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NFC West

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Dolphins 24-21 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers Should Be Able To Rebound Against Miami Dolphins

After suffering just their 3rd loss of the season last week, its important for the 49ers to avoid a losing streak on Sunday. Standing in their way of getting back in the winning column will be the Miami Dolphins, who have played well in spots, but overall have not had a good season. This one does not appear to be close on paper, but the 49ers proved just last week that there are no easy victories.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Carlos Rogers #22 after an interception in the second quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

49ers Need Strong End To Season To Ensure Playoff Berth And Gain Momentum

Nobody really thought that once the Seattle Seahawks named Russell Wilson the starting quarterback that they had a shot at making the playoffs this year, let alone winning the division. But with only four games left in the season they are right in the hunt, and have the attention of the 49ers, who have come out this week and made it clear that they plan to finish the regular season strong.


SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 11: LaMichael James #23 of the San Francisco 49ers works out during Rookie Minincamp at the San Francisco 49ers practice facility on May 11, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

LaMichael James Is The Answer To The 49ers’ Problem

When the 49ers drafted running back LaMichael James, both he and the team probably didn’t figure that he would not play through the first 12 weeks of the season. There is still no ETA on when he will play, but with an injury to Kendall Hunter, the team figures to turn to the rookie who can offer the team the same things that Hunter did to help make the offense so effective.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks #55 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Ahmad Brooks Stayed The Course And Landed In San Francisco

Ahmad Brooks has paid his dues to make it to the NFL. Part of it was his own doing, but his path to get to the professional level as been difficult and unique. However, with football in his blood, he has worked hard to earn a spot with the San Francisco 49ers.


ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 02: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams tackles quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers during the game at the Edward Jones Dome on December 02, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the 49ers 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams Stun San Francisco 49ers In Defensive Struggle

Although the two teams tied last time, nobody gave the Rams a shot in the rematch against the 49ers. San Francisco scored first and it looked like a rout, but St. Louis fought hard for four quarters, forced overtime, earned the upset, and won the season series against the NFC West-leading 49ers.



Injury Report For Rams And 49ers Does Not Tell Full Story

Although the injury reports list both teams as relatively healthy, San Francisco will be without a big part of their running game, and a player who wore a few hats. St. Louis is also a little banged up, and could be without their top receiver for the season series finale.


ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 18: St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher celebrates after the defense caused a turnover during the game against the New York Jets at the Edward Jones Dome on November 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

Rams Not Facing The Same 49ers Team From Week 10

The tie will be broken this time when NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams meet Sunday. The 49ers will have a different quarterback than the Rams saw him the last time around. If the 49ers take care of business, they will win easily.


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Bruce Miller #49 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the New York Jets on September 30, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Jets 34-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers Fullback Bruce Miller Not In It For The Fame

Bruce Miller is a key to the 49ers rushing success but will get little attention as the fullback. A late-minute decision by both him and the 49ers are the reason he is probably in the NFL today, which is a good thing for both him and San Francisco.


CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16: Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Darren Sproles Is Back and San Francisco 49er Secondary Banged Up Heading Into Match-Up

New Orleans has players listed as out and will have some concerns at depth, but will have all their starters on the field when the 49ers and Saints play on Sunday. While the 49er secondary has several players listed on the injury report, New Orleans is getting back another offensive weapon.


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San Francisco 49ers Will Have to Contain Drew Brees to Stop Surging Saints

This weekend’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints is a classic match-up of the high powered Saints offense against the formidable 49ers defense. San Francisco will have to deal with one of the game’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees as they look to keep their cushion in the NFC West.





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