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Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 30, 2007 at 10:47 pm with 7 Comments »
September 30, 2007 10:47 pm

These are all 49ers notes provided by the Niners PR staff.


49ERS VS. SEATTLE GAME NOTES 9-30-07


*Newly acquired PR Michael Lewis made his 49ers debut after signing with the team earlier in the week and returned six punts for 63 yards, including a 23-yard punt return in the third quarter.



*S Michael Lewis (defense), WR Darrell Jackson (offense) and S Keith Lewis (special teams) served as game captains.


*PK Joe Nedney kicked a successful onside kick to start the second half. It was his ninth successful onside kick of his career and sixth as a member of the 49ers.


*S Keith Lewis, who had a record seven blocked kicks during his college career at Oregon, got his hand on a Seattle punt in the second quarter to register a tipped punt. Lewis has two blocked punts as a member of the 49ers with a blocked punt with one vs. Washington (12-18-04) and vs. Arizona (12-4-05).


*NT Isaac Sopoaga and CB Donald Strickland made their first starts of the season in the 49ers nickel defense. Strickland was active for his first game due to the hamstring injury to rookie CB Tarell Brown.


*QB Trent Dilfer saw his first regular-season action as a member of the 49ers when he entered the game on the second series after QB Alex Smith left with a shoulder injury.


*CB Nate Clements, who played in his 100th NFL game, registered his first interception as a member of the 49ers when he picked off a QB Matt Hasselbeck pass intended to WR Deion Branch in the third quarter.


*TE Delanie Walker made his first start in the base offense at tight end when he started in place of the injured TE Vernon Davis (knee). He had two other starting assignments when the 49ers opened the game in a two-tight end alignment.


*T Kwame Harris saw his first action of the 2007 season on the field goal unit in the third quarter.


*P Andy Lee entered the game with three punts of 60+ yards (63, 66, 71) and eight punts of 50+ yards, which were ranked tied for first in the NFL with Vikings’ Chris Kluwe. Lee posted punts seven punts over 50 yards against Seattle.

(71 yards, 54 yards, 60 yards, 58 yards, 57 yards, 55 yards, 58 yards)


*Rookie LB Patrick Willis had his fourth straight 10-plus tackle game with a team-leading 12 total tackles. He had 15 vs. Arizona, 10 at St. Louis and 10 at Pittsburgh.

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  1. osoviejo says:

    The interconference games currently stand at 8-8. Sure would be nice if we could get through a day without hearing how much the NFC blows.

  2. snegura2002 says:

    Just shut up

  3. snegura2002 says:

    I meant to insert (…)

  4. natedogg says:

    The AFC-NFC stuff is skewed by New England, Indy, and last year San Diego and Baltimore. When people say the NFC is worse than the AFC they are usually referring to the level of difficulty in getting to the Superbowl..

    The AFC features the Patriots and Colts who have been to all of the last three playoffs and account for two of the last three Superbowl wins. The NFC has only one team that has been in the playoffs each of the last three seasons, the seahawks. Of course we all know how feared the Hawks are!

    The perception is that in the NFC a team with one good unit (offense or defense) can pretty much rise up any given year and get to the Superbowl without needing to play anyone all that dominant in the playoffs. There is some truth to this. I mean, when the hawks made it to the big game I wouldn’t say that Carolina and Washington were GREAT teams…

    So indeed, it is quite a bit easier to make it to the superbowl in the NFC because the playoff picture contains teams that aren’t really that good as well as teams that haven’t been in the playoffs for a couple years. Since teams look at winning a superbowl as their goal it is understandable why the AFC is considered a tougher conference.

    In terms of overall strength of schedule, looking at overall conference v.s. conference play is more indicative. Over the last few years the AFC teams have blown out the NFC teams though. If you look at AFC playoff teams vs. NFC teams the numbers are staggering. The NFC playoff teams have been .500 or worse against the AFC all of the last three years too.

    Simply put, the AFC is a lot better. Now this is something that should correct itself over time because players should be attracted to the NFC in free agency where they can make more of an impact..

    Every year you usually hear that the NFC will gain a lot of ground in the itnerconference records this year and the NFC East is usually supposed to have something to do with it, but that conference is always so damn overrated…

    I’m sure glad we’re in the NFC

  5. Southendzone says:

    To add to comments from the SF side of things, I found this excerpt from an article (Ray Ratto) online in the SF Chronicle web page pretty amusing.

    “Rocky Bernard went in untouched (from defensive tackle, which is so amazing it bears repeating) and treated him the way fat kids treat a placid swimming pool from the high board.”

    I remember a hit just like that a few years back when Oakland’s QB was knocked out of action by a Baltimore defender. I think it was Rich Ganon in the year they went to the Superbowl.

  6. qwestisbest says:

    don’t forget though, natedogg, that while you have a valid point, and i agree overall, the nfc seahawks were the more dominant team in that superbowl against the stealers, and should’ve won. the only factor they could’nt overpower was a slanted officiating crew.

  7. Also worth noting on the NFC vs AFC thing is that it’s cyclical. Back in 90’s, the AFC couldn’t keep up. Dallas, SF, GB even NYG were dominant. Vs . . .? 4 Bills teams, San Diego with Stan Humphries and Natrone Means, Pittsburgh with Neil O’donell hitting that DB (can’t remember his name) in the numbers and 1 Broncos loss. Right now, the AFC has New England and Indianapolis as well as last year’s Chargers. If you name the 5 best AFC teams and the best 5 NFC teams, yeah the NFC doesn’t stack up.

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