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Morning Tailgate: Mike Iupati Good Enough to Go

Posted Jan 1, 2014

The 49ers left guard isn't 100 percent healthy, but he is intent on helping San Francisco in its playoff opener in Green Bay.

Mike Iupati is quiet, seems humble and, despite recently earning a second straight trip to the Pro Bowl, often goes unnoticed.

That's off the field.

On the field, Iupati is as tough as any one of his four offensive line 'mates.

Just consider the fourth-year left guard's four-game absence from a knee injury.

"It's getting there," said Iupati, who rejoined the gameday roster in Week 16. "Just suck it up and play. It'll feel better by Sunday."

In this way, Iupati is cut from the same cloth of his coach, Jim Harbaugh.

Asked about the single-digit, and perhaps negative, temperatures at Lambeau Field, where the 49ers open the playoffs on Sunday, Iupati said he'd simply wear a little extra clothing and "go out there and play."

Iupati, speaking after Tuesday's practice, was more concerned with the Packers, despite the fact that Green Bay's defense yielded 125 rushing yards per game during the regular season, the fourth-highest total among 16 NFC teams.

"It doesn't matter about the stats," he said. "It matters about that day, that game. You can have the worst stats, then come gameday, ball out. 

"We expect a good game from them. We just have to come out, execute our plays and compete."

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

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looked at the future head coaches on the 49ers staff.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed Frank Gore’s matchup in the run game.

Greg A. Bedard of the Monday Morning Quarterback checked in with his angle on Sunday’s opener.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about Eric Wright’s grudge against Green Bay.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel covered the 49ers from afar.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com recapped the best moments of the 2013 calendar year.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted the absence of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com focused on San Francisco’s potential blitz packages.





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