Patrick Willis (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
SANTA CLARA, CA (AP) - Patrick Willis had no chance last December to do his part in stopping Marshawn Lynch and helping keep San Francisco's impressive streak alive: 36 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
The All-Pro linebacker missed last season's second meeting with the division rival Seattle Seahawks, sidelined for three games with an injured right hamstring.
Lynch ran for 107 yards in the 49ers' 19-17 win at Seattle on Dec. 24 - and now the Seahawks star comes to Candlestick Park for Thursday night's NFC West showdown with a healthy Willis waiting on the other side of the ball.
And the Niners, tied with Seattle and Arizona for first place at 4-2, will be looking to bounce back from Sunday's embarrassing 26-3 home defeat to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.
The Associated Press