“To me I think every football game is big,” Willis said after the 49ers season-opening win, in which he had five tackles. “There is no football game that I look at where I say, ‘This game doesn’t mean anything.’ I don’t care who we’re playing, winning record or losing record, I just want to win. I spent my first four seasons losing so to me every game is valuable.”
So it's no surprise that Willis is following in his coach’s footsteps. Where Jim Harbaugh says “the next game is the most important game,” Willis nods.
With the 49ers taking on their rival Seattle Seahawks in their nationally-televised Week 2 matchup on Sunday, both men have been doing a lot of nodding.
People want to know: Do you want to win this game more so than others? How much more would it mean to beat a bitter opponent? Come on, it’s got to be more, right?
Asked to predict the outcome of Sunday’s game in a video interview with Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback, Willis said that all he knew was this: The 49ers and Seahawks will play on Sunday and one team will win.
For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com predicts Kaepernick’s performance on Sunday in Seattle.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported on Seattle fans’ record-breaking hope.
Janie McCauley of the Associated Press says the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry betters by the year.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News outlined San Francisco’s chances for redemption.
Sam Good of Cover32.com covered the coaches' part of the teams' duel.
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