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49ers Playoff Push

With a 11-4-1 record, the San Francisco 49ers earned the NFC West crown for the second straight year. This, in spite of changing quarterbacks — from veteran Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick — mid-season.

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Gary Gelfand reports from Sierra College, where the 49ers used to hold training camp. The team stopped holding their camps there back in 1997 and haven’t won a Super Bowl since. Coincidence?

The 49ers now hold their camps in Santa Clara — the location of their new stadium, expected to open in 2014.

Sports
01/21/13

49ers Return Home as Champions

Paul and Bethany chat live with Mark Demsky before he boards his plane to Atlanta, to come home from the NFC Championship.

questATLANTA—

After a back and forth game, the San Francisco 49ers have prevailed and are on their way back to the Super Bowl for the 6th time — beating the Atlanta Falcons 28-24.

Atlanta jumped ahead early, scoring 17 unanswered points. But, San Francisco came alive in the 2nd quarter, first scoring on a 15-yard run from LaMichael James, then on a 4-yard pass to Vernon Davis.

The momentum shifted back to Atlanta at the close of the half, however, after Matt Ryan managed to drive his team down the field with less than 2:00 to go. Ryan connected with probable future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez on a 10-yard TD pass with 0:25 to go, giving Atlanta a seemingly commanding halftime lead of 24-14.

Deferring looked to have worked for the 49ers, though, after they quickly drove down the field on the opening possession and scored a TD on a 5-yard Frank Gore run.

With the score standing at 24-21, San Francisco got their chances in the 3rd quarter to take the lead. Ryan first threw an interception to CB Chris Culliver, but San Francisco’s David Akers missed a field goal from the 38-yard-line. Then, Ryan fumbled at the 49er 37, only to have Michael Crabtree fumble inches from the goal line on San Francisco’s ensuing drive.

San Francisco then took their first lead of the game, after a 9-yard TD run from Frank Gore in the 4th quarter.

Atlanta made it interesting towards the end of the game, driving deep into San Francisco territory. However, the 49ers were able to hold off a 4th down play by the Falcons.

The 49ers will face whoever wins the Ravens/Patriots game later Sunday.

Sports
01/19/13

49er Fans Take Over Atlanta Bar

Mark Demsky reports from Atlanta, where 49er fans have taken over a local bar.

Sports
01/19/13

49ers Express: Fans Make Their Way to Atlanta

Fans aren’t letting a few thousand miles stand in between them and their favorite team. Mark Demsky reports from Atlanta, where there are 49er fans aplenty.

Local News
01/18/13

49ers Head to Atlanta for NFC Championship Game

SANTA CLARA-

The 49ers packed up and headed to Atlanta Friday, where they’ll play the Falcons in the NFC Championship Sunday.

“I think our guys are ready to play the best game of their lives,” said Head Coach Jim Harbaugh just before the team boarded its flight.

Exactly a year ago, the 49ers lost at home to the Giants in NFC Championship game.  Like this year’s game, San Francisco was favored in last year’s game.

“You see what happened,” noted Tight End Delanie Walker.  “We lost.”

“We’ve had a great week of practice,” explained Offensive Lineman Joe Staley.  “It’s different this time.  Our experience will help.”

Added Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, “It’s a business trip.  And we are going to Atlanta to take care of business.”

Sports
01/16/13

Kaepernick Hits Cover of Sports Illustrated

SANTA CLARA-

Whether he’s taunting or Kaepernicking, for the time being anyway, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick can do no wrong.

That includes making the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

“I didn’t expect it,” commented Kaepernick.  “It surprised me, really.  It’s a great honor.”

Saturday nights performance against the Packers by Kaepernick was so good, and his stock as an NFL quarterback has risen so high, people want to know if it has changed him any.

“Colin is the same,” noted Tight End Delanie Walker.  “He’s out there doing the same things he was doing before just trying to lead us to the Super Bowl.”

So what about the play against the Packers when Kaepernick was flagged for taunting?

“Ticky tack,” said his head coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I didn’t think it was that bad,” said Kaepernick.  “It’s an emotional game and were playing with a lot of emotion right now.”

TURLOCK-

What does 49er football have to do with cookies and cupcakes? When the starting quarterback is from your small community, it means everything.

“It’s just nice to have someone local be recognized,” said Terri Coonce.

Coonce decorates Niner-themed cookies and cupcakes at Turlock’s Olde Tyme Pastries on Geer Road.

The shop has been around for 30 years. This week, their sweets honoring 49er quarterback, and Turlock native, Colin Kaepernick have been hard to keep on the racks.

“We got them iced up and dipped, put a number seven on them and they’ve gone like wildfire since,” Coonce said.

Turlock is proud of Kaepernick, and they’re showing it in creative ways.

“Everyboy is, ‘Colin this, Colin that.’ It’s nice to see people overwhelmed by it,” Coonce told FOX40.

49ers, kaepernick cookies

Kaepernick-themed cookies from Olde Tyme Pastries in Turlock

In downtown, Main Street Footers gave Kaepernick his own hot dog. Their contest asked for the best toppings, and the winning combo was special sauce, chili, jalepenos and coleslaw.

“It has all the toppings,” said Main Street Footers’ Molly Amant. “He’s so original and it came together nice.”

Turlock is a town of only 69,000. All of Kaepernick’s success means people are coming in from all over northern California and even out of state.

Contact Olde Tyme Pastries by calling them at (209) 668-0928 or by visiting them at 2225 Geer Street. Main Street Footers can be found at 425 East Main Street, and their number is (209) 667-8383.

TURLOCK–

Saturday’s performance against the GreenBay Packers made  Colin Kaepernick a legend.

He’s now Turlock’s local hero, with one fan dubbing him a “Turlocal.”

While the rest of the family was at the game, Kaepernick’s mother Teresa couldn’t make it because she was not feeling well. Still, Teresa and her husband are very proud of their son.

Teresa said her son is such a sweetheart, that he called right after the game to see if she was okay.

Kaipernick gained the most rushing yards for a quarterback in NFL playoff history, almost singlehandedly leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship.

“They have named pizzas, sandwiches and hotdogs after him in Turlock,” said fan Darrell  Leaman.

“We’re valley boys, Fresno State is our team, but when Kaepernick went to Nevada we became Nevada fans,” said fan Stuart Saugstand.

Kaepernick’s parents said they are now deciding if they are going to Atlanta next Sunday to watch him play against the Falcons.

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