Is Seahawks game a must-win for Nolan?

When looking at the schedule prior to the season, it was easy to predict a four-game losing streak at this point.   After all, the 49ers stood little chance at Saints, home against the Patriots and Eagles, and then back on the road against the Giants. Right?

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Staley wanted another crack at Strahan

Left tackle Joe Staley says he wanted the rematch with Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who schooled him when the teams met last season at the Meadowlands. That game remains as the most humbling – and probably biggest learning experience – of Staley’s young career.

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Kick above the top of upright is not reviewable

Just received word from the NFL Office in New York on what happened when 49ers coach Mike Nolan challenged David Akers’ 38-yard field goal on Sunday. The kick gave the Eagles a 27-26 lead midway through the fourth quarter.   My first question to league spokesman Randall Liu (via email) is whether the play was even reviewable.

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Niners defense has been a disappointment

We’re roughly one-third of the way through the season. (Actually, we’re 31.25 percent of the way through the 49ers’ 16-game schedule, but who’s counting?) So this seems like a perfect time to take a step back.

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