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Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:26 pm
 

49ers safety: We play physical...people get hurt

New York and San Francisco met on January 20, 1991 and Montana and Hostetler both took beatings that day. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In the days leading up to Sunday's Giants-49ers NFC Championship game, New York running back Brandon Jacobs -- all 6-4, 265 pounds of him -- declared that "I wish like hell they'd hit me in the head. ... A helmet-to-helmet hit. I want one of those. Because that means they're staying high, you know. They're not going to the ground and trying to make tackles at the shoe strings."

Not long after, 49ers safety Donte Whitner, the man who knocked Saints running back Pierre Thomas out of last week's game with a concussion, spoke frankly about San Francisco's defense.

“We play physical,’’ he said according to the New York Post. “Whenever you play physical, people get hurt.’’

Whitner quickly qualified that it's not anyone's plan to injure or maim an opponent but football is a physical enterprise (just ask Joe Montana).

"We don’t want to go out and intentionally hurt anybody," he said. "But when you play this game the way we play, we play fast and carefree, some guys are going to end up getting injured. We are not going to stop playing physical. Guys come out of the game, hopefully it’s not too bad of an injury.’’

The Giants, unlike the Saints, aren't a finesse offense. In fact, they seem to welcome physical play. As we pointed out previously, they have a wide receiver who looks like a tight end (Hakeem Nicks), a tight end who looks like an offensive lineman (Jake Ballard), and a bruising running back who -- shocker -- likes to steamroll any defender unlucky enough to get in his way. (Of course, NFL Network analyst and former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp has called Jacobs the "tiptoe burglar" for his running style.)

But it's not Jacobs that concerns San Francisco's defense. It's his backfield partner, Ahmad Bradshaw.

“He’s going to be where our focus is this week,” Whitner said. “We have to take him out of the game.’’

Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, a lock for NFL coach of the year honors, isn't short on confidence. And neither, is sounds, is his team.

“The only thing we have to fear is being unprepared,’’ Harbaugh said via the Post. “Like I’ve always said, you damn sure got to be confident. All these guys are.’’


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:08 am
Edited on: January 22, 2012 10:18 am
 

Expect SF cops dressed as NYG fans at stadium

Undercover officers will be at Candlestick Park Sunday to help keep the peace. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Almost five months ago to the day, two men were shot in the Candlestick Park parking lot following a Raiders-49ers preseason game. One of the victims was reportedly wearing a "F--- the 49ers" shirt. That incident came months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men allegedly wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium.

In advance of Sunday's NFC Conference Championship game between the Giants and 49ers. The San Francisco Police Department will dispatch undercover officers throughout the stadium dressed as Giants fans. The plan, according to SFPD Sgt. Mike Andraychak, is to make sure that Giants fans aren't harassed or threatened during a game that's set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time).

“They asked for additional staffing at the game, also for additional officers in plain clothes so they could be in the stands, where Giants fans are seated,” Andraychak said according to CBS San Francisco.

Undercover officers will serve as observers, Andraychak explained, and if necessary call in uniformed officers to handle situations as they arise.

“The first step would be ejection. If you’re threatening, intimidating or using profanity, you should expect to be ejected from either the parking lot or if you’re inside the game.”

The Giants-49ers rivalry -- especially in the postseason -- goes back decades. One of the most physical games in recent playoff history took place in January 1991 when Lawrence Taylor's Giants met Joe Montana's 49ers in Candlestick.


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:38 am
 

Nicks, Ballard not completely healthy for NYG

NicksBy Josh Katzowitz

As the Giants struggle with a stomach bug that seems to be going around the team -- Eli Manning apparently passed it off to David Baas, who missed practice Friday -- two of Manning’s top targets are not 100 percent healthy.

Receiver Hakeem Nicks rolled his ankle in practice Friday, a somewhat-common occurrence for him, and tight end Jake Ballard had a procedure on his knee this week that has left him questionable to play Sunday vs. the Giants.

Not to worry, both said, because they’re both going to play. In fact, one reporter asked what it would take to keep them off the field for Sunday’s NFC title game vs. the 49ers.

"Nothing I can think of, off the top of my head,”  Nicks said, via the NY Daily News.

“If I was missing a leg, that’s probably what it would take to keep me off the field,” said Ballard.

While Nicks should be good to go, there’s apparently some concern regarding Ballard. He didn’t have surgery, but there were reports Friday that Ballard had an injection to help reduce the swelling in his knee, stemming from a partially-torn PCL he suffered late in the year that kept him out of the final two regular-season games.

“A PCL isn't going to heal overnight,” Ballard said. “To really get healthy, it's about six or seven weeks without playing football. That’s not going to happen, so I’ll be ready to go … I think I’ll be better off than before. (The injection) should help it a lot.”



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Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:00 pm
 

'91 Giants-49ers playoff game all about hard hits

New York and San Francisco met on January 20, 1991 and Montana and Hostetler both took beatings that day. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

On Sunday, the Giants face the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Twenty-one years ago, these two teams faced off in the very same conference final, one the Giants would win, 15-13 (you can view the box score here). But as you'll see in the videos below, their brand of tackle football is virtually unrecognizable. There was no such thing at the Tom Brady rule or defenseless receivers or helmet-to-helmet hits, and defensive backs could mug would-be pass-catchers without penalty.

Still, there are plenty of familiar faces: Giants' defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, 49ers backup quarterback Steve Young, and of course Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. And there's even a cameo by a smack-talking Jon Bon Jovi.


"We're like guys from Jersey -- we drink beer out of cans, you know, and Budweiser. And we don't have cheerleaders and we don't have fancy stuff. We just know how to go down and make guys like Joe Montana feel sick." - a prophetic Jon Bon Jovi

Just about every hit in these seven minutes of footage would be illegal today. By our rough estimate, several players would've faced six-figure fines for this one game. And forget about monetary sanctions for Leonard Marshall. If he made that hit in today's NFL, he would've been promptly frog-marched off the field in handcuffs and thrown in the nearest jail without a trial.

Here's Montana talking about said collision:


After watching this we've come to several conclusions, including the most obvious: James Harrison was born 20 years too late.

"My ribs and chest hurt so bad that I didn't know my hand was broken," Montana said of Marshall's hit. "Normally when you get knocked out you can breathe a little bit of air out, but I couldn't even get a breath out. I was thinking, 'Oh god, I'm gonna die here.' Something is seriously wrong."

Brandon Jacobs might be tough by 2012 standards but we're guessing he'd want no part of this 1991 get-together.

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Another Giants player stifled by stomach bug

By Josh Katzowitz

On their final day of real practice before the NFC championship game, Giants center David Baas missed the workout with a stomach bug. Most likely the same bug that knocked Eli Manning out of practice on Wednesday.

Baas is listed as probable for Sunday, and considering Manning returned to practice Sunday, the illness is probably only the 24-hour variety.

But the larger issue is this: did anybody else on the team contract the bug? And if so, when is it going to afflict more players?

Because missing practice Friday is probably OK. But if it strikes on Sunday, that’s going to be a big problem.

Also, Giants tight end Jake Ballard is listed as questionable after Coughlin said he had a procedure (though not surgery) on his knee.



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Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:41 am
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Do Ravens, 49ers Have a Chance?

So, who ya got? (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

It's the conference championships and everybody seems to be firmly on two bandwagons: the Patriots and Giants. The former isn't completely surprising -- New England has Tom Brady and Baltimore's Joe Flacco has yet to prove himself -- the latter is unexpected for two reasons.

No. 1: New York was 9-7 in the regular season. Yes, they've had convincing wins against the Falcons and the Packers in back-to-back weeks ... but this leads us to No. 2: San Francisco just stopped the thought-to-be-unstoppable force: Drew Brees and the Saints' offense.

So what gives? Do Baltimore and San Francisco have a shot to get to Indy for the Super Bowl? We talk about that, Steve Spagnuolo joining the Saints, Rob Lowe breaking NFL news and perhaps most importantly: why Joe Flacco is riding a skateboard days before the AFC Championship game.

Talking starts promptly.

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 8:37 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 8:39 pm
 

Giants RB hopes 49ers' D 'hits me in the head'

Jacobs welcomes a physical game against San Francisco Sunday. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Earlier this week, after dispensing with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, Giants safety Antrel Rolle announced that "we can't be beat." He did qualify it with "I might be a little biased," but the point remains: New York is playing its best football of the season.

But the same can be said of the team they'll face Sunday: the San Francisco 49ers, who manhandled the Saints and took Drew Brees and that explosive offense out of their game in the process. By the time it was over, the 49ers had forced five turnovers including two interceptions.

But the Giants, unlike the Saints, aren't a finesse offense. Just the opposite, in fact. They have a wide receiver who looks like a tight end (Hakeem Nicks), a tight end who looks like an offensive lineman (Jake Ballard), and a bruising running back who -- shocker -- likes to steamroll any defender unlucky enough to get in his way.

So it's hardly surprising that Brandon Jacobs welcomes San Francisco's physical style.

"I wish like hell they'd hit me in the head. ...," Jacobs said Thursday according to NFL.com. "A helmet-to-helmet hit. I want one of those. Because that means they're staying high, you know. They're not going to the ground and trying to make tackles at the shoe strings."

Our initial reaction: be careful what you ask for. But Jacobs, all 6-4, 265 pounds of him, is right. If San Francisco defenders are hitting him high, they'll bounce off him like rain on an umbrella. Being physical got the 49ers to this point and that won't change Sunday. Jacobs remains unimpressed.


After dominating the Green Bay Packers last week, the New York Giants will travel to Candlestick Park to square off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they break down this matchup.

"I really don't care how physical they are," he said. "It's going to be a football game. They're a physical bunch; we're a physical bunch. We're going to be out there playing ball. I'm not afraid of them, I'm not afraid of anybody on their team, I'm not afraid of anybody in their organization. I'm ready to play football."

This is a much easier claim to make now that Mike Singletary is in Minnesota. Interestingly, all five of CBSSports.com's NFL experts are picking the Giants to win.

And lest you think Jacobs is all talk, he did take the high road when asked about Jerry Rice's recent comments calling Jacobs "a little soft."

“I grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan,” Jacobs said according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Alex Raskin. “I loved Jerry Rice. I still love Jerry Rice. If he feels that way, he feels that way; but I bet you he won’t tackle me.”

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:32 pm
 

Joe Biden roots on the Giants during SF event

Joe Biden with the gaffe at a SF event (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

When you’re in the midst of running a presidential campaign, it’s near impossible (I imagine) to keep up with the times, dates, places and participants of the various major sporting events that are currently happening around you.

But come on, we’ve got to do better than this. And I’m looking at you, Mr. Vice President.

A few weeks ago, a trio of Republicans completely flubbed a softball question at one of their 10,000 primary election debates. A moderator asked them what they’d be doing on a Saturday night if they weren’t at the debate, and Newt Gingrich said he’d be watching the national championship game in basketball and not football. He quickly corrected his mistake, but Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney piled on saying they would also be watching football. Considering the BCS title game actually was two days later was what made their answers completely wrong.

Now, we get the news from the San Francisco Chronicle that Joe Biden on Wednesday night told a San Francisco crowd that the “Giants were on their way to the Super Bowl.” Naturally, the pro-Democrat crowd booed (in a good-natured way) that pronouncement. Obviously, Biden meant the 49ers (and probably had his mind thinking about the San Francisco Giants), though the original line would have gone over big in New York.

Although this clearly will add to his “Biden is a gaffe machine” reputation, there is good news for the Vice President. According to the White House pool report, “The event raised somewhere between $275,000 and $1.1 million.”

Which is a lot of money to pay to be (sort of) insulted about your favorite sports team.

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