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San Francisco 49ers guard against becoming 'Soft' after big win, stay focused on Buffalo

Jim Harbaugh had to go out of his way last season to keep his San Francisco 49ers focused following big wins, even inventing a fictional character to get the message across to players.

Now Freddie P. Soft is back.

Only this time, players are on the lookout.

Coming off a 34-0 victory at the New York Jets, the 49ers (3-1) are taking a more active approach to guard against complacency heading into Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Candlestick Park. Or, rather, a 4-inch character who tries to sneak into team headquarters and disrupt preparation.

Harbaugh joked Wednesday that Soft showed up a few weeks ago before practice but "other people noticed it first." He says experience with winning has taught his players Soft "might be lurking."