49ers guard against becoming 'soft' after big win

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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After all, it was last October when Harbaugh first introduced Soft to San Francisco.

Now Fredrick P. Soft, as his full name goes, has multiple handles on Twitter. Players are familiar with the nickname, and even the usually closed-off Harbaugh had a laugh about his novel nemesis, later sitting in a chair during the open locker room period eating a hot dog and talking baseball.

"There was a day, one day, I remember that there was a sighting," Harbaugh said of Soft. "I just noticed like pre-practice before we got out there. He might be lurking."

Helping the 49ers focus this week is looking at the missed opportunities in New York. And even in such a lopsided victory, there were still noticeable miscues.

Chief among them: the still stagnant passing game.

Alex Smith completed 12 of 21 passes for 143 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. But he only completed 2 of 6 attempts beyond 20 yards, and the deep-threat some thought Randy Moss could be has remained absent.

Meaning once again, Soft could be present.

"You only seem to be as happy as your last game," Smith said. "As a quarterback, it's always, 'I could've done better' or 'What are the throws I could've made' or 'What could I've done differently?'

"The bottom line is getting the win. Obviously, it was a great win. Looking to get better and move on toward the Bills."

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Notes: RB Brandon Jacobs could make his season debut Sunday against Buffalo. Jacobs, who has declared himself healthy enough to play, practiced Wednesday with a brace around his left knee. ... LB Patrick Willis was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He had 10 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed against the Jets. "Anytime one of us gets an award, the mindset we have with this team is when we win, we all win," Willis said. "When one person does good, we all do good."

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