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49ers all in on 'next man up' philosophy
Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis all promoted the 'someone will step up' philosophy when reacting to Michael Crabtree's injury. But who will that someone be?
49ers, Willis agree to restructure to create cap space
49ers defensive leader Patrick Willis is taking one for the team, agreeing to a restructure that allows San Francisco a little fiscal breathing room.
5 KEY PLAYERS: SAN FRANCISCO
Paul Kruger and Cary Williams. Now, for the San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick, Crabtree, Gore, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis -COLIN KAEPERNICK (QB, JERSEY NO. 7): Dynamic player who replaced injured Alex Smith in November and kept the
49ers stay focused in New Orleans
Rest assured that Patrick Willis and his teammates don't know how to get to Bourbon Street. New Orleans could very well be Mars for the 49ers, as this team is in bed by curfew every night.
49ers-Ravens key matchup No. 5: Willis vs. Leach
Before Patrick Willis can deal with Ray Rice in Super Bowl XLVII, he must first contend with the best lead-blocker in the league.
Lewis treats Willis like a teammate
They share much more than a jersey number -- Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis have a special bond that will last long after this Sunday's Super Bowl.