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Jerry Rice predicts undefeated 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Rice predicts undefeated 49ers will win Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Eight games, eight wins. All the 49ers do right now is win, and Jerry Rice believes they will take home some serious hardware this season. 

"They're gonna continue winning," Rice said Monday morning on ESPN's "First Take." "Oh no, they're gonna win the whole thing. They're gonna win the whole thing. I picked them from Day 1. Jimmy G's gonna get them to the promised land." 

There was no holding the Hall of Famer back. Rice looked right into the camera, pointed and said, "Hear me right now, they're gonna win the Super Bowl."

Rice has shown plenty of faith in the 49ers this season. He said San Francisco could play in the Super Bowl after the team started 5-0, and called them Super Bowl contenders after the Red and Gold won their first two games. Now, he's doubling down. 

With the Patriots losing to the Ravens on Sunday night, the 49ers are the last unbeaten team in the NFL. But their schedule is about to get much more competitive

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Through Week 9, the 49ers' first eight opponents had a combined 22-43-1 record. Their next eight opponents are 43-24-1. 

If the 49ers truly are Super Bowl contenders, they will have to prove it against teams like the Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Ravens. It all starts Monday night on Nov. 11 against Seattle. 

49ers inactives: Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis won't play vs. Saints

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49ers inactives: Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis won't play vs. Saints

The 49ers' receiving corps will be thin Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. 

Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot) and Dante Pettis (knee) were among San Francisco's inactive players heading into Sunday's game in New Orleans, leaving the 49ers with just four active wide receivers for Week 14. 

Goodwin and Pettis were listed as questionable heading into Sunday after practicing on a limited basis Friday. None of the other inactives were much of a surprise, given the 49ers' log jam at running back and known injuries to safety Jacquiski Tartt and defensive tackle Jullian Taylor. 

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Left tackle Joe Staley will be active for the first time since Week 9 after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. It will only be Staley's fourth game this season, as he also missed much of the season with a broken fibula. The 49ers' active-roster decisions, then, should provide Staley some cover. 

The 49ers will hope he doesn't need it against Cam Jordan and the Saints' formidable defense. 

49ers' pass rush returns to 'fun' style of play vs. Drew Brees, Saints

49ers' pass rush returns to 'fun' style of play vs. Drew Brees, Saints

NEW ORLEANS – The 49ers’ pass rush can once again be a factor this week.

The 49ers went into their Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens knowing they had to make some dramatic changes with their style of getting after the quarterback.

After all, they could not be so aggressive, as 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek teaches, because of the running ability of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

On Sunday, they can get back to normal against the passing attack of the New Orleans Saints with quarterback Drew Brees.

“Those guys want to get after the quarterback,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “I know the D-line. I know their coach. It was a tough week for them. But they rose to the challenge and played those techniques very well. I thought they did a very good job against Baltimore and stopping the run.

“And now this week, you still got to stop the run. It always starts with that, but you can play a little more of those techniques you’re used to, which I know they have a lot more fun playing and I know we have a lot more fun coaching it, too.”

It certainly will not be easy for the 49ers’ pass rush to get to Brees, who has been sacked just nine times on 249 drop-backs this season. Brees gets the ball out quickly, in order to neutralize the 49ers’ pass rush of Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford.

A week ago, the 49ers played a different style in an attempt to prevent big plays from Baltimore’s quarterback-driven run game. Buckner registered the team’s only sack, and that came for zero yards.

The 49ers gave up some rushing yards, but made adjustments in the second half to limit Baltimore to just three points in the final 30 minutes.

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“When you do that, you definitely have to change-up your fronts and play run-first at all times,” Shanahan said. “You got to almost play in a four-point stance and just control people instead of teeing off on guys and trying to go through them. I know last week was a frustrating week.”

The 49ers own the league's top-ranked passing defense, allowing just 134.2 yards passing per game. The 49ers rank second in the NFL with 45 sacks.