12.15: SF/SD Maiocco's matchups to watch
Matt Maiocco provides the individual battles to watch for tomorrow's showdown with the Chargers.
Is that me out go from Santa Clara with a forty hours their practice facility I'm gonna break out some -- inactives for Thursday night's forty niners game against the San Diego Chargers. Now both the 49ers in the Chargers come into this game. One game behind the division leaders -- their respective divisions so it's a must win game for both teams the first matchup -- get a look at is on the 49ers offensive side of the ball Barry -- left -- he's very familiar with the Chargers having played in the AFC west. For nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders he will be matched up against outside linebacker Shaun Phillips. Shaun Phillips is one of the dominating pass rushers in the game only four guys in the league. Have more quarterback -- and and yes ten on the season Barry sims has stepped in this will be the start of the season for him after taking over for Joe Staley at left tackle and -- is not a very good job pass protecting since taking over for Joe Staley and out of a huge key giving Alex Smith enough time to get the ball down the field. Nowhere really well and it let me play for two years with them and it at Utah and they stayed in close contact with -- I think -- -- makes -- good players this is -- stinks and Nazis. Anyone at this at this point at this level of the game has skill set in on him just like he does but I think the thing that. And -- some good players is his instincts. Speaking of Alex Smith one of his -- -- teammates was Eric Wendell. Now -- idol is -- play making safety for the Chargers you might remember him a couple weeks ago when the Chargers went into Indianapolis and got a big victory against the Colts Wendell picked off -- Peyton Manning pass and took it 41 yards to the house for a touchdown. So Alex Smith will need to looked off Eric way at all to get the ball down the field polite to Crabtree. -- Josh Morgan. To Vernon Davis who has been the 49ers big play threat charges -- in Antonio Gates has been out with a foot injury so we don't know if he'll be able to go. Thursday night but the Chargers have a lot of weapons in the passing game for Philip Rivers including Malcolm Floyd. -- Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson held out a lot of this season he's only been back and cut a couple passes. But they like that put those guys in the slot and that's where Nate Clements lines up so Nate Clements is gonna have to have a good day. Now the forty -- moved Clemens to the slot this year on third down packages so he can be more involved in the run game but it's going to be very important for him get his hands. On these big physical receivers of the Chargers re route them. It take away some quick options. For Philip Rivers. For the San Diego Chargers so those are some of the key match just for Thursday's game 49ers and Chargers be sure to log on TCS in Bay Area dot com one hour before kick off but -- hold my pregame chat that set the table.