All-Pro, Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly is going to be all over the field on Sunday when the 49ers visit the Panthers for the right to advance to the NFC title game.
It’s nothing new.
The second-year pro totaled 153 tackles on the year, including 11 tackles, 1 sack and one crucial pass breakup in Carolina’s Week 10 win over San Francisco.
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The second-round draft pick appeared to have a step on Kuechly’s coverage and was in position to make a reception on a deep seam route. The Panthers stud linebacker, however, had other plans.
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Kuechly is equally effective in the run game. Jim Harbaugh noted that it’s nearly impossible to neutralize a player of Kuechly’s caliber.
“He’s one of those players that, I don’t know that neutralize is a possibility,” the 49ers coach said on Wednesday. “He is a fantastic football player and we definitely got to get him blocked and do a great job of blocking him and sustaining. Really, fundamentals and technique are going to give us the best chance to do that with a player of his caliber. Again, we’ll shoot for A-plus-plus, but don’t know if that’s realistic in his case because he’s a fantastic, fantastic player.”
More 49ers headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at Harbaugh's comments on his coaching staff reportedly drawing interest for various coaching jobs.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote about the 49ers adjusting their schedule for an early kick-off in Carolina.
Andrew Pentis of 49ers.com interviewed Eric Davis for his unique take on the 49ers-Panthers rivalry.
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