The San Francisco 49ers obviously wanted to send the rest of the NFC a message as they make their final preparations for Week 4: We are still a team to be reckoned with at the quarter point of the season.
Make no mistake, the 49ers, particularly on offense, are not perfect four games into their NFC title defense. However, they emphatically showed Thursday night that they are not ready to remove themselves from playoff consideration. In an impressive show of will, San Francisco manhandled the St. Louis Rams, 35-11, to improve to 2-2.
If the 49ers had fallen to 1-3, their season would have been officially unraveling. Instead, they go into the long weekend feeling like Weeks 2 and 3 were correctable aberrations.
- Bill Williamson, ESPN
The closing half of a possible farewell twinbill unfolded at AT&T Park on Thursday, the second night in a row when one of the mainstays of the San Francisco Giants rotation for the last seven years was making his final start of the season and possibly of his tenure in orange and black.
Whereas Barry Zito’s outing Wednesday was almost certainly his swan song as a Giant, Tim Lincecum’s start the next night may have been simply one more step in his ongoing evolution as a pitcher — or the end of a memorable era.
- Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY Sports
Robert Griffin III has gone from the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated magazines to Desperation Times in a matter of a month. The Redskins are 0-3 for the first time since losing their opening five games in 2001, and their franchise quarterback has struggled coming back from major knee surgery in January.
Not only is Griffin not running as much, but he also has thrown four interceptions in 139 pass attempts after throwing five in 393 attempts as rookie. The Raiders are hoping one of the league’s biggest stars last year doesn’t get comfortable against them Sunday.
- Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle