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Levi’s Stadium Guide Seating Chart & Reviews

Levi’s Stadium Guide

Here is a guide to the 1.3 billion dollar Levi’s Stadium located in Santa Clara and home to the San Francisco 49ers.

Seating at Levi’s Stadium.
We sat in section 124 and had a great view! Even in the corner we could still see everything. We felt really close to the field and action. The view for every seat is a lot closer since the field is smaller compared to Candlestick.

I sat in the lower sections, 111 and also in 203 and both times sucked! Sun was blazing on my face and I left with bad sunburn even though I had sunscreen and a hat on.

If you have the chance to sit in the West End of Levi’s Stadium facing East. The East side can get brutally hot.

If you’re sitting in the 300 section be prepared to climb a good amount of flights of stairs.

Once we go to our seats in the 300 section (what, was that 12 flights of stairs I had to climb
The very top level and top rows can be a bit scary if you have a fear of heights. They are at an angle to “give you a better view of the action” but they are just really high up there.

I hated the view from the 400s. I had to keep looking at the screen to see what was going on. The screen itself is massive and crystal clear but still not a great view of the actual field or action. Bring Binoculars!

The actual seats in the general area of seating (non club level or suites) are extremely tiny and with really not much leg room at all. If you’re going to sitting up there ask for an aisle seat if your taller than 5’11.

The 400 level and the majority of the 200 & 300 sections are in direct sunlight on the visitors side.

The seats in the VIP Area’s, Club and Suite levels are amazing. They are cushioned and padded. If you get a chance to sit there take it!

The stadium seats are actually quite comfortable depending on your size and when you’re away from the sunny side, Each seat comes equipped with a drink holder at the back which you can also use for your phone.

Seat Views From the 100 Level at Levi’s Stadium.

Seat Views From the 200 Level at Levi’s Stadium.

Seat Views From the 400 Level at Levis Stadium.

Seat Views From the 500 Level at Levi’s Stadium.

Eating At Levi’s Stadium:

The nachos are not your typical nachos covered in fake yellow/orange cheese. Levis Stadium kicked it up a notch with much better real cheese although it is thin and runs straight to the bottom of the tray.

Levis Stadiums offers wide variety of different foods from shrimp sando at the Seafood Counter, Curry Buns, Chicken Fingers, Chicken Tikka Marsala, Panini’s and so forth. The Garlic Fries were just mediocre and not large enough.

The Cons:
The BBQ Brisket Sandwich was $14.00 and not filling. The Jalapeno Cheddar Brawurst was just ok at best. The sausage stand only had a couple types of sausages. Way over priced.

A bottle of water is $5.75 and a beer is $11.00. The amount of food they give you a Levis Stadium are tiny and wasn’t worth the cost. At the United Club Lounge its even pricier with a Jager shot costing $14.00.

The lines were not terribly long but it still took a long time because of how slow the staff was.

Parking at Levis Stadium
I parked maybe a quarter of a mile away from the stadium $40.00 for parking is crazy. It wasn’t too far of a walk.

Green Lot 4 – We parked in Green Lot 4. Its $40.00 to park there but it’s close to the 101 ramp. There still is a bit of a walk to the Stadium but worth it to park in the Green Lot 4 because you don’t have to wait more than a couple minutes to get on the 101 from it.

Red Lot 1 – They don’t allow anyone until just before 1:00pm if it’s a late game. It was literally a parking lot just to get into the parking lot.

There are several overflow parking available. We opted to park across Great America Parkway in a business office building lot.

If your thinking about taking the Bart just realize that it doesn’t start to take people back until after the game ends. You can’t leave early. There is also a huge line of people waiting to get on.

Bathrooms at Levi’s Stadium
There are plenty of bathrooms all around the stadium. Spacious bathrooms with lots of stalls. Automatic warm water and paper towel dispensers. The bathrooms stay reasonably clean, even towards the end of the game.

The guards at the electric gate were pretty friendly. There were lots of security guards around as well as customer service representatives.

Tailgating at Levi’s Stadium
Green Lots 1,2,3 have lots of tents, food, drinks and great fans.

Green Lot 1 & Blue Lot 1 & 2 have open flame tailgating. They are smaller and less rowdy but hardcore tailgaters.

Levi’s Stadium app
The Levi’s stadium app is super useful. Rack up yards to spend on signed jerseys, field passes, etc. It’s also great for scanning in to the stadium. Makes the process super easy + efficient.

San Francisco 49ers Ticket Prices
San Francisco 49ers Tickets for Levi’s Stadium average $135.00 per ticket this season. The highest average for 49ers tickets is $270.00 per ticket. The lowest average for 49ers tickets is $115.00 per ticket.

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The NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium is on Feb 21st. Stadium Series tickets average $225.00 per ticket.

2016 Super Bowl Tickets Levi’s Stadium
2016 Super Bowl Tickets for Levi’s Stadium will average $2500.00 per ticket. The 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona was one of the most expensive tickets for any sporting event averaging over $10,000 per ticket.

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Chargers Ticket Prices For December Games

If the season ended today the San Diego Chargers would be one of two wild card winners in the AAFC, with the 5th overall seed in the playoffs. The 5th seed would earn them a rematch with the Indianapolis Colts, the team they knocked off on the road in the playoffs opening round a season ago. San Diego is currently a game behind the Denver in the division, but with Peyton Manning and the Broncos holding the tie-breaker, San Diego will have to make up two games on the Broncos in the final four weeks of the season in order to win the division.

Such an accomplishment is a tall task due to the Chargers remaining schedule and the presence of Peyton Manning at quarterback for Denver. San Diego has one of the most difficult remaining schedules, with two tough division games mixed in with two tough non-division matchups.

Here’s a look at the Chargers remaining schedule:

Sunday, December 7 vs. New England:
Get In: $300.00 | Average Ticket Price $426.00
The Chargers host Tom Brady and the Patriots this coming Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in a game with major playoff implications. The Patriots were in the midst of a seven-game winning streak before they were knocked off by the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday. The loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers makes Sunday’s game vitally important for New England as they fight for the top overall record in the AFC. A win by the Chargers will keep pressure on the Broncos in the division race. You can purchase Patriots vs Chargers Tickets for Qualcomm Stadium.

Best Deal for tickets to the Patriots vs Chargers game for those on a budget? The Pats are by far the biggest game of the year and prices reflect it. The Chargers Tickets usually average about $120.00 per ticket so the 40% increase just to get in could be a bit high. For those who like to take chances the box office opens four hours prior to game time, its slim but worth trying to see if any last minute tickets come out. Since the game is at $5:30pm pst it also gives you time to check prices on that day.

Sunday, December 14 vs. Denver:
Get In: $202.00 Average Ticket Price $353.00
The Chargers have a rematch with the Broncos a week after the New England Patriots pay a visit. The two weeks combined may be the biggest back-to-back home games for the Chargers in years. The Chargers lost in Denver on October 23 by a score of 35-21. Since then the Broncos have gone through a rough patch and then, most recently, have committed to a more powerful ground game with CJ Anderson. The key to victory, as always, will be to limit Peyton Manning’s chances down the field. A season ago the Chargers laid out the blue print to defend Manning during their victory in Denver. If they can knock off the Broncos they’ll be in position to earn a division title.You can purchase Broncos vs Chargers Tickets for Qualcomm Stadium.

Saturday, December 20th at San Francisco:
Get In: $137.00 | Average Ticket Price $225.00
The tough season ending slate for the Chargers continues in San Francisco at Levis Stadium when they face Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. San Francisco has taken a step back as an elite team, but still has an outstanding defense and is in the thick of the playoff race in the NFC. This season the 49ers offense has taken a step back as they’ve struggled to score points at home. In their last three home games San Francisco has scored a total of just 30 points. If the Chargers defense can contain the 49ers offensive attack, the Chargers should be in a good position to earn the victory. You can purchase Chargers vs 49ers tickets for Levis Stadium.

Sunday, December 28 at Kansas City:
Get In: $35.00 | Average Ticket Price $58.00
The Chargers wrap up the regular season when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs. After a five-game winning streak the Chiefs have lost consecutive games to Oakland the Denver. Offensively the Chiefs are very one-dimensional, relying on the rushing attack of Jamal Charles to ignite their offense. If the Chargers can limit the success of Charles they’ll be in a good position to outscore the Chiefs. Earlier this season the Chiefs upset the Chargers in San Diego, 23-20. You can purchase Chiefs vs Chargers Tickets for Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chargers have their work cut out for them in the final four games, playing teams with a combined record of 32-16. The key is to defend their home field and earn big victories versus San Francisco and Kansas City. If the Chargers can sweep their final four games they’ll be in a position to earn the first or second seed in the AFC. Use our Chargers tickets promo code to save on all your tickets for Chargers home games at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Can Philip Rivers win the NFL MVP?

With a 2-1 record that could easily be 3-0 if not for a tight loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers have firmly established themselves as contenders to unseat the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. With impressive victories over the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, two teams whose only loss is to the Chargers, quarterback Philip Rivers is playing some of the best football of his outstanding career. Two years after many questioned the long-term viability of Rivers as the Chargers quarterback, the Chargers veteran signal caller has established himself as a leading league MVP candidate. In a league where the top quarterback conversation typically involves a top tier of Brady, Manning, and Rodgers, Rivers play and leadership has stood out this season.

The season is early, but the Chargers look to have staying power. While the team is sure to contend for a division title and second consecutive playoff berth, Rivers has an opportunity to earn his first NFL MVP.

Here are three reasons Philip Rivers is the leader of the pack in the NFL MVP voting.

MVP Philip RiversHe’s thrived versus tough competition: The Chargers have faced three top five defenses in the first three weeks of the season, with Rivers excelling versus all three opponents. Arizona, Seattle, and Buffalo are known for their physical fonts and ability to make it tough on opposing quarterbacks. As he has done his entire career Rivers has shown the toughness and ability to make big throws, even against extreme pressure. Heading into week four Rivers has six touchdowns and just one interception. The Chargers are a battle-tested unit who look like they have staying power. The early season tough slate has the Chargers primed and ready to take on the Broncos.

He’s succeeded with a lack of a running game: Rivers has led an impressive offensive performance while the team has struggled running the football. Last week against the Buffalo Bills the team lost running back Danny Woodhead, a week after losing starting running back Ryan Mathews. Even with all the injuries, the Chargers offense kept the Bills off balance all day long. It’s testament to the leadership and ability of Rivers to stay in the pocket, often against max pressure, and deliver the football. There is few quarterbacks in NFL history tougher than Rivers, who has made his mark throughout his career by his ability to take massive hits while still putting the football on the money.

Chargers QB Philip RiversHe’s doing it with less: MVP voters love a new storyline. Last season Peyton Manning was the deserving MVP due to his incredible numbers. Manning is re-writing the record book, behind one of the league’s best offensive line and an offense full of weapons that includes one of the league’s top receivers (Demaryius Thomas), an elite tight end (Julius Thomas) and a future Hall of Famer in the slot (Wes Welker). Not to undermine Manning’s remarkable performance, but he has a tremendous amount of weapons. Rivers, on the other hand, is not blessed with an elite offensive line or a receiving core that rivals what Manning has in Denver. It’s tough to quantify but the overall feeling is that Rivers is doing more with less, often in the face of intense pressure, with the Seattle game being the prime example. During the Seahawks game Rivers showed an incredible ability to evade pressure and fit throws into remarkably tight windows, often in the face; something in intense pressure. It was an MVP performance, something Rivers has done time and time again over the past season and a half.

It’s early, but right now Philip Rivers might just be this year NFL MVP.

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Chargers to open the preseason Aug 7th Vs the Dallas Cowboys

Chargers Vs Cowboys TicketsBy all accounts it’s been a good early preseason for the LA Chargers tickets. This past Friday they finished their ninth day of training camp with very few injuries. Saturday the team held their annual open to the public fan fest with a record 18,000 fans attending the event at Stubhub Center. Although the 18,000 was dwarfed by the fan attendance for similar events in other NFL cities (67,000 in Green Bay!), the attendance is indicative of the excitement from the fan base and the progress that General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy have made in the last two seasons to rebuild the Chargers franchise. Those attending Saturday got a glimpse of a Chargers team that should contend once again for the playoffs in touch AFC West due to a solid offseason that saw continued improvement had problematic positions for the club last season, like a cornerback.

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Three Things To Watch For This 2014 Chargers Season

With training camp now open the Chargers schedule enter the upcoming NFL season with big expectations after a surprising wild card berth and visit the second round of the NFL’s playoffs. The Chargers have stayed consistent with the plan, bolstering the overall depth of the squad at several important positions, especially on the defense. Here are three key things to watch as the Chargers training camp progresses.

Chargers Pass Rush, “The Freeney Factor”: if healthy Dwight Freeney is the rare type of edge rusher that can have a major impact on a defense. The veteran pass-rusher made a return to contract drills as camp started, a good sign that the Chargers will have a healthy Freeney as the season starts. After tearing his quad Freeney made just four starts last season, registering just a half a sack. When healthy he’s one of the best pass rushers in football, but coming off of an injury and at the age of 34 it’s hard to project what the Chargers have in Freeney for the upcoming season. Freeney isn’t the only Charger coming off of a major injury. Melvin Ingram tore his ACL in training camp and missed the majority of the regular season, while Donald Butler missed a handful of games due to a groin injury. If all three players are healthy, as they are currently, the Chargers pass rush should be greatly improved.

 The “other” Wideout: The Chargers struck gold when they drafted Keenan Allen last season. The rookie quickly becomes the top rookie wideout in football and arguably should have been chosen the NFL’s rookie of the year over Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers. Allen had 71 receptions for over one-thousand yards and 8 touchdowns last season, forming a tremendous partnership with Philip Rivers. The Chargers entered last season with major questions at wide receiver until Allen stepped up. This year the Chargers again have major questions at wide receiver, beyond the presence of Allen. Malcolm Floyd, returning from injury, is the likely number two starter, with Eddie Royal the best option in the slot and as the third receiver. The nine-year veteran has been a consistent second and third option throughout his career. Royal started the season strong but fell off towards the second half. He’ll be challenged by Vincent Brown and potentially by 7th rounder Tevin Reese. With the presence of a legitimate number one receiver, the Chargers have to feel a lot more comfortable about the position. Like the pass rush though, the big question is whether Floyd and Royal can stay healthy.

 An Elite Group of Defensive Backs?: With the acquisition of Brandon Flowers and the draft of Jas Verrett do the Chargers now have an elite group of defensive backs? Elite defenses in the NFL are punctuated by a strong pass rush and good cover cornerbacks. Last season the cornerback position was a weakness for the Chargers. This offseason San Diego greatly upgraded the position through a bit of luck and the drafting of Verrett. When the Kansas City Chiefs cut Brandon Flowers for salary cap reasons the Chargers quickly pounced on the veteran who was motivated to say in the same division as the Chiefs. Flowers has regularly been rated a top ten corner by Pro Football Focus. His veteran presence and confidence could have a domino effect that helps the overall Chargers defense, especially the defensive back group. With Flowers in the fold, the Chargers can now play Verrett, a talented cover corner, as a fifth defensive back and slot corner. In a division that includes the Denver Broncos and enhanced secondary is crucial.

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Who To Pick For Your 2014 Fantasy Football Draft

FFThe NFL season is right around the corner and with that comes fantasy football. With many drafts fast approaching here’s a look at the top ten NFL fantasy draft targets for 2014. The annual running back versus quarterback debate is in full force once again. Although Peyton Manning put together the greatest passing season in NFL history, value in fantasy football is driven by running backs. Here’s a look at this year’s top draft targets:

1. Adrian Peterson: The best running back in the NFL is still the top overall running back and top overall fantasy pick. Although he didn’t replicate his extraordinary 2012 season, Peterson had nearly 1300 yards and ten touchdowns last season, with an outstanding 4.5 yards per carry. “All Day” has been Mr. Consistent during his NFL career, topping ten touchdowns in every NFL season and rushing for over 1200 yards in six of his seven NFL seasons. In an era of past-first offenses the Minnesota Vikings are a run-first organization. This season Peterson will get the opportunity to play for one of the top offensive coordinator minds in the NFL in former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Look for Peterson to have another massive season in a deep NFC North.

ffdraft2. Jamaal Charles: The veteran Chief had a tremendous season in 2013 in his first season under new Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. Charles didn’t carry the ball as much as previous seasons, but had as many touches as in the past due to his receiving ability in Reid’s west coast offense. Charles had 19 total touchdowns, 12 on the ground and 7 through the air. With a new contract and the threat of a holdout no longer in the offering, Charles should have another outstanding season via the rush and the pass.

3. LeSean McCoy: McCoy had a massive season in 2013 in his first season under Chip Kelly and there’s no reason to think the NFL’s leading rusher last season won’t repeat this coming season. To go along with his 1607 rushing yards McCoy had 11 total touchdowns. Under the innovative Kelly the Eagles will continue to put up points and feature McCoy, although there has to be some concern whether or not Nick Foles can repeat his surprising season from a year ago at quarterback. If Foles somehow struggles it could affect McCoy.

beerr_top_0_04. Eddie Lacy: The second-year Alabama running back is one of the fastest risers in fantasy football. Lacy had a solid rookie season that included 1178 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in a season where the Packers played nearly have the regular season without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. With a healthy Rodgers back under center and the return of right tackle Bryan Bulaga and Randall Cobb from injury the Packers should once again have one of the top offenses in the NFL. Look for Lacy to have a massive season, topping both his 2013 totals in rushing yards and touchdowns. With 35 catches in 2013 Lacy also proved better than expected in the passing game and should have more receptions this coming season. If the Packers offense is as good as expected Lacy could be the top player in fantasy by the end of the upcoming season.

5. Peyton Manning: Conventional wisdom still makes drafting a running back the most sound fantasy draft decision due to the value of the position. From a sheer point scoring dominance though, Peyton Manning had one of the most remarkable fantasy seasons in history last year. Manning shredded the NFL record book with 55 passing touchdowns and should have another dominant season in 2014, even with the loss of wide receiver Eric Decker to the New York Jets. Manning will be hard pressed to match the 55 touchdowns he threw a year ago, but should lead the league in touchdown passes once again.

6. Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers had a frustrating 2013 season after going down with a broken collarbone and missing half the regular season. When healthy Rodgers is a proven fantasy performer whose led the NFl in fantasy points in the past. With a healthy Randall Cobb and the presence of Eddie Lacy the Packers offense should once again be one of the best in football. Look for Rodgers to have a big season throwing the football, with an outside chance for 40 touchdowns, as well as a two or three rushing touchdowns.

kcdo7. Matt Forte: The Chicago Bears standout has quietly been one of the best running backs in the NFL for the past several seasons. Last year, his first under head coach Marc Trestman, Forte has yet another outstanding season with nearly 2000 combined yards and 12 touchdowns. Forte is a true every-down back, with 74 receptions in 2013. With a healthy Jay Cutler the Bears offense should be dynamic once again, with Forte leading the way.

8. Calvin Johnson: Megatron is head and shoulder above the rest of the receiving crop in the NFL. In a year where he battled multiple injuries Johnson still managed nearly 1500 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Although he was just the third ranked fantasy receiver in 2013, Johnson had arguably the worst luck of any NFL fantasy player last season, getting stopped at the one-yard line on numerous occasions. The league’s most talented receiver should have another massive season.

9. Marshawn Lynch: While Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy get all the headlines, Lynch has been the most productive NFL running back over the past three seasons from a scoring standpoint, with 35 total touchdowns. The defending Super Bowl champs are loaded once again and should have a big season, with Lynch leading the way.

ffr10. Drew Brees: The New Orleans Saints are loaded once again and Drew Brees should put together yet another massive season in 2014. The future Hall of Famer passed for over five-thousand yards for the 3rd consecutive season, en route to 39 touchdown passes and (5) thirty-point fantasy games. The resurgent Saints have a favorable schedule this coming season so look for Brees to put together yet another massive season. BY:

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The San Diego Chargers will kick off their 2014 preseason schedule on Thursday, August 7 when they host the Dallas Cowboys. With one of the most passionate fan bases in the NFL, the Cowboys have long garnered tremendous support throughout the southwest. After a surprising finish in 2013, when they reached the second round of the playoffs after earning a wildcard, the Chargers just completed well regarded NFL draft. Chargers GM Tom Telesco received positive marks from a number of analysts, with the team picking up some key players in areas of need, starting with cornerback Jason Verrett of TCU. Verrett joins Jeremiah Attaouchu and Ryan Cerrethers as positive additions to the defense. Offensively the Chargers picked up offensive lineman Chris Watt, regarded as a good interior blocker, as well as running back Marion Grice and receiver Tevin Reese. For a team with just six picks, the Chargers worked for the board well.

In the preseason opener, the Chargers will face a Cowboys team coming off of another disappointing end to the season in 2013. After losing quarterback Tony Romo the Cowboys lost the final game of the season to the Philadelphia Eagles to lose the division and the playoffs. They’ll have a healthy Romo back this coming season, with the usual variety of weapons on the offensive. The Cowboys drafted tackle Zack Martin from Notre Dame to shore up the offensive line and then focused on defense with an effort to replace the departed Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware. They drafted another Demarcus, Demarcus Lawrence from Boise State in the second round as a potential future replacement Ware.

The August 7th opener will give Chargers fans an opportunity to see an offense that returns virtually the entire starting unit from last season, including veteran quarterback Philip Rivers who had a comeback year in 2013. Returning for his second season is Keenan Allen, the top rookie receiver in 2013.

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Potential Depth Issues For The 49ers

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The key to an effective pass rush, beyond the obvious talent up front, is a strong secondary. For the past three seasons the San Francisco 49ers have had the best defense in the NFL, with three deep playoff runs and a Super Bowl appearance to show for it. The 49ers organization has done a tremendous job drafting and developing players, keeping an elite defense even against the threat of free agency. Last offseason San Francisco lost Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and didn’t miss a beat. Eric Reid, a first round draft pick from LSU, stepped in for Goldson and was a strong contributor from the start. This offseason began with the 49ers losing Donte Whitner, another elite Pro Bowl talent. The 49ers responded by signing former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea to replace Whitner and team with Reid. At cornerback the 49ers decided to cut Carlos Rogers and avoid his $6.6 million salary. The team attempted to re-sign Tarell Brown, to provide depth and play the nickel quarterback, but Brown decided to leave the club and ink a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

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The loss of Whitner, Brown and Rogers is an impact to the 49ers depth and potential leadership, putting pressure on Tremaine Brock and Chris Culliver to take over the starting cornerback positions, along with Bethea at safety. Unfortunately for the Niners the plan to start Culliver at cornerback took a potential bad turn when the controversial corner was arrested for felony hit and run and weapons charges. The arrest of Culliver is another blight on a player who offended many in the Bay Area with anti-gay comments he made during Super Bowl week in 2012. Less than a year away from the Aldon Smith controversy, in which the 49ers star pass rusher was arrested for a second drunk driving offense and disorderly conduct, there is a heightened awareness regarding off the field issues for 49ers players. Could the 49ers decide to cut Culliver? If they do the once vaunted secondary is a major question mark and puts the pressure on the organization to improve via the draft.

Culliver is in the final year of his contract and the 49ers would save $1.4 million by cutting him loose. It may be popular from a public perception standpoint to cut Culliver loose but it sets up legitimate depth problems for the team. San Francisco did sign Chris Cook away from the Vikings during the free agency period. Cook is a skilled player who wore out his welcome in Minnesota, which included a felony assault trial. The 49ers ability to develop players could do wonders for Cook, but it’s hard to imagine he’ll turn into an elite player immediately. If Culliver is cut they could conceivably turn to Carlos Rogers, or a veteran like Champ Bailey, if he has anything left in the tank. Either way a position that was once an area of massive strength for the organization is in serious doubt, putting pressure on the remaining players to step up and perform and giving the team a small margin for error when the inevitable injuries occur.

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Will Culliver’s issues and the loss of Brown, Rogers and Whitner set the 49ers back in their effort to win a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh? Windows off opportunity are small in the NFL and like every team that compiles a large amount of talent the 49ers are suffering free agent defections. The combination of Reid and Whitner was a solid combo at safety last season, but will Bethea and Reid be as strong? Bethea is a talented cover safety but not the physical presence that Whitner was. With or without Culliver the 49ers overall depth at cornerback is not as strong as last season. Toss in a potential career threatening injury to Navorro Bowman and San Francisco could see their defense fall back a peg. Will that impact their ability to compete with Seattle? Time will tell. Chris Michaels.

49ers Take A Hit In Free Agency

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The first three days of National Football League free agency has seen some high profile players switch teams, including San Francisco 49ers All-Pro safety Donte Whitner. The two-time Pro Bowler returned home, signing with the Cleveland Browns. For the second consecutive offseason the 49ers will have lost an elite safety. Last offseason Dashon Goldson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers replaced Goldson in the draft with LSU safety Eric Reid, who had an outstanding rookie season. Due to the talented roster the 49ers have assembled losing free agents is a fact of life in the NFL, the key replacing the talent they lose. San Francisco moved quickly to replace Whitner by signing Antoine Bethea from the Indianapolis Colts. In replacing Whitner with Bethea San Francisco essentially saved $5 million over four years. Like Whitner, Bethea is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, after the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Bethea isn’t the physical presence that Whitner was in the secondary, but possesses arguably better range and cover skills than Whitner and should provide a solid combination with the physical Reid. In addition to singing Bethea the 49ers resigned Eric Wright to a one-year contract for additional secondary depth.

The 49ers are hosting visits with a handful of other intriguing players, including Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks and Chris Cook of the Minnesota Vikings. The talented Thurmond is also visiting Jacksonville and Washington. He’d be an interesting addition to the 49ers roster, adding a capable player while subtracting a talented depth player from their chief division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks. Cook, coming off a couple of disappointing seasons in Minnesota, is a rangy and skilled player who hasn’t lived up to his potential in the NFL. Perhaps a change of scenery and the ability to play for an elite coaching staff can benefit Cook and help him reach his potential.

While the 49ers were hosting Thurmond and Cook, running back Anthony Dixon was visiting the Tennessee Titans and his former college running backs coach Sylvester Croom. Dixon is also set to visit the Buffalo Bills. Dixon is a capable backup but his potential loss could be offset by the presence of Marcus Lattimore. After missing his entire rookie season due to a devastating knee injury he suffered in college the former South Carolina star may be ready to contribute behind Frank Gore. If Lattimore can return to form the 49ers may have found the steal of the 2013 NFL draft.

In addition to the free agent signing of Bethea the 49ers made a couple of interesting, and high profile trades. The first move was sending a 7th round draft pick to the Dolphins for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Like Cook a change of scenery may benefit Martin after the well publicized Richie Incognito controversy. Martin didn’t perform well in his limited starts in Miami but the thought is his former college head coach, Harbaugh, can potentially help Martin reach his potential. If Martin can live up to his potential the 49ers may have picked up some good depth and a player who could be a potential starter down the road. In addition to Martin the 49ers also traded a 6th round pick for former Jaguars starter Blaine Gabbert. The former 10th overall pick never lived up to his potential, but could end up being a valuable backup in San Francisco. It’s a classic low risk move that helps boost the talent of the overall roster and gives the 49ers a potential solid backup should Colin Kaepernick ever go down for an extended period of time.

The 49ers open up the 2014 in the new Levi’s Stadium leaving their old home of Candlestick Park. Levis Stadium cost $1.2 Billion and has a capacity of 68,500. 49ers Ticket prices for their opening game of the 2014 – 2015 season have yet to be announced but with the new stadium they are expected to run from $200-$1000 per ticket. By: Chris Cabrera

User at the Los Angeles Staples Center

Broncos Look Super Bowl Bound



The Denver Broncos won their 11th game of the season Sunday afternoon, initially falling behind the Tennessee Titans before roaring back for a 51-28 victory. The story was once again Peyton Manning who threw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns in the victory, leading a balanced attack. The win sets up a division game with the San Diego Chargers next week in Denver. Beyond the stellar play of Manning, the highlight for the Broncos was Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal, breaking the NFL record held by Tom Dempsey and former Broncos kicker Jason Elam.

Where the game was won: The Broncos were sloppy early, allowing the Titans to build a 21-7 lead. As in so many games, this season the Broncos offense dominated the second through fourth quarters, scoring over fifty points for the fourth time this season. Manning was as efficient as ever, throwing touchdowns to four different Broncos receivers. Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julian Thomas all caught touchdown passes for the Broncos. Decker, coming off a career game last week, caught 8 passes for 117 yards. The former Minnesota Gophers star has caught sixteen passes for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns the past two weeks. While Manning and his receiving crew were dominating through the air the combination of Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball was effective on the ground. The duo combined for 155 yards rushing on 29 carries and a touchdown each. With 551 yards the Broncos outgained the Titans by nearly 300 yards. The Broncos offensive line was perfect once again, not giving up a sack while their future Hall of Fame quarterback lit up the Titans through the air.

Up next for Denver: Denver hosts their division rivals the San Diego Chargers next weekend at Invesco Field. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 28-20 in a November matchup in San Diego. The Chargers are still alive in the playoff race after thrashing the New York Giants 37-14 in San Diego on Sunday. At 6-7 the Chargers likely need to upset Denver to have any chance at earning a wild card in the AFC. San Diego has an efficient, ball-control offense, but struggles defensively. Look for the Chargers to put points on the board behind Philip Rivers and the offense but the Chargers defense is unlikely to have much success stopping the Broncos. The win will put the Broncos one game closer to a division title and will keep them on top in the race for home field advantage in the AFC.

Prediction: Manning throws for over 300-yards once again as Denver manages a convincing victory over the Chargers. The Broncos earn their 12th victory of the season with a 41-31 victory over the Chargers. Broncos Vs Chargers Tickets are still available for the Dec 12th game at Invesco Field.
By:Chris Michaels

Learn about the Chargers new stadium in Inglewood California.