Phil Dawson converted all five of his field goal attempts as San Francisco beat Kansas City 22-17. Dawson's 27-yard go-ahead field goal was setup by a trick play.
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
The so-called "presumption of innocence" isn't what's in play here. An arrest is in play here. A horrific accusation is in play here. The NFL's standard of conduct and behavior is in play here.
It's time for all of us all to act, and to demand much more from those in positions of leadership in the NFL. I also hope that President Obama and Members of Congress voice their views, not to score political blood-score points, but as human beings who are fathers and mothers, who want America to be a place where their daughters don't live in fear.
It's going to be difficult for the Chicago Bears to vanquish the San Francisco 49ers on opening night at brand new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
The NFL needs not only to punish players who engage in domestic violence. It also needs to educate all its players about this issue.
The San Francisco 49ers opened the 2014 season with a 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. That, however, won't be their biggest opener of the season.
It doesn't take much effort to look for, and find instance after instance of NFL players who get away with everything short of murder. And when it comes to who leads the league, the San Francisco 49er's are now all time leaders in teams having the most players with arrest records.
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Look for great photos of the great plays of the winning team in your news outlet of choice... But realize too that those shots will likely be matched in number by photos of the "rest" of the game.
This whole Sherman story got me thinking about if such a thing as a non-obnoxious sports fan can really exist and I'm beginning to think the answer is no. This binary, black-or-white mentality of being a sports fan makes us all quite repellent.
Let's start with the fact literally every postgame analyst his missed -- the 49ers really missed their "Swiss Army Knife" fullback, the injured Bruce Miller.
The shame should really be on all of us, not just Richard Sherman. Sportsmanship should be the topic, with an emphasis on respect.
Ironically, the same folk that are calling Sherman a thug are the same folk that called Jonathan Martin a "sissy" for taking a professional and personal stand against harassment.
There are rare and appreciated moments of indescribable surrealism in everyone's life, and witnessing the Seahawks and the Niners vie for a Super Bowl berth was definitely one of them in mine.
NFL fans wait all year for Championship Sunday. The AFC and NFC title matches feature equally talented squads battling familiar foes with unrivaled intensity. This Sunday will showcase football play of the highest caliber as the consensus four best teams compete for a chance to play one more game in 2014.