Winning the battles in the trenches has led the 49ers to win five consecutive games.
Offensively, the line play has been key in helping San Francisco remain one game behind Seattle in the NFC West and NFC conference races.
The offensive line has yielded 15 sacks, ranking No. 7 in the NFL. The team has allowed eight sacks during the current five-game winning streak.
“Staley gets the nod for now because he’s had the higher degree of difficulty: Packers, Seahawks, Colts, Rams, Texans and Cardinals," Bedard wrote. "You can make an argument he didn’t allow a sack in any of those games. And Staley is the toughest and most rugged of the bunch.”
Staley was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2012 and 2011, but has never been a first-team selection.
That could change in 2013.
More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed Jim Harbaugh’s recent youth football clinic.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looked at the recent roster moves by the 49ers.
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