San Francisco 49ers fans will be pleased to know that Johnson acquitted himself quite well in that game – and that he’s already anticipating the teams’ next matchup.
“It was a competitive group when we played 'em,” Johnson, in his first meeting with Bay Area reporters, said of his Buffalo Bills days. “It’s a dog fight, each play. I’m preparing myself to go up against that with my guys.”
Johnson, whom the 49ers acquired via trade on May 9, caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Bills loss to the Seahawks in Week 14 of the 2012 season. He bested Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who was then in his second NFL season, on a 20-yard score.
The seven-year wideout didn’t need to be told about San Francisco’s fierce rivalry with Seattle. The Bay Area-bred Johnson had watched the 49ers most recent loss, in the Jan. 19 NFC Championship game. The NFC West rivals meet in Weeks 13 and 15 next season.
Given his 2012 success, Johnson was asked what works against Sherman and Co.
“We just have to play our game. I don’t think the guys need to change anything,” he said. “We’ve added pieces, including myself and other guys throughout the draft and around the league.
"We just have to catch up to them, and hopefully we will be that difference in wins and losses.”
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