1.1982: The mother of all letdown seasons in49ers history came the year after the most spontaneously spectacular season in team lore produced a 16-3 record and 1981 Super Bowl championship. But the dynasty that would follow that title run almost never happened because Bill Walsh considered quitting after the pressure and frustration caused by his team’s 1982 Super Bowl hangover and collapse. In a strike-shortened season, amid rumors some players weren’t remaining professional off the field and taking their jobs seriously, the 49ers started 2-5 but still had a shot at reaching the postseason in an expanded NFC playoff field by winning their season finale at home. Instead, San Francisco blew a 13-point halftime lead during a 21-20 loss to the last-place Los Angeles Rams, becoming the only team in NFL history to win more than half its road games while losing all its home games.
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EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Set 49ers lineup still has several new starters
Calling all cornerbacks
Loss of Verrett exposes 49ers’ thin depth at CB
Always finding their way to run
49ers system accomplished at developing homegrown talent
Resilient veteran Verrett to miss rest of season
TOP 10 Rookie running backs
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Will Mostert run for 49ers again?
Raheem Mostert was primed this year to be the centerpiece of one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses, featured as the lead performer in San Francisco’s grinding rushing attack while making his climb among the league’s top running backs.
THE WONDER OF WARNER
49ers make All-Pro star highest-paid LB in NFL
Making the right choice at QB
In the weeks that follow after you read this — and perhaps sometime even sooner than that — Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers organization will make a titanic decision that will have present, future and perhaps even everlasting implications for the franchise. It will chart the course for the team’s pivotal 2021 season while determining whether San Francisco really does have the juice to return to powerhouse status and again be considered a legitimate contender to get back to the Super Bowl.
TOP 10 Linebacker seasons
Fred Warner vaulted to stardom with a spectacular 2020 season — and the 49ers rewarded him this summer with a $95.225 million deal that makes him the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history. By today’s standards, Warner’s performance last year was worth the money as he posted an Approximate Value of 19 — matching the highest score ever recorded by a San Francisco defender according to a Pro Football Reference formula that puts a single number on each player-season across all positions since 1960. Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman (twice) also had seasons with an AV of 19 as they dominate this list of the greatest individual seasons by a linebacker in 49ers history.
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Tom & Gisele: MARRIAGE IN CRISIS
AFTER AGREEING TO RETIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIS FAMILY, FOOTBALL GREAT TOM BRADY BETRAYS HIS PROMISE TO WIFE GISELE BÜNDCHEN — AND SHE’S FURIOUS!
Tom Betrays Gisele!
Less than two months after announcing his retirement, Tom Brady is back, breaking his promise to his wife
Get ready for the Super Bowl of gambling. There's a football game, too
A decade ago, one knowledgeable authority had deep reservations about the idea of the National Football League ever embracing legalized gambling. It would create a corrosive atmosphere in which every penalty or dropped pass—the normal ebbs and flows of games—“inevitably will fuel speculation, distrust, and accusations of point-shaving or game-fixing.” The moralist was none other than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, declaring the league’s opposition to expanding sports bookmaking outside of Nevada.
Family, Faith and Football
A new movie tells the story of NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner’s against-the odds rise to stardom
B'BALL WIFE'S OFFER: GO FIND ANOTHER BABY MAMA!
Reggie Youngblood and Tami Roman tied the knot in 2018
The passion of Papa John
After stepping down three years ago following the revelation that he’d uttered a racist slur on a corporate call, John Schnatter is wandering the wilderness of TikTok and conservative media, criticizing the company he founded even as he dreams of a return
Tronsmart Mega Pro Bluetooth speaker: Big bass, small price tag
The industrial design is a snore, but the performance will keep you from nodding off.
HOME NOT SO SWEET IN NFL THIS SEASON DESPITE RETURN OF FANS
The fans are back and the crowds are loud, but home-field advantage still isn’t a factor early in this NFL season.
As a former football star, an analyst on The NFL Today, and a new co-host of CBS’s morning show, Emmy Award–winning Nate Burleson shows his versatility every time he’s on camera. And he’s just getting started.