December 29

Niners’ win – and so do Texans

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – When Joe Nedney booted an overtime field goal through a drizzle as miserable as these teams’ records, everybody won something in the San Francisco 49ers’ season finale against the Houston Texans. The 49ers salvaged some pride with consecutive victories – and the Texans definitely won by losing soon-to-be-fired coach Dom Capers’ final game, wrapping up the No. 1 draft pick and the chance to dream about Reggie Bush. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson If Houston had won, the New Orleans Saints would have received the top pick and first dibs on Bush, the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback from USC who’s widely expected to enter the draft. Adams returned a third-quarter interception 40 yards for a tying touchdown for the 49ers (4-12), whose own No. 1 pick, Alex Smith, finally threw his first touchdown pass late in the first half. “It is nice to win two weeks in a row,” said Smith, who went 16 of 29 for 159 yards and hit Brandon Lloyd for a 14-yard score. “It shows a lot about this team, going down both weeks, and we came back.” Bush has been on fans’ minds in Houston and San Francisco since November – but the 49ers, Bush’s favorite team growing up, dropped out of the top five in the draft by doubling their win total from last season. “It’s a little premature right now to say who we’re taking,” said general manager Charley Casserly, who’s expected to keep his job. “But I think everybody knows we aren’t taking Matt Leinart.” Mike Adams lateraled his second interception to Ben Emanuel for a 35-yard return in OT, and Nedney set off an unlikely celebration with a 33-yard field goal with 3:52 left to end the 49ers’ 20-17 victory Sunday. The kick also provoked a giant sigh of relief in Houston, as the Texans (2-14) narrowly avoided ruining the only solace left in their awful season. After the game, a person close to the organization told the Associated Press that Capers will be fired today to start an offseason of big changes – probably peaking with a red-white-and-blue jersey for Bush. center_img Bush, who watched from Los Angeles while preparing for Wednesday’s Rose Bowl against Texas, claims he still doesn’t know whether he’ll enter the draft. “Whatever happens in this game, it won’t have any effect on me,” Bush said. “Obviously it will just (affect) who gets the first pick in the NFL Draft.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more