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Matt & Mindi -- Who steps up if Smith can't play?
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco says that Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith can fill the void left by Justin Smith if he can't play.
49ers play time: Four defenders play all 94 snaps
Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson, NaVorro Bowman and Donte Whitner are in peak physical shape. The four players were on the field for all 94 snaps of defense for the 49ers Sunday night.
Bowman : 'We know what they like to do'
NaVorro Bowman is up for the challenge of facing the Patriots offense.
So happy together: Bowman , Willis paired through 2016
Patrick Willis was the first teammate NaVorro Bowman informed of his new contract. The two are set to control the middle of the field for the next three seasons, and Willis is expecting something in return.
Bowman , 49ers agree on extension through 2018
The new deal will keep intact the 49ers' All-Pro linebacker duo of NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis at least through the 2016 season.
Could 49ers linebacking corps be best of all-time?
Vic Fangio was D-coordinator of the Saints from '86 to '94 where he coached arguably the best LB corps in history. Where does the quartet of Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, and NaVorro Bowman rank?
Three 49ers vets provide assistance to sign Bowman
Three 49ers players restructured their contracts, paving the way for the team to sign All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a contract extension.
Willis to Bowman : 'I'm gonna get him to take me and the fiance out'
Patrick Willis says he is truly blessed to have NaVorro Bowman playing next to him for years to come.