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Niner Talk Bonus: Saying Goodbye to The ‘Stick

Posted Dec 17, 2013

This week's bonus round of "Niner Talk" touches on the final regular season game at Candlestick Park, and more of the latest hot-button topics with the San Francisco 49ers.

This week's bonus round of "Niner Talk" touches on the final regular season game at Candlestick Park.

I can't believe it's already here.

I started going to games in the late 80s with my dad and have been to at least one game every year since. I have so many fond memories and I don't want to share them all just yet. We'll have time for that. But it's important to note that the good folks at 49ers.com and 49ers Studios will put together some amazing tributes this week. You have to stay tuned.

Let's get to your questions before I need a box of kleenex.

Yes, absolutely. Frank Gore likes, no scratch that, loves winning. Gore churned out 86 hard-earned rushing yards against a talented defensive line. Gerald McCoy is no joke at defensive tackle.

Although Gore didn't reach the 100-yard mark, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his nine-year career. At 30, Gore continues to be one of the best running backs in the league. Even his quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, said his running back is one of the most underrated players in the league.

I'd agree with that and so would Tampa Bay's defensive line.

Without the services of Bruce Miller for the forseeable future, the 49ers will have to be more creative on offense to account for Miller's role. The third-year fullback was third on the team with 25 receptions. He also was becoming one of Kaepernick's favorite safety blankets in the flats on check-down passes.

Mario Manningham has played less snaps with the return of Michael Crabtree, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Manningham. With Miller out, perhaps the 49ers will use different personnel groupings and feature the revamped receiving corps in the coming weeks.

That could mean more pass targets for Manningham.

Don’t screw it up. Seriously.

That's what Jim Harbaugh said this week. He is honored to be on the sideline coaching the 49ers in the final regular season game at The 'Stick, but he doesn't want to ruin the experience for everyone involved.

Harbaugh knows it's important to the players for this year's playoff run, but he also understands the deep meaning it has for the 49ers Faithful. Lastly, Harbaugh recognized the significance of the game for former 49ers players who have poured their blood, sweat and tears in Candlestick.

Harbaugh, and the 49ers, want to win the game for everyone who's ever been associated with the team.

Thanks for watching. There was an event on the field postgame for young Buccaneers fans, so we didn't shoot on the playing surface. No problem though.

Another trip to the playoffs. I can still remember the feeling of watching other teams play in the postseason and not being able to be involved.

You don't want to be sitting on the sidelines when you can be competing for the Super Bowl. It would be nice to get a few presents here and there, but I'm looking forward to a potential third-straight playoff berth the most. The 49ers need a win over the Atlanta Falcons or an Arizona Cardinals loss to the Seattle Seahawks to clinch a playoff appearance.

This question also gives me an opportunity to wish our readers a Merry Christmas. Thanks for all your support this year.

If only I had a dollar for everyone asking. I would have $37 in my pocket. This final game at The 'Stick is the like Willy Wonka's golden ticket. If you're able to be in the building, enjoy it. Being on the field is great, but being in the park one last time, that's all you can ask for.

That's it for this bonus round. I look forward to your questions next week.

Thanks for reading.


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