Matt Maiocco

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At this stage in the season, it seems unfathomable that Alex Smith will be anywhere else in 2012 but with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Linebacker Patrick Willis will not practice Wednesday, but the 49ers expect to get receiver Braylon Edwards back on the field.

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Wide receiver Joshua Morgan said he is scheduled in a couple weeks to have the screws removed from his broken ankle and could start running in late December or January.

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Scott Tolzien, the 49ers' third-string quarterback, hasn't been active for a game this year. But watching his friend T.J. Yates' quick rise for the playoff-bound Texans has Tolzien realizing how quickly things can change.

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While at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh brought his entire staff to the campus of Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton to learn the "fly sweep" from Gators head coach Pete Lavorato. It's paying dividends for the 49ers offense.

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Yes, it was the Rams, but the 49ers defense showed up in a big way Sunday. They lost leader Patrick Willis after five snaps and still kept St. Louis from scoring.

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San Francisco was limited to field goals in the first, but a couple of second-half TD passes against the Rams left the 49ers confident in their offensive execution. Read Matt Maiocco's comprehensive breakdown.

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Linebacker Patrick Willis is expected to miss practice time and "probably" the 49ers' game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with a right hamstring injury, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday.

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Jim Harbaugh declined to put any kind of timetable on Willis' availability. The 49ers will have a better idea of the middle linebacker's condition on Wednesday.

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Jim Tomsula said he always knew the nucleus of the 49ers was good enough -- and comprised of the right kind of people -- to win the NFC West.

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Frank Gore: "As long as we get the win, hey, I'm good with whatever happens, whether it's running or passing, whatever, as long as we win."

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Rookie Aldon Smith demonstrated both power and speed Sunday with two sacks against the Rams, which brought him closer to the 49ers' rookie sack record set by Charles Haley in 1986.

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Alex Smith had two long pass plays that went for touchdowns against St. Louis, and could have had a third if Vernon Davis had held on to a perfectly thrown ball in the second quarter.

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49ers PresidentCEO Jed York was a junior at Notre Dame when the 49ers won their last divisional title in 2002. He is excited about the milestone, but reiterates the team is nowhere near satisfied.

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Alex Smith and Frank Gore were both drafted by the 49ers in 2005, and in their first six years in San Francisco, the team averaged nearly 10 losses per season. On Sunday, they became NFC West champions.

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