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October 14, 2012
49ers notes: No time to sulk with Seahawks arriving Thursday

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The good news for the 49ers: They don't have a lot of time to dwell on Sunday's lopsided loss to the Giants. After a quick review of the film this morning, the team will turn its attention to NFC West rival Seattle, which visits Thursday. The 49ers' loss drops them to 4-2 and puts them in a three-way tie for the division lead with the Cardinals and Seahawks, who beat the Patriots on Sunday.

"If we let this one linger, it can go into (Thursday's) game, and we don't need that," safety Donte Whitner said. "We don't need two (losses) in a row. So we have to quickly forget about this one."

The short week, however, means the 49ers are unlikely to play with left tackle Joe Staley, who suffered a concussion in the third quarter. With Staley out, right guard Alex Boone moved to left tackle and Leonard Davis took Boone's spot at guard. Staley also suffered a concussion last year in a Dec. 11 loss to the Cardinals. Coach Jim Harbaugh had no projection for Staley's return, saying, "That's all in the hands of the doctors."

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The feud between cornerback Carlos Rogers and receiver Victor Cruz simmered down considerably after Cruz revealed his salsa-dance end-zone routine honors his late grandmother.

When that was relayed to Rogers last week, he quickly decided not to mimic the dance like he did last year, drawing Cruz's ire. Rogers also approached Cruz before the game.
"We talked about it a little bit," Cruz said. "He's a stand up guy. He came up to me and said he understood why I do the salsa and what it means to me. He asked me if I got the message earlier in the week, and I said, 'Yeah.' I told him he was a real good dude for that, and we went about our way."

Cruz had a big game against Rogers in the NFC Championship game but never made it into the end zone. He did his dance for the first time in Candlestick Park after a six-yard score Sunday in the second quarter.

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The 49ers entered Sunday's game ranked 30th in the league in kickoff coverage and are likely to slip further after allowing a 66-yard return to start the second half. "We got a few new guys," linebacker Larry Grant said. "We're still trying to find our niche and jell a little better. ... The good thing is that everything is put on film. We've got to go in (today), check it out and see where we have to get better."

Kicker David Akers also has struggled of late. He missed two field goals against the Giants, one from 43 yards and another from 53. Akers is 6-12 on field goals in the last four games.

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Look at this quote the New York writers got from Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who accused Justin Smith of being a serial holder last week.

"I have ... great respect for their front and I have unbelievable respect for the guy, tremendous. But it's somebody he does," Gilbride said. "He reaches out and he grabs people. There aren't that many guys strong enough that can hold two offensive linemen. But he does it . . . I thought it was just in a litany of compliments...all of a sudden (Jim Harbaugh) turned it into a negative thing . . . It was great. All of a sudden now everybody in the country saw it. It worked well."

Et cetera - Tarell Brown's blocked field goal in the second quarter was the first of his career and the first for a 49er since Ray McDonald did it against Minnesota on Sept. 27, 2009.

• Aldon Smith had a chance to tie Reggie White by accumulating 20 sacks in his first 22 games. Smith, however, was held without a sack for the second straight game, leaving him with 18 ½ for his career.

• The 49ers' three points Sunday is the lowest they've scored since Harbaugh took over the team. The previous low was six in last year's loss to the Ravens.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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