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49ers accustomed to winning with long travel

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers sure do travel well, and it's hardly by accident.

Just like everything else in Jim Harbaugh's structured system, the team has trained for the challenges of leaving town for long hauls to the East Coast and across the pond.

The third-year coach took his team for weeklong stays in Youngstown, Ohio, between East Coast games in each of the past two seasons — so, this Nashville to London trek San Francisco is enduring now shouldn't be so bad.

"It's no big deal. You hop on the plane," defensive lineman Justin Smith said matter-of-factly. "You either fly east or west. We'll make it. You deal with what is in front of you I guess. It shouldn't be a problem."

The NFC champion Niners (5-2) beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday for their fourth straight victory, then flew straight to London for the week before facing the winless Jaguars on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in Jacksonville's home game as part of the NFL's International Series. Then, it's time for some recovery with the bye week.


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