San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: 49ers look to make it nine in a row facing Raiders Sunday

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws to a receiver as he is pressured by Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) in the second half at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sun Dec 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, talk about how quarterback Brock Purdy has stepped into the role as starting quarterback after taking over for injured Jimmy Garoppolo looked like a veteran in that first game against the Miami Dolphins and has been unstoppable since.

#2 In his last game against the Washington Commadors Purdy once again had control in the second half with the 49ers scoring 14 in the third and 16 in the fourth. Purdy was able to move down field with almost no problem.

#3 The 49ers are Las Vegas against the Raiders on New Year’s Day the Raiders have lost two of their last three games in last second scores by the opposition how do you see these two teams matching up Sunday?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: 49ers Purdy drops Commanders with two TDs and great offensive performance

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) rushes the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders at Levi Stadium Santa Clara on Sat Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, there was little doubt where the contest between the Washington Commanders and San Francisco 49ers were headed. The 49ers offense showed control and quarterback Brock Purdy threw for two touchdowns in the win.

#2 The 49ers are unstoppable at this point they worked hard and beat some of the best teams in the NFL and as their reward they have won eight straight games also Purdy is the first quarterback in franchise history start at 3-0.

#3 Washington has now lost two in a row and their playoff hopes have dimmed after this loss to the 49ers on Saturday.

#4 Purdy had three balls tipped down at the line of scrimmage during the first two quarters that kept 49ers from establishing a rhythm on offense.

#5 The Niners are their way to Las Vegas to face off with the Raiders (7-8) the Raiders have won four of their last six games. The Niners defense have been the tops in the NFL how do you see this match up next Sunday.

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49ers defense dominates Commanders in 37-20 win for eight win in a row

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws to a receiver as he is pressured by Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) in the second half at Levi Stadium Santa Clara Sat Dec 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers (11-4) were in full control in a 37-20 victory over the Washington Commanders (7-7-1) on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco, who have already clinched the NFC West, continue to roll with their season best eight straight win. Washington have lost two in a row and their playoff hopes are in peril with two games left in the regular season.

Neither offense had nothing to write home about for most of the first half as they both looked like they drank too much eggnog the night before with combined punts.

San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy had three balls tipped down at the line of scrimmage during the first two quarters that kept 49ers from establishing a rhythm on offense.

Washington looked to have the first time make a dent on the scoreboard when they went on a 17-play drive of 84 yards that took almost 11 minutes off the clock. However, linebacker Fred Warner stopped Antonio Gibson at the one-yard line on 4th and goal.

San Francisco (11-4) answered on the following drive in just three plays. Ray Ray McCloud ran an end around for a 71-yard rushing touchdown thanks to a great seal block set by wide receiver Willie Snead IV, who was activated off the practice squad, to cap off the 99-yard drive and break the deadlock. It was McCloud’s first career rushing touchdown.

Washington (7-7-1) gained back the momentum just before halftime when Juan Jennings had the ball bounce off his hands into the arms of Darrick Forrest at the 31-yard line. Tyler Heinicke connected with Jahan Dotson on a four-yard touchdown reception with 22 seconds left to even the game.

San Francisco opened the second half with a seven play 76-yard drive to regain the lead. Purdy found tight end George Kittle wide open down the middle for a 34-yard touchdown reception.

Once again, the 49ers defense stepped up to the plate when they needed to and killed a second Washington fourth down conversion when Heinicke tried a quarterback sneak on 4th and 1 at the Commanders 34-yard line.

San Francisco’s defense also won the battle of the trenches as they held the vaunted Commanders rushing attack to just 79 yards on the ground despite the two-headed monster of Gibson and Brian Robinson Jr., who led Washington in rushing with 58 yards on 22 caries for a 2.6 average.

“We have plenty of room to improve. It always looks good on the scoreboard when you get the win, but you have to be hard on yourself as a team in order for us to be great and take that step. We have to stop them from scoring. When you allow the team 20 points, you don’t like it. You have to do better,” 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw said.

The 49ers made the Commanders pay for that decision two plays later when Purdy rolled out to the left on a bootleg and found Kittle out in the flat. The Pro Bowl bound tight end ran back into the middle and glided into the endzone for his a 33-yard touchdown reception, his second touchdown of the game.

“He makes my job easy,” said Purdy regarding the connection he has with Kittle. “If you just get the dude the ball he’ll just take off. George (Kittle) is extremely explosive, more than people think. He does a great job with the yards after the catch. I wish I would’ve had him catch that third touchdown as I think I threw it a little short. (But) just can’t give a (Iowa) Hawkeye too many touchdowns in a game.”

Kittle has back-to-back games with two touchdowns receptions and is the first 49ers player to accomplish that feat since Terrell Owens did it twenty years ago in 2002.

Washington answered back just over two minutes later with a four play 75-yard drive that was finished with a Terry McLaurin three-yard diving touchdown reception from Heinicke.

Nick Bosa made the defensive play of the game with his second sack of the game. The Pro Bowl defensive end hit Heinicke from behind popping the ball up in the air as Jordan Willis recovered the ball at the Washington 11-yard line. Robbie Gould kicked his second field goal of the game, a 23-yarder, to give San Francisco a two-score cushion with 12:02 left in the fourth quarter.

“When you have as a good a pass rusher who is as good as Nick, those are the best guys who have a way to change the game,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Bosa cemented his defensive player of the year award with two sacks and leads the NFL with 17.5.

Curtis Samuel cut San Francisco’s lead to 30-20 when he caught a 20-yard touchdown reception from Carson Wentz, who came in and replaced Heinicke, who was benched by Commander’s head coach Ron Rivera, with 3:51 left in the fourth quarter.

Christian McCaffery closed out the scoring with a one-yard rushing touchdown on the 49ers ensuing drive that began on the Washington 38-yard line when the Commanders failed to recover an onside kick.

San Francisco scored six on their seven second half offensive possessions.

Purdy finished 15 of 22 for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Kittle had his best game of the season with six catches for 120 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. McCaffery chipped in with 46 yards with 15 carries. Brandon Aiyuk contributed five catches for 81 yards.

Heinicke went 13 of 18 for 166 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and one fumble. Wentz was 12 of 16 for 123 yards and one touchdown in mop up duty. McLaurin led Washington in receiving with four catches for 77 yards to along with his one touchdown.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 4-for-11 on third down conversions. Washington went 7-for-11.

San Francisco leads the all-time series against Washington 22-12-1.

UP NEXT: San Franciso plays their final road game of the season on Sunday 1/1 when they take on the Las Vegas Raiders at 1:05pm at Allegiant Stadium.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders get another shot at Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half on Sunday Night Football Nov 14, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Both teams meet again this Sun Dec 12, 2021 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City (AP file photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, just wanted to ask you about the Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) running back Kenyan Drake and linebacker Nick Kwaitowski who are on the reserve/injured list how will they be missed this coming Sunday in Kansas City?

#2 Returning from the reserve/injured list are safety Tyree Gillespie and defensive tackle Darius Philon do you see them getting in Sunday’s game?

#3 How important was it for Washington Football Team (6-6) defensive coordinator and former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio to put a stop to the Raiders offense and Derek Carr last Sunday?

#4 There’s been talk that Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia needs to push Carr and the offense a little harder after the Raiders lost in a relatively low scoring game last Sunday 17-15.

#5 The Raiders begin the first of two weeks on the road starting with the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) the Raiders well know they can never live down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs have won five in a row including the last time the Raiders met the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on Nov 14th 41-14.

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Raiders game wrap: Washington makes fourth quarter come back to defeat Raiders 17-15

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) scrambles for some day light against Washington Football Team outside linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sun Dec 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat writer

The Washington Football Team (6-6) won their fifth straight game defeating the Las Vegas Raiders (6-6) at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday 17-15. This was the Raiders fourth loss in five games and they fall victim to Washington kicker Brian Johnson who booted a 48 yard field goal for the go ahead and eventual game winner.

The kick comes on Johnson’s fifth day after joining Washington, he’s not even familiar with his own teammates like defensive lineman Jonathan Allen who said he didn’t even know Johnson’s name yet. Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke got Johnson into good field position for the 48 yarder to put Washington ahead. Washington had fell behind the Raiders by eight points.

Johnson said once he walked into the Washington locker room this week he said the vibe was positive and was pumped up to play for his newest club, “The vibe and everything, for not being around it, I felt it once I walked in,” said Johnson “It’s an awesome locker room to be in. They’re probably still learning my name, but it’s awesome to be here.”

The Raiders just couldn’t capitalize on their Thanksgiving Day victory in Dallas when they beat the Cowboys 36-33. Derek Carr quarterback threw from the Raiders 43 yard line that just fell short at the goal line in attempt to make a comeback and overtake Washington.

The Raiders got field goals in the second and third quarters, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs scored after a 75 yard drive carrying for a one yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Carr elected to go for a two point conversion but his pass to wide receiver Bryan Edwards hit him in the back.

Carr said that you can’t win football games on field goals after the game, “Field goals aren’t going to win you games. You have to get touchdowns, especially with the teams we have coming up. We will need touchdowns to win these games.”

The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs who have won five straight games coming into this Sun Dec 12th contest at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Now Raiders need to push harder to get a playoff spot

Las Vegas Raiders place kicker Daniel Carlson (2) gets congratulations from teammates by Jermaine Eluemunor (72), AJ Cole (6) after booting a game winning 29 yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys Thu Nov 25, 2021 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 Tony, after losing three straight games it had to be a lot of weight off the Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) shoulders to get that Thanksgiving Day win against the Dallas Cowboys (7-4) 36-33.

#2 Tony, how much over the span of the three game losing streak did situations and departures of Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette play into focusing on games for the team?

#3 On Thanksgiving Day going to Dallas after three straight loses critics didn’t give the Raiders much chances of winning but win they did they hung with them on on both sides of the ball for the whole game right down to kicker Daniel Carlson’s game winning field goal to win that game.

#4 For Raiders quarterback Derek Carr an afternoon of just staying in the pocket and getting rid of the ball and making his throws count going 24-39 for 373 yards, and one touchdown he really help guide that offense last Thursday.

#5 The Washington Football Team (5-6) had previously lost three straight games and then turned things around and have won three in a row they won their last game against the Seattle Seahawks (3-8) close as it may 17-15 does Washington pose a threat coming into Allegiant this Sunday against the Raiders how do you see this upcoming match up?

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Las Vegas Raiders game wrap: Raiders snap 3 game skid edge Cowboys in OT 36-33

Las Vegas Raiders back up quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) got into the end zone on a carry in the second half of the game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys on Thu Nov 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Rich Perez

Las Vegas Raiders beat reporter

It took about a month for the Las Vegas Raiders to get the taste of losing out of their mouths with an overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington 36-33 on Thursday night.

You’d have to go back to Sun Oct 24th when the Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 33-22 when they last won a game. After that game they had a bye week lost two key players to unforeseen circumstances in Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette during that week that could have knocked any team off the rails and make them miss an opportunity at post season.

The Raiders would lose three straight games to New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. After that Bengals loss critics really wonder when the Raiders would win another game. The wait wouldn’t be long. The victory against the Cowboys on Thursday night really gave the Silver and Black some light in their playoff hope tunnel as it were and at least looking to start playing close to get within striking distance of their opponents.

The Raiders held the lead for most of the game and to come away with a win like this against the Cowboys on a Thanksgiving Day you’d have to go all the way back to 1968 proceeding that year the Raiders lost the next two Thanksgiving dates with Dallas but got back in the win column in overtime Thursday after Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 29 yard overtime field goal to get the Raiders over the hump for the three point win.

For the Cowboys the loss marks their third loss in games when they went overtime and this is the sixth overtime game in Thanksgiving Day history. One of the key reasons why the Raiders won this game is the defense played such a key role in the first three quarters of the game the Raiders held the Cowboys to a single digit in scoring for each quarter. Each time the Cowboys would get close to the red zone the Raiders would close the gap on them and force a turnover.

The other cause for the loss was the four pass interference calls that Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown got while defending the Raiders. On the fourth interference call on Brown came in overtime that put the ball in great field position for Carlson to be able to kick the 29 yard winner and take the Raiders home.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also had a great afternoon under center throwing 24-39 for 373 yards passing getting one touchdown. Carr didn’t allow a turnover and held onto the rock when he got sacked two times. Carr avoided moving the chains and relied on his receivers including Desean Jackson whose made a difference. Jackson three catches for 102 yards and one touchdown.

The Cowboys falling against AFC West opponents like they did last Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-9. The Raiders jumped right in with a big lead in the beginning, keeping that lead all the way until almost the end of the game.

Carr had a tremendous leadership role in leading the team really the whole game in big third down conversions all game long. Jackson had a great game at receiver and seems to be fitting in really well with the Raiders in that one two tandem of wide receiver with Zay Jones. It seems to be working out at the wide receiver angle along with wide receiver Bryan Edwards who helped out with one reception and 12 yards.

The Raiders now will have ten days off and play the Washington Football Team (4-6) coming in to Allegiant Stadium in a real big game on Sun Dec 5th. For the Raiders who have their eye on trying to get a shot at post season. Washington had a four game losing streak going before winning two in a row against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) and Carolina Panthers (5-6). The Panthers being Washington’s most recent win.

Rich is a Raiders beat writer and join Rich Fridays for the Raiders podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Will coach Gruden lose his job over racial email slur regarding NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden (left) says he’s sorry about the email he sent July 2011 to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen saying NFLPA Executive director Maurice Smith (right) “has lips the size of Michellin tires” (photo from Sports Illustrated)

On the Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden it was uncovered sent decade old email to former team president of the Washington Football Team Bruce Allen on July 2011 Gruden was a ESPN analyst at the time. The players’ union voted against the collective bargaining agreement setting Gruden off against Union Chief DeMaurice Smith emailing Allen saying ““Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of michellin [sic] tires.” 

#2 The email turned up as the NFL is conducting an investigation on discrimination by the Washington Football Team and Gruden had said he was sorry while being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal saying he meant “Rubber lips” meaning people who are lying.

#3 The NFL condemned the email saying, We condemn the statement and regret any harm that its publication may inflict on Mr. Smith or anyone else.” The NFL did not go onto say what steps if any there would be about the Gruden email.

#4 Rich, It’s too soon to say but how much something like this could be a distraction for the players, assistant coaches, and organization as the Raiders try and prepare for Sunday’s game against Chicago in Las Vegas?

#5 Rich, the Bears are coming off a ten point win against the Detroit Lions 24-14 from last Sunday their starting Justin Fields who threw for 209 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders are coming off a 14 point loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. Tell us how you see this Sunday’s match up.

Rich Perez does the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each Saturday at

NFL Playoff review podcast with Barbara Mason: Rams just edge out Seahawks; Ravens win by a touchdown over Titans; plus more

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jerod Goff (16) throws against the Seattle Seahawks defense and defensive end Carolos Dunlap (43) during the second half of action in the NFL Wild Card game in Seattle (AP News photo)

On the NFL Playoff review with Barbara:

#1 The Buffalo Bills just got by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday with a 27-24 win. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The game was close but Allen got a lot of yards against the Colts.

#2 Barbara, how much of a surprise was it for you that the Los Angeles Rams came up a winner over the Seattle Seahawks 30-20. For the Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Rams had good offensive command over the Seahawks.

#3 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got down to business on Saturday with a convincing win over the Washington Football Team 31-23. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns.  Washington tried to make an attempt to catch the Bucs but fell short 16-13 but fell short in the ten point loss.

#4 The Baltimore Ravens came up with a close win over the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Sunday. After a tied first half at 10-10 the Ravens scored seven in the third quarter and got a seven point win. The Ravens starting quarterback LeMar Jackson rushed for 136 yards, threw for 179 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for the win.

#5 Barbara low scoring game but good enough for the New Orleans Saints who scored three touchdowns in each of the first, third and fourth quarters and were shutout in the second for a 21-9 win in New Orleans. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

#6 The Cleveland Browns had the lead from start to finish and came away with an 11 point win 48-37. Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns pretty much stayed ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers all game long. This win advances the Browns to the next round of the playoffs and this is second week in a row that the Browns defeated the Steelers.

Barbara does the NFL post season podcasts each Monday at

NFL Playoffs podcast with Barbara Mason Sun Jan 10, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Bills going into playoffs red hot who can stop them?; Don’t count out Wilson and the Seahawks; plus more

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Josh Allen (17) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Munson)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Jessica were going to take a look at the NFL Playoffs games for this Saturday and Sunday and we’ll start with the red hot Buffalo Bills (13-3) who will be hosting the Indianapolis Colts (11-5). The Bills used two quarterbacks in their last game against Miami Dolphins with Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen 224 yards passing and three touchdowns. Allen should be a force against the Colts this Saturday.

#2 The Seattle Seahawks (12-4) are coming off a win against the San Francisco 49ers 26-23 in Arizona. The Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 181 yards, two touchdowns against the 49ers. The Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams (10-6) for this Saturday’s playoff game.

#3 Jessica in the third playoff game scheduled for this Saturday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) are in Washington to face Team Washington (7-9). In the Bucs last game they handled the Atlanta Falcons (4-12) with a 44-27 win. How do you see them matching up against Washington as they come in favored.

#4 Sunday playoff games start with Baltimore Ravens (11-5) at the Tennessee Titans (11-5). The Ravens quarterback LeMar Jackson threw for 118 yards and three touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday 38-3 and the Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill who help defeat the Houston Texans 41-38 threw for 216 yards and one touchdown.

#5 The Chicago Bears (8-8) will visit the New Orleans Saints (12-4) this Sunday at the Superdome. The Saints made easy work of the Carolina Panthers (5-11) to close out their regular season 33-7 in last Sunday’s game. Quarterback Drew Brees who came off rib injuries threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Talk about who you like in the Bears and Saints match up.

#6 To close out the playoff schedule on Sunday Night Football playoffs the Cleveland Browns (11-5) who defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) last Sunday 24-22. Frustrations got so heated that the Steelers had some pushing and shoving among teammates. The Steelers who didn’t have starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the line up started Mason Rudolph 315 yards and two touchdowns and Joshua Dobbs came in and threw for two yards. Jessica how do you see the Browns-Steelers this Sunday as they match up for the second consecutive week.

Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports podcasts every other Thursday at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong Thu Jan 7, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud