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Big trades steal spotlight from free agents

...leader.Two retirements also drew attention away from the chase for free agents. Five-time All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, the heart of San Francisco's defense for eight seasons, called it quits. The 2007 Defensive Rookie of the Year...
Let's get nasty: 49ers vs. Seahawks

...hard feelings all around, even if 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis tones it down slightly."There's no question there's...Tukuafu RB 6-4/29351 Dan Skuta LB 6-2/25052 Patrick Willis LB 6-1/24053 NaVorro Bowman LB 6-0/24254 Nick...
Healthy 49ers defense ready for playoff run

...Aldon Smith returned two weeks before that after missing five games to do a stint in rehab, and All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis also missed two games during that stretch. The 49ers haven't been the same since they returned."I hope I've...
Playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks try to clinch the NFC West

...Yet that hardly matters with the high stakes on this one."It's a new game, another Sunday," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We've talked about it the last couple of weeks that every game we play from here on it out is important...
Candlestick's farewell draws mixed emotions

...field with guys who are in the Hall of Fame and guys who have won championships for this organization," linebacker Patrick Willis said.There's no debate that a dynasty was born with "The Catch." Candlestick's top-10 football moments...
Sunday's NFL Capsules

...after Sam Bradford threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining.San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was flagged for holding Lance Kendricks on third down of St. Louis' final drive, a costly mistake that kept his...
49ers regain footing, rout Rams 35-11

...footing against the team that gave them the most trouble last season. Minus cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, they quieted a raucous, hopeful crowd, sending all but a few thousand home early.Kaepernick...
Seahawks visit 49ers in key NFC West matchup

...41-yard showing last weekend."I used to think about all that and get tied up in all that," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We still take pride in our run game. It's the National Football League, and sometimes guys are going...
49ers make just enough plays, hold off Seahawks

...with the football. Another key miss helped seal it for San Francisco. On Seattle's second-to-last drive, Patrick Willis tipped a pass by Wilson on third-and-12 just before the 2-minute warning. San Francisco was in control of the...
Surging and stumbling toward NFL playoffs

...for much, maybe a chance to win a game and maybe get in or waiting on three other teams to lose," star linebacker Patrick Willis said. "It feels good to know that you're playing for something. We have a playoff berth, but we want the division...


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