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Everybody loves a comeback story. And the 49ers this season have two of the finest.
Little has gone as planned for the 49ers through nine games of the season. And they face a difficult challenge on Sunday to get things heading in the right direction against the surging New Orleans Saints.
But running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Jason Verrett serve as a reminder that anything is possible.
Both were widely written off after they experienced the harsh football realities of multiple seasons being lost due to injuries.
Look at them now.
McKinnon is showing why 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan hand-picked him for his offense on the first day of free agency in 2018. And Verrett is proving the 49ers right for bringing him back for another season when logic seemed to be telling them it was best to just move on.