Nick Wagoner

Nick Wagoner

ESPN NFL Nation reporter Nick Wagoner covers the San Francisco 49ers.

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Turnover number five at the worst time possible for the #49ers . Shotgun snap hits a motioning Richie James Jr. Steelers recover at their 14.

And the #49ers  get a reprieve. Armstead forces a fumble, Buckner recovers. Niners get it at Pittsburgh's 24.

And the #49ers  cash in with much-maligned WR Dante Pettis making the 5-yard touchdown catch on a dart from Garoppolo. Niners lead 24-20 with 1:15 to go.

This is why the #49ers  went and got pass rushers in the offseason. The closers need to close.

The #49ers  did all they could to give it away but they once again found a way to win. They’re now 3-0 for the first time since 1998 and head into the bye with a chance to get some guys healthy.

#49ers CB Ahkello Witherspoon told me he believes he’s dealing with a low right foot sprain. He was in a walking boot and will have further tests done tomorrow but he was optimistic the injury is not serious.

#49ers not thrilled about the early bye week at 3-0 but will have a chance for some players to get healthy. When they return, they will look to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1990 against the Browns on Monday Night Football.

#49ers CB Richard Sherman said the defense had something special for Murphy's Law today: "When our offense gave up a turnover and put us in a hard spot we took it as Murphy's Law and you want to slap Murphy in the face and we did that today."

Sherman elaborated that defense took every offensive turnover as a challenge and did what it could to keep game close. Then offense and special teams did their parts to help put together a "team win."


BTW, today's Rams coin toss captains were the six active roster players the team acquired using picks from the 2012 RG3 trade.

#49ers QB Nick Mullens is having such a big night that he just got verified on Twitter. During the game.

"At no time in any of the conversations did I apologize for the actions of our players." -- Kevin Demoff to me just a moment ago.

I spent the week back in St. Louis talking to a cross section of people about why the Blues’ run to the verge of the Stanley Cup means so much to the’s what I found...

Demoff said he expressed remorse about how the actions of the players were construed but did not apologize for the actions themselves.

Rams turf near end zone caught fire briefly from pregame pyrotechnics. Fire extinguishers used and now being cleaned.

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Rams-Eagles swapped QBs little more than a year ago and re-signed those guys. Then promptly traded tons of draft capital to move up for QBs.