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Warner reveals his only New Year's resolution for 49ers

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Fred Warner

Playing on a short week is never easy, for either team. It's the main reason so many players and coaches have voiced their frustrations with playing on a Thursday night in the past. The 49ers won't have much rest or preparation time before facing the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night after beating the Atlanta Falcons just a few days ago.

This time, though, the 49ers and Titans have plenty of reasons to be thankful for playing on a Thursday night. 

Christmas is Saturday, and instead of being on the road or preparing to play a game the next day, players and coaches can have a rare family-filled holiday. 

"I'll be spending it at home with the fiancé and little dog," 49ers linebacker Fred Warner said Tuesday to reporters. "My traditions growing up, my family is just very family-oriented, being together on Christmas and exchanging gifts. Stuff like that.

"I haven't had one of those in a long time." 

When it comes to his New Year's resolution, Warner doesn't need a notebook. He doesn't have to jot it down in his phone and stare at it every day. In reality, it'll be the same as last year. 

The same one that he has had since the night of Feb. 2, 2020. 

"Wow. First thing that came to mind was a Super Bowl," Warner said, laughing. "We got to take care of Thursday night first."

The All-Pro linebacker did everything he could in the 49ers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, finishing with seven tackles -- one for a loss -- one pass defensed and one interception. He's coming off perhaps his best game of this season, too.

 

Warner tallied nine tackles, one QB hit, one pass defensed and recovered a fumble in San Francisco's blowout win over Atlanta. 

That helped the 49ers earn their fifth victory in their last six games. They enter Week 16 as the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs, giving them the gift of battling Tom Brady and the reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round if the season were to end right now. 

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The task at hand first is to tie a bow on their playoff chances with a win in Tennessee. Cross that off the list, and all of the 49ers -- along with their families -- will have a much better Christmas before they set their sights on 2022. 

Circle your calendar, Warner already has Feb. 13 engrained in his mind.

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