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Morning Tailgate: All-Pro Joe Staley

Posted Nov 5, 2013

The 49ers offensive line has been instrumental during a recent five-game winning streak.

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.

Joe Staley, the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle, has been a prime example in the team's recent surge. He continues to raise his game in his seventh season and the same can be said for the four other starting offensive linemen. The 49ers are currently leading the NFL in rushing yards, averaging 153 yards per game. San Francisco also leads the league with 15 rushing touchdowns.

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’s on-field performance was highlighted recently by Greg A. Bedard of MMQB.com. San Francisco’s left tackle was the only member of the 49ers selected to Bedard’s midseason All-Pro team.

“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.

Andrew Pentis of 49ers.com shared an update on Anquan Boldin’s Bay Area charity event.


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