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49ers 2014 Season Marred By InjuriesAs the 49ers look back on this season, it will not be positive. The team almost had a losing record, and missed the playoffs after 3 straight NFC Championship games. However, the teams awful season has to do with injuries than anything else, and a problem that shouldn't haunt them next season.
Team Grades: Despite Little To Play For, 49ers Look Impressive In Win Over CardinalsIn the regular season finale the 49ers looked good. The offense showed up, the defense held strong, and the special teams chipped in as they beat a Cardinal team that entered the game with a chance to earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Opponent Profile: Chargers Can't Overlook NinersEven though the Niners have stumbled to a 7-7 record this season, a mark that won't take them to the promised land this season, they still could play the role of spoiler when Philip Rivers and the Chargers come calling for a primetime game on CBS Saturday evening.
Team Grades: Questionable Call, Injuries And Seahawks Prove Too Much For 49ersFew people thought the 49ers were going to go into Seattle and beat the Seahawks, but the 49ers gave the home team a scare. If not for injuries and a bad call, San Francisco might have been able to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Injury Report: Oakland A Little Banged Up Heading To Kansas CitySix different Oakland Raiders were unable to practice on Thursday, leaving their statuses for Sunday's game in Kansas City questionable. That could hurt the Silver & Black's chances of securing a season sweep over their reeling AFC West rivals this weekend. But don't worry: Linebacker Sio Moore will be on the field.
Opponent Profile: Reeling 49ers To Take On High Flying SeahawksFor the second time this season, the Seahawks and 49ers will meet. Both teams need a win for their playoff hopes, but it's the 49ers who are on the verge of being eliminated. San Francisco has not looked good the past two weeks and will need to quickly turn things around if they want to avoid their 3rd straight loss.
Team Grades: 49ers Do Very Little Right In Loss To RaidersThe 49ers have hit rock bottom. While they are still in the playoff hunt, they dealt themselves a crippling blow losing to the Oakland Raiders. The team lost this one as a unit with the offense, defense and special teams all failing to show up.
Injury Report: Raiders Somewhat Healthy For Big Battle Of The Bay On SundayCompared to previous weeks, the Oakland Raiders have a little health momentum on their side heading into Sunday's home matchup with Bay Area rival San Francisco. Forget the Harbaugh intrigue for a few moments: The Silver & Black might be as healthy as they've been all years—not counting the players already on the season-ending IR, of course. Oakland always could use some of those players, but they're lost for the season, of course.
Opponent Profile: Battle Of The Bay Has Added Harbaugh IntrigueRumors are flying that the San Francisco 49ers might trade Head Coach Jim Harbaugh to the Oakland Raiders, and that's just the icing on the cake for this Bay Area rivalry. The 49ers need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the Silver & Black just need something to forget that beating they just took from the St. Louis Rams. The Sunday game at the Coliseum promises to be quite interesting.
Team Grades: 49ers Outplayed, Lose Big Must-Win Game To SeahawksThe Thursday Night game between the Seahawks and 49ers was not as competitive as anticipated. Despite being at home, and needing to win this game more than their opponent, San Francisco had no answer for the defending Super Bowl Champs, and the result was a Seattle victory.
Several Stories To Watch As 49ers and Seahawks Renew RivalryThe 49ers and Seahawks face Thursday and there is plenty to talk as this game is as big as it gets for a regular season meeting. During the game there will be several key matchups that should produce some must-see-television.