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The 49ers defense gave up 389 total yards to Pittsburgh, but all in all, it's difficult to poke many holes in a performance that limited an AFC playoff team to two field-goal attempts. Matt Maiocco goes player-by-player.

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If you slow down the video of Aldon Smith's last moments before striking, it's still a blur. One scout compares Smith's innate ability to ensnare quarterbacks to a cobra springing forward violently at its prey.

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Braylon Edwards has missed time this year after knee surgery and a sprained shoulder. But he was inactive Sunday, Jim Harbaugh explained, for a different reason.

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Patrick Willis' hamstring has suffered no setbacks, and after "significant progress," the 49ers' defensive captain could play in Seattle on Christmas Eve.

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Jim Harbaugh on Alex Smith: "There's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He's had that kind of season. I think he really put an exclamation point on that tonight."

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The 49ers beat Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football with the kind of game the Steelers had feared coming in. Here are a sampling of comments from the visitor's locker room.

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Ted Ginn left the game with an ankle sprain, leaving the 49ers without another of their top receivers. Interestingly enough, it wasn't injury that kept Braylon Edwards out of the game.

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The lights went out twice, but after the game Jim Harbaugh wanted to focus on the quality of football played by the 49ers, as they dominated one of the league's top teams before a national audience.

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Two Candlestick blackouts didn't slow down the 49ers. Aldon Smith recorded 2.5 sacks as San Francisco held down the Steelers and kept pace with the Saints in the competitive NFC.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is in uniform and looks to be ready to start against the 49ers. Mindi Bach and Matt Maiocco deliver a video report from Candlestick Park as we count down to kickoff.

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Center Jonathan Goodwin will be in the spotlight tonight, as the Steelers will use parts of the gameplan employed last week by the Cardinals to try to harass 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

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The 49ers have the home-field advantage Monday night against the Steelers, and the organization is taking measures to ensure the 49ers own the home-crowd advantage, too.

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Left tackle Joe Staley received full clearance and is expected to play in the 49ers' game Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told CSNBayArea.com late Sunday.

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With a 42-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints kept the pressure on the San Francisco 49ers, as the teams vie for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.

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The Steelers might find it easier to try to beat the 49ers through the air. The 49ers have not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, but are 19th in the NFL against the pass. Will Pittsburgh try to run regardless?

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