A week ago, 49ers practices regularly wrapped up 10 to 15 minutes before they were scheduled to end because of a good tempo and few repeated plays.
That was generally the case this week, too, on the 49ers' Santa Clara practice field. On Friday, coach Jim Harbaugh said he was impressed to see some defensive players requesting do-over repetitions to make sure they got their assignments correctly for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
"Yeah, we have been working at a very good tempo," Harbaugh said. "And we had a couple extra ones. There were a few times when defensive players asked to have the play repeated because they wanted to get it right. And I thought that was good, taking ownership on their part.
"Really happy. Really happy. Our Wednesday, our Thursday practices were outstanding. Our Friday practices have been really good the last three, four weeks."
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Early in the week, Harbaugh described a taunting penalty on Colin Kaepernick as "ticky-tack." It appears the NFL Office agreed. Kaepernick was not fined for the same infraction for which safety Dashon Goldson was fined $7,875 earlier this season.
Goldson picked up another fine this week for an unnecessary-roughness penalty when he struck Green Bay running back DuJuan Harris helmet-to-helmet while Harris' progress had been stopped in a pile. A league spokesman said the fine was for "striking an opponent late."
Goldson was fined $10,000 for the infraction, which is nearly half of his pay for the game.
In the postseason, every player on every team is paid the same amount. Here are the shares:
Wild-card game: $22,000 (division winner); $20,000 (wild-card team)
Division playoff game: $22,000
Conference championship game: $40,000
Super Bowl XLVII: $88,000 (winning team); $44,000 (losing team)
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Falcons safety William Moore said he and his defensive teammates will be determined to make Kaepernick less eager to run the ball. And how would they do that?
"That's one of those things where if you get the opportunity to blow somebody up and make a statement, that's what you want to do," he said.
When asked about that statement, Kaepernick responded:
"I don't think that has any impact on me," Kaepernick said. "Any defense, if they get a shot at a quarterback they're going to take it. That's just part of football."
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