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  • Thu., Aug. 08, 2013 6:00PM - 9:30PM PDT 49ers vs. Broncos -The game will mark the 35th preseason contest between the two teams, with Denver holding an 18-16 edge over San Francisco. During last year’s preseason matchup in Denver, the 49ers defeated the Broncos 29-24.
    -This will mark Denver’s first preseason trip to Candlestick Park since 2009 when the 49ers edged the Broncos 17-16.
  • Sat., Aug. 10, 2013 12:00PM - 4:00PM PDT Live 49ers Fan Fest The San Francisco 49ers will hold their third annual Fan Fest presented by HP, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at Candlestick Park. Fans of all ages are welcome to join the 49ers for an up-close experience, as the team holds its only public practice of training camp on their home field from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fri., Aug. 16, 2013 5:00PM - 8:30PM PDT 49ers at Chiefs -The 49ers and Chiefs have met nine times in the preseason. San Francisco leads the all-time series 6-3.
    -San Francisco has won the past two preseason contests. In the last meeting, during the 2003 preseason, the 49ers won 24-6 at Kansas City.
  • Sun., Aug. 25, 2013 5:00PM - 8:30PM PDT 49ers vs. Vikings -It marks the eighth time the 49ers and Vikings have met in the preseason.
    -The 49ers lead the all-time preseason series 4-3 and are 2-0 against the Vikings at home during the preseason.
    -The 49ers have won the past two contests, which were both played at Candlestick Park, a 17-6 win last season and a 15-10 victory in 2010.
  • Thu., Aug. 29, 2013 7:00PM - 10:30PM PDT 49ers at Chargers -It marks the 27th consecutive year in which the two teams have met in the preseason.
    -San Francisco leads preseason series 21-20 after the 49ers won, 35-3, at Candlestick Park last preseason.
    -It marks the 23rd preseason matchup in San Diego, with the Chargers holding a 16-8 series advantage at home.
  • Sun., Sep. 08, 2013 1:25PM - 4:25PM PDT 49ers vs. Packers In what will mark the team’s final season at Candlestick Park, the 49ers open the 2013 campaign by facing playoff teams from 2012 in four of the first five weeks, starting with the Green Bay Packers on September 8. This marks the second consecutive season that the 49ers and Packers have met in Week 1. Last season, San Francisco defeated Green Bay in two contests, 30-22 on the road in Week 1, and 45-31 at home in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs. The 49ers overall record against the Packers is 28-34-1, including 17-11-1 at home.
  • Sun., Sep. 15, 2013 5:30PM - 8:30PM PDT 49ers at Seahawks San Francisco travels to division-rival Seattle to face the Seahawks in prime time on Sunday night. The overall series is tied at 14 games apiece, but under head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers are 3-1 versus Seattle. The teams split the 2012 series, with each team winning on their home field.
  • Sun., Sep. 22, 2013 1:25PM - 4:25PM PDT 49ers vs. Colts On September 22, San Francisco will host the Indianapolis Colts for the first time since 2005. The 49ers are 18-24 overall against the Colts, including an 11-10 record at home. The Colts defeated the 49ers, 18-14, in the teams’ last meeting in Indianapolis, in 2009.
  • Thu., Sep. 26, 2013 5:25PM - 8:25PM PDT 49ers at Rams The Niners will have a short week as they will travel to St. Louis for a Thursday night, NFL Network showdown with the Rams on September 26. The overall series is split at 62-62-3, and 31-31-1 on the road. Both contests last season went into overtime, with the Rams winning, 16-13, in St. Louis, and the teams tying, 24-24, in San Francisco.
  • Sun., Oct. 06, 2013 5:30PM - 8:30PM PDT 49ers vs. Texans San Francisco faces the Houston Texans on Sunday night October 6, in front of a national audience on NBC. It marks the third prime time appearance through the first five weeks of the regular season for the 49ers. This will be only Houston’s second trip ever to Candlestick Park in the regular season, and their first since the 49ers won 20-17 in overtime, in 2005.

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49ers Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

Posted Jul 17, 2013

San Francisco’s competitive cornerbacks come into focus in our “49ers Camp Preview” series.



The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers will open training camp at the end of the month. But before the pads come on and the competition for 53 coveted roster spots begin, 49ers.com will preview the storylines to track for each position group on the team. San Francisco’s competitive cornerbacks come into focus next in our “49ers Camp Preview” series.


OVERVIEW

The 49ers feature a deep group of cornerbacks on the 2013 roster. From top to bottom, the position group is as competitive as any on the team. San Francisco returns key contributors Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers and Chris Culliver, plus added 11-year veteran Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency. The battle for the top defensive back spots will be one of the most intriguing aspects of training camp. Brown enters camp on the final year of his contract and is coming off a career year in 2012. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound cornerback recorded a career-high 59 tackles and most notably forced San Francisco’s only turnover in Super Bowl XLVII by stripping and recovering a Ray Rice fumble.

[ PHOTOS - 49ERS CAMP PREVIEW: CORNERBACKS ]


Brown’s development last season was supported by the strong play of Carlos Rogers and Chris Culliver, who both enjoyed key roles in the 49ers defensive backfield. Rogers recorded 69 tackles and held the important distinction of being San Francisco’s slot cornerback in Vic Fangio’s nickel defense. Culliver, on the other hand, matched up on the perimeter against some of the league’s best wideouts in three-receiver sets and never backed down from the challenge of facing upper echelon talent.

As a whole, the group did a masterful job of limiting big plays in 2012. The 49ers allowed just 6.13 yards per pass attempt, second-best in the NFL. The defensive backs also allowed 21 passing plays of 25-plus yards, ranking tied for third-best in the league. Besides big passing plays, the 49ers limited touchdowns through the air. In five of 16 regular season games, San Francisco did not surrender a passing score.

DEPTH

RETURNERS: Tarell Brown (seventh season), Carlos Rogers (ninth season), Tramaine Brock (fourth season), Chris Culliver (third season) and Perrish Cox (third season). NEWCOMERS: Nnamdi Asomugha (11th season, free agent), Marcus Cooper (seventh-round pick, Rutgers), Lowell Rose (undrafted, Tulsa) and Darryl Morris (undrafted, Texas State).

The pecking order of 49ers cornerbacks could very well change heading into 2013. Asomugha’s arrival signals the start of competitions set to take place in training camp and in preseason games. A four-time All-Pro cornerback of Asomugha’s caliber will only push the level of play from San Francisco’s top cornerbacks. In addition, reserve cornerbacks Brock and Cox have the license and ability to push for more defensive opportunities in 2013. Both cornerbacks have been standout coverage players on special teams and lined up on the first-team kickoff team during a three-day mandatory minicamp. The three rookie cornerbacks, Cooper, Rose and Morris, all have flashed potential in the team's offseason program and will look to continue their climb up the depth chart with consistent practice performances. Turnovers always help in that regard. Whoever records interceptions in practice will only help their chances of sticking with the 53-man roster or 8-man practice squad.

STANDOUT STAT

10.31

The 49ers allowed 10.31 yards per completion in 2012, ranking first in the NFL.

QUOTABLE

“Everybody has to bump their level of play by 10 percent. I think if everybody bumps their level of play, minus the mental errors, the sky is the limit for this secondary and for this team and this defense.”

-Brown on how the 49ers defense looks to raise its level of play following the departure of Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson.

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