San Francisco 49ers

49ers game plan vs. Philadelphia: Pass, pass, pass

49ERS VS. PHILADELPHIA

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Opponent:

vs. Philadelphia



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Time:

1:25 p.m.



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Line:

49ers by 5



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Records:

49ers 1-2,



Eagles 3-0

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TV/radio:

FOX40 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman), 810, 1320



FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

LB PATRICK WILLIS

Does Willis, 29, still have the speed with which he entered the NFL eight seasons ago? His sideline-to-sideline skills will be tested by the Eagles’ running back tandem of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. The latter is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception.

TE VERNON DAVIS

Over the last four seasons, Davis has missed some or all of four games with injuries. The 49ers are 0-4 in those games. How much Davis, who is recovering from an ankle injury, is on the field likely will determine how effective the 49ers are in the running game.

QB COLIN KAEPERNICK

He had the best completion percentage of his career in the 49ers’ receiver-heavy attack last week. But for the second straight game, he wasn’t able to engineer a touchdown drive after the 49ers’ lead slipped away. He should be able to find open receivers against an Eagles defense that has given up 841 passing yards so far and is 30th in the league.

NB JIMMIE WARD

He’s given up four touchdowns in the last two games, and offenses will continue to look for mismatches against the 5-foot-10 nickel cornerback. He’ll be matched up at times against another rookie, 6-3 wide receiver Jordan Matthews – a relative of Jerry Rice – who caught two touchdown passes last week.

K PHIL DAWSON

The veteran kicker’s least familiar NFL venue? It could be Levi’s Stadium where grass issues have kept him from mastering his home environment. Dawson’s only field-goal attempt last week was blocked … even though the Cardinals had only nine men on the field.

Matt Barrows

INJURY REPORT

49ERS

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Out:

C Marcus Martin (knee)



• Questionable: S Antoine Bethea (ankle), CB Tramaine Brock (toe), T Anthony Davis (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee), TE Vance McDonald (knee)

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Probable:

WR Michael Crabtree (quadricep), RB Frank Gore (back), DE Justin Smith (not injury related), LB Patrick Willis (wrist)



EAGLES

• Out: Lb Marvin Kendricks (calf), C Jason Kelce (hernia)

• Questionable: WR Josh Huff (shoulder)

• Probable: DE Brandon Bair (foot), CB Brandon Boykin (hip), TE James Casey (knee), DE Fletcher Cox (back), WR Jordan Matthews (oblique), WR Brad Smith (groin), T Matthew Tobin (ankle), CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), S Earl Wolff (knee)

49ERS SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT RESULTS
Sept. 7 at Dallas W, 28-17
Sept. 14 vs. Chicago L, 28-20
Sept. 21 at Arizona L, 23-14
DATE OPPONENT TIME
Today vs. Philadelphia 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Kansas City 1:25 p.m.
Oct. 13 at St. Louis 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Denver 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 Bye
Nov. 2 vs. St. Louis 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 9 at New Orleans 10 a.m.
Nov. 16 at N.Y. Giants 10 a.m.
Nov. 23 Washington 1:25 p.m.
Nov. 27 Seattle 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Raiders 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Seattle 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 20 vs. San Diego 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 28 vs. Arizona 1:25 p.m.
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