|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||1-1||1-2||18.0||8.0||298.7||(5.5)||1.7||21.0||14.3||304.7||(5)||0.3|
|Offense (All Games)||18.9||9.5||17.6||28:41||28-107||(3.9)||18-32||57.9%||210||(6.6)||59-318||(5.3)||(16.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.7||11.5||20.1||30:20||28-121||(4.4)||21-34||60.8%||229||(6.7)||62-350||(5.6)||(14.8)|
|Offense Road Games||18.7||11.2||16.8||27:59||26-79||(3)||19-32||58.0%||224||(7)||58-303||(5.2)||(16.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.7||10.7||20.2||32:36||26-97||(3.7)||23-39||58.3%||258||(6.6)||66-355||(5.4)||(17.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||11.5||19.9||31:37||28-117||(4.2)||21-35||59.9%||229||(6.5)||63-346||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Defense Road Games||19.7||10.3||20.5||33:06||24-85||(3.5)||25-42||59.8%||263||(6.3)||66-349||(5.3)||(17.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-0.8||13-5||35.3%||1-0||40.0%||2-67||(28.5)||2-25||(11.4)||6-51|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.8||13-5||39.4%||1-0||47.6%||3-67||(24)||23-2||(10.5)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.2||1.2||2.3||-1.2||12-4||31.5%||1-0||16.7%||3-91||(30.3)||2-28||(13)||5-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.2||1.0|| ||15-5||35.5%||1-1||90.0%||2-61||(24.4)||3-35||(11.6)||7-64|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||14-5||38.0%||1-1||56.0%||3-65||(23.9)||24-2||(10.6)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.3||1.2|| ||16-5||34.7%||1-1||83.3%||3-69||(24.4)||2-31||(13.1)||7-63|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||-1.1||2-1||2-1||25.3||13.7||356.3||(6.1)||1.0||14.7||4.7||242.0||(4.1)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.1||10.9||20.5||32:12||31-162||(5.3)||18-27||68.4%||201||(7.5)||58-363||(6.3)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||11.4||20.3||31:37||28-123||(4.4)||21-35||60.8%||227||(6.6)||62-350||(5.6)||(15.7)|
|Offense Home Games||24.0||10.7||21.3||31:36||29-170||(5.8)||18-27||67.1%||212||(7.8)||57-382||(6.7)||(15.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.2||6.4||16.8||30:16||25-91||(3.6)||21-34||60.5%||189||(5.5)||60-280||(4.7)||(19.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22||11.1||19.4||30:23||27-117||(4.3)||21-34||60.9%||223||(6.5)||62-340||(5.5)||(15.5)|
|Defense Home Games||14.2||6.5||16.0||30:54||29-117||(4)||17-29||58.7%||166||(5.8)||58-282||(4.9)||(19.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.4||12-4||37.2%||1-0||57.1%||3-64||(24.9)||3-27||(10.4)||7-62|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.7||2||13-5||39.1%||1-0||51.5%||3-62||(23.6)||21-2||(9.7)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||0.2||12-4||34.3%||1-0||60.0%||4-78||(20.3)||2-27||(10.7)||6-51|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4|| ||13-4||30.9%||1-1||46.7%||3-71||(27.6)||2-16||(8.1)||6-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-1||51.8%||3-63||(24.4)||19-2||(8.9)||7-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||0.3||1.2|| ||13-4||33.3%||1-0||60.0%||3-76||(28.4)||2-10||(5)||6-46|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 19, SAN FRANCISCO 20.5|
|10/28/2012||@ NY JETS||30-9||W||1||W||39||P||33-97||13-24-139||1||21-105||28-54-258||2|
|12/9/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||31-21||W||-3||W||50||O||31-144||16-25-231||2||21-59||26-41-231||2|
|12/2/2012||@ ST LOUIS||13-16||L||-7.5||L||41||U||36-148||21-32-191||1||27-85||26-39-208||0|
|12/9/2012||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MIAMI: The Dolphins will have a different look under new head coach Joe Philbin, as his West Coast offense figures to emphasize short catch-and-run plays rather than the between-the-tackles running to set up the pass that Miami has used in recent years. The running game itself will undergo a big change as they transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Reggie Bush has some experience in it, as the Saints sprinkled in zone plays during his time there. Daniel Thomas gets a fresh slate and has the tools (especially pass protection and receiving) to thrive in the new system. Neither Bush nor Thomas is a true short-yardage back, though Bush figures to get the first crack at the role. With the West Coast roots of Philbin and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, expect this year's attack to be much more catch-and-run, which suits rookie QB Ryan Tannehill even if veteran Matt Moore holds him off early. Brandon Marshall is gone and slot man Davone Bess figures to be a major beneficiary stat-wise. The backs and TE Anthony Fasano will play a bigger role in the receiving game as well, with Fasano serving as a target near the goal line on play-action. Brian Hartline and Chad Ochocinco figure to be targeted rarely. Fullback/H-back Charles Clay is a part-time player but should be in for an increase in reps and targets. He could end up surpassing Fasano in receiving numbers. Miami excelled in stopping the run in 2011, and wound up placing third in the NFL with 95.6 rushing YPG allowed. Although the defense did not markedly improve in its offense-focused draft, the Dolphins signed CB Richard Marshall and should remain capable of stopping opposing offenses that don't possess the passing game of a team like New England. Miami is switching to a 4-3 and Karlos Dansby will be the key to maintaining the team's performance against the run as its middle linebacker. Dansby's best years, however, came playing in a 3-4, making the move a bit of a risk. |
|SAN FRANCISCO: Despite adding firepower to their receiving corps, the Niners offense will still be based on the power running game. Their scheme is almost exclusively man blocking and almost all between the tackles. Due to the presence of youngsters Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James, they're unlikely to run Frank Gore into the ground like they have in recent seasons. Assuming he beats out veteran Brandon Jacobs, Hunter is more of a traditional back-up, while James will be the change-of-pace back and should see a lot of his reps on passing downs. There's a good chance Jacobs will earn short-yardage duties. The Niners are also very run-heavy in the red zone, with Gore serving as the team's main option in goal-to-go situations. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have built a passing game that will work for quarterback Alex Smith. Most often Michael Crabtree is the first option, as they can get him isolated on the outside. Vernon Davis came on strong late once he picked up the offense, and he'll be used deeper down the middle of the field. Randy Moss will likely step into Braylon Edwards' seldom-used deep threat role. When they go three-wide, which is often, Mario Manningham will play the outside with Crabtree sliding into a slot. Crabtree is Smith's most frequent target in the red zone because of the attention Davis draws. The 49ers will, however, often force it to Davis in the middle of the field. The 49ers' defense is the complete package, with the league's best linebackers, a disruptive front four and an improving secondary. Justin Smith is arguably the NFL's most effective 3-4 DE'he's one of the best in the league at stopping the run and also has more pass-rushing ability than your average two-gap end, with 29.5 sacks over the past four seasons. The Niners' defensive scheme funnels ball carriers to Patrick Willis, which is why he consistently racks up more than 100 solo tackles per season. (He was on pace for 110 in 2011 before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 13.) Picking up the slack in Willis' absence was NaVorro Bowman, who was excellent in his first season as a starter. San Francisco also boasts an exceptional return game with speedy Ted Ginn Jr. one of those guys who's a threat to bring any returnable kick to the house. Ginn was obviously sorely missed in the NFC Championship Game, when ill-timed fumbles by second-string return man Kyle Williams essentially cost the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (MIAMI-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dolphins-49ers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Many have wondered what it would take for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to give the starting quarterback job back to Alex Smith.
Apparently a tough loss isn't it - yet.
Colin Kaepernick will make his fourth straight start Sunday as the 49ers host the Miami Dolphins, whose playoff hopes have dimmed while dropping four of five.
Kaepernick's crucial turnover on a botched pitch attempt led to a touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion to tie the game with three minutes remaining as the 49ers (8-3-1) eventually fell 16-13 in overtime at St. Louis last week.
That error put a damper on an otherwise solid performance for Kaepernick, who finished 21 of 32 for 208 yards while running for 84 more.
"Can't make mistakes. That's the biggest thing," Kaepernick said. "For the most part I felt my reads were good, got through progressions well. That's something I want to continue to do going forward."
He'll get a chance to do just that Sunday as Harbaugh decided to stick with Kaepernick, who took the reigns after Smith suffered a concussion during a 24-all tie with the Rams on Nov. 11.
Kaepernick has thrown three TD passes and ran for two more scores with a 97.4 passer rating since entering that contest, keeping Smith on the bench for at least the start of another week.
"Just a winning quarterback performance in tough circumstances," Harbaugh said. "In the evaluation, I thought Colin played well, did a lot of really good things, made some good decisions. I thought some real positives to take away from his performance.
"We've got faith and trust in Colin in the way he's played. Therefore, (he'll get) another start this week."
The 49ers' loss ended a five-game unbeaten streak and tightened the NFC West race after Seattle (7-5) beat Chicago last week. Frank Gore averaged a season-worst 2.5 yards per carry and finished with 58 yards and a touchdown, though Harbaugh took much of the blame for the defeat.
"It's accountability, taking responsibility," said Harbaugh, whose team committed a season-worst 11 penalties. "We all looked at the fact that we didn't win the game, we didn't finish like we were supposed to."
Wide receiver Mario Manningham did not practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury and is questionable for Sunday, though Miami's latest injury might be more difficult to overcome.
Left tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after suffering a torn triceps in last week's 23-16 loss to New England. Rookie Jonathan Martin will shift from the right side to replace Long.
It's tough news for the Dolphins (5-7), who already face an uphill climb to reach the postseason while preparing for a tough matchup against San Francisco, which possesses the league's second-best defense allowing 279.6 yards per game.
Reggie Bush knows he's in for a battle as the 49ers are allowing an average of only 90.6 yards on the ground.
"This is going to be a tough game, a grind-it-out football game," Bush said. "It's going to come down to our ability to execute and how bad we want to win this football game."
The Dolphins' offense as a whole hasn't been fantastic, ranking 28th averaging 317.6 yards.
"We haven't really hit a consistent stride at any point in the season," Bush said. "We've just kind of got to find a happy medium. We've just kind of got to find a consistency about our team that we can feel good."
Rookie Ryan Tannehill finished 13 of 29 for 186 yards against New England and ranks only ahead of the Jets' Mark Sanchez among current starters with a 72.3 passer rating.
"Whatever way it is we have to find a way to put more points on the board," Tannehill said. "Our run game has picked up the past two weeks, and I have to get the passing game going consistently throughout games."
Coach Joe Philbin said miscues like last week, which included a botched punt and a Tannehill fumble, can't happen against San Francisco.
"Too many mistakes," Philbin said. "To beat a good opponent in December, you have to play better."
Sunday marks the first meeting between the teams since the Dolphins beat the visiting 49ers 14-9 on Dec. 14, 2008.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 1:27:45 AM EST|