SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As Jim Harbaugh sent his players into a mandatory three-day break to ``rest their minds, rest their bodies,'' San Francisco's coach and his staff began playoff preparations for the NFC divisional round in less than two weeks.
Specifically, the two-time reigning NFC West champions will focus much of their efforts on the Washington Redskins - the one team among the Niners' three possible opponents they have yet to face this season. Green Bay and Seattle are the other two.
There's another important job, too: figuring out who will be kicking field goals. David Akers struggled yet again Sunday, missing wide left from 44 and 40 yards before connecting on a 43-yarder and 26-yarder in a 27-13 win against Arizona. Harbaugh said it is likely the team will bring in a few kickers for ``some tryouts, have some competition.''
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