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49ers take 3-0 lead over Steelers after delay

Ben Roethlisberger threw interceptions on his first two possessions playing on an injured left ankle, and the San Francisco 49ers took a 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first quarter Monday night in a game delayed 20 minutes by a power outage at Candlestick Park.

Roethlisberger limped along at the start with a sprained ankle that limited him this week in practice. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 46 yards in the first drive, including a 36-yarder to Mike Wallace before Carlos Rogers intercepted Roethlisberger’s pass running into the end zone.

The 49ers’ 17-play, 69-yard drive stalled when Alex Smith threw two incompletions in the end zone. San Francisco settled for a 22-yard field goal by David Akers.

Dashon Goldson picked off a pass by Roethlisberger on Pittsburgh’s second possession.

The power throughout the stadium went off about 25 minutes before the scheduled kickoff of 5:40 local time. The public address system stopped working and fans were left in the dark until an emergency light came on in the far corner of the stadium.

A 49ers team spokesman said transformers appeared to fail outside the stadium.

Joe Molica, a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the power company was still investigating the cause of the outage.

”So far I don’t know what the cause is yet,” Molica said. ”We do know that Candlestick was the only customer affected by this outage.”

Molica said PG&E and park authorities had made all the routine checks earlier in the day and that all systems appeared to be in order.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger to start vs. 49ers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled active and will start Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Roethlisberger is nursing a high ankle sprain and is still walking with a pronounced limp as he went through his pre-game routine. He is wearing an ankle brace for support.
The Steelers (10-3) hold a half-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens (10-4) and will clinch the AFC North title if they win out.
Pittsburgh is one-half game behind New England (11-3) for the top overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but the Steelers hold a tiebreaker by virtue of a head-to-head victory.
Winners of four in a row, Pittsburgh has a pair of very winnable games left against St. Louis and Cleveland. Baltimore finishes against division foes Cleveland and Cincinnati.

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Agree to Disagree – at 49ers

This week’s arguments include who should start at quarterback if Ben can’t, which remaining team on the Ravens regular season schedule has the best chance to beat them, and whether 20 points will be enough to win on Monday night in San Francisco.

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Steelers at 49ers MNF Injury Report


Out: LB Chris Carter (hamstring), C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot)

Questionable: CB Curtis Brown (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle)

Probable: T Marcus Gilbert (illness), S Troy Polamalu (hamstring)

San Francisco

Questionable: WR Braylon Edwards (knee), FB Bruce Miller (knee), T Joe Staley (concussion), LB Patrick Willis (hamstring)

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Steelers 49ers Friday Injury Report Week 15 – Roethlisberger Limited

The Pittsburgh Steelers were once again on the practice field Friday getting ready for their week 15 game Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The Friday injury report is now out and once again center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot), safety Troy Polamalu (hamstring), linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) all did not participate in practice for a second straight day. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was very limited today according to reports as he looks to try to recover from his high left ankle sprain suffered last Thursday night Read more […]

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Opponent Spotlight: 49ers DL Ray McDonald


The Steelers haven’t produced a 100-yard rusher in seven games (Week 6 vs. Jacksonville). They only have two 100-yard rushers all season (Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer).

That streak is likely to be extended Monday Night when the Steelers travel to San Francisco to take on the run-stingy 49ers. While super-stud LB Patrick Willis will likely get most of the credit for their eye-popping run defense statistics – 3.2 yards per carry, 70 yards per game, zero rushing touchdowns against – the play of their defensive ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald is what should concern the Steelers.

If the season plays out the way it’s begun for the 49ers, it would be surprising not to see Smith as a top three defensive player of the year candidate. Think of Aaron Smith in his prime, but with better pass rush numbers. That’s the kind of season Smith is having – unblockable at his best, barely containable at his worst.

What Smith is doing from the right defensive end position for San Francisco is opening up opportunities for the rest of the defense. And his battery mate, LDE Ray McDonald, is taking full advantage.

McDonald, a fifth-year player from Pahokee, Fla., was a high school teammate of Santonio Holmes. While Holmes gained notoriety at Ohio State and many of McDonald’s teammates from the University of Florida received accolades, McDonald was a third-round draft pick in 2007 – defensive line mates Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey would both end up being first round picks.

He’s steadily improved in each of his five seasons, and is now breaking out as one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in football. Much of that is due to his versatility. The 49ers have a hybrid scheme in their defensive front seven. They play with three and four down linemen, depending on the situation, and McDonald plays both end and tackle.

He’s equally effective in both, very similar to Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins. This versatility helps the 49ers create chaos along the front seven, making it extremely difficult to move the ball against them. He will test other Florida alum, RT Marcus Gilbert and C Maurkice Pouncey, as well as RG Ramon Foster, in various situations throughout the game.

It certainly helps that the 49ers can generate pressure from a slew of talented defenders, notably Willis and rookie OLB Aldon Smith. But McDonald’s ability to collapse the pocket from the left side will strain an offensive line throughout a game.

The 49ers were upset by Arizona in Week 13, largely due to their sinking offense not being able to sustain drives. McDonald, though, was a beast, particularly early.

Play Sequence

With 54 seconds left in the first quarter against Arizona, the Cardinals are pinned at their 1-yard line. The 49ers put four down linemen – McDonald, who’s head up over the right guard, DT Isaac Sopoaga is over the center and Smith is off the left guard. Flanked to either side are LB NaVorro Bowman (left side) and DE Parys Haralson (right).


Cardinals QB John Skelton snaps the ball from an off-set I formation, FB Anthony Sherman goes to the 2-hole (right guard). McDonald (yellow), however, gets a great jump off the snap, whips RG Rex Hadnot, and RB Beanie Wells immediately bounces the play toward the left side. McDonald was one more step away from drawing a safety. Wells gained two yards on the play.

On 2nd-and-8, the 49ers are showing the same defensive front – Bowman, McDonald, Sopoaga, Smith and Haralson. Arizona is in a single back look this time, and motion Sherman from his right to left, squaring up over Bowman.


At the snap, Skelton takes a three-step drop and immediately looks to WR Larry Fitzgerald off to his left. The Cardinals block McDonald with just RT Brandon Keith, who never has a chance on the play. Skelton isn’t even done with his three-step drop before McDonald is a full two yards in the backfield. Skelton has time to make a throw, but Fitzgerald hasn’t cleared CB Tarell Brown’s aggressive coverage. He’s forced to make the throw anyway, and Brown knocks it away, setting up 3rd and long.

On third down, San Francisco plays it a bit more conservatively with four down lineman – Ahmad Brooks, McDonald, Sopoaga and Smith, and drop their linebackers in coverage. San Francisco is looking to stunt Brooks around McDonald – an excellent play call, considering how badly McDonald has beaten both Hadnot and Keith. They were likely to double-team him.


McDonald isn’t double-teamed, he’s triple-teamed by Hadnot, Keith and C Lyle Sendlein. Brooks’ delayed stunt isn’t picked up by Sendlein, and Brooks is able to get in Skelton’s face, negating him a chance to make a clean throw to WR Early Doucet, who’s open on the right side and past the first down marker.

It was a great three-play sequence for McDonald, who was able to draw attention from a combination of three linemen on three different plays. San Francisco allows just two yards on three plays, and one of the league’s best return men – Ted Ginn – is going to field a punt that will give the 49ers excellent field position.

That’s the kind of disruption McDonald brings to this defense, and the Steelers aren’t going to be able to worry only about San Francisco’s superstars, Smith and Willis (assuming he plays). A hobbled Ben Roethlisberger means the 49ers are likely going to bring a lot of pressure up the middle, aiming and getting bodies on the ground around his feet. Whomever will have responsibility for McDonald on each given play (some combination of Gilbert, Foster and Pouncey) are going to have to be prepared for a lightning-fast first step and a lot of power. Don’t be surprised if a few false start penalties occur (Gilbert had two against Cleveland, and that was in Pittsburgh).

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Steelers at 49ers Week 15 Capsule

STREAKS   4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 1-0 Harbaugh: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 14-3 vs. Browns L 21-19 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 9/23/07: 49ers 16 at Steelers 37. Pittsburgh KR-PR Allen Rossum records 98-yard KR-TD in 1st quarter & CB Bryant McFadden adds 50-yard INT-TD for Steelers.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/17/03: 49ers 30, Steelers 14. San Francisco WR Terrell Owens records 8 catches for 155 yards, including 61-yard TD reception from QB Tim Rattay.
BROADCAST ESPN (5:30 PM PT): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, John Sutcliffe (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Steve Tasker. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 93 (SF). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 226 (SF).


PASSING Roethlisberger: 276-429-3,526 (3C)-21 (T3C)-11-95.6 (3C) Ale. Smith: 221-358-2,565-15-5-91.5
RUSHING Mendenhall: 187-710-3.8-8 (T2C) Gore: 234-1,054 (3C)-4.5-6
RECEIVING Wallace: 62-1,034-16.7-8 (T3C) Crabtree: 55-668-12.1-2
OFFENSE 371.6 309.0
TAKE/GIVE -7 +21 (1L)
DEFENSE 276.1 (2L) 305.1 (1C)
SACKS Woodley: 9 Ald. Smith (R): 10.5
INTs Gay, Taylor: 2 Goldson, Rogers: 5 (T2C)
PUNTING Kapinos: 45.6 Lee: 50.7 (1C)
KICKING Suisham: 86 (32/32 PAT; 18/24 FG) Akers: 135 (1L) (27/27 PAT; 36/42 FG)


STEELERS:  Seek 7th straight win on MNF…Club has 4-2 record at SF since 12/15/73…Steelers are 2-0 vs. NFC West in ’11…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 8-2 record on MNF. Has completed 48 of 69 passes (69.6 pct.) for 659 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 119.2 passer rating vs. NFC in ’11. Has 23-8 (.742) record in Dec…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (8) needs 2 rush TDs to reach 10+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons (13 in ’10)…WR MIKE WALLACE has career-best 62 receptions in ’11. WR HINES WARD (991) needs 9 catches to become 8th player in NFL history with 1,000 rec…Defense allows 276.1 yards per game, 2nd-fewest in NFL. WR ANTONIO BROWN (925) needs 75 receiving yards to reach 1,000-yard mark for 1st time in career. Had career-best 151 receiving yards last week…S TROY POLAMALU posted 1st INT of season last week…LB JASON WORILDS had career-high 2 sacks last week…49ERS: QB ALEX SMITH has won 11 of past 14 starts. 49ers are 10-0 when Smith starts & has 100+ rating…RB FRANK GORE has 1,054 rush yards, his 5th 1,000-yard season. Since start of 2006, ranks 2nd in NFL with 9,113 scrimmage yards (6,860 rush, 2,253 rec.). In past 2 home MNF games, has 345 scrimmage yards (279 rush, 66 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…Since start of 2009, TE VERNON DAVIS has 25 rec. TDs, tied for most among NFL TEs. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 35+ yard TD in 2 of past 3 MNF games. WR KYLE WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row at home with TD. WR BRAYLON EDWARDS had 8 catches for 100 yards in last meeting (12/19/10 with NYJ)…Defense has not allowed 100-yard rusher in 35 consecutive games, longest active streak. Are 1st team since Decatur in 1920 to not allow rush TD in 1st 13 games. DE JUSTIN SMITH has started 168 games in row. LB ALDON SMITH leads NFC rookies with 10.5 sacks.

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Steelers Hopeful Roethlisberger Can Prep For 49ers On Limited Reps

Mike Tomlin considers Ben Roethlisbeger day to day this week as he recovers from a left ankle injury, but knows his quarterback won’t need much practice time to play against the 49ers. Tomlin told Bay Area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that Roethlisberger would not require a lot of practice time this week to be prepared to face the 49ers on Monday night, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“He can be ready to play on a limited number of snaps,” Tomlin said. “At the end of the week when we get into some situational football things, that’s going to require some physical preparation in some form or fashion. But we’re going to take it day by day. We’re always going to be optimistic when it comes to Ben.”

Roethlisberger declined to talk to reporters Wednesday and wore a walking boot while walking with a noticeable limp out of the team’s facility. Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger was working “tirelessly” to be on the field against the 49ers, but that he would have to practice at some point this week in order to play.

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Steelers Insider Weighs In On Harrison, 49ers

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — SportsRadio 93-7 The Fan Steelers’ Insider Ed Bouchette thinks we’ll hear by tomorrow whether or not James Harrison will be fined or suspended for Thursday night’s hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

As for what he thinks should happen to the Steelers linebacker, Bouchette said Harrison “maybe should get fined, but not suspended.”

During his weekly visit to The Fan Morning Show, Bouchette also previewed the Steelers’ upcoming match against the San Francisco 49ers.

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