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Patrick Willis

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — San Francisco 49ers

Injury and suspension have left the 49ers defense shorthanded, but it’s still stout.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks gets caught by linebackers Patrick Willis #52 and NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers after a gain of six yards early in the first quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49er Defense Must Stop Run, Create Turnovers To Defeat Seattle

When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.

01/14/2014

Clay Matthews (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFC All-Pro Selections – Defense

Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.

01/13/2013

Calvin Johnson.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Silverman: Ware, Polamalu, Johnson Among Most Valuable Non-QBs

In most cases, the team’s best or most important player is usually its quarterback. In this piece, we will look at the eight most irreplaceable non-quarterbacks in the league.

09/25/2012

Julius Pepper. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Silverman: Top 10 NFL Defensive Players

Less than a month from now, the Chicago Bears and the rest of their brethren around the National Football League will be strapping on the pads to prepare for the 2012 season.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2012