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December 13, 2010
Singletary zeroes in on Chargers but division games loom

Mike Singletary had a decidedly narrow focus today. He didn't want to talk about the team's playoff possibilities or the division race, and he gave a very curt assessment of Alex Smith's Sunday performance against the Seahawks. Singletary only wanted to talk about Thursday's game in San Diego.

In fact, Singletary was noticeably subdued/distracted for his day-after press conference. "You know what - my mind is still looking at San Diego plays, trying to get on track with that," Singletary said by way of explanation. "You're just trying to make sure you have everything where it needs to be."

Players were given the day off today, although judging from the thumping base coming from the weight room, several decided to stop in early. Singletary signaled that there will be a light practice tomorrow and then perhaps a walk-through Wednesday before the team departs for San Diego at mid day.

Lots of questions today about playoff scenarios should the 49ers lose to the Chargers on Thursday. If that's the case, they would have to win their remaining two games - at St. Louis on Dec. 26 and vs. Arizona in the season finale - to finish 7-9 and have a shot at winning the division.

Under that scenario, they would also need the Seahawks, who are 6-7 right now, to lose at least two of their final three games. The Seahawks host Atlanta, visit Tampa Bay and then host the Rams. St. Louis also would have to lose two of three, including the game against the 49ers. They host Kansas City (Matt Cassel's appendectomy is looming large) on Sunday and visit Seattle in the finale.

See below for the remaining schedules.

As far as injuries, Singletary indicated that none of them are severe but that left guard Mike Iupati is "going to be a day-to-day thing. Thankfully, day to do day." Iupati had another excellent outing Sunday against the Seahawks before suffering a shoulder stinger in the second half. Adam Snyder filled in for the rest of the game.

The other injured 49ers were NaVorro Bowman (hamstring) as wells as inside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Patrick Willis, both of whom suffered hand injuries but did not leave the game because of that.

Seahawks (6-7) remaining schedule:
Dec. 12 at San Francisco L: 40-21
Dec. 19 vs. Atlanta
Dec. 26 at Tampa Bay
Jan. 2 vs. St. Louis

Rams (6-7) remaining schedule
Dec. 12 at New Orleans L: 31-13
Dec. 19 vs. Kansas City
Dec. 26 vs. San Francisco
Jan. 2 at Seattle

49ers (5-8) remaining schedule
Dec. 12 vs. Seattle W: 40-21
Dec. 16 at San Diego
Dec. 26 at St. Louis
Jan. 2 vs. Arizona

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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