Tuck: 49ers' blocking schemes easy to read

January 19, 2012, 1:51 am
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The last time the Giants visited Candlestick Park -- a 27-20 49ers victory back on Nov. 13 -- Frank Gore was a non-factor.
The diminutive-yet-powerful running back was injured and limited to six carries and no yards.So with Gore healthy this go-around, the Giants should expect something entirely different, right?Well"You can kind of see what their blocking schemes were," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told reporters on Wednesday. "(Gore) was kind of banged up in that game, so we expect to see a healthy Frank Gore.
"Obviously it's going to be a huge challenge for us. He has been a workhorse for them, not only this year, but also years in the past too. I'm sure they're going to try to establish their running game with Frank and with (Kendall) Hunter. Hunter is a good change-up back for them."RELATED: Box score -- 49ers 27, Giants 20
In that November meeting, the 49ers ran for a mere 77 yards on 20 carries.
"It's going to come down to us being able to stop that," added Tuck, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a sore left shoulder. "They're a smash-mouth type of football team. They're going to stick with it until you stop it. They repeat plays, and for good reason. If I was playing a Madden game and I loaded up the box and ran it all game, I wouldn't change it either."That's going to be kind of part of our (mentality) -- man-on-man, just making sure we get them out of their game. If we are able to do that, we stand a good chance to come out with a win. If not, it's going to be a long day in San Fran."

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