As the team’s season leader in catches (85), targets (107), and receiving yards (1053), San Francisco tight end George Kittle gets proper accolades for his receiving skills. But tonight he’s been showing off his blocking, which has helped running back Raheem Mostert to score four touchdowns.
The 49ers have repeatedly run the ball to the side of the line where Kittle lined up. His blocks give Mostert room to get around the end and slice through the Green Bay secondary.
Kittle did not get his first catch of the game until Jimmy Garoppolo found him for a 19-yard catch with a little under eight minutes left during a fourth-quarter drive.
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Kittle was known as a strong blocker at Iowa, where he played in college, and he enjoys blocking for the 49ers, too.
“If you don’t enjoy it, then you’re just going to be miserable, and so I just enjoyed it, and now I’m very prideful in it,” Kittle told reporters on Thursday.
Mostert has been the beneficiary of that hard work today.
Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered a traumatic brain injury, disk herniation and a torn labrum in Wednesday’s crash, attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis said.
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He was leaving practice when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The attorneys said the driver was charged with DUI in the wreck.
The NBA player’s attorneys said that the other driver “admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him” and “passed out” following the wreck. The attorneys said the driver is responsible for jeopardizing Parsons’ career. The driver was not identified.
Parsons remains in concussion protocol and was not with the team Monday for their game against the Toronto Raptors. He was not on the bench for their previous two games. The Hawks announced last week that he had suffered a concussion and whiplash and have recently added “associated disk injury” to the list of injuries.
In his eight years in the league, Parsons, 31, has played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies prior to Atlanta. Parsons has played in only five games this season, with his last appearance on Dec. 27.
He is averaging 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 440 career games.
Fox News’ Jack Durschlag and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tom Brady’s status for 2020 is the underlying storyline as the NFL prepares for Super Bowl LIV.
Brady has been adamant about playing until he’s 45 years old, which means at least two more seasons and two more chances to win his seventh Super Bowl title. However, the legendary quarterback may not be in a New England Patriots uniform come kickoff in September. He told Fox News contributor Jim Gray on his Westwood One radio show Sunday that he’s “open-minded” about the free-agency process.
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“I am open-minded about the process and at the same time I love playing football and want to continue to play and do a great job,” Brady said. “I am looking to what is ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms.”
Brady’s contract voids once the offseason begins in March. According to NFL.com, he cannot be franchise tagged due to a certain provision in his contract that prevents it.
Brady has spent his entire career with the Patriots. CBS Sports reported Sunday that it would be “surprising” if Brady re-signs with New England and that he “intends to take a methodical approach to his first foray into free agency” and will “weigh all options” before deciding on the next move.
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Brady told Gray earlier this month that he’s been focusing more on “decompressing” than on his next contract. He said he wasn’t putting a timetable on his plans for his future.
“The contract things, a week after the season, I would say these things haven’t even started to pick up. It’s really not my concern at this point,” Brady said. “It’s been about decompressing and resting my mind a little bit and resting my body and spending time with the people who have supported me over the last six months.”
Brady reiterated his plans to play in 2020, something he also suggested in an Instagram post. He added that the speculation around his retirement wasn’t going to make his decision come any quicker.
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“I can only say how I feel, and that’s what’s the truth to me and what’s authentic to me,” he said. “And, I have no decision that I have made, and there won’t be for some considerable time, so I know there is speculation; there always is. That’s just part of being in professional sports. That’s part of being a professional athlete.
“When people aren’t talking about this season, they want to talk about next season, and the reality is that next season is quite a ways away. I have some other things that are happening at this time: like I said, spending some time with my family, my loved ones and giving them the time they need. And then, as people begin to plan for next season, like I said, these things will take care of themselves.”
The Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders have all been rumored to be destinations for Brady if he decides to leave New England.
San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert had a breakout game in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, breaking a team record set by Colin Kaepernick.
Mostert finished with 220 rushing yards on 29 carries. He had four touchdowns in the, 37-20 victory. Mostert scored three times in the first half and once in the second – which put the nail in the coffin. Kaepernick had 181 rushing yards during the 2012-13 playoffs.
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The Packers had no answers for Mostert once he began getting a majority of the carries in the absence of Tevin Coleman, who left the game with an elbow injury. Mostert just kept running it down the throat of the Packers defense and it worked.
It worked so well that San Francisco only had quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throw the ball eight times in the entire game. Garoppolo was 6-for-8 with 77 passing yards. Two of his passes were thrown to Mostert, who gained six receiving yards in the game.
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Mostert became the only player in NFL history to rush for more than 200 yards and score four or more rushing touchdowns, according to NFL Research. His 220 rushing yards was second-most in an NFL playoff game, finishing just 28 yards behind Eric Dickerson who did it with the Los Angeles Rams against the Dallas Cowboys in 1985.
Mostert is a relative unknown in NFL circles. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in May 2015. He would be on the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Chicago Bears before he got meaningful carries with the 49ers starting in 2019.
This season, Mostert played in all 16 games. He rushed for 772 yards on 137 carries and had eight rushing touchdowns.
Brazilian surfer Felipe “Gordo” Cesarano was crushed by a giant wave at Nazare in Portugal last week. Its a miracle but he was uninjured.
A video has emerged of Cesarano during the “Gigantes de Nazare” event on Jan. 14, which shows the 32-year-old surfer traveling down a 60-foot wave for a few seconds and trying to turn towards the safety of the channel, Newsflare.com reported.
Much to his dismay, he is caught by the active white water behind him and dragged under, the report said.
He was seen being rescued by his teammate, Pedro Scooby Viana, who was on a jetski.
“This wave by Felipe Cesarano was one of the biggest waves of the day exceeding 60 feet on the face, and it’s for sure one of the nastiests wipeouts of the entire season and a serious contender for the WSL’s Wipeout of the Year Award,” filmmaker Pedro Miranda told Newsflare.
“Thank God the rescue went well and he didn’t get held much longer underwater because the impact zone was especially heavy during that session,” Miranda added.
37-20 – fantastic scores! The San Francisco 49ers win the NFC Championship over Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The 49ers will meet the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., next month for a chance to claim the title of NFL champions.
It was on the back of Raheem Mostert that the 49ers were able to defeat the Packers. Mostert had a breakout performance: 220 rushing yards on 29 carries with four rushing touchdowns.
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Mostert set a team record for most rushing yards in a playoff game, a record that quarterback Colin Kaepernick previously held.
The running back was so dominant that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had to throw the ball only eight times. He was 6-for-8 with 77 passing yards.
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Wide receiver Deebo Samuel had two catches for 46 yards, tight end George Kittle had one catch for 19 yards, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had one catch for six yards and Mostert had two catches for six yards.
The 49ers’ defense was dominant for most of the game. The Packers failed to score a single point in the first half of the game. They forced Aaron Rodgers to throw two interceptions and fumble the ball three times, losing one of them early in the game.
Rodgers finished 31-for-39 with 326 passing yards and two touchdown passes. One pass was to running back Aaron Jones and the other was to tight end Jace Sternberger. Jones also had a rushing touchdown to go along with his 56 rushing yards.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passing during the second half of the NFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)
But, the Packers had no answer for Mostert. He scored three times in the first half and put the finishing touches on the game with a 22-yard scamper for the final nail in the coffin for San Francisco.
The 49ers will play for a championship for the first time since the 2012 season. Kaepernick led the Niners against the Baltimore Ravens, but lost that game 34-31.
San Francisco last won the NFL championship in the 1994 season when Steve Young and Jerry Rice were leading the offense.
Davante Adams wasn’t a five-star recruit of The Green Bay Packers. He wasn’t the fastest, biggest or most athletic. But now he obsesses about being great.
But the two-time Pro Bowler has worked himself into being Aaron Rodgers’ top option and is one win away from playing in his first Super Bowl. Adams and the Packers will face the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC championship game, just a few miles from his native Palo Alto, California.
“I’m trying not to (freak out),” Adams said on Wednesday. “But, I mean, we’re all excited in here. This is a great opportunity. We understand what’s in front of us.”
Adams, who caught two touchdowns and had a franchise playoff-record 160 yards in a win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday in the NFC divisional round, now must face one of the top defenses in the NFL and one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
“Well, I mean, it doesn’t change, really,” Adams said on facing Richard Sherman. “He’s definitely a great player, and people have said a lot about whether he’s fell off or what not and I don’t see that. I see that he’s still the same guy, still making plays.”
Sherman’s 35 interceptions since entering the league in 2011 are the most among active players during that span. The 31-year-old is looking to make his third Super Bowl appearance after being one of the key parts to the Seahawks’ back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Though Sherman’s resume is longer than Adams’, the respect between the two is mutual.
“He’s very good at beating man coverage,” Sherman said. “When guys that are hard to cover because of their quickness, their feet, their size and their hands, it’s tough in the zone. They’ve got a good quarterback who gets the ball in the right spot. Davante’s definitely their best guy beating man to man.”
What makes Adams special is his release off the line of scrimmage. It’s a skill he acquired during his years as a basketball player and one that he works tirelessly every day to master.
“I’d say obsession is a good word for it,” he said. “… I don’t know at which point exactly it turned into that, but once I started realizing I could lose people at the line of scrimmage and essentially run a route on air, I figured that that was the way to go. So I just put a lot into that and obviously I made it a big part of who I am as a football player.”
Since Green Bay drafted Adams in the second round in 2014 out of Fresno State, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has grown from being Rodgers’ third or fourth option behind the likes of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to one of the most productive pass catchers in the league. Adams was on pace for his second straight 1,000-yard season before a turf toe injury in Week 4 against the Eagles sidelined him four weeks. Adams finished with 997 yards.
Rodgers said what has changed most about Adams in their six seasons together is Adams’ ability to use his mind to his advantage.
“Because he’s made certain plays throughout the year where him and I have had conversations either on the sidelines or in the locker room after the game and he will bring up certain plays from previous games or previous years,” Rodgers said.
Adams said that recall has just come with time. He remembered a game last season against the Cardinals when the two linked up for a 13-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone after Rodgers gave Adams a simple point.
“When you get a certain amount of reps under your belt, I think that that’s what puts you in position where now you can kind of read each other’s body language,” he said.
The Packers will need more than body language to defeat a 49ers team that dominated them 37-8 in Week 12. The lopsided loss was Green Bay’s worst of the season. San Francisco will no doubt look to take away Rodgers’ No. 1 option.
“You have to understand what they’re going to try to do to us, and obviously taking away 17 has got to be right near the top of the list because he’s so talented,” Rodgers said. “So we’re going to have to find ways to get him the football still. The best offenses that we’ve watched over the years, you still find a way to get the ball to your go-to guy.”
Adams already has 18 tickets to Sunday’s game to accommodate family and friends who will be in attendance. But he said there’s no pressure for him to perform well.
“The pressure is really on them,” Adams said of the 49ers. “They went out there and they dominated us last game and we did not take care of business the way we should have. It’s only up from here as far as how we go about it. … It just wasn’t a good showing, so we kind of bottled that up, that feeling, and we’re ready to convert that into something great.”
Nick Bosa remained on the turf with the wind knocked out of him after beating yet another offensive lineman for a sack when the appreciative San Francisco 49ers fans started chanting his name.
Bosa hopped up, jogged off the field and then quickly got back to doing what he’s done for his entire rookie season by harassing quarterbacks and spoiling game plans for offenses around the league.
There are plenty of reasons for the remarkable turnaround in San Francisco that has the 49ers (14-3) ready to host the Green Bay Packers (14-3) in the NFC championship game on Sunday after winning only 10 games in the first two seasons under coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.
There’s been a healthy season for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, innovative play-calling from Shanahan, physical dominance from All-Pro tight end George Kittle and a throwback season from shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman.
But perhaps no one has had a bigger impact than Bosa, a rookie who already has the physical tools and techniques of a player far more experienced.
“It was kind of shocking how silly he was able to make a lot of talented tackles look early, myself included,” veteran left tackle Joe Staley said Wednesday. “Now it’s just who he is and is what we expect now.”
Bosa was born for this role as a disruptive defensive end. His father, John, was a first-round pick by Miami in 1987 who played three seasons in the NFL.
His older brother Joey was drafted third overall by the Chargers in 2016 before winning Defensive Rookie of the Year and recording 40 sacks in his first four seasons.
Nick Bosa was dominant as a rookie as well after being picked second overall last spring. His nine sacks were the fourth most ever for a 49ers rookie, and he ranked third in the NFL with 68 quarterback pressures, according to SportsInfo Solutions, trailing only Cameron Jordan and Danielle Hunter.
Bosa also has been disruptive against the run and even flashed the ability to play in pass coverage He dropped off last week and broke up a pass to Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook.
“Obviously making the plays is good,” Bosa said. “But, I mean, I try and bring the same effort, same technique, same everything every week. (Sunday) I got a couple sacks. That always helps. But most of the plays that I’m most proud of are the plays that weren’t the sacks.”
Bosa and the entire defensive line have been making plays all season. The four first-round draft picks the team spent on defensive linemen the past five seasons and the trade for another former first-rounder in Dee Ford are paying big dividends.
The Niners also made some schematic changes this season under new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, lining up the defensive ends out wider than in the past to create better angles to get to the quarterback and more 1-on-1 matchups.
It has worked as advertised as the 49ers increased their sack total in the regular season from 36 to 48 and went from a record-low seven takeaways to 27 in large part because of the improved pass rush.
“Once we got the pads on in training camp, it was very eye-opening,” quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said about the upgraded line. “They made it difficult on us in training camp and it transferred over to the season, thankfully.”
The defensive line took a little step backward late in the season when Ford played only four snaps in the final six games because of injuries.
But Ford’s return against the Vikings last contributed to a six-sack performance as he drew extra attention with the threat of his speed rush to open opportunities for teammates.
Ford got one sack of his own to force a field goal late in the first half and even lined up next to Bosa at times, including on Bosa’s first of two sacks in the game. That gave the line a new look for offenses that still have to deal with power rushers DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead on the other side.
“I told Dee, ‘I wish I could scare people with my presence like you do,’” Bosa said. “I mean, when a guard sees Dee Ford on them, their mind is racing, they’re thinking about what he’s about to do, whatever it is. Just having his presence and his pass-rush ability, his knowledge and communication, he’s a true vet. It’s nice to have him out there.”
NOTES: All-Pro TE George Kittle missed practice with a sore ankle. Kittle hurt the ankle during the game Saturday but was walking around the locker room before practice without a noticeable limp. … Ford got the day off from practice after missing time late in the season with a hamstring injury but is still slated to play. … LB Kwon Alexander was limited after returning last week from a pectoral injury.
The fight, which everyone was looking forward to, unexpectedly ended without lasting even a minute. Conor McGregor defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via a 40-second TKO in UFC 246’s main event Saturday in Las Vegas.
After the fight, Cerrone was taken to a local hospital.
Cerrone spoke with broadcaster Joe Rogan in the Octagon after the match and said he was “OK” despite suffering a “busted nose”.
Cerrone didn’t attend the post-fight press conference in order to receive medical treatment.
McGregor dominated the fight, with Bloody Elbow summarizing it.
McGregor out fast, fires an immediate left hand. Cerrone clinches up and backs off
Cerrone rocked by a head kick, clubbing left hands. Cerrone down. McGregor firing away on him. Cerrone covering up. Fight over.
McGregor landed 19 significant strikes in 40 seconds.
A one-armed golfer from Canada shocked onlookers during the PGA Tour’s pro-am event in California. He made a 151-yard hole-in-one in the competition’s opening round.
Laurent Hurtubise, a Canadian golfer who was born without the majority of his right arm, teed off from the fourth hole at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta on Thursday to make the incredible shot.
The PGA shared a video of the celebrated moment on Twitter, calling it “inspirational.”
Hurtubise’s partner, Troy Merritt, a three-time PGA Tour winner himself, told PGATour.com it was “the coolest experience I’ve had on the golf course.”
Greg Chalmers, another PGA winner and golfer in Hurtubise’s group, commended the fellow lefty on the shot.
“He hit the shot and it was a nice little cut for a leftie. Right away we sort of said ‘sit down’ but it was one of those shots where you always thought, hang on – this could go in here,” he told PGATour.com
“It landed around the front of the green and we were all watching it closely as it tracked toward the hole and then bang, it disappeared. We all went up in celebration and Laurent went ballistic and maybe let out a few choice words, but who could blame him? It was an incredible shot.”
Hurtubise grew up in Montreal, where he was involved in a number of sports before taking on golf at age 11. He has played in The American Express event before, making a 60-yard hole-in-one in 2018.