Here’s the broadcast map for Dolphins vs. 49ers in Week 13

Will you be able to watch the game?

The Miami Dolphins’ Week 13 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium is limited to a portion of viewers in the United States this weekend.

Miami has won eight games this season but, heading into this contest, there’s a strong chance that they’re without both Terron Armstead and Austin Jackson. If the Dolphins can’t protect quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the offense will be in for a long day.

The 49ers, on the other side, are led by Kyle Shanahan. His team has impressed this season, leading the NFC West through the first 12 weeks of the season despite losing their starting quarterback, Trey Lance, to injury early on. Jimmy Garoppolo and their strong defense have helped them continue to add to the win column.

This game will be available in parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon.

The Dolphins kick off against the 49ers at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday on FOX. Joe Davis will have the call with Daryl Johnston providing color commentary and Pam Oliver on the sideline.

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NFL standings: How much does 49ers game vs. Dolphins matter?

The #49ers’ showdown with the Dolphins won’t matter much in San Francisco’s quest for an NFC West crown.

It’s not that the 49ers’ showdown with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium doesn’t matter, it’s just that in the grand scheme of the playoff picture this one could very quickly become of very little consequence for San Francisco.

Now, there are certainly reasons it matters. Wins are better than losses, for one (you’re welcome for this analysis), and Miami will give San Francisco a good measuring test as to just how good they are against another one of the NFL’s top teams. Their last test against the Chiefs did not go well, so some affirmation that the 49ers haven’t just been beating up on bad teams would go a long way.

On the other hand, a loss to the Dolphins wouldn’t mean the 49ers are out of contention. From a standings standpoint San Francisco won’t move from the No. 3 seed regardless of Sunday’s outcomes. They’re locked into third place in the NFC for at least this week.

They won’t move up since they’re two games back of the No. 2-seed Vikings. And they won’t move back because they’re a game up on the Seahawks and own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The bigger deal for the 49ers in their quest for an NFC West crown and a third playoff berth in four years will be their three contests immediately following the Dolphins.

In Week 14 they host the No. 4 seed Buccaneers with a chance to put more separation between the third and fourth spots in the NFC playoff standings. The 49ers go into Week 13 with a two-game cushion.

In Week 15 the 49ers go to Seattle on a short week for Thursday Night Football in a game that could be the tipping point in the NFC West race.

Then in Week 16 San Francisco hosts the Washington Commanders who are vying for a playoff spot and could be battling for the No. 7 seed with San Francisco depending on how the next few weeks go.

There’s also a conference record element that could come into play if the Vikings start to stumble near the finish line, but that’s a bridge we can cross when we get there.

Beating the Dolphins would be a nice feather in San Francisco’s cap as they look to establish themselves as true Super Bowl contenders, but in reality that’s simply related to vibes. They could lose to the Dolphins by a million, win out, and cruise to a division title. It’s nice to stack up Ws against good teams, but the 49ers have more important games to worry about down the stretch that will do far more to decide their postseason fate.

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49ers have some tough IR decisions coming

The #49ers IR situation is kind of a mess, and they have a couple tough decisions to make.

The 49ers are up against it with their short-term IR, and now they’re facing another significant injury that could push them to their limit.

Running back Elijah Mitchell suffered an MCL sprain in Week 12 that is expected to keep him out at least through the regular season. Typically putting a player like that on IR with the intention of bringing him back would be an easy call. Placing him there opens a roster spot and allows the team to utilize that roster spot on a different player.

For San Francisco it isn’t that simple. Teams are allowed to return eight players from IR per season. The 49ers have already brought six players back from IR – Mitchell, FS Jimmie Ward, LB Curtis Robinson, OL Colton McKivitz, DL Jordan Mason and LB Azeez Al-Shaair. They’re also planning on bringing back DL Javon Kinlaw, who head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated is getting close to returning.

Once Kinlaw comes back, San Francisco will only have one short-term IR slot left. It seemed logical when news of Mitchell’s six-to-eight week injury came out that the 49ers would use that last IR spot on a second stint for the RB, but Shanahan on Friday told reporters that’s not necessarily a slam dunk decision.

“Yeah, you’re allowed eight, that’s the biggest thing and I think we need to use them by then because the playoffs aren’t four weeks long, so I think we have two more also,” Shanahan said. “I’m not exactly sure on that, but that’s the stuff that goes into it, that’s why we didn’t decide to do it with Arik. Even though it was a long time ago, we just weren’t sure how many we’d have at the end of the year and we feel pretty good, six games left, where we’re at, but we’ll make that a decision on Elijah, most likely in the next 24 hours.” 

For San Francisco the decision comes down to how good they feel about their RB depth and whether they want to clear a roster spot for a player like Tevin Coleman, who’s on the practice squad.

They may decide to wait on Mitchell and see how the next couple of weeks play out. If they suffer another injury at a spot where they have less depth, they’d likely rather use the remaining short-term IR slot for that so they can sign a player to fill that void.

Either way the decision isn’t going to be easy, and if things go well for the 49ers, it’ll be the last such choice they’ll have to make all year.

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Dolphins digging deep in OT depth chart vs. 49ers

The Dolphins are digging deep into their OT depth on both sides of the line Sunday vs. the #49ers.

The Miami Dolphins were already facing some depth issues on their offensive line going into Week 13 after starting left tackle Terron Armstead strained a pec. Now another injury to a reserve tackle will force them to dig even deeper into their offensive tackle depth chart than they anticipated.

Miami on Friday listed Armstead as doubtful, and also ruled out OT Austin Jackson with an ankle issue. Jackson made his 2022 starting debut at right tackle for the Dolphins in Week 12. His absence sends the Dolphins OL into a bit of chaos. Stay with us here.

Against the 49ers, Brandon Shell will likely start at left tackle if/when Armstead is officially ruled out. Jackson being out will then push OT Greg Little into a starting role, and he might be the worst of the group.

We already covered Shell’s struggles at left tackle this season, but Little has had an even tougher time in his stints as the starting right and left tackle. He’s allowed four sacks, six QB hits and 27 pressures in 249 pass blocking snaps according to Pro Football Focus. His 29.2 overall grade is alarmingly bad.

That’s who figures to line up on the side opposite Shell, who carries a PFF grade around 15.0 when he lines up at left tackle this year.

This may all be moot if the Dolphins and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa can execute their quick game the way they have all year. Tagovailoa rarely holds onto the ball for more than 2.5 seconds, but if the 49ers can have even a little success in coverage it could be a big day for their defensive front against the back end of the Dolphins OT depth chart.

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49ers Week 13 injury report: Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams questionable vs. Dolphins

Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams are both questionable for the #49ers on Sunday. Here’s the full Week 13 injury report:

There were a handful of surprises when the 49ers on Friday released their Week 13 injury report.

While it’s not all sunshine and rainbows on the health front for San Francisco, there was some good news in their report since only one player, running back Elijah Mitchell, has officially been ruled out.

They still have a quartet of players listed as questionable though, which could wind up leaving the 49ers shorthanded against the Dolphins.

Here’s the full Week 13 injury report:

Dolphins final Week 13 injury report: 1 doubtful, 2 questionable vs. 49ers

An impact player is doubtful heading into the weekend.

The Miami Dolphins completed their final practice of the week on Friday at the Baptist Health Training Complex in preparation for their Sunday afternoon battle with the San Francisco 49ers.

The only Dolphin who has been ruled out is offensive tackle Austin Jackson (ankle).

Left tackle Terron Armstead (toe/pec) is listed as doubtful while quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) and running back Myles Gaskin (shoulder/ankle) are questionable.

Armstead and Gaskin were upgraded from non-participants to limited.

Running back Raheem Mostert (knee) was upgraded from limited on Thursday to full on Friday.

Offensive lineman Robert Jones (back) was removed completely.

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Nick Bosa named NFC defensive player of the month

Nick Bosa was named NFC defensive player of the month #GoBucks

Former Ohio State football star and current NFL star, Nick Bosa, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November. It should surprise no one that Bosa has been a star for the San Francisco 49ers since being drafted with the second pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Bosa’s many accolades include NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, being a member of the All-Rookie team, and being named to the Pro Bowl twice. He has yet another honor to add to his resume after being a vital part of an undefeated (3-0) November that San Francisco had with 10 total tackles, 10 quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, and three sacks. The edge rusher for the 49ers and has 36 career sacks already in his young career and 11.5 sacks this season. Bosa is searching for bigger honors to end the season with and is currently third in the league in sacks.

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Every roster, coaching connection between Dolphins and 49ers

There’s a lot of familiarity between these two teams.

The Miami Dolphins are departing for California on Friday, so they can take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

While the two teams don’t play each other all that often (the last time being in 2020), there’s a lot of familiarity between their organizations with a number of players and coaches on both sides having spent time with the other at some point.

Before the teams meet again, here’s a look at all of the connections between the Dolphins and 49ers.

Statistical Breakdown: How the Dolphins and 49ers stack up before Week 13

How have these teams fared through 12 weeks?

The Miami Dolphins are hitting the road after a home win against the Houston Texans to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, as Mike McDaniel’s team looks to improve their record to 9-3.

Miami enters this weekend just percentage points behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East due to their Thursday night victory over the New England Patriots. A victory for the Dolphins would put them back in the top spot.

For San Francisco, head coach Kyle Shanahan is looking to defeat his former protege in McDaniel, who has a number of contributors from 49ers teams of the past in South Florida. With Nick Bosa and company going against a depleted Miami offensive line, they could cause some trouble for one of the league’s top offenses.

Here’s how the Dolphins and 49ers stack up statistically going into Sunday:

How the 49ers’ dominant defense works from front to back

The San Francisco 49ers’ defense has been amazing over the last month. Laurie Fitzpatrick details how it all works from front to back.

The San Franscico 49ers have morphed into one of the most dominating defenses in the league, especially in the trenches.  Over the last three weeks they have allowed zero second half points and have also allowed the second least amount of yards per play, 4.5, per teamrankings.

Joey Bosa, Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw and Talanoa Hufanga are the heart of this defense. They have been playing like an absolute unit and they are all lead by second year defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Ryans’ prides his defense in getting to the ball quickly. He was asked about tackling after last Sunday’s 13-0 win over the New Orleans Saints, here is what he had to say: “We want all eleven guys, as fast as they can, shooting their gun, it doesn’t matter if you miss a tackle, there should be two or three guys there to clean up. That’s just our mentality, a swarm mentality. tracking inside heel, being in proper leverage, and when you get there, there is no hesitating”.

The 49ers defense registered only one missed tackle against the Los Angeles Chargers per Pro Football Focus, and they had a similar performance in week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Let’s dive into the film to diagnose the swarm mentality they have in all three levels of the defense!