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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – As Jim Harbaugh sent his players into a mandatory three-day break to "rest their minds, rest their bodies," San Francisco's coach and his staff began playoff preparations for the NFC divisional round in less than two weeks.
Specifically, the two-time reigning NFC West champions will focus much of their efforts on the Washington Redskins — the one team among the Niners' three possible opponents they have yet to face this season. Green Bay and Seattle are the other two.
There's another important job, too: figuring out who will be kicking field goals. David Akers struggled yet again Sunday, missing wide left from 44 and 40 yards before connecting on a 43-yarder and 26-yarder in a 27-13 win against Arizona. Harbaugh said it is likely the team will bring in a few kickers for "some tryouts, have some competition."
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