San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers chances of advancing to NFC Championship

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half  at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49es podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers (14-4) quarterback Brock Purdy had himself a playoff on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks (9-9) throwing four touchdowns going 18-30 for a whopping 332 yards and three touchdowns for a 41-23 win does Purdy just continue to surprise and amaze?

#2 Joe, after all you have seen with Purdy in his rookie year and being the last pick of the draft people are still waiting for him to have that first rough game but that hasn’t happened yet to the joy of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

#3 Joe after kickoff in the first quarter it really looked like an 11 on 11 ball game as the Seahawks and 49ers played to a one point Seattle lead 17-16 after that first half. After seeing that did you think this was going to be a battle for the 49ers once the second half started?

#4 Joe, talk about the 49ers defense in the third quarter shutting out the Seahawks and holding the Seattle to just six points in the fourth quarter.

#5 Joe talk about next week’s game at Levi Stadium how important is it to have homefield and how you see the 49ers chances of advancing to the Championship?

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Second half surge power 49ers to 41-23 win over Seahawks in Wild Card matchup

Brock Purdy helped the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Seattle Seahawks in a Wild Card game at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday Jan 14, 2023. (San Francisco 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Believe it or not, the San Francisco 49ers once trailed in the game.

San Francisco outscored the Seattle Seahawks 25-6 in the second half as they rolled to a 41-23 blowout victory in the first game of Wild Card weekend on Saturday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers have won 11 games in a row and advanced to the division round next weekend where they will host their second playoff game with the opponent still to be determined with the outcomes of the other two Wild Card games. Seattle’s Cinderella season came to an end after they finished the regular season 9-8 and earned the final playoff berth in the NFC.

“(Winning) 11 in a row in this league is not easy to do,” said 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk about his team firing on all cylinders at the right time. “It is so tough to win any game in this league so for us to string it together like that I do feel like that we’ve hit a good stride.”

This is the first time San Francisco has beat an opponent three times in the same season.

San Francisco jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter as their number one defense forced Seattle’s offense to two consecutive three and outs to start the game.

On the 49ers second offensive possession, Christian McCaffery was the catalyst of the drive. He began it with a 68-yard run on a sweep to the left. McCaffery concluded the five play 85-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brock Purdy, who became the first rookie quarterback in 49ers franchise history to start a playoff game.

“There was some emotion going into the game, you just feel it. Once the game started, I was like hey it’s 11 on 11, I gotta do my job. I gotta get it (the ball) to the guys when they are in space and go from there. Overall, it wasn’t ‘o my gosh we’re in the playoffs’. We just gotta play our game and let everything else fall into place,” Purdy said.

Seattle responded with a Kenneth Walker III seven-yard rushing touchdown on a drive that completed a 14 play 78-yard drive.

The 49ers settled for a 33-yard Gould field goal after 10 plays and 60-yard drive on its next possession.

Seattle answered back with a five play 71-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Geno Smith threw a deep bomb down the left sideline to DK Metcalf for a 50-yard touchdown reception. It was the Seahawks first lead in the game as they went up 14-13 with 5:01 remaining in the second quarter.

“We expected a tight game, it was a tight game,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan regarding his team’s performance in the first half. “That’s playoff football. But I expected us to score first in the second half and respond.”

Down 17-16 to start the second half, San Francisco began the third quarter with a long methodical drive. Purdy drove his team down the field before finishing off the 13 play 75-yard drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak to regain the lead the 49ers would never relinquish.

The game changing play of the game happened on Seattle’s next drive. With the Seahawks deep into 49ers territory, Charles Omenihu stripped Smith of the ball on a sack that was recovered by Nick Bosa at the 49ers 30-yard line for the game’s first turnover.

“It was a huge play; it changed the momentum of the game. They (Seattle) were in field goal territory, so for us to get that turnover, it was a game changer. We were up by six (points). If they make that field goal, they get momentum (back). It was a big play at the right time,” 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw said.

San Francisco capitalized on the turnover with a seven play 70-yard drive when Purdy on a play action pass to Mitchell for a 7-yard touchdown reception. Purdy connected with Kittle on the two-point conversion for a 31-17 lead.

The 49ers drove the steak right through the heart of the Seahawks when Purdy connected with Deebo Samuel on a play action roll out that resulted in a 74-yard touchdown reception down the sideline where Brandon Aiyuk delivered the key block on the play.

“We’re a two seed for a reason. We know we just have to go out there and play our game. I think we scored on all of our drives in the first half besides one we had a three and out. Our defense said ‘hey we’re going to tighten up, we’re going to get some turnovers.’ They did exactly what they said they were going to do. And when our defense gets turnovers, our offense scores points. And that’s why we’re so good,” Kittle said.

San Francisco’s defense created its second turnover when Deommodore Lenoir intercepted a pass from intended for Tyler Lockett and returned it to the Seahawks 37-yard line.

Seattle closed out the scoring with 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter when Smith connected with Metcalf for a three-yard touchdown.

Purdy, who played his best game as a starter, finished the game with 18 of 30 for 332 yards and three touchdowns to go with his four overall touchdown performance, no interceptions and a QB rating of 131.5. Samuel had one of his best performances of the season with six catches for 133 yards and one touchdown to go along with 32 rushing yards on three carries.

McCaffery had another dominating performance in the trenches as he led all rushers with 119 yards on 15 carries while chipping in two receptions for 17 yards and one touchdown.

Smith went 25 of 35 for 253 yards with two touchdowns and one interception with a QB rating of 98.9. Metcalf led all receivers with 10 catches for 136 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. Walker III chipped in 63 yards on the ground in 15 carries.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished the game 6-for-11 on third down conversions. Seattle was 6-for-13.

UP NEXT: San Francisco hosts a Divisional Playoff game on either Saturday 1/21 or Sunday 1/22. Team and time TBD.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers crush Seahawks 41-23; Advance to Divisional round next week

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) is congratulated by wide receiver Jauan Jennings after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sat Jan 14, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, this Wild Card playoff was not even close the San Francisco 49ers (14-4) landslided the visiting Seattle Seahawks (9-9) behind the amazing quarterbacking of rookie Brook Purdy 41-23 who threw for four touchdowns.

#2 The Seahawks came out in the first half looking like they might make this a competitive contest with a one point 17-16 lead but that was all erased in the second half as the 49ers shutout the Seahawks in the third quarter and opened up the offense with 18 points in the fourth quarter.

#3 Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during that second half tried to get them on track but quarterback Geno Smith unlike the first half just couldn’t execute in the red zone and the 49ers pass rush keep Smith running in the third quarter where Seattle was shutout.

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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: Will the 49ers really consider trading Trey Lance?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, right, is carted off the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Sep 18, 2022 (AP News file)

On the 49ers podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 David, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is the favorite power rankings quarterback going into Saturday’s Christmas Eve thriller between the Washington Commanders (7-6-1) and 49ers. How do you see Purdy matched up with Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke.

#2 Purdy was well in command against the Seattle Seahawks (7-7) last Thursday Night Football throwing 17-26 for 217 yards, and threw for two touchdowns. Will there be a big difference between the way that Purdy runs the offense, runs the ball, and stays in the pocket against the Commanders as opposed to the way he played against the Seahawks.

#3 The trade talk is already on with fans and media questioning is this the right time to trade injured 49ers quarterback Trey Lance seeing how Brock Purdy has come on the scene?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers meet up with Commanders in bid for 8th straight win Christmas eve

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) is exuberant after defeating the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle on Thursday Night Football Dec 15, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers (10-4) are just cruising right now and in the last three games where quarterback Brock Purdy has led since joining the scene and with the Niners last win 21-13 helped San Francisco win the NFC West.

#2 San Francisco clinched the NFC West, their first since 2019, with its seventh win in row and swept Seattle this season. 

#3 The Seahawks (7-7) have lost two games in a row and four of its last five as their playoff hopes suffered a huge blow as they have fallen to .500 after a surprising 6-3 start to the season.

#4 During the Niners seven game winning streak, their defense has been dominant and the main reason for their current run. 

#5 San Francisco hosts the Washington Commanders on Sunday 12/24 at 1:05pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Purdy day to day with rib injuries and Samuel out for three weeks

A fired up Brock Purdy takes flight after converting a first half touchdown pass against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Dec 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, as reported this morning San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is listed day to day with rib injuries after going through an MRI on Monday the 49ers have listed Purdy as day to day.

#2 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is estimated to be out for the next three games including on Thursday Night Football in Seattle. Samuel is suffering from a high ankle strain Dave talk about his absence will impact the 49ers for Thursday’s game?

#3 Dave, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice said for the coaches to stop running Samuel up through the middle “Please stop running out skill player up the middle,” he wrote. “Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo and now Deebo Samuel all hurt!!”What’s your reaction to what Rice tweeted.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Grand Jury says City Council members too cozy with 49er lobbyists; 49ers-Seahawks match up for Thursday Night Football in Seattle

Santa Clara City Councilman Anthony Becker says a recent grand jury report were not facts but were accusations regarding 49ers campaign donations for Becker’s mayoral run and that city council members were “too cozy” with 49ers lobbyists (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 Santa Clara City Councilman Anthony Becker who recently lost in an election bid for mayor to current Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said that a grand jury report saying four city council members were re-elected based on San Francisco 49ers campaign contributions totaling in the millions of dollars and that city council members may have breached their duties were “not facts those are accusations.”

#2 Becker along with the three other city council members Raj Chahal, Karen Hardy, and Suds Jain also spoke out against the grand jury report questioning the facts of the letter saying that the council members were cozying up to the 49ers and that they were elected with the help of the 49ers campaign donations.

#3 The grand jury went even further saying that the 49ers lobbyists were dictating city policy regarding policy reforms, also making public of written minutes of private meetings held between the city council and the 49ers team officials.

#4 Back on the field the 49ers prepare to battle the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Stadium in Seattle for Thursday Night Football. The Seahawks lost their last game on Sunday to the Carolina Panthers 30-27. How do you see the 49ers matching up against the Seahawks this Thursday.

#5 The 49ers are relying heavily on rookie quarterback Brock Purdy for a win in Seattle on Thursday Night Football and just get your evaluations on how you see Purdy matching up against the Seattle pass rush in this upcoming game?

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders playoff picture still bleak; Raiders take each game one week at a time

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) enjoys the celebration of scoring with teammates against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field in Seattle on Sun Nov 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 Tony, two weeks ago the Las Vegas Raiders were collapsing they were on a five game losing streak with them scheduled to start a two game road trip in Denver and Seattle all looked bleak until they had break out games resulting in overtime wins in Denver and Seattle.

#2 Tony, when you saw Raiders quarterback Derek Carr nearly broke down after the game after a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts was that a moment of reckoning for Carr and the Raiders that they mad and they weren’t going to take it anymore?

#3 Also owner Mark Davis had head coach Josh McDaniels back after the fifth straight loss and fans calling for his head. Was it a matter of Davis is not going to fire McDaniels and be on the hook for the rest of his salary or he still had faith in McDaniels to persevere through those tough times.

#4 Tony, the Raiders as now have no chance of making the post season at 4-7. The Raiders would have to win the rest of their games and finish 10-7 that’s six consecutive more games and wins to get some daylight.

#5 Tony, Raiders and Chargers as the Raiders return to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to face the Los Angeles Chargers (6-5). The Chargers just got by the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday 25-24. How do you see the outcome between these two teams.

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Raiders Beat Seattle In OT Thriller 40-34

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr celebrates the game winning touchdown in overtime to Josh Jacobs at Lumen Field in Seattle on Sun Nov 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

Raiders Beat Seattle In Thriller 40-34

By Barbara Mason

Sunday afternoon the Las Vegas Raiders (3-7) traveled to Lumen Field taking on the Seattle Seahawks (6-4).

The Seahawks got up on the board early, at 14:32 in the opening quarter. Kenneth Walker 111 rushed for 12 yards and the touchdown. The extra point was good and Seattle had the early 7-0 lead. At 9:24 the Raiders tied up the game when Derek Carr connected with Ameer Abdullah for 18 yards. That extra point was good and the game was tied at 7-7. The Seahawks would take the lead into the second quarter. A James Myers 24 Yd Field Goal gave Seattle a 10-7 advantage.

The Seahawks extended their lead in the second quarter when Myers kicked his second field goal of the game, this one for 34 yards giving Seattle a 13-7 lead. The second quarter would prove to be a wild affair. The Raiders took the lead at 10:02 14-13. Derek Carr found Mack Hollins for 36 yards and the touchdown. Las Vegas struck again at 8:29 scoring yet another touchdown. Josh Jacobs got loose for a 30 yards romp downfield into the end zone giving the Raiders a 21-13 lead.

With 5:21 left in the second quarter Seattle’s Tyler Lockett caught a Geno Smith pass for 35 yards. The extra point was good and the Seahawks trailed 20-21. Las Vegas would extend their lead with ten seconds left on the clock in the half. Daniel Carlson made a 36 yard field goal giving the Raiders a 24-20 lead at the half.

The Seahawks scored a touchdown in the third quarter taking the lead 27-24. Kenneth Walker III scored his second touchdown of the game, this time a 12 yard rush for the score. The Raiders would tie up this game at 27 when Daniel Carlson made a 27 Yd Field goal.

The game was knotted at 27-27 going into the fourth quarter. Seattle would score late in the quarter taking a 34-27 lead. Geno Smith connected with Travis Homer for 18 yards and the score.

With 1:54 left in the game the Raiders struck pay dirt to tie up this game once again. Foster Moreau caught a five yard pass from Derek Carr for the touchdown and we had a 34-34 game. There was 1:02 left in regulation when Seattle went back to work. The Seahawks failed to move the ball and the game would go into overtime.

At 4:09 in overtime the Raiders kicker Carlson missed a 37 yard field goal. With 1:19 left Seattle was forced to punt and Las Vegas had one last chance to win this game with 0:12 left on the clock. The Raiders all saw a single play for 86 yards; Josh Jacobs tore up the field to score the winning touchdown. This was no doubt the craziest game with an insane finish that we saw this weekend. The final was 40-34.

It was a terrific game for the Raiders. Derek Carr threw for 293 total yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Las Vegas receivers had a banner day. Jacobs and Davante Adams both had 74 receiving yards. Mack Hollins, Ameer Abdullah and Foster Moreau all had significant yardage with Hollins, Abdullah and Moreau cashing in with touchdowns. The man of the hour was Jacobs with 229 yards rushing and two touchdowns, which included the winning touchdown.

Next Sunday the Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:25 PM PT.