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San Fransico 49ers star inside LB Patrick Willis presents matchup problem for Green Bay Packers

10:36 PM, Dec. 2, 2010
San Francisco 49ers defender Patrick Willis reacts near the end of a 16-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
San Francisco 49ers defender Patrick Willis reacts near the end of a 16-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
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But San Francisco's best defensive player, Patrick Willis, presents a different problem because as an inside linebacker it's more difficult for an offense to take him out of the game as a run defender. He's shielded from blockers by defensive linemen in the 49ers' 3-4 scheme, ...

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