a hiccup with Coach Gruden when they lost to the Chicago Bears on Oct 10th at Allegiant Stadium but they’ve seemed to have overcome it.

Carr had time to throw the ball on Sunday improving his pass to complete ratio going 31-34 for 323 yards for two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia who is now 2-0 “The offensive line today set the tempo for what we’re trying to do. Not only in the run game, but pass protection. They kept him clean with no sacks. They’re a young group that’s on the come up and they’ve been practicing extremely hard. They were exciting to watch..” said Bisaccia.

For the Eagles who lost their fifth game of the season quarterback Jalen Hurts just couldn’t get more than half of his passes completed going 18-34 for 236 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles scored seven in the first quarter and 15 in the fourth. Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said they tried to get at Carr today on the defensive end today but just couldn’t stop him, “Getting rid of the ball quick. You go out and use a stopwatch and see how the ball is going quick at the end of the day, he was on fire. We didn’t get to him.” said Cox.

The Raiders head into a bye week next week Oct 31st and will go to New Jersey to face the New York Giants on Sun Nov 7th at the Meadowlands.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Charlie O: Raiders the favorites against Eagles this Sunday at Allegiant

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr congratulates running back Josh Jacobs (28) after Jacobs carried for a touchdown in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Stadium in Denver on Sun Oct 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie O, the win after the previous rough week with the Gruden resignation had to help turn the page for the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) and their interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

#2 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had quite an offensive day against the Denver Broncos (3-3) throwing for 18-27, 341 yards, and two touchdowns.

#3 The Raiders also got help carrying the ball from running backs Josh Jacobs 16 carries, 53 yards, and one touchdown, and Kenyan Drake with four carries, 34 yards, and a touchdown.

#4 Charlie O, Jacobs told ESPN in the post game interview after last Sunday’s game in Denver that the vibe was different on the sideline, it was calm without no one cussing at you or going crazy at the refs, and Jacobs said if something bad happened it was just “next play.”

#5 The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) on Sunday afternoon at Allegiant. The Eagles have faced some tough opponents they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-30 Oct 3 and lost last Thu Oct 14th to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts faced a lot of Bucs defense throwing for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kick off in Las Vegas 1:05 pm.

Charlie O filled in for Tony Renteria who does the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo performance up to snuff no need to call Lance off bench

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sun Sep 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave the 49ers are coming off their second win over the Philadelphia Eagles 17-11 last Sunday. The 49ers have seven injuries key players from last week’s game linebacker Dre Greenlaw groin, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw knee, cornerback Emmanuel Mosely knee, defensive lineman Dee Ford ankle, linebacker Marcell Harris oblique linebacker, Arik Armstead defensive line.

#2 Dave talk about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s performance in Philadelphia throwing 22 for 30 for 189 yards, and one touchdown. Although he didn’t throw for multiple touchdowns he did enough to get the 49ers over the hump for a six point 17-11 win.

#3 Asked why he didn’t use back up quarterback Trey Lance 49ers head coach Shanahan said there was no designated plan to use Lance and there was no urgency either in week 1 or week 2 which actually is a very good place for Shanahan to be in.

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49ers escape Philadelphia with 17-11 victory over Eagles

Running for daylight the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws the ball on the run against the San Francisco 49ers in the first half at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sun Sep 19, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA — In a city where they’re know for grit and toughness, the San Francisco 49ers were tougher and grittier going into Philadelphia and coming away with a 17-11 victory led by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and a stingy defense that played strong all game long.

Garoppolo struggled with his accuracy early, sputtering the offense that led to three-straight three-and-outs. The offense failed to produce a first down, which is the longest streak to open the game under head coach Kyle Shanahan.

But Garoppolo shook off the shaky start and started making plays, completing 22-of-30 pass attempts for 189 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

“That’s part of being the quarterback. You gotta want the ball,” Garoppolo said.

Both of San Francisco’s touchdown drives went for 90-plus yards.

Philadelphia bungled an opportunity to go up 10-0 midway in the second quarter, instead of nursing a 3-0 lead thanks to a 45-yard field goal by kicker Jake Elliott in the first quarter.

After second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts connected with wide receiver Quez Watkins on a 91-yard completion to the San Francisco 6-yard line, the Eagles had a first down at the 1-yard line following a defensive pass interference penalty on veteran cornerback Josh Norman. But on fourth down from the 3-yard line, wide receiver Greg Ward took a flip on a reverse and threw an incomplete pass to Hurts in the back of the end zone.

On the ensuing drive, the 49ers utilized the final 4:12 remaining in the second quarter to get into the scoring column and take control of the game heading into halftime.

Starting from their own 3-yard line, Garopplo was razor sharp leading the 49ers down the field. Garoppolo completed a 5-yard pass to wide receiver Deebo Samuel on third-and-3. On the next set of downs, Garoppolo used his legs to pick up four yards on a quarterback sneak on third-and-1.

Following a timeout, Garoppolo connected with Samuel for a 40-yard completion over the middle of the field from their own 49-yard line before Samuel was brought down at the Philadelphia 11-yard line. On the next play, Garoppolo found wide receiver Jauan Jennings for the touchdown, giving the 49ers a 7-3 edge at halftime.

“For it to be 7-3 at halftime was pretty unbelievable,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

For the second straight week, Samuel led the 49ers in receiving hauling in six catches for 93 yards. Tight end George Kittle had four catches for just 17 yards.

Jennings’ first career catch (and touchdown) in the NFL, capped off a 12-play, 97-yard drive in 4:08. That was the longest scoring drive by the 49ers since Dec. 16, 2018 against the Seattle Seahawks.

After the Eagles went three-and-out on their first possession in the second half, the 49ers had their work cut out for them again after the Eagles punted the football to the San Francisco 9-yard line. But Garoppolo was unfazed, engineering an impressive 16-play, 91-yard drive punctuated by his 1-yard touchdown run that pushed San Francisco’s lead to 14-3 early in the fourth quarter.

On the ground, rookie running back Elijah Mitchell led the 49ers with 17 carries for 42 yards. The backfield did take some hits as Mitchell (shoulder), JaMychal Hasty (ankle) and Trey Sermon (concussion) all left the game with injuries. San Francisco entered Sunday’s game already without starting running back Raheem Mostert, who was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered in Week 1.

Kicker Robbie Gould added a 46-yard field goal with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter extended San Francisco’s lead to 17-3. It felt the way that the defense was playing today, the 49ers were in the HOV lane to their second victory of the season.

Not so fast.

The Eagles weren’t ready to go down without a fight in front of a sellout crowd at Lincoln Financial Field in their home opener. Especially since it was the first time fans were inside “The Linc” since a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 5, 2020.

Philadelphia cut San Francisco’s lead to 17-11, following a 1-yard touchdown run by Hurts and a 2-point conversion by running back Kenny Gainwell. But the Eagles never got the football back.

Hurts finished the game completing just 12-of-23 pass attempts for 190 yards. He also rushed for 82 yards.

Hurts threw a 38-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jalen Reagor that was overturned because Reagor stepped out of bounds before he made the catch down the right sideline.

“We had a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” Hurts said. “We have to be consistent in our execution. I have to be consistent in my execution as field general. A lot to learn.”

Missed opportunities hurt the Eagles’ chances at pulling out a victory for the eighth time in 10 games over the 49ers.

Defensive end Nick Bosa finished with two sacks, pacing a 49ers defense that allowed just 328 total net yards for the Eagles.

The 49ers (2-0) return home after practicing for a week at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia and a pair of road victories in the Eastern time zone in their pocket.

San Francisco host the visiting Green Bay Packers on prime time on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in their home opener at Levi’s Stadium for Week 3, while the Eagles (1-1) visit NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 27.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers defense needs to add pressure against Hurts and the run today

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowels will need to improve the blocking game as opposed to his blocking in Detroit last week. He and the 49ers take on the Philadelphia Eagles today at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (file photo from

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, talk about the progress of Brandon Aiyuk who had missed ten days of practice and with Trent Sherfield looking impressive in pre season and opening day last week. Aiyuk is expected to be hard hitting and explosive in his first game back this season in Philadelphia.

#2 Joe, talk about linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles about his ability to defend the run, being successful in blocks and in zone coverage?

#3 Rookie Trey Sermon running back is making his rookie debut on Sunday how big is Sermon with the loss of Raheem Mostert to step up at the running back position.

#4 The 49ers Jeff Kerr was a speculation if he was going to make the 53 man roster coming out of pre season but made the club and battled with the Lions Frank Ragnow last week. This week he takes on the Eagles Jason Kelce. Some of the tackles who struggled against the Lions have been moved to the linebacker position including Kerr. Kerr did have a good game against the Lions.

#5 Joe, the 49ers take on Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles last week Hurts just owned the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta with a convincing 32-6 win. Hurts under center threw for 27 for 35, 264 yards, and three touchdown. NFL oddsmakers were shocked by the Eagles performance and their home against the 49ers how much work will it take for the 49ers defense to stop Hurts.

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