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Morning Tailgate: Blueprint for Beating Seahawks?

Posted Jan 15, 2014

After reviewing film of the Arizona Cardinals Week 16 win in Seattle, 49ers spoke of the impact it has on their own game plan.

How much can a month-old game that the 49ers didn’t even play in affect their game plan for Sunday?

This is a key question as San Francisco begins its preparations for the NFC Championship game opposite the Seattle Seahawks.

How much stock do players put in the Arizona Cardinals 17-10 Week 16 win in Seattle?

After all, the NFC West champ hadn't lost at loud CenturyLink Field since the 49ers beat them there, 19-17, on Dec. 24, 2011.

“You can learn something from every single game,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “That’s the result we’re looking for, obviously, is a win, but we look at all games, their entire schedule, and we’ll study our butts off this week to prepare to respect the process for winning.”

Cornerback Carlos Rogers gave the game more credence, mentioning that he and his teammates had just finished watching film of the Arizona-Seattle ballgame on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cardinals “came with the mindset that, ‘We’re going to get in those guys’ faces and pressure Russell (Wilson), don’t let him scramble too much,'” cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “That’s what we have to do, too. The (Cardinals) offense turned the ball over (four) times and still was able to come out with a victory, but we don’t want to make turnovers (on offense). As a defense, we want to get off the field.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News provided an update on San Francisco’s travel plans.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle revealed one lesser known Harbaugh-Carroll connection.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com said what must/must not happen for the 49ers to win Sunday.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote about the optimism of two injured players.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on Carlos Rogers’ path back to playing.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com quoted Phil Dawson on how the kicker sees crowd noise to his advantage.

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press noted the important offseason addition of Glenn Dorsey.





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