Posted January 09, 2013 on
Even with a partially torn triceps, Justin Smith at '75-80 percent (is) better than anybody at his position,' Niners running back Frank Gore said of the Pro Bowl defensive end.
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Even with a partially torn left triceps, All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith at “75-80 percent (is) better than anybody at his position,” Niners running back Frank Gore said of San Francisco’s veteran leader, whose return the Niners are greatly anticipating for Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
In Part 4 of our five-part series previewing Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game, beat writers Bill Huber of PackerReport.com and Craig Massei of NinersDigest.com break down the matchups when Frank Gore gets the ball in San Francisco’s powerful running game.
From Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to Frank Gore and Aldon Smith, you know all the big names who will have key roles in the divisional playoff showdown. Here are six players who will be key performers on Saturday night that were not when these teams met in Week 1.
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Even at less than full strength, Justin Smith's presence on the San Francisco defensive line is enough to instill plenty of fear in opposing offenses.
Or even his own teammates, for that matter. Running back Frank Gore endured his toughest training camp yet last summer while facing his defensive...