5 San Francisco 49ers Who Must Step Up Or Will Lose Playing Time After Week 2

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5 San Francisco 49ers Who Must Step Up Or Will Lose Playing Time After Week 2
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Jim Harbaugh got his first 49er win last week against Seattle

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 33-17, in their regular season opener.  The victory gave Jim Harbaugh his first win as head coach of the 49ers.

Although the 49ers were thrilled to get their first win of the Harbaugh era, the outcome could have been quite different had it not been for Ted Ginn.  His two late returns for touchdowns sealed the win for the 49ers.

With roughly four minutes left in the game, Seattle had just scored, cutting the Niner lead to 19-17.  Ginn returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for the touchdown, which helped stretch the 49er advantage to 26-17.

However, if Ginn had not returned the lick for the score and the 49ers were forced to start with the ball in their own territory, it could have been a totally different story.  Alex Smith and the 49ers would have had to make at least two first downs in order to run out the clock.

Had the 49ers not been successful, Seattle would have only needed a field goal to win the game.  I bring this up only because we must be tempered in our enthusiasm for the 49ers' first win.  Ginn's late punt return for another touchdown was icing on the cake and helped push the final score to 33-17.

The 49ers must play a lot better this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in order to get a victory in their second game.  Looking at individual players, there are several whose jobs are in jeopardy or could face a reduction in playing time if they do not play better this week.

Let's take a closer look at those players who are on thin ice right now.

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