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Thursday, September 12, 2013
49ers' kick coverage gets better

By Bill Williamson

One of the few cleanup projects the San Francisco 49ers had on their list after the 2012 season got off to a good start in Week 1 of 2013.

The 49ers covered kickoffs much better against the Green Bay Packers than they did last year, when they ranked 31st in the NFL. San Francisco allowed an ugly 26.9 yards per kickoff, and of course gave up a kickoff return for a score in the Super Bowl loss to Baltimore.

Sunday, the 49ers allowed Green Bay just 13.3 yards per return in a 34-28 victory -- excellent improvement.

The 49ers will have to adjust some this week when they visit Seattle. Rookie linebacker Nick Moody, one of San Francisco's special-teamers, is out for seven weeks with a broken hand. The 49ers did bring back Kassim Osgood, a special-teams ace they cut earlier this month. They should be in good shape with Osgood in kick coverage.

If the 49ers can continue to improve in this area, it could go a long way toward their overall success.