Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/14/11

DENVER - DECEMBER 24: Safety John Lynch #47 of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Jerry Porter #84 of the Oakland Raiders during the game on December 24, 2005 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos secured a bye week in the playoffs with a 22-3 win. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Each week, John Lynch breaks down a dynamic NFL offensive playmaker, devises a game plan and discusses a strategy for success. This week, Lynch examines the unique challenges the 49ers defense will face against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Monday night's key matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park may hinge on what the medical staffs decide this week: What should the 49ers do with linebacker Patrick Willis, who missed the Week 14 loss at Arizona with a hamstring injury? Should San Francisco, which already has clinched the NFC West title and is focused on playoff positioning, rest its playmaking All-Pro another week? How effective will quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey -- both of whom are suffering from Grade 1 high ankle sprains -- be in this important contest? Each sustained the dreaded high ankle injuries in last week's victory over the Cleveland Browns, and whil...
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