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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 20

Posted by Taylor Price on December 20, 2012 – 9:48 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have several Pro Bowl-worthy candidates on this year’s roster. The 2013 All-Star teams for both the NFC and AFC will be announced on Dec. 26, but five members of this year’s club can lay claim to leading the NFC fan-vote at their respective positions.

The vote leaders, released Thursday morning by the NFL, were as follows: DT Justin Smith (257,020), LB Patrick Willis (226,791), G Mike Iupati (177,817), K David Akers (140,847) and ST C.J. Spillman (89,797).

Smith, in particular, will be a much-discussed player this week. The 49ers defensive co-captain is nursing an elbow injury and has not practiced yet this week. Smith might not play against Seattle as discussed by Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle.

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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 10

Posted by Taylor Price on December 10, 2012 – 10:34 AM

Aldon Smith now owns the San Francisco 49ers single-season sack outright record thanks to a two-sack performance against the Miami Dolphins. With 19.5 sacks on the season, Smith leads the NFL in sacks and has the team’s single-season sack record, distancing himself from Fred Dean’s 17.5 sacks set in 1983.

Now, it remains to be seen whether or not the second-year linebacker can record 3.5 sacks in his last three games to break Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record (22.5).

Smith’s also including himself into the league’s Defensive Player of the Year conversation according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

“A factor that must be considered, obviously, is Smith threatening the NFL sack record,” King wrote in his weekly MMQB column. “He has 19.5 after getting two Sunday against Miami. The record is 22.5 by Michael Strahan. With three games left — at New England and Seattle, then home against the leaky Arizona line — Smith needs 3.5 sacks. Today I’ll take Watt, with his 16.5 sacks and league-record 15 passes batted down, four of which resulted in Houston interceptions. Three weeks from today, who knows?”

King also ranked San Francisco as the league’s No. 4 overall team heading into Week 15.

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Willis Leads NFC LB Pro Bowl Voting

Posted by Taylor Price on November 14, 2012 – 1:43 PM

Patrick Willis is the first player in the history of the San Francisco 49ers to make five consecutive Pro Bowls to start a career.

The star linebacker is on pace to make it six straight appearances in the league’s annual All-Star game with 2013 Pro Bowl vote standings being released on Wednesday. Willis leads the NFC linebacker vote with 91,609 selections with five weeks left in the voting prior to the Dec. 26 Pro Bowl Selection show on NFL Network.

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Morning Tailgate: March 16

Posted by Taylor Price on March 16, 2012 – 10:01 AM

All six of the 49ers teams represented in the NFL.com’s greatest team of all-time tournament have advanced to the second round.

However, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young will be pitted against each other as the 1988 team quarterbacked by Montana will face the 1994 team quarterbacked by Young. Both teams won Super Bowls.

The 49ers vs. 49ers matchups don’t end there.

In addition, the 1989 team faces the 1990 team.

More on the tournament, 49ers free-agency headlines and 49ers players attending that other March tournament after the jump.

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