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November 5, 2012
Something extra: 49ers nearly perfect after long work weeks


Unfortunate timing for the Rams. The 49ers coaching staff had a week's extra time to prepare for Sunday's game, and since Jim Harbaugh, et al. have taken over, that's usually bad news for their opponents.

The 49ers are 8-1 in the last season and a half when they have at least one more day than usual to prepare for a game, with their only loss in that category an overtime defeat to the Giants on Jan. 22. That game was played on a Sunday; the preceding game, a 36-32 win over New Orleans, came on a Saturday.

"The coaches -- they're always dialed in, no matter if it's a Thursday night game, Monday night game. They're always on it," guard Alex Boone said. "They work here all night. For the Thursday night game, we came in on Monday and they had the whole game plan in. They looked like they had been up all night. But that's the kind of guys they are. They want to be around here and they want to see us succeed."

You might look at the numbers and say, 'No duh, Barrows. Teams typically will win on a long week because the players have extra rest.' Well, the Mike Singletary-led 49ers went 4-5 in 2009 and 2010 when given extra time to prepare for a game.

Sept. 11: 33-17 vs. Seattle. Season opener
Sept. 30: 20-10 vs. Cleveland. Following bye
Dec. 14: 26-0 vs. St. Louis. Following Thurs. game
Dec. 19: 20-3 vs. Pittsburgh. Mon. night game
Jan. 1: 34-27 at St. Louis. Following Sat. game
Jan. 14: 36-32 vs. New Orleans. Following playoff bye
Jan. 22: 17-20 OT vs. NYG. Following Sat. game

Sept. 9: 30-22 at Green Bay. Season opener.
Oct. 29: 24-3 at Arizona. Following Thurs. game

-- 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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