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Lee, 49ers Set for Peterson, Cards

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 26, 2012 – 11:40 AM

Two of the game’s best specialists will take the field in the desert on Monday night when the 49ers return to the road to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Earlier this week, Cardinals return man Patrick Peterson said Andy Lee was “probably the best punter in the National Football League right now,” and on Thursday Lee returned the favor.

“He’s arguably the best in the game right now,” the 49ers punter said.

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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 25

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 25, 2012 – 11:05 AM

Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson has eight interceptions dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, including last week’s pick against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. NFL.com put together a behind-the-scenes, black and white photo gallery of the Week 7 victory for the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Goldson has maintained his status as one of the game’s most complete safeties in 2012 with his hard-hitting ability and knack for forcing turnovers. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group wrote that Goldson figures to play a big role in the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

“His contribution in preventing deep passes, plus his efforts on run defense and punt coverage Thursday, earned him a game ball from coach Jim Harbaugh,” Inman wrote. “Goldson also made a fierce stop on running back Marshawn Lynch that Harbaugh called ‘one of the best front-up tackles I’ve ever seen.’”

Today’s Morning Tailgate also features a look back at Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s legacy, Delanie Walker’s contributions to the 49ers and more.

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On the Phone with Whisenhunt and Peterson

Posted by Alex Espinoza on October 24, 2012 – 2:53 PM

The Arizona Cardinals were one of just three teams to hand the 49ers a defeat in the 2011 regular season and the two NFC West foes are set to renew their rivalry on Monday night in the desert.

The landscape of the once-maligned division has changed drastically in 2012, as the NFC West now totes four quality teams with top-notch defenses. Heading into his team’s first matchup with the reigning division champions, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt knows what type of game to expect.

“All of the teams in the NFC West have a defense that’s strong, that’s very physical,” Whisenhunt told Bay Area reporters in his Wednesday conference call. “That’s a great quality for our division to show to the rest of the league. I know that it will be a physical game on Monday night. It always is when we play the 49ers.”

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