Edward DeBartolo Jr. played no favorites. It hasn’t changed since he left the NFL behind more than 15 years ago. ”I still have this relationship and not just with the Joe Montanas, Dwight Clarks, Roger Craigs and Jerry Rices, which I do have, but I have the same relationship with all the players,” DeBartolo said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The NFL was expected to return to Mexico this season, and now it looks like we know which teams will be playing in the country. The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders are expected to play their scheduled 2016 regular-season game in Mexico City, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported. The Raiders, who have yet to sign a new lease with the city of Oakland after (thus far) being left out of the league’s Los Angeles plans, will be the home team. According to McClain, Houston owner Bob McNair and team president Jamey Rootes have expressed interest in a Mexico City game for a couple of years, as they have a growing fan base in the country, though McNair did not want to give up a home date at NRG Stadium to do so. [ Score great deals for Super Bowl 50 tickets at SeatGeek ] With Oakland in limbo, having them as the home team is an easy fit. “We’ve always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team (and) we’ve made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico,” Rootes said after a visit to Mexico City last year. “Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans.” The NFL has been staging games in London for several years, calling it the “International Series,” but it was Mexico that hosted the first regular-season NFL game outside of the United States: on Oct. 2, 2005, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers played at Estadio Azteca in front of over 100,000 fans, the largest regular-season crowd in league history. [ Super Bowl 50 Opening Night: The good, the bad and the weird ] Estadio Azteca underwent renovations in 2013 that reduced its capacity to 95,500, but that is still larger than the highest-capacity stadium currently in the NFL; MetLife Stadium, shared by the New York Giants and New York Jets, holds 82,500. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The Girl Scouts of Northern California are getting their big sleepover at Levi’s Stadium after all, just rescheduled from its original date. ”We are very pleased to have agreed upon a positive resolution with the Girl Scouts of Northern California regarding the scheduling conflict at Levi’s Stadium,” 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said. Concerts have been a big draw at $1.3 billion, second-year Levi’s Stadium, including a pair by Taylor Swift during an August weekend last year. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula has spent the past week-plus studying the Denver Broncos defense. He is impressed. He started listing everything he had seen on film from the Broncos. “Speed,” Shula said. “Change of direction. The way they diagnose plays.” Shula went on with his checklist, which was burned in his brain after seeing the NFL’s best defense on film. “Bunch of guys get to the ball really fast,” Shula said. “They’re tough against the run. They contest every throw.” Shula paused slightly and summed up everything he was saying. “There’s not a weakness,” Shula said. Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed The Broncos aren’t being given much of a chance in Super Bowl 50, and you can see that by how the betting line in Las Vegas continues to creep the Panthers’ way. But that ignores a lot of history. Plenty of teams win with a mediocre offense and a great defense. Those teams have become shorthand for the great defenses ever. When someone says “2000 Ravens,” heads nod. The Broncos are in that class. They led the NFL in passing yards allowed, and rushing yards per play allowed. They led the NFL in sacks. There’s talent at every level of the defense. It’s an impressive unit. To qualify for this list of defense-dominated Super Bowl champions, a team had to be in the top five in total defense during the regular season, and its offense had to be ranked 10 spots lower in total offense among NFL teams (you won’t see some of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers teams or the 1985 Chicago Bears because those offenses were in the top 10). Yes, it’s an over-simplified way to qualify these teams, but it pares it down to the teams you’ll recognize: 1981 San Francisco 49ers A little surprising to see a Bill Walsh/Joe Montana team on the list. But Montana was still coming into his own, the offense didn’t peak until late (it finished just 13th in yards gained) and this was a really good defensive team, finishing second in yards and points allowed. We don’t remember the 1980s 49ers for their defense, but they were great at that too. The 49ers were favored by only one point in this game, which seems crazy now considering how that dynasty is viewed. And while Montana won the MVP in this Super Bowl, he had just 147 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. 1990 New York Giants View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Vernon Davis got to sleep at home for a night in the Bay Area, stay in the same hotel where he lived during 49ers training camp last summer, and the equipment staff even promised him his old locker at Levi’s Stadium this weekend. No matter that he might play a bit part in this Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos, Davis is back where he has made a home for more than a decade and ready to win a championship ring after coming up just short three years ago with San Francisco. It just so happened he arrived Sunday for Super Bowl week on his 32nd birthday, too. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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National Football League fans hungry for the Super Bowl 50 showdown between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos got an appetizer with the Pro Bowl exhibition in Hawaii. As the Panthers and Broncos arrived in San Francisco, shifting the center of the NFL universe to the Bay Area, league stars whose teams didn’t make it to the February 7 championship spectacle strutted their stuff Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu — where the all-star team captained by former Dallas Cowboys great Michael Irvin defeated the team captained by former 49ers legend Jerry Rice 49-27. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SAN FRANCISCO — And away we go. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos flew to Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday, beginning a week that will seem nothing like a normal game week for them. Super Bowl 50 will kick off a week after the teams arrive, and as always with the Super Bowl, the sideshow can overwhelm the game preparation. “I don’t think that you can’t not enjoy the moment,” Panthers receiver Ted Ginn, who played in a Super Bowl three seasons ago with the San Francisco 49ers, said according to the team’s website . “When you go down there, there is so much stuff for everybody to do, no matter if you are the number one guy on the team or a guy helping us all year. You are going to be able to go out there, enjoy yourself and have fun.” Have fun? Panthers quarterback Cam Newton decided to wear some zebra pants on the flight to the Bay Area, so he’s with that plan. Cam Newton’s style statement en route to #SB50 . https://t.co/NipQubnl48 pic.twitter.com/T9SyCkjU5W — Dave Enna (@Dave_Enna) January 31, 2016 Your move, @russwest44 . (via @Panthers ) pic.twitter.com/FPreoSZKTI — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2016 That’s a statement, even for a guy who spent a reported $12,000 on fox tails to wear off his belt this season. The Charlotte Observer reported that Newton’s zebra pants were Versace Barocco Accent Print Jeans that go for $849, which proves that Newton paid a lot to wear those pants, and that no story is too insignificant to become a big story during Super Bowl week. Even a simple flight to a game isn’t normal when it’s the Super Bowl. Fans mobbed Bank of America Stadium to send off the Panthers, who are trying to win the first Super Bowl in team history. Fans line up outside Bank of America stadium as Carolina Panthers head to the Super Bowl https://t.co/QdQM1NIa2y pic.twitter.com/g7WWwHwj8R — FOX8 WGHP (@myfox8) January 31, 2016 That’s probably when it starts to sink in that this game is unlike any other. Most flights to road games for the Broncos don’t include live tweeting, so this one was different for them too. They landed at about 3 p.m. Pacific time, ahead of the Panthers. The Panthers landed at a little after 4 p.m. after their five-hour flight.

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Do you remember the two other teams Peyton Manning had as finalists when he completed his first and only free-agent tour in 2012? Before choosing the Denver Broncos, he most seriously considered the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers. How about that? The Titans will pick first in the draft and have set their QB course forward with Marcus Mariota. They probably never get to draft him if Manning went to Nashville. And what about the 49ers? Had Manning joined forces with Jim Harbaugh and Co., would the two of them still be there together? It’s a bit of a stretch, but who knows? Maybe they even would have led the team to the first true home-game Super Bowl appearance this season. Harbaugh left a year ago for the Michigan job, and hasn’t looked back — except to troll his former team on Twitter after it fired Jim Tomsula, Harbaugh’s replacement, one year later. Manning hasn’t looked back either. He led the Broncos to a Super Bowl in his second season with the team and will be back in what could be his swan-song game. When the Broncos and 49ers faced each other in 2014 — in what was the height of the Harbaugh awkwardness, and right before Manning’s game took a downturn with a flurry of turnovers — Manning deflected a lot of the talk about how he almost joined them and not the Broncos. “This is three years ago. Maybe check old quotes,” Manning told the Bay Area media on a conference call. “That’s a long time ago when you’re playing these guys on a Sunday night.” Manning then shredded the 49ers for 318 yards on 22 of 26 passing with four TD passes in the Broncos’ 42-17 win. Harbaugh’s 49ers went 4-6 down the stretch and faded from the race. So Manning will arrive in the Bay Area this week with the 49ers’ franchise completely turned upside down since his decision to sign with Denver. Heck, even the Broncos are vastly different since that day. But might Manning’s presense have allowed the core of that talented team, one that actually lost in the Super Bowl the season Manning picked the Broncos, to stick together? Think about how much would have been different. Alex Smith likely would have been traded then (maybe even to the Broncos, who didn’t appear to have much long-term use for Tim Tebow), and not the following season after Colin Kaepernick beat him out. Heck, Kaepernick might have been more like Brock Osweiler — forced to wait years before we saw his talent in action — instead of a player who has risen to prominence and now since fallen from grace in such short order. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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It is the dream of every NFL fan to see the greatest teams of all time pitted against each other to see who is the greatest team of all time. It is “Field of Dreams” type of stuff, played out on the gridiron.  Are the 1985 Chicago Bears the greatest team ever? The 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins? Or one of those Dallas Cowboys teams from the 1990s? This very conversation is currently going on around water coolers and barber shops throughout the country. Wonder no more football fan, because the people at PredictionMachine.com have done all the legwork for you to determine the greatest Super Bowl winner in history. The site simulated matchups between the 49 teams that have lifted the Lombardi Trophy – only winners of the Super Bowl need apply – to see who is the best Super Bowl champion of all-time. The site’s analytics used  “strength of schedule adjusted statistics ” to rank the teams, then simulated the games. The results are a surprise and site’s winner isn’t one of the teams usually mentioned in the greatest ever argument. According to Prediction Machine , the 1999 St. Louis Rams are the best Super Bowl champion of all-time. The Rams were a surprise champion that year, an offensive juggernaut spearheaded by quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Marshall Faulk. It is a surprise to see the Rams atop the list, especially since those aforementioned Bears and Dolphins squads usually take the top spots in most polls. [Check out Yahoo Sports' Top 50 Super Bowl moments, with Rams linebacker Mike Jones' tackle of Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson to secure the 1999 Rams' title coming in at No.6] The site uses a technology  it calls the Predictalator , which they say is the “most advanced sports forecasting software available today because it has the ability to account for all of the relevant statistical interactions of the players, coaches, officials, home-field advantage and weather in each game. ” The rest of the results provide plenty of conversation fodder as well. The ’85 Bears did place second on the Prediction Machine list, followed by the 1989 San Francisco 49ers. The 1996 Green Bay Packers and the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers round out the top five greatest teams according to their simulations. The ’72 Dolphins, the only perfect team in NFL history, came in No. 9 on the list. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Joe Montana, one of the greatest clutch quarterbacks in NFL history, and eight members of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise were among those voted to the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team unveiled on Thursday. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s championship game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selected a historical roster of 26 players and one head coach to celebrate the best overall career performances in past Super Bowl games. Four-time Super Bowl winner Montana, in one of the defining moments of his Hall of Fame career, led the San Francisco 49ers to a come-from-behind win with little time to spare in the NFL’s title game 27 years ago. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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