Niners Prepare for Playoffs

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It was back to work Thursday for the 49ers, who still don’t know who their opponent will be when they open the playoffs Saturday, Jan. 12 at Candlestick Park.

“We’re really loose this week and that’s the way it should be,” explained Tight End Vernon Davis.  “There is no game.  We just have to keep our focus.”

Safety DeShon Goldson looks at it a bit different.

“We just need to stay on top of what we started at the end of the season,” Goldson said. “Get our legs back after a couple of days off and stay in it mentally.”

By the end of the weekend San Francisco will know who they’ll play on Jan. 12, but they still may not know who their kicker will be.  David Akers revealed Thursday he’s been battling the effects of a double sports hernia since February.  The Niners have brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with Akers.

“It’s been disappointing.  I’ve been disappointed in myself,” noted Akers who had two misses on medium-ranged field goal attempts Sunday.

“I didn’t think I did very well,” explained Cundiff who is back for a second tryout with the 49ers this season.  But he’ll keep coming back until he’s told not to.

Also on Thursday, Defensive Lineman Justin Smith practiced for the first time since partially tearing his tricep muscle during a December game against the Patriots.

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