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Receivers 49ers' weak link?

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers are one of the most talented teams in the NFL — with eight Pro Bowl players to prove it.

But even the best teams have a weakness, and if you had to pick one for the Niners, what would it be?

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It wouldn't be the quarterback — not after Alex Smith's run for a touchdown against New Orleans and then his throw to beat the Saints in Saturday's playoff game.

At this point in the season, the most likely candidate for the 49ers' Achilles heel might be the wide receivers.

That lineup includes Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn Jr., Kyle Williams, Brett Swain and Joe Hastings. (Joshua Morgan was a key member of this group, but he broke his ankle and he's out until next season).

Here's a glimpse at how the season has gone so far for the WRs:

Braylon Edwards was supposed to be a key member, but he hurt his knee on the first series of the second game, couldn't get healthy and was cut. Hastings, his replacement, has yet to catch a pass in the NFL.


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